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

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.


Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Updated 19 February 2020

Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Hyundai Motors has increased its presence in South Africa by launching its first mass-produced high-performance car — i30 N — last week in Cape Town. 

The first model of the N brand, the i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance car, which has been developed with a key focus on its race-track capability and its ability to be a fun-to-drive everyday sports car. 

“Advanced technology and a high level of driver customization has been built into the i30 N, which means it can play the role of a comfort-oriented commuter as well as a race-track ready performance car,” the automaker said.

The i30 N has a 1,998 cc, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with its maximum power output of 202 kW reached at 6,000 r/minute, while maximum torque is achieved from 1,500 to 4 700 r/minute. 

The power is delivered to the front wheels of the i30 N through a six-speed manual gearbox and has five different drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom, which can be accessed through two dedicated buttons on the car’s steering wheel. 

The i30 N has a rev matching function built-in to adjust the engine revolutions when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear, thereby ensuring smooth gear shifting. The dual muffler exhaust sounds add to the pleasure of commanding a high-performance vehicle.

Speaking at the launch, Niall Lynch, CEO of Hyundai Automotive South, said: “The i30 N is one of the most exciting cars Hyundai has made in the recent years highlighting Hyundai’s talented designers and engineers who are always setting new standards.

“It is a high-performance car meant to deliver a fun driving experience and I have no doubt there’s a bright future in store for the Hyundai i30 N in South Africa. It has already been described as a ‘game changer’ with more than 20,000 units sold across Europe since we started trading in 2017.”

The i30 N has stylish 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires and red brake callipers featuring the N-logo. Aggressive bumpers with larger air intakes and a red character line, an aerodynamic rear spoiler with a triangular brake light, and a dual muffler exhaust complete the sleek, sporty look.

The i30 N also features the electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which ensures an exhilarating drive with cornering capabilities that befits the i30 N’s hot-hatch character.

Customers can choose from five color options — Polar White, Performance Blue, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red.

Hyundai plans to launch the i30 N model in the Middle East toward the end of 2020.