Oracle continues to drive Cloud adoption in Saudi Arabia

Updated 30 August 2016

Oracle continues to drive Cloud adoption in Saudi Arabia

A seamless cloud transition was the key focus for Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) members who took part in an Oracle workshop in Riyadh. 
Dozens of Oracle Partners gathered to learn about the company’s latest database cloud services that will help them migrate database from on premise to the cloud for achieving new levels of efficiency, security, and availability.
Thamer Alharbi, country managing director — Saudi Arabia, Oracle commented: “Organizations in Saudi Arabia realize that cloud adoption offers them speed, value and better ROI. The workshop is in line with our commitment to further drive this interest and support our customers in their journey to the cloud”. 
He added: “At Oracle, we believe that cloud technology will play a vital role in driving Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Economic Diversification Plan and with our completely integrated cloud platform that spans all layers of the cloud, we are uniquely poised to help organizations in Saudi Arabia transition to the cloud”.  
The workshop that was organized at the Oracle Partner Hub in Riyadh focused on educating the participants about configuring database on the cloud and the steps necessary to create, migrate, backup, and restore Oracle Database Cloud Services with Oracle’s public cloud offerings. 
According to IDC’s FutureScape Predictions, more than a third of Saudi organizations have already invested in cloud services and the cloud market in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow 44.5 percent year on year in 2016 to a total of $63 million. 

New Balance opens store in Riyadh

Updated 13 October 2018

New Balance opens store in Riyadh

American multinational corporation New Balance Inc. (NB), a global leader in athletic footwear, apparel and accessories, opened its new store in the Saudi capital on Thursday. The store, located in the high-end Riyadh Gallery Mall on King Fahd Road, showcases women’s and men’s shoes, apparel and sportswear, sports equipment, and kids and lifestyle selections.

Top Brazilian footballer Carlos Eduardo de Oliveira Alves, who plays for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal Club, cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the New Balance store. The inaugural ceremony was attended by a large number of industry leaders and top-notch executives of Apparel Group, which owns and operates the New Balance stores in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking on this occasion, Alves said: “I am happy to open the store of New Balance, with which I have been associated.” 

The footballer, who recently signed a two-year contract with New Balance endorsing the brand, called on the shoppers “to visit the store where they will be led into an interactive and immersive experience of the brand, welcomed by dynamic visuals.”

Referring to the range of the New Balance Athletics Inc., a statement released on this occasion, said: “The New Balance’s Riyadh store is roomy and bright, and presents the brand’s footwear and apparel in a raw-concrete environment.” 

New Balance, the Boston-based maker of trainers and running shoes, is planning to aggressively expand its presence in the Gulf region, increasing its store count to 50 by 2020. 

“The launch of this store is the pinnacle of our progress in the Kingdom and the Middle East, but it is also just the start,” said the statement, adding that the Boston-based company is excited to announce the release of the 247v2. As a contemporary evolution, the updated silhouette makes a nod to NB heritage, while further representing the intersection between where lifestyle and sport meet, it said. 

Alves, who inaugurated the New Balance store, plays for the Al-Hilal Club as a midfielder. He joined Al-Hilal in 2015, scored several goals for the club and won many honors. 

New Balance Athletics Inc., popularly known as New Balance, is among one of the world’s major sports footwear makers. 

This $3.8 billion company, which has more than 5,000 employees globally on its payroll, manufactures shoes with high-technical specifications such as, blended gel inserts and heel counters.