Zain and OSN in deal forpremium TV content

Updated 13 January 2013
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Zain and OSN in deal forpremium TV content

Zain Group has signed a partnership agreement with OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, in order to allow Zain customers gaining access to premium and exclusive Arabic and English entertainment anytime, anywhere on a number of devices through OSN Play, the region’s first online TV viewing platform.
Zain customers in Kuwait and Bahrain (as a first phase) can purchase OSN subscriptions and services directly from Zain retail stores along with the mobile operator’s regular selection of communication services.
OSN Play will be offered as part of a special package with Zain’s high-speed broadband services.
Zain Group plans to roll out similar initiatives in new markets allowing its large base of customers to enjoy more services as well as the convenience of subscribing to telecommunication and TV entertainment services from a single retail point.
Hisham Akbar, Zain Group deputy CEO and COO, said the group has stepped up its efforts lately to enrich its networks in the Middle East and North Africa via regional and global partnerships, adding that this partnership will help meeting customers’ passion for these new kind of experiences. David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said the strategic partnership with a leading telecom brand, Zain, will provide the most extensive range of exclusive and premium TV entertainment bundled with the latest communication services.
Butorac said OSN recently launched five new channels and have expanded its HD line-up which is currently the largest in the region.
Zain subscribers in the Middle East will be able to enjoy a wide range of offers and services through this partnership, by gaining access to more than 100 exclusive channels, providing OSN exclusive movies, sports programs and global and Arabic entertainment.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.