KAUST startup iyris places third in Startup Istanbul 2018

iyris, Oaesis and UnitX were selected from the top 100 startups out of over 90,000 applicants from over 80 countries in Asia and Europe.
Updated 04 November 2018
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KAUST startup iyris places third in Startup Istanbul 2018

Three King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) startups have been named on the “Top 10” list of the best companies in the Startup Istanbul 2018 international competition, which took place from Oct. 19-22.
iyris, Oaesis and UnitX were selected from the top 100 startups out of over 90,000 applicants from over 80 countries in Asia and Europe.
iyris secured the third place in the conference and exhibition that brought together around 4,000 leading entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists and investors to Istanbul as a meeting point between the East and the West. The startup was established by co-founders Derya Baran, KAUST assistant professor; Daniel Bryant; Nicola Gasparini; and Joel Troughton.
The solar energy-advocating startup, which recently won KAUST’s TAQADAM Startup Accelerator grant-based competition, develops transparent photovoltaic technologies that turn windows into solar panels while preserving the aesthetic aspect of buildings and blocking the heat.
Oaesis developed its laser-based energy efficient lighting system to maximize indoor farms’ yield using low energy yet providing the necessary light for growing plants.
UnitX provides customized products and services for high performance computing, helping companies in the military, mechanical, aerospace and reverse engineering industries engineer better products faster by adopting a simulation-assisted prototyping approach that relies on parallel computing.
The university supports emerging companies on their journeys from the early stages of ideation to marketing and financial support. KAUST also participates in several conferences and competitions locally and globally as part of the university’s efforts to contribute to diversifying the sources and means of economic development in the Kingdom by supporting a knowledge-based economy.


MYNM welcomes new BMW X5 in Saudi Arabia

MYNM welcomed the new vehicle in the BMW Automall showroom in Jeddah on Nov. 11.
Updated 20 November 2018
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MYNM welcomes new BMW X5 in Saudi Arabia

MYNM, the official importer of BMW Group in Saudi Arabia, has announced the arrival of the new BMW X5. MYNM welcomed the new vehicle in the BMW Automall showroom in Jeddah on Nov. 11.

Compared to its predecessor, the BMW X5 has grown in all dimensions while still retaining its charismatic character and proportions. Its design language has become more athletic, with more clearly defined surfaces and even more precise lines; the signature sculpted bonnet has a muscular appearance, and the front overhang is even shorter than the previous model. 

The new X5 boasts a dynamic front design with its large BMW kidney grille. The standard LED headlights are very slim and wrap around into the front wings giving it its unique character. 

The new BMW X5 will be launched with two power-boosted engines with a three-liter six-cylinder petrol engine with 340 hp and a max. torque of 450 Nm. 

The BMW X5 will be available for sale across MYNM showrooms this December. Customers can view the model in person and schedule a test drive to experience it.