Uber Eats gets new general manager in Saudi Arabia

Assad Numan, general manager in Saudi Arabia, Uber Eats.
Updated 03 September 2019

Uber Eats gets new general manager in Saudi Arabia

Uber has announced the appointment of Assad Numan as the new general manager for Uber Eats operations in Saudi Arabia. Following the launch of Uber Eats in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, Numan will be leading the next phase of expansions and developments across the Kingdom. 

Based in Riyadh and overseeing operations across the Kingdom, Numan’s role will focus on further diversifying Uber Eats’ selection of restaurants, while ensuring the company best delivers on the brand promise and offers app users a fast and reliable delivery experience.

Damien Drap, general manager of Uber Eats in the GCC, said: “With his 15 years of experience in operational management, e-commerce and marketing in Saudi Arabia, we are thrilled that Assad is taking charge in one of Uber Eats’ fastest-growing markets within the Middle East and North Africa region. We are confident that he will help grow our footprint, bringing Uber Eats to all corners of the Kingdom.” 

Commenting on his new appointment, Numan said: “Uber Eats is thriving in one of the most competitive markets in the region for food delivery and I’m honored to be tasked with leading the team amid an ever increasing dynamic food scene in the Kingdom. Saudi is a primary market for us, with a thriving food culture, and we are committed to expanding our footprint by providing a reliable service that brings food lovers their favorite meals all across the Kingdom. ” 

Prior to joining Uber Eats, Numan was the country head of marketing and e-commerce business at Samsung Electronics Saudi Arabia, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. 

Uber Eats is available today in three major cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. At the push of a button, Uber Eats offers foodies a variety of dishes spanning cuisines from across the world. In Saudi Arabia, Uber Eats has signed with more than 2,500 restaurants and is looking to expand and grow across all major cities in the Kingdom.


MBRSC opens registration for space science camp

Updated 09 August 2020

MBRSC opens registration for space science camp

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the opening of registration for the Deep Learning Camp for university students, which will be held virtually from Aug. 18 to 20. The Deep Learning Camp is part of the initiatives of the MBRSC to support the UAE’s strategic directions in the science and technology fields, promoting the building of a generation capable of adopting advanced technologies to tackle future challenges.

Through the camp, MBRSC aims to provide the youth with a unique experience to explore space science through theoretical and practical lessons, activities conducted by experts and specialists in the field from the center. The camp is a great opportunity for students interested in the field of space sciences to acquire new skills about remote sensing and satellite analysis.

Yousuf Hamad Al-Shaibani, director general, MBRSC, said: “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre is keen to make effective contributions that support the UAE’s strategic directions in the science and technology field. Young people can explore the important aspect of space science and modern technologies that are the basis for advanced science in all fields through this camp. The UAE’s ambition to strengthen its leadership in the space sector is clear, as the country is taking prominent initiatives in space technology and enhancing its role in this field. This has acted as a catalyst for younger generations to study such scientific disciplines.”

Saeed Al-Mansoori, head of application development and analysis section, MBRSC, said: “Through these initiatives, we are working to prepare the youth and develop their skills to keep pace with the future of deep learning and artificial intelligence technologies. To keep pace with the developments in the field of space sciences and technology in the region and globally, it has become necessary to possess such important skills and knowledge.”

“This camp is a great opportunity for students interested in space science. The camp includes theoretical and practical activities, including sessions on satellite image analysis, remote sensing and artificial intelligence, and other topics related to enriching young people’s knowledge and attracting them to this field,” added Al-Mansoori.

The Deep Learning Camp is divided into theoretical and practical sessions. The theoretical sessions deal with the definition of the principles of deep learning, its applications and the techniques used therein, with focus on satellite image analysis. The practical sessions will involve learning the applied aspects of deep learning through specialized machine learning applications, including Python programming with Google Colab. The practical session will also engage the participants in a technological challenge through a hackathon, with great prizes awaiting the winners.

During the three-day camp, participants will learn 3 key elements: Principles of deep learning and artificial intelligence, how to use satellite imagery, and the ability to analyze and classify satellite images from a set of satellite image data.