Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Skop Holding Group recently honored Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.
Updated 29 October 2018
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Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Wallan Trading Company, the official distributor of Hyundai in Saudi Arabia’s central region, has signed a deal with Skop Holding Group to use its IDrive car-sharing platform.

Wallan will use the opportunity to expand its rental services in and around Riyadh using the application, promoted as the attractive and affordable alternative to vehicle ownership or rental.

“Hyundai is delighted to make its cars available on IDrive via its partner Wallan Trading,” said Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.

“Skop’s innovative platform will enable many more people to experience the performance, comfort, and safety of Hyundai motors and hopefully forge a lasting affinity with the marque.”

IDrive is aimed at people who wish to lease a vehicle for as little as a few hours. Customers are only billed for the duration of use and distance traveled, and car sharing is also offered, making the service different from those of traditional vehicle rental providers.

Rental cars are parked available in designated parking areas, conveniently sited in locations such as conference centers, markets, and malls. All IDrive vehicles are supplied in immaculate condition, with a full fuel tank and comprehensive insurance. 

Skop offers a diverse range of models, with a choice of numerous subtypes. The application also features an authorization service directly linked to Saudi Arabia’s Tamm system, a government initiative that provides verified data about vehicles’ histories to their owners.

Skop Holding Group organized a launch event for IDrive, which was attended by public and private sector officials as well as partners. At the gathering, the company honored Song for Hyundai’s support in preparing the platform for its release onto the Saudi market.

A pilot version of IDrive was launched in the Kingdom last May, and it will be officially rolled out in large cities later this year before being extended to smaller conurbations and governorates.

Wallan Trading Company Chairman Fahad bin Saad Al-Wallan said: “We are constantly trying to develop our services. This agreement confirms that we are in line with our long-term strategic plans to develop our business, especially at the digital service level.” The agreement was signed in the presence of Al-Wallan and Skop Holding Group Chairman Tarek bin Fahad Al-Dahmash. Other senior executives who witnessed the occasion included Ali bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fulaij, Wallan director general of car rentals; and Dr. Mohamed bin Abdo Saeed Al-Moghalis, Skop’s vice president. 

Dr. Al-Moghalis detailed the IDrive application’s functions and features, emphasizing its ability to spare customers the time and expense of visiting car rental offices. 


Saudi students to visit Huawei HQ in China

Huawei recently held a special ceremony for students participating in the program at the CITC headquarters in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Saudi students to visit Huawei HQ in China

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is collaborating with Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, to launch Huawei’s fourth edition of the “Seeds for the Future” program. 

This year the Seeds for the Future program is expected to attract numerous projects from a wide range of universities in Riyadh, each with the potential to be selected for incubation. The initiative aims to develop ICT talent among Saudi students who will become tomorrow’s leaders. They will also receive focused mentoring from top Huawei executives and a chance to travel to Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, to gain exposure to the ICT solutions provider.

The company recently held a special ceremony for students participating in the program at the CITC headquarters in the Saudi capital. The event was attended on behalf of the CITC governor by Ahmed Al-Jarboo, vice president of corporate communications; Zhou Xinglong, counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Saudi Arabia; and Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Ltd. 

CITC has been collaborating with Huawei since 2015 on Seeds for the Future. A total of 51 students have directly benefited as a result of the program, including through their visit to Huawei HQ in Shenzhen.

Al-Jarboo thanked Huawei for its efforts in “serving the community and its keenness on upgrading the Kingdom’s ICT sector.” He also urged students to benefit from the experience in expanding their knowledge.

Xinglong said: “This is another example of the close relationship we have with Saudi Arabia. I am proud of Huawei’s commitment to social responsibility and the important role played by this prestigious company in the development of Saudi youth.”

CEO Zhang said: “We are pleased to announce that we will continue to partner with the CITC for the Seeds for the Future in 2018. Saudi Arabia has a huge segment of young people and we are proud to announce our solidarity to empower these young people and give them the opportunity to sharpen their skills and help them become the leaders of tomorrow in the field of information and communication technology.”

He added: “Huawei is seeking to collaborate with government partners to develop an ecosystem for the ICT sector, and the key to this is to guide and support outstanding young talents in the field of ICT not only in Saudi Arabia, but to provide them with access to institutions to develop technologies that will help the Kingdom achieve its goals in its Vision 2030.”