Huawei KSA appoints CEO adviser for Vision 2030

Turki Al-Sakran
Updated 23 January 2019

Huawei KSA appoints CEO adviser for Vision 2030

Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia has announced the appointment of Turki Al-Sakran as a CEO adviser for Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020. The initiative aims to support the digital transformation of the government and private institutions and to contribute to achieving the goals of the reform programs.

Huawei will contribute its global expertise to the preparation of proposals for its customers and partners. It will localize its global portfolio of advanced ICT products, solutions and services to meet the needs of the Saudi government’s customers.

Al-Sakran said: “I look forward to enabling our customers and partners in the Kingdom with the latest technology and global services for a brighter future for our country through the great Vision 2030 led by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei KSA, said: “We are honored to appoint Turki Al-Sakran as a CEO adviser and we look forward to supporting the Saudi government institutions with the latest trends and technologies. This initiative will accelerate the digitization of enterprises and help government agencies to better meet the needs of their customers and we will continue to work with our partners in Saudi Arabia to establish a digital participatory system to support the continuous growth and success of the Kingdom.”


Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.