Hundreds to benefit from Apps World Forum workshops in Saudi Arabia

Tech-based startups and e-commerce-based companies are participating in the three-day forum, which opened on Thursday. (Courtesy: Jeddah Chambers)
Updated 06 October 2018

Hundreds to benefit from Apps World Forum workshops in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 150 tech-based startups and e-commerce-based companies are hosted during the forum
  • The forum also hosts some of the key development companies in the Kingdom, which provided guidance and detailed information to interested visitors

JEDDAH: Developers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts from around the Kingdom gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Jeddah to attend the Application World Forum for its second consecutive year.

The three-day forum was launched in the presence of Deputy Makkah Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, “known for being a great supporter of entrepreneurs and technology in the country,” according to Thamer Al-Fartooshi, chairman of the Jeddah Entrepreneurship Committee (JEC).

More than 150 tech-based startups and e-commerce-based companies are hosted during the forum, where they will have the chance to introduce their services and showcase their stories to the forum’s visitors.

Al-Fartooshi said: “Our target is to have more than 1,500 visitors during the forum days, and today it can be seen as a great success toward achieving that.”

“Visitors will get the chance to attend nine workshops that cover topics related to developing an application and starting a tech-based business from market leaders, including discussing new ideas, displaying unique and different applications, an introduction to e-commerce and marketing through applications.”

The forum also hosts some of the key development companies in the Kingdom, which provided guidance and detailed information to interested visitors. 

Yousef Aldabbagh, co-founder and managing partner at eDesign, said: “This kind of event is an interesting opportunity to meet this number of young people who are really interested in the apps world and explore its potential.”

“The application industry in the country is extremely huge and promising. It is a realized opportunity to both local and international developers.”

Aldabbagh, whose eDesign digital agency has been running for 10 years, added: “Today we are providing a free consultation service for anyone who has the interest to enter this market.”

The forum is also a great opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to engage with developers and technology specialists to take ideas and businesses to the next stage.

Khalid Alahmad, a young entrepreneur who has an application idea, said: “I’m here today in order to understand this industry.”

This type of event is what we need and we look forward to every year. Today I was able to meet with real developers and attended workshops and speeches, which opened my eyes to what exactly I need to do next.”

Also, almost 150 developers and programmers are competing in the forum’s hackathon, which continues until Saturday when the winning ideas will be announced.


GCC summit calls for greater economic and defense unity among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic and defense unity among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic and defense integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

“The leaders of the GCC countries have affirmed today their keenness to preserve the strength, cohesion and strength of the GCC …  as an oasis of stability, security, economic prosperity and social peace,” the statement said.

It referred to attacks in the last year against Saudi Arabia, including coordinated missile and drone strikes against major oil facilities blamed on Iran.

The statement said the GCC states “stand unified against the attacks” and that this reflected the Gulf defense agreement that says “aggression against a member state would be considered as aggression against all the GCC states.”

“The highest goal of the Cooperation Council is to achieve coordination, integration and interdependence among the member states in all fields in order to reach their unity,” it said.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

He said the current set of challenges “call for concerted efforts to confront them.”

“The Iranian regime continues its hostile actions to undermine security and stability and support terrorism,” the king said.

He said the GCC must “work with the international community to stop the interference of this regime, deal seriously with its nuclear program and the program to develop ballistic missiles.”

There was no mention in the final communique of the dispute between Qatar and other Gulf and Arab countries. 

But Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah was the most senior Qatari official to attend the GCC summit since 2017 - the same year Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt launched a boycott of Qatar over its links to extremist groups among other things.

Speaking after the meeting, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said: “The four countries (boycotting Qatar) continue to support the efforts of the Kuwaiti Emir and value their success.”

Al-Zayani, who is stepping down as secretary general, said all the GCC leaders had praised the efforts of the Emir of Kuwait in preserving the unity of the cooperation. 

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.