Royal Commission of Yanbu opens first Saudi ‘smart city’ project

The smart city was inaugurated by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan, chairman of RCJY; Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, minister of communication and IT; Abdulaziz Salem Al-Rwais, CITC governor; Alaa Nassif, CEO of the Royal Commission of Yanbu; Ahmed Aboudoma, chief executive of Mobily; and other officials.
Updated 24 April 2017

Royal Commission of Yanbu opens first Saudi ‘smart city’ project

The Royal Commission of Yanbu, in collaboration with Bayanat Co, an Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) subsidiary, has inaugurated Saudi Arabia’s first smart city in Yanbu.
The smart city was opened in a ceremony at the head office of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) in Riyadh.
The Royal Commission of Yanbu executed the telecom network infrastructure in collaboration with Bayanat Co. This included building and operating unified telecom and IT network in Yanbu Industrial City, which is considered the first brick in achieving the Yanbu Industrial Smart City.
The accomplishment is the first step of productive collaboration between the Royal Commission and Bayanat.
The smart city was inaugurated by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan, chairman of RCJY; Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, minister of communication and IT; Abdulaziz Salem Al-Rwais, CITC governor; Alaa Nassif, CEO of the Royal Commission of Yanbu; Ahmed Aboudoma, chief executive of Mobily; and a number of officials from the Royal Commission, Mobily, and Bayanat.
Royal Commission CEO Nassif said: “The Royal Commission’s vision for Yanbu Industrial City represents a qualitative transformation that complies with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 through enhancing the efficiency and capabilities of the information technology environment of the city to support initiatives and industrial and commercial projects in the Industrial City.
“Moreover, it aims to provide an attractive community environment to reside and secure high-income job and investment opportunities for residents and visitors,” he added.
The Royal Commission of Yanbu started strategic partnerships with international technology providers in the field of smart cities to develop and create more than 10 services in the city that will improve greatly the citizen experience and city operations by using new technologies like Internet of Things.
Ismail Alghamdi, Mobily chief business officer, said: “The inauguration confirms the leading role of Bayanat Co. in the telecom sector in Saudi Arabia, and reflects the company’s keenness to support added value economic projects, and smart cities projects which serve the Kingdom and are in line with 2030 Vision to develop the information technology infrastructure.”
More than 1,800 km of FTTH cables have been implemented inside the city to connect around 15,000 housing units and 55 industrial units. Additionally, 22,000 ports have been executed for the housing units and 480 ports for business units.


Huawei ICT Competition opens to students in KSA

Updated 28 October 2020

Huawei ICT Competition opens to students in KSA

Huawei is now running the 4th edition of its flagship annual ICT competition in Saudi Arabia to support the next generation of leaders for an intelligent world, in line with government national plans and strategies.

The Huawei ICT Competition underpins technology utilization and aims to support socioeconomic development by bolstering the overall ICT ecosystem through local talent. Such individuals can in turn help the Kingdom achieve its national development plans and ambitious visions for more sustainable knowledge-based economies. This year’s competition is being held in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

From October to December, thousands of undergraduate students are expected to participate in the competition, which is being held virtually for the first time due to physical distancing measures. All university students in the Kingdom can take part in this competition.

Ibrahim bin Nasser Al-Nasser, general director of the Digital Innovation Center at MCIT, said: “The ICT sector is a significant national industry promoting Saudi Arabia’s global competitiveness and economic strength. Private sector programs like the Huawei ICT Competition are highly valued in supporting these ambitions, developing indigenous innovation overall while nurturing a supportive environment for the ICT sector in particular.”

Faisal bin Ayyad Al-Otaibi, director general of HR at Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “Empowering the Kingdom’s youth with global knowledge and new skills plays a key role in the future of socioeconomic growth. Huawei is committed to expanding the ICT value chain in Saudi Arabia through local talent and building open ecosystems ... Moreover, by offering participants access to online exchanges and learning, we can create more equal opportunities for quality education, enabling more people to benefit from the digital economy.”

Zhao Liuqing, minister counselor for economic and commercial affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Saudi Arabia, added: “Saudi Arabia has long been our partner in many endeavors, and we value this relationship immensely. By working together on initiatives such as talent development and the evolution of the ICT sector, we can create new value for both of our societies.”

The training and competition tracks for this year — held under the theme “Connection, Glory, Future” — focus on advanced technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud computing, and data storage, facilitating connections between international talent.

This year will also see the introduction of the Huawei Innovation Competition, held in parallel to the ICT competition. It focuses on supporting undergraduate students and teachers in using innovative technologies such as AI, cloud computing, and big data to create valuable and meaningful applications for society.

Winners of the regional competitions will receive a certification, future learning opportunities, a $20,000 cash prize, and more.

In the past years, over 7,100 students from across the Kingdom applied for the Middle East ICT Competition from leading colleges and universities. The competition was supported by ministries, various ambassadors, and academic chancellors from some of Saudi Arabia’s top-ranking universities. 

Three teams participated in the ICT competition, and traveled to China to compete at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, where they came in third place in the competition.