Saudi-developed tech showcased at GITEX

The Saudi Interior Ministry was at GITEX in Dubai to showcase their latest technology. (SPA)
Updated 09 October 2019

Saudi-developed tech showcased at GITEX

  • They include advanced radars and cameras on Saudi Arabia’s northern borders to detect any external threats among others
  • GITEX gathers important ministries, technology companies, and entrepreneurs to showcase their latest offerings

DUBAI: Multiple models of Saudi-developed security technology are being showcased at GITEX Technology Week 2019 in Dubai.

They include advanced radars and cameras that have been installed on Saudi Arabia’s northern borders to detect any external threats.

Engineer Samy Al-Hubaishi told Arab news that more cameras and radars will be deployed in other Saudi borders.

“The cameras are working efficiently, and thankfully have achieved remarkable successes,” Al-Hubaishi said. 

Drone shields have also been installed with new technology that sends electromagnetic waves to block communication between the aircraft and its controller.

The technology is considered one of the solutions to prevent external drones attacks.

The showcase took place shortly after Saudi Arabia's oil facilities were attacked by drones and cruise missiles. The attack was claimed by the Houthi militia in Yemen, however, the United States and Riyadh pointed the finger to Iran, as data collected from the wreckage site indicated that the attack came from the north, ruling out Yemen. 

The Saudi ambassador to the UAE, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakheel, visited the Saudi Interior Ministry’s pavilion at GITEX on Monday.
He was briefed on the smart technologies and solutions that are contributing to safeguarding the Kingdom’s security, the Saudi Press Agency reported. More than 1,000 people have visited the pavilion so far.

Saudi labor minister urges Kingdom to increase economic role of charity sector

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Saudi labor minister urges Kingdom to increase economic role of charity sector

  • Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi said: “Our effort is to increase the share of the non-profit sector in GDP”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia needed to increase the contribution of the non-profit sector to the Kingdom’s economic and social development, the country’s labor minister told business conference delegates on Thursday.

Moderating a session on the subject during the final day of the Riyadh Economic Forum (REF), Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi said: “Our effort is to increase the share of the non-profit sector in GDP.”

Describing the non-profit sector as the third pillar of sustainable economic development, the minister pointed out that in developed countries its average contribution toward GDP had reached 6 percent.

Referring to a REF study on the sector, he noted that it was only during the last decade that the Kingdom had come to realize its important role in economic development, social participation, job creation, and promoting the culture of teamwork.

“The non-profit sector contributes to Saudi Arabia’s GDP by one percent and our effort is to increase the share,” Al-Rajhi told the session’s attendees.

Presenting the REF study, Yousef bin Othman Al-Huzeim, secretary-general of Al-Anoud Charitable Foundation, said: “This sector, together with its substantial developmental roles, has become a criterion for the overall progress of nations and a yardstick of their civilization and humanitarian activity rather than a mere indicator of individuals’ income.”

He added that the sector had a key part to play in helping to realize the Saudi Vision 2030 goal of achieving sustainable development through diversification, and that the aim was to raise its level of contribution to the country’s GDP from 1 percent to 5 percent by 2030.

The study stressed the need to transform the sector from a mere initiative into an institutional entity concerned with social investment and integration, in cooperation with the public and private sectors.

Among its key findings, the study highlighted the requirement to increase the awareness of sector employees and supervising agencies about the development needs of society.

A lack of detailed information on the non-profit sector in the Kingdom was also having a negative effect on the extent of its contribution to economic and social development, the study found.

The media too had failed to give enough coverage to the sector and rules and regulations often stood in the way of any expansion in individual and community partnerships through charities and trusts.

Princess Nouf bint Mohammed Al-Saud, CEO of the King Khalid Foundation (KKF), said women were the most important enablers of the non-profit sector.

Currently, the most prominent development was the system of NGOs and philanthropic associations, and the stimulation of the sector to implement good governance, she added.

The princess urged the lifting of restrictions on money transfers to the non-profit sector and tax exemptions on charities and donations.

The KKF had issued a number of regulations to help the non-profit sector, she said, but there was still a need for the creation of more executive programs in order to realize Vision 2030 goals.

Rajaa bin Manahi Al-Marzouqi, a professor of economics at Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies, in Riyadh, said: “If we look at any economy, it consists of three important sectors, which are the government, private, and non-profit sectors. There is a need to develop the non-profit sector in such a way that it sustains in the long run and contributes to socio-economic development.”