Umm Al-Qura chooses Oracle Autonomous Database

Umm Al-Qura University is based in the holy city of Makkah.
Updated 12 February 2019

Umm Al-Qura chooses Oracle Autonomous Database

Umm Al-Qura University will implement Oracle’s Autonomous Database to create an integrated digital platform that will help the university deliver seamless and paperless educational services to more than 100,000 students across its 36 colleges on five campuses. 

The new implementation will also enable the university to introduce programs in digital skills across emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence for students to help prepare the country’s next generation workforce.

“As part of the Vision 2030 initiative, Saudi Arabia is focused on developing at least five universities in the country to be featured among the world’s top educational institutions, Umm Al-Qura University being one of them,” said Dr. Atif Al-Hijali, vice dean of e-services.

“At Umm Al-Qura University, we are fully aligned with the national aspirations and have thus been investing in creating a modern IT infrastructure that will help us deliver a truly digital experience across all our colleges. The Oracle Autonomous Database is helping us create this platform, as the solution enables us to scale efficiently while also integrating vital data with other relevant government ministries,” he added.

“In 2018, only 40 of our services were online — our aim is for everyone including tutors, researchers and students to complete all tasks from their home or office and come to the university only for in-person classes or to write exams. With the Oracle Autonomous Database, we will now offer 200 subsites with personalized editors and publishers with their own workflows, without any intervention from the IT department,” said Dr. Hijali.

Based in the holy city of Makkah, the university receives nearly 35,000 applications for its bachelors’ degree program and over 50,000 applications overall across all degree programs. With the implementation of Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, the university aims to enhance the user experience of the automated registration, admissions, administration and many other processes, especially for the university’s top management. 

“Umm Al-Qura University is a pioneering educational institution that has always prioritized technological advancement to deliver high-quality education to Saudi students. The adoption of Oracle’s self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing autonomous database will help the university deliver ‘future ready’ education to Saudi students, to equip them with the required skills for succeeding in the digital economy,” said Fahad Al-Turief, country manager — Saudi Arabia, Oracle.

Saudi International Motor Show 2019 begins today

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi International Motor Show 2019 begins today

The 41st Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) 2019 begins today at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, giving showgoers access to more than 100 new models for 2020 from the US, Japan, Korea and China.

Automobiles from 14 of the world’s leading auto brands including MG, Hyundai, Ford, KIA, Cherry, GAC Motors, Suzuki, Haval, Toyota, Chevrolet, Changan, GMC, Great Wall and FAW will be on display.

The event, held under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz, will run until Dec. 14.

The Saudi International Motor Show is being organized by Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE). It will be attended by executives from top international automotive manufacturers and will be preceded by the launch of a number of new models, which will take place before the official inauguration.

Hadi Al-Harith, chairman of ACE, said the exhibition will have new features for visitors and a range of activities for youth, such as drifting, 4x4 test drive circuit and display of modified cars and SUVs.

“The five-day event offers visitors the chance to discover the latest technology in car manufacturing and design and provides a platform for trade professionals to come together,” he said.

For the new segment of women drivers, the motor show will provide an opportunity to choose their vehicles from a wide array of models on display, while simultaneously giving the car companies a new channel for sales.

The exhibition will also witness the provision of affordable financing solutions offered by the National Commercial Bank, the diamond sponsor of the motor show, and Al-Yusr Finance Company. Malath Insurance Company and the General Gulf Cooperative Insurance Company will provide advanced and affordable vehicle insurance services.

This year’s annual event covers a total area of 31,500 square meter of the venue and runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Saturday.