ECDC taps Hutchison Ports to develop SPARK logistics area

Updated 10 September 2019

ECDC taps Hutchison Ports to develop SPARK logistics area

The Energy City Development Company (ECDC) and Hutchison Ports have signed an MoU to jointly develop, market and operate the Logistics Zone and Dry Port within the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK), a 50-square-kilometer  multibillion-dollar mixed-use development in Saudi Arabia.

SPARK is a hub designed to help bring the energy sector value chain together to drive efficiencies, promote innovation, and support the growth of businesses.

The Logistics Zone is a core component of SPARK, occupying an area of over 300 ha. It will offer a full range of logistics services to industrial tenants and third party cargo owners including a bonded area for international cargo, dedicated customs clearance services, a state-of-the-art automated container terminal, and multi-modal connectivity via road and rail. The Logistics Zone is designed to support Saudi Arabia’s vision and its role as an integral driver of international trade to connect three continents.

The agreement was signed by Saif S. Al-Qahtani, president and CEO, SPARK and Andy Tsoi, managing director for Hutchison Ports Middle East and Africa.

Al-Qahtani said: “We are pleased to announce this important milestone. SPARK is a visionary project that is a core part of Saudi Vision 2030. We aim to create the ideal environment for energy sector businesses, and logistics is a key enabler for this industry. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are seeking to partner with the best in each field and Hutchison is a leader in this field.”

Tsoi added: “Hutchison is proud to have reached this agreement with SPARK and looks forward to building and operating a facility that will support Vision 2030 initiatives and we continue to ensure our investments in Saudi Arabia bring the latest technology to all activities. We look forward also to providing exciting opportunities for talented Saudis to develop advanced logistics skills and experiences.”


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.