Umm Al-Qura chooses Oracle Autonomous Database

Umm Al-Qura University is based in the holy city of Makkah.
Updated 12 February 2019
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Umm Al-Qura chooses Oracle Autonomous Database

Umm Al-Qura University will implement Oracle’s Autonomous Database to create an integrated digital platform that will help the university deliver seamless and paperless educational services to more than 100,000 students across its 36 colleges on five campuses. 

The new implementation will also enable the university to introduce programs in digital skills across emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence for students to help prepare the country’s next generation workforce.

“As part of the Vision 2030 initiative, Saudi Arabia is focused on developing at least five universities in the country to be featured among the world’s top educational institutions, Umm Al-Qura University being one of them,” said Dr. Atif Al-Hijali, vice dean of e-services.

“At Umm Al-Qura University, we are fully aligned with the national aspirations and have thus been investing in creating a modern IT infrastructure that will help us deliver a truly digital experience across all our colleges. The Oracle Autonomous Database is helping us create this platform, as the solution enables us to scale efficiently while also integrating vital data with other relevant government ministries,” he added.

“In 2018, only 40 of our services were online — our aim is for everyone including tutors, researchers and students to complete all tasks from their home or office and come to the university only for in-person classes or to write exams. With the Oracle Autonomous Database, we will now offer 200 subsites with personalized editors and publishers with their own workflows, without any intervention from the IT department,” said Dr. Hijali.

Based in the holy city of Makkah, the university receives nearly 35,000 applications for its bachelors’ degree program and over 50,000 applications overall across all degree programs. With the implementation of Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, the university aims to enhance the user experience of the automated registration, admissions, administration and many other processes, especially for the university’s top management. 

“Umm Al-Qura University is a pioneering educational institution that has always prioritized technological advancement to deliver high-quality education to Saudi students. The adoption of Oracle’s self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing autonomous database will help the university deliver ‘future ready’ education to Saudi students, to equip them with the required skills for succeeding in the digital economy,” said Fahad Al-Turief, country manager — Saudi Arabia, Oracle.


Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Updated 20 February 2019
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Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Saudi shipping company Bahri is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the growth of maritime industry and improving security in the logistics business at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defense and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).

The events are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi from Feb.17-21.

Khaled bin Hussain Biyari, assistant minister of defense — executive affairs; General Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director general of Saudi Arabian Border Guards; and other officials visited Bahri’s booth during the events.

As part of its participation, Bahri is showcasing its maritime capabilities and innovation-driven solutions at the largest defense expo in the Middle East. The company is also highlighting its unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at its booth. Powered by MAP Pro technology, which transforms any vessel into an autonomous one, Bahri’s USVs are capable of numerous applications, including gathering data, surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition, the vessels offer significant cost savings and reduce human workload in high-risk operations. 

Bringing together more than 1,310 specialized companies from 62 countries, both events offer a strategic business platform for exhibitors to present their latest naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts, and explore partnership opportunities with local and international companies. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX provide a unique opportunity to gather new insights into new security technologies that can help companies thrive in a safe and secure trade. With Saudi Arabia being at the forefront of efforts aimed at maintaining stability and security in the region, maritime security is a key focus area for the Kingdom.” 

Aldubaikhi added: “Bahri’s presence at IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 is part of our strategy to further strengthen our offerings to enhance the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities and support its transformation as the world’s leading logistics hub. The exhibition also provides us with an excellent platform to connect with our customers and explore new partnership opportunities that will further drive our ambitious expansion plans.”

Bahri Logistics, one of the five business units within Bahri and one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels that are capable of carrying different types of cargo, including project, ro-ro, breakbulk, equipment, and container cargo.