Lenovo appoints new data center country manager in Saudi Arabia

Lenovo’s data center portfolio spans servers, storage, converged and hyperconverged, networking, hyperscale, software and services. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Lenovo appoints new data center country manager in Saudi Arabia

  • “The Middle East is witnessing rapid transformation and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a major market player, leading the charge in the adoption of new-age technologies,” said a Lenovo official
  • He also said Lenovo's data center can be “an integral technology partner for enterprises and governments across the region.”

DUBAI: China-based tech giant Lenovo has appointed a new data center country manager for Saudi Arabia – a move the company has aligned with the kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

Emad Aldaous will be heading the company’s vision to “transform the data center industry regionally.”

“The Middle East is witnessing rapid transformation and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a major market player, leading the charge in the adoption of new-age technologies like IoT, AI and blockchain, underpinned by the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030,” said Richard Wilcox, DCG Regional Director for Lenovo Middle East.

Wilcox also said the DCG can be “an integral technology partner for enterprises and governments across the region.”

Lenovo aims to be a top data center player in the industry, becoming the largest and fastest growing supercomputing company by 2020.

Lenovo’s data center portfolio spans servers, storage, converged and hyperconverged, networking, hyperscale, software and services.

The Vision 2030 provides an ambitious blueprint for the future of the kingdom, covering several aspects of development including technology.


Time to tear down Mideast trade barriers, Davos panel hears

Updated 23 January 2019
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Time to tear down Mideast trade barriers, Davos panel hears

  • Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi minister of economy and planning, said a move to ease movement of traffic across the border could be followed elsewhere
  • Majid Al Futtaim CEO Alain Bejjani: Now there’s this seriousness between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, I hope it gets to frictionless trade

DAVOS: Amid global trade wars and the rise of protectionism, Middle East economic and business leaders on Tuesday issued a clarion call for the exact opposite: To ease customs restrictions in the region.
A panel at Davos heard how an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the UAE to boost cooperation — including the reduction of obstacles to trade across the shared border — could be a blueprint for the wider region.
Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi minister of economy and planning, said a move to ease movement of traffic across the border — partly through the use of technology — could be followed elsewhere. “We want to establish a reference for others to follow,” he said.
Alain Bejjani, CEO of retail and leisure group Majid Al Futtaim, said “frictionless trade” would give the region a boost.
“Now there’s this seriousness between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, I hope it gets to frictionless trade,” he told Arab News on the sidelines of the Davos forum.
Bejjani declined to say whether that would involve a customs union, a common market or a common currency. Given the imposition of trade tariffs between the US and China, and the rise of Brexit, globalization — something espoused by many Davos delegates — is seen as on the wane.
But Bejjani said breaking down barriers in the Middle East could help it better compete with Western Europe and the US.
“For the past almost century now… we’ve been ingeniously working on making sure we put barriers across the Arab world. The reality is we have a market that’s as big as most of the largest markets in the world… if we’re smart enough to work together,” he told the Davos panel.
Khalid Al-Rumaihi, chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, agreed that Saudi-UAE cooperation was “a great template” for others to follow.
Aside from “opening up” Middle East markets, Al-Rumaihi said harmonizing regulation in the region would also be beneficial to businesses and entrepreneurs.
“If the rules are changing in each country, if they’re not harmonized, it’s very difficult… for an entrepreneur (to understand) the regulatory environment. So they don’t scale very quickly, and that’s something we need to solve,” he said. Talk of freer trade within the Middle East is especially relevant when it comes to the Palestinian territories, which are subject to Israeli occupation and blockade.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said freer movement and a reduction of duties would help the economy grow.
“We need to see our products being waived (of) customs,” he said. “We need mobility — we’re under occupation.”