MODON, Huawei partner for smart industrial cities

Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, and Denis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, recently signed an MoU to transform MODON’s industrial cities into smart industrial cities.
Updated 07 October 2017

MODON, Huawei partner for smart industrial cities

The Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Huawei to transform its industrial cities into smart industrial cities. The move aims at enabling the factories to automate their operations and utilize advanced technologies in facilitating management, control, quality control and tracking its products remotely.
Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, said the planning and designing of the project has already begun in Riyadh 2nd Industrial City by focusing on security and safety services. Fiber optic networks will be built, and CCTV cameras and electronic lighting poles installed, to monitor the traffic movement and security.
“This step will be followed by the implementation of some smart applications for utilities, health and environment and engineering support, along with raising the level of quality of services and sustainability and rationalization of energy and water consumption operations,” he said.
Al-Salem said the project will be launched soon after MODON completes the designs, prepares specifications and selects contractors for implementation. “A phased implementation system will ensure cost rationalization, provide sufficient time for testing and trial, and benefit from the experience of other cities,” he added.
Al-Salem said the project will contribute to the provision of high-quality ICT services through wireless networks within the industrial cities and to all factories.
Denis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “As one of the leading smart city solution providers, Huawei is proud to be a strategic partner of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) in various fields of the Kingdom’s information and communication technology (ICT) needs, which play a vital role in supporting the Saudi Vision 2030.”
He added: “Huawei puts all its advanced technological innovations into the service of the Kingdom, and we hope that this cooperation with MODON will be in the interest of providing more smooth, smart and digital services that delight the people of Saudi Arabia.
“Huawei reaffirms its full support for the Kingdom’s and its leadership’s vision in the digitalization era and building a sustainable, knowledge-based digital economy, and we will strive to support this trend by sharing and imparting expertise, skills, knowledge and the latest global experiences in the field of information technology.”


Entertainment hub ‘Xtreme Play’ opens in Jeddah

Updated 26 November 2020

Entertainment hub ‘Xtreme Play’ opens in Jeddah

Xtreme Play, the newest children’s indoor games hub in Jeddah, is offering visitors never-seen-before inflatable attractions, available for the first time in the Kingdom. The family-friendly entertainment center is spread over an area of 2,500 square meters at the Sultan Mall complex on Prince Sultan Street.

Xtreme Play consists of two main sections, namely the Trampoline Main Arena and Inflatable Ninja Warriors. The Trampoline Main Arena consists of several free-jumping zones, including a dodgeball and volleyball court, trampoline basketball court, slam dunk area, and airbag jump, while the Inflatable Ninja Warriors area includes different action games, such as bouncing, jumping, climbing, dodging, foam pit, sliding, maneuvering challenge and sledding challenge. The inflatable equipment has been brought in from specialized international gaming manufacturers and is suitable for children aged six and above.

The center has three halls — all designed in an attractive modern style — that will be used for hosting birthdays parties and events, as well training sessions by instructors specialized in judo, karate, taekwondo, ballet, gymnastics and other sports.

The center is well-equipped for school trips and corporate events. It has an upper viewing lounge overlooking a park, where visitors can enjoy food and drinks. Events for adults and Ninja Warrior tournaments are also held in this area. The management has ensured that all games are completely safe and that children are not exposed to any hard surfaces, which can lead to injuries.

Khalid Souri, board member and CEO of VIM Entertainment Company, which owns Xtreme Play in Jeddah, said: “The launch of the Xtreme Play center promotes the family entertainment industry in Jeddah, and provides world-class indoor entertainment services to all ages, the likes of which are available only in the world’s finest cities.”

He added: “We aim at making the Xtreme Play visit a unique experience for all family members, as it combines entertainment and safety at the same time. We also aim to expand in the rest of the Kingdom’s cities and provinces soon.”