Riyadh hosts cyber security conference

Updated 28 April 2018

Riyadh hosts cyber security conference

  • The two-day event received a large number of research papers from 'dozens of countries'
  • The conference addressed key issues such as cybersecurity, networks, communications, software engineering

RIYADH: Cybersecurity, social media and smart cities in cyberspace figured prominently at a high-profile conference in Riyadh patronized by Abdullah Al-Sawaha, minister of telecommunication and information technology. 

The two-day event received a large number of research papers from “dozens of countries,” said Dr. Mishary Al-Mishari, chairman of the organizing committee and a member of the board of directors of the Saudi Computer Society (SCS). Among the countries were the US, UK, Canada, India, Pakistan and Ireland.

The conference addressed key issues such as cybersecurity, networks, communications, software engineering, wireless networks, applications of networks, social media and cloud computing, he added.

SCS Chairman Dr. Essam Al-Wagait said it is the Kingdom’s first national non-profit professional and scientific association to support professional activities in the fields of computer science and information and communications technology (ICT). 

The event was followed by a keynote session in which Prof. Saleh Al-Shebeili and Dr. Amr Ragheb highlighted their work at the Technology Innovation Center in radio frequency and photonics, sponsored by King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology.

Muhammad Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at King Saud University, gave a speech titled “Smart Cities in Cyberspace: Challenges and Solutions.” He said: “Modern and disruptive technological advancements offer profound promises for the future of smart cities, which harness the power of ICT to address urbanization challenges and consequently bolster the quality of life of inhabitants.”

But this increased connectivity may expose smart cities to diverse cybersecurity risks that could put their operations and their inhabitants’ lives in jeopardy, Khan added. 

“Therefore, as smart cities move from concept to reality, cybersecurity becomes a top concern for digitally connected communities,” he said.

After the keynote session, the conference hosted more than 140 speakers who presented their research papers.

Saudi capital to get world’s biggest park in $23bn project

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Saudi capital to get world’s biggest park in $23bn project

  • The project will see 7.5m trees planted and the creation of the world's biggest park
  • There will be 70,000 jobs created across the four major projects

RIYADH: The world’s biggest park will be created in Saudi Arabia as part of a $22.9bn project that promises to create vast open green areas in Riyadh, creating thousands of new jobs, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday

The aim of the project is to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the report added.

The four projects - King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art – will complement the Saudi Vision 2030’s “Quality of Life” Program and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.

Developed with a government investment of $23 bn, the four projects will offer opportunities worth $15bn for the private sector to invest in residential, commercial, recreational and wellness projects.

As well as creating tens of thousands of new jobs, the project will also help boost efforts to improve the city’s health and wellbeing with a commitment to wellness, health, sports, culture and the arts, underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability.

Measuring 13.4 square kilometers, King Salman Park will be the world’s biggest park, with residential areas, hotels, and will also feature a Royal Arts Complex, theaters, museums, cinemas, sports venues, water features, restaurants and an 18-hole Royal Golf Course.

The park will also boast several landmark assets, including the Riyadh Fountains and a Vertical Garden. As an environmentally sustainable urban development, it will offer opportunities for the international community in arts, entertainment and culture.

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One of the world’s largest urban greening projects, Green Riyadh will increase Riyadh’s green cover with 7.5 million trees.

The massive planting project will help increase the city’s green cover from 1.5 percent of Riyadh’s total area to 9.1 percent – that’s approximately 541 square kilometers, by 2030.

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Green space availability will increase to 28 square meters per capita from the current 1.7 square meters per capita, compared to the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 9 square meters per capita.

Green Riyadh will help reduce average ambient temperature by 2C, and will use more than 1 million cubic meters of treated sewage effluent daily for irrigation, for the sustainability of water resources in the city.

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Sports Boulevard  - a health and wellness destination in the heart of the city- will feature a 135 kilometer-long professional cycling track covering the city and the surrounding valleys, the first of its kind in the region.

Adding 3.5 million square meters of new open space across the city, this grand project will also feature a sports pavilion, riding stables and athletics tracks.

Riyadh Art will be the world’s largest government investment in public art and will establish the city as “a gallery without walls” through a world-class interactive public arts program.

With 1,000 artworks curated through 10 separate programs and an annual arts festival, this project will feature large-scale art works with the aim of drawing art lovers and creators from around the world.

The projects are part of Saudi Arbia’s strategy to meet their Vision 2030 goals, they are expected to provide 70,000 new job opportunities.

Construction work is due to start in the second half of 2019.