Al-Sawaha reviews STC readiness for Hajj

Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, Saudi minister of telecommunications and IT, visited a number of pilgrimage camps at the holy sites.
Updated 04 August 2019

Al-Sawaha reviews STC readiness for Hajj

Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, Saudi minister of telecommunications and IT, oversaw the readiness of the STC services and network, especially those related to 5G technology, recently launched for the first time in the region. 

This also meant overseeing preparations at Mina and monitoring violations, communicating directly with the monitoring center.

STC has launched the 5G network and made it available primarily in three services: Wi-Fi, holograms, and drones. 

Pilgrims can connect to the high-speed network via Wi-Fi at a number of locations at the holy sites. 

Al-Sawaha oversaw the use of 5G with drones, plus its use in live, high-definition broadcasts to display interactive, translated, live instructions for pilgrims related to rituals and safety methods. 

The tour included STC’s fifth-generation Wi-Fi sites, a number of pilgrimage camps at the holy sites, and a number of important sites that serve pilgrims and government sectors involved in Hajj. 

Al-Sawaha, accompanied by Haytham Al-Ohali, deputy minister of telecommunications and IT; Abdulaziz Salem Al-Ruwais, governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission; and Ulaiyan Mohammed Alwetaid, representing the STC; was briefed on the STC’s efforts to provide the best telecommunications services to pilgrims, ensuring their continuity and reliability.

STC CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said the work was being done round the clock to serve pilgrims, adapt telecommunications technologies, such as 5G, augmented reality, and emergency communication to facilitate the pilgrimage.

He said the Hajj efforts of the STC were in line with the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030, which saw the company harness all its human and technical potential to serve the pilgrims.

STC officially launched commercial 5G services in Saudi Arabia in June, becoming the Kingdom’s first telecom operator to provide this service across a number of cities in the country.

In May 2018, STC Group, in the presence of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif launched its first live 5G network — a first in the MENA region — after completing the testing and trial phase.

According to CEO Al-Nasser, the launch of 5G services confirms the telecom operator’s leading position as a pioneer in the field of digital transformation and is a testament to the remarkable development of the ICT sector in the Kingdom.

Expo 2020 tours announced for students

Updated 27 January 2020

Expo 2020 tours announced for students

EduVoyage, the educational travel arm of ITL World, showcased its collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai at the 32nd Principals’ Conference held under the aegis of the Gulf Council of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Representative principals from CBSE-affiliated schools in the Gulf region attended the four-day annual meet in Jaipur, India from Jan. 4 to 7.

During the conference, the EduVoyage team shared pertinent details of their planned programs designed to drive a global student and youth audience to Expo 2020 Dubai during the six-month event. EduVoyage is an authorized ticket reseller for the Expo 2020 Dubai, touted as “the greatest show in the world.” 

EduVoyage signed an agreement with Expo 2020 Dubai, whereby it will promote the event from an educational perspective.

“This conference is a great platform for senior academia to interact, explore new ideas and share their experiences, thereby giving Indian students residing in the GCC the benefit of cutting-edge teaching concepts and trends in this fast-paced age of technology,” said Shaik Shibli, head of marketing, EduVoyage.

Su Ramanathan, director, destination marketing at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The leadership of Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE have always believed that the youth are the heart of the expo — they are an important part of our visitor group. With seven subject-themed, curated educational tours, the Expo 2020 Student Program will offer every student the opportunity to broaden their horizons by making the world their classroom. We are delighted to be collaborating with Eduvoyage as one of our authorized ticket resellers to bring this experience to life for students from all around the world.” 

Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, chairman and managing director, Eram Group, ITL World’s holding company, said: “From flights to accommodations, to visa support services, tours and insurance and everything in between, we have worked closely with the Expo 2020 to put together a holistic, one-of-a-kind experience that is certain to appeal to students and parents alike.”