ArabNet, Saudi Arabia’s largest tech event returns to Riyadh

ArabNet, the Kingdom’s largest technology gathering, is back for its eighth edition on Dec. 10-11 and has moved to a new venue, the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Updated 10 September 2019
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ArabNet, Saudi Arabia’s largest tech event returns to Riyadh

ArabNet, the Kingdom’s largest technology gathering, is back for its eighth edition on Dec. 10-11 and has moved to a new venue, the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. For the second consecutive year, ArabNet will feature two events taking place simultaneously under one roof: ArabNet Riyadh for 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, and Inspire Saudi for 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students. 

The two concurrent events will bring together more than 250 experts and speakers from around the world, with full tracks of programming covering a range of topics: Inspire Saudi for startups and investors, Ad/Edge for digital media and advertising, Finverse for digital banking and fintech, Digital Policy Forum for senior government leaders, CIO Forum for CIOs, CTOs and senior IT decision-makers, and Investor Summit for investors. 

The event will also bring together more than 300 exhibiting startups in the largest tech entrepreneurship showcase to take place in the Kingdom and the region, alongside 150 investors representing more than $1 billion in capital for startups seeking investment.

This year’s program also features various initiatives and activations bringing together inspirational and successful leaders and entrepreneurs through: The Academy, workshops on entrepreneurship, marketing and e-commerce; Women Mentoring Women, bringing regional women leaders to mentor women who are just starting out; Investor Lounge, a series of one-on-one meetings between startups and top business executives; Sawalif Riyadiya, gathering successful GCC founders to share their journeys and lessons learned with aspiring entrepreneurs; Future Zones & Stage, showcasing the future of industries; and ArabNet’s long-running competitions: Ideathon and Startup Battle.

HIGHLIGHT

The event will bring together more than 300 exhibiting startups, alongside 150 investors representing more than $1 billion in capital for startups seeking investment.

During Startup Battle, entrepreneurs will present their startups in front of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals. The top three startups will get to compete against the best in the region at the Startup Championship. 

Ideathon is the go-to destination for brilliant ideas. Regional entrepreneurs will get to showcase their ideas in front of a crowd of investors, incubators, and media and digital professionals for a chance to win a $5,000 prize.

Those interested in participating in the competitions should apply before Oct. 31.

ArabNet is a leading event, insights, and innovation program organizer focused on tech business and innovation in the MENA region. It organizes conferences for the tech sector in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait and Beirut; publishes news and analysis of the sector in their online news portal and produces original research and reports focused on the sector; and organizes custom-tailored innovation programs for corporations and governments.


OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

Updated 17 September 2019

OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company, has joined the group of international companies transporting cargo and delivering maritime shipping services to and from King Abdullah Port. This comes with the company’s official launch of operations in the port located in King Abdullah Economic City and the subsequent arrival of containers to the berths.

The move aims at enhancing the trade movement of imports and exports in the Kingdom.

“The addition of OOCL to the list of leading international shipping companies operating in King Abdullah Port is a testament to the trust of key players in the maritime shipping industry, as the port enjoys a strategic location on one of the most important international maritime shipping lanes as well as integrated infrastructure and logistics services,” a press release said.

The port is located near the Industrial Valley, the Bonded and Re-export Zone, and major Saudi cities such as Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, which together constitute the main commercial center in the Kingdom. King Abdullah Port also enjoys close proximity to Madinat Yanbu’ Al-Sina’iyah, which is witnessing a massive trade movement in the field of petrochemicals, and it is linked to a road network that facilitates the process of transporting goods by land to and from ships to Riyadh, Dammam, and other cities in the Arabian Gulf.

Officially inaugurated last February by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest-growing port in the world in 2018 by Alphaliner, a global specialist in data analysis of maritime transport, port capabilities, and the future development of vessels and global maritime routes. The port’s throughput increased from 1.7 million TEU in 2017 to 2.3 million TEU in 2018.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. It has been listed as the fastest-growing container port and one of the world’s 100 largest ports after less than four years of operation. Ten of the largest shipping lines work at the port to offer integrated services to importers and exporters. The port’s development plan is proceeding at a steady pace with a clear vision to become one of the world’s leading ports, utilizing its advanced facilities and proximity to the Bonded and Re-export Zone and the logistics park.

With state-of-the-art processing facilities, the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths, expanding roll-on/roll-off operations, and a fully integrated Port Community System, King Abdullah Port is capable of receiving today’s diverse mega cargo ships, fulfilling the growing needs of the young and fast-growing population of the Kingdom and the region.