Maserati goes musical in the Kingdom

The concert was attended by Italian Consul General Elisabetta Martini, in addition to the American and Egyptian consuls general, other diplomats and businessmen.
Updated 17 May 2018
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Maserati goes musical in the Kingdom

Maserati recently participated in its first concert in Jeddah. The one-of-a-kind lyrical evening was organized by the Italian Business Group IBG, an official association that operates under the patronage of the Italian Consulate General in Jeddah. Soloists from the Rome Symphony Orchestra, an international group that has performed many concerts and music for Oscar-winning films, performed at the event.

The concert was attended by Italian Consul General Elisabetta Martini, in addition to the American and Egyptian consuls general, other diplomats and businessmen.

Fathy Allam, general manager of Maserati at Fast Auto Technic Co, said: “We at Maserati enjoy and celebrate the creativity of Italian art and music that has inspired the world. There is a close relation between these and our cars, as we explore and execute the finest details in terms of technology, material and design in each Maserati model. Today, we are happy to be a part of this wonderful evening that is aimed at strengthening the ties between the two countries in the presence of such a graceful guest profile.”

He added: “We have put on display our flagship model of Maserati, the Quattroporte, on this beautiful evening and we are glad to see that guests have expressed their appreciation for this model, thanks to its elegance and refined luxury. With our participation in this evening, we are proud to express our enthusiasm for the ambitious Vision 2030 of the Kingdom that is aimed at making Saudi society more vibrant than ever.” 


PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

Updated 18 August 2018
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PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), the largest university for women in the world, has partnered with Dell EMC to train and certify Saudi Arabia’s first batch of female data scientists.

In line with Saudi Vision 2030 to promote a knowledge-based economy, PNU partners with national and international organizations to provide degrees and certificates for Saudi female students and graduates. 

The College of Computer and Information Sciences provides a number of certifications and technical training courses in its curriculum for three bachelor degrees — computer science, information systems and information technology. As a member of Dell EMC’s External Research and Academic Alliance Program, the college has successfully trained and certified 57 female data science and big data analytics students this semester with an additional 103 students certified in cloud infrastructure. 

The university also successfully introduced the VMware Install, Configure and Manage course as an elective training course for senior students. 

Auhood Alfaries, dean of College of Computer and Information Sciences, PNU, said: “Building a comprehensive curriculum to cover the essential knowledge area for the computing disciplines and to equip our students with the skills required for the future workplace is a priority for Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. We are proud to be a leading university to actively promote the data-skilled taskforce in the Kingdom through the introduction of industry-relevant certifications and trainings. 

“We strive to continually evolve to contribute toward building a knowledge-based economy, in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030, through strategic academic partnerships such as the Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program which plays a crucial role in effectively developing our students into tomorrow’s workforce.” 

A recent study by Dell Technologies titled “Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future” highlighted the lack of workforce readiness as the leading barrier in the Middle East to becoming a successful digital business in 2030, further emphasizing the need for skill development among existing employees and future generations. 

Mohammed Amin, senior vice president and regional manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The unrelenting pace of digital transformation in the marketplace is creating new challenges for all of us where organizations as well as individuals are increasingly realizing that investing in workforce readiness and the development of new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation. 

“We congratulate Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University on this wonderful achievement and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance the technical education of women in the region.”

Marwa Zaghow, senior manager, External Research and Academic Alliance, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program collaborates with innovative colleges and universities like Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University to effectively contribute to the regional priority of developing IT skillsets among the youth and specifically women.”