ICT Indicators Forum discusses digital transformation

Panelists are seen at the annual ICT Indicators Forum held by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 22 March 2019
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ICT Indicators Forum discusses digital transformation

RIYADH: The annual ICT Indicators Forum held by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in Riyadh on Wednesday, discussed the impact of digital transformation on the education, health and finance sectors.
Ministry of Health Undersecretary for e-Health Ahmed Belkheir said that technological development is making it easier for beneficiaries to access health care.
Ministry of Finance Undersecretary for Technology and Development Ahmed Al-Suwaiyan said that 55,000 people from the public and private sectors used the ‘Etamad’ platform, which offers competitions and tenders, last year. He said that number is expected to double in 2019.
Talking about digital technology’s impact on education, General Supervisor of e-Services in the Ministry of Education Abdullah Al-Bahdal said that the ‘Noor’ system manages more than 5 million student records, and provides secondary services including certificates, admission, registration and lesson planning.
The forum also included a number of panel discussions on the most important digital trends in the Kingdom, in addition to an exhibition showcasing the latest solutions in digital transformation, and applications of artificial intelligence.


Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

Updated 21 September 2019

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s National Day is in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.