Major security expo opens in Riyadh

The three-day expo held under the patronage of Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif was inaugurated by Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al-Dawood, the undersecretary of Interior Ministry. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 04 November 2018
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Major security expo opens in Riyadh

  • As many as 130 companies from 22 countries are taking part in the event, which focuses on the areas of digital transformation and innovative security solutions for smart cities and other projects envisaged in Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: The Saudi National Security and Risk Prevention Expo opened in the capital city on Sunday at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The event, which is being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, boasts widespread participation from industry leaders, experts and consultants, as well as top local, regional and international companies specialized in the field of security solutions and risk management, and features several workshops focusing on key issues related to innovation in security, in addition to live interactive demonstrations.
The three-day expo held under the patronage of Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif was inaugurated by Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al-Dawood, the undersecretary of Interior Ministry.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro, the director general of the General Directorate for Civil Defense, said: “The event supports the Kingdom’s ambitions set by Vision 2030 and is one of the most important milestones achieved under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
He said the Kingdom’s authorities strive to further develop and boost the security sectors to address current and future challenges.
As many as 130 companies from 22 countries are taking part in the event, which focuses on the areas of digital transformation and innovative security solutions for smart cities and other projects envisaged in Saudi Vision 2030.
The event also features two forums. The first, titled “The future of Hajj safety and security forum,” delves into what Hajj seasons will require in terms of infrastructure, services and security facilities in order to create opportunities for organizations specializing the fields of security and risk prevention.
The second, “Smart Safe Cities Forum,” seeks to boost foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia and support its objectives with regards to economic diversification.
The exhibition will also see the launch of innovation awards which will celebrate innovations across six categories: Virtual and augmented reality, drone detection, unmanned systems and robots, digital crime management and digital forensic clues, connected systems and smart security equipment and crowd control. A panel comprising industry experts will select the nominees and winners from each category.
Among the prominent speakers at the event is Mike King from the US, a leading authority on global public security and expert in crime investigation and legal studies, Dr. Faisal Al-Aayyan, vice president of Rabdan Academy in the UAE, Dr. Yehya Al-Marzouqi, executive director for strategy at Tawazun, and Franck Martin, safety expert at French firm ADP-I.
One of the many activities taking place at the event is the Smart and Safe City Control Center, an innovative platform to showcase the latest security technologies that will present the first simulation of its kind in Saudi Arabia for emergency response, including equipment especially designed for this purpose, as well as advanced solutions for monitoring and command centers.


Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

Updated 34 min 47 sec ago
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Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”