Saudi ministry launches ‘Pioneers of Technology’ program

“Pioneers of Technology” program is sponsored by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha
Updated 05 May 2019

Saudi ministry launches ‘Pioneers of Technology’ program

  • The program aims to promote the Kingdom’s status as a major pioneering digital center


RIYADH: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) launched an online portal for registration in its “Pioneers of Technology” program on Saturday, sponsored by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha.

The program aims to promote the Kingdom’s status as a major pioneering digital center, through raising the economic contributions of small and medium enterprises.

Ahmed Hamdan Al-Thenayan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said that the program was a strategic initiative that would eliminate obstacles and challenges facing target sectors through using evolving technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the “internet of things.”

He noted that the program would also promote the importance of the fourth industrial revolution in business development and prosperity, and that it would support entrepreneurs in the technological field with the required tools to implement their projects, accelerating digital transformation and supporting Saudi Vision 2030.

Firms in target sectors such as e-commerce, Hajj and Umrah, agriculture, industry, recreation, sports and social entrepreneurship can apply to the program by uploading their projects or ideas on the dedicated website. The registration, presentation and evaluation of the projects will be done online through the website.

The program is intended to give participating technical pioneers a chance to gain practical experience through the training camp. For three months participants will receive intensive guidance in the use of new technology, and at the end of the program, winning entrepreneurs will be honored.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.