Accounting platform for entrepreneurs launched in KSA

Abdullah Al-Dayel, founder and CEO of Qoyod.
Updated 09 June 2017

Accounting platform for entrepreneurs launched in KSA

RIYADH: An accounting platform for entrepreneurs and small-business owners in the Arab world has been launched through an initiative of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
The platform, part of KACST’s Badir Technology Incubator Program, is aimed at startup businesses and small and medium enterprises. It is designed to help boost productivity and competition by giving businesses insights and reducing their operational costs.
Dubbed “Qoyod,” the platform helps business owners manage customers and suppliers, issue invoices and purchase orders, and help with stock management and point-of-sale service.
“The new platform is available in both Arabic and English language, and provides entrepreneurs with the latest tools in the fintech industry. Ensuring they have the right set of tools enables them to manage their business financially using cutting-edge technologies, in a modern yet easy-to-use and simplified manner,” said Abdullah Al-Dayel, founder and CEO of Qoyod.
He added that business owners can subscribe to different packages on a monthly or annual basis.
“One of the features of the platform is that the users do not need to install it on their own devices, since they can access the platform through the computer or smartphones using their username and password,” Al-Dayel said.
He said the idea for Qoyod came about because the existing accounting software is perceived to be difficult, while it is hard to validate the experience of recruited accountants.
Qoyod offers three bundles of services to entrepreneurs, starting with the free package aimed at startup businesses, which allows entrepreneurs to create up to 100 sale invoices with a single user.
Its second bundle of services includes an unlimited number of users issuing an unlimited number of invoices. The third bundle is aimed at startup businesses with showrooms or outlets, and includes a point-of-sale application available through either mobile application or PC, so all transactions can be synchronized immediately.
Qoyod was one of the main projects to be discussed last week at an investment gathering organized by KACST and represented by Badir, which aims to help entrepreneurs in the Kingdom find funding for projects.


Snap happy: Every face tells a story for Saudi photographer

Updated 22 min 32 sec ago

Snap happy: Every face tells a story for Saudi photographer

  • “There is something majestic about people’s faces, their expressions,” says Abdullah Al-Joghiman

DHAHRAN: Saudi portrait photographer Abdullah Al-Joghiman has a message for everybody: You are beautiful just the way you are.

If you don’t believe him, let him take your picture.

“Even if you’re not photogenic, or think you look bad in pictures, I can always turn your frown upside down,” he said.

Al-Joghiman is a full-time financial analyst for the Saudi Electricity Co., but allows plenty of time for his work as a freelance portrait and event photographer on the side.

“I started off doing landscape photography, but I love portrait photography more. Landscape photographers have to travel a lot, and I wasn’t able to commit to that lifestyle for many reasons. But since I was a child I’ve always loved taking pictures of people. There is something majestic about people’s faces, their expressions,” he told Arab News.

The 34-year-old was born in Al-Hofuf and now lives in Dammam, but his passion for photography has taken him all over the Kingdom and to other areas of the world.

Al-Joghiman at the 2018 Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai. (Supplied)

Al-Joghiman has been asked to shoot for local events such as Gamers’ Con and internationally at conventions in Kuwait, Singapore and the UAE. In 2019, he was commissioned to photograph the World Cosplay Summit in Japan, traveling with a Saudi team competing at the event for the first time.

“It was amazing, I met people from around 20 countries who came to take part,” he said. “It was a great experience.”

Completely self-taught, Al-Joghiman caught the photography bug at college and has been training himself ever since. “I’ve been dabbling in photography since high school, but I started taking it more seriously in college. I’ve been shooting professionally since 2012 or 2013,” he said.

Al-Joghiman started off humbly, with a camera-centric smartphone, but has since expanded his collection significantly, and now shoots with a variety of high-tech cameras from Sony. Now he is attracting interest from both local and international sponsors, especially in the gaming and cosplay areas.

“Cosplayers are kind of difficult to shoot because they can be perfectionists, but I love seeing the joy on their faces when they see the final pictures. That makes it worthwhile,” he said.

Al-Joghiman is happy that social restrictions on photography in Saudi Arabia are easing, allowing him to find more opportunities to do the work he loves.

“It’s difficult to take pictures of people here, especially strangers, but I can’t really blame them, considering that they are not really used to that in our culture. But things are changing and it’s much easier to be a photographer in Saudi Arabia now,” he said.

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Abdullah Al-Joghiman has been asked to shoot for local events such as Gamers’ Con and internationally at conventions in Kuwait, Singapore and the UAE. In 2019, he was commissioned to photograph the World Cosplay Summit in Japan, traveling with a Saudi team competing at the event for the first time.

He is grateful for the Ministry of Culture’s efforts to revive the Kingdom’s art scene, and has long hoped that photography will become more regulated in the country.

“The market for photography and videography really needs to be regulated. It’s hard enough putting a price on one’s work without scoping out the competition and finding that someone else is charging thousands for just a headshot when I’m doing shoots for two or three hundred,” he said.

“I love my work, and I’d love to be able to do it for free, but at the end of the day I still need to eat,” he said.

Al-Joghiman doesn’t want to limit anyone else’s opportunities but simply wants the playing field evened out a little.

“As a photographer, I just want a fair chance for everyone. More importantly, a client should know exactly what they are paying for,” he said.

His advice to young Saudis looking to become photographers is this: “If you pursue photography, don’t worry. Just do what you love, and if people tell you that they don’t look good in pictures, convince them by taking a picture of them.”

AlJoghiman’s work can be found on Instagram and Twitter (@finalecco), and on his website, https://www.eccofantasyph.com