Saudia Cargo brings in WWE equipment to KSA

Saudia Cargo B747-8 transported the 100-ton equipment and machinery together with sound and lighting systems and other supplies from Maastricht, Netherlands, to Riyadh in mid-October.
Updated 11 November 2018
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Saudia Cargo brings in WWE equipment to KSA

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company has once again helped bring World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event to the Kingdom by transporting all the equipment and supplies for the long-anticipated Crown Jewel tournament to Riyadh.

The WWE event, which millions of wrestling enthusiasts look forward to, went ahead on time and as planned thanks to the “advanced logistics capabilities of the cargo company and its dedicated operations team,” according to the company.

Organized by the General Sports Authority, the Crown Jewel event was held on Friday at King Saud University stadium in Riyadh with the participation of the best professional wrestlers in the world. 

Saudia Cargo B747-8 transported the 100-ton equipment and machinery together with sound and lighting systems and other supplies from Maastricht, Netherlands, to Riyadh in mid-October. 

Last April, the company transported the WWE heavy equipment and machinery including the parts of the wrestling ring from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Jeddah, where the WWE event took place. 

Saudia Cargo boasts a state-of-the-art freighter fleet with large aircraft in addition to its capacity available on passenger airplanes. The company operates flights to various international destinations, offers charter services and delivers cost-effective solutions for myriad logistic services. 


MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018
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MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”