Mideast region’s first digital solutions center opened in Riyadh

Saudi minister for communication and technology Eng. Abdullah Al-Sawaha opens a new digital center in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 02 October 2019

Mideast region’s first digital solutions center opened in Riyadh

  • The center aims to qualify 200 Saudi digital cadres, in addition to its work on developing national human capabilities through special programs

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha on Monday opened a new digital center, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Deloitte Digital Solutions Center will support the development of innovative digital solutions for the public and private sectors, as well as the creation of quality employment opportunities for national digital cadres, being a gateway to provide digital consultancy services across the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Middle East. In its next phase, the center aims to qualify 200 Saudi digital cadres, in addition to its work on developing national human capabilities through special programs including scholarships and training, and work to improve consultancy services in this area.
It will also support the Kingdom’s efforts to build a digital economy and stimulate an innovative digital society.
The center’s inauguration is in line with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s recently launched strategy, paving the way for attracting more technical investments in the Kingdom.
 


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.