Saudi museum owners visit UAE

Updated 07 December 2012
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Saudi museum owners visit UAE

A group of 30 private museum owners has traveled to the United Arab Emirates this week to get acquainted with the experiences of Dubai and Sharjah in the field of heritage museums.
The visit is the outcome of the first Private Museum Owners Forum that was held in Riyadh in May 2011, which recommended benefiting from other countries’ experiences in improving performance and achieving safety. By organizing the trip, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) aims to have the owners acquainted with pioneer experiences of heritage museums in the UAE and find ways to develop ones in Saudi Arabia. It also aims for the owners to see the value of tourism development and of maintaining urban heritage.
The trip also shows owners the best ways for showcasing, documenting and preserving antiques, as well as the use of modern technology and the Internet in museums and in promoting urban heritage.
The trip’s schedule includes visits to Islamic, heritage, marine, and scientific museums.
The SCTA has been supporting private museums by granting free licenses and working on improving museums’ standards.
Current SCTA services to museums consist of promotion, restoration of antiques when required, setting up of museums in touristic places, and helping owners to develop their exhibitions via special programs.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.