32 Saudi companies participating in Dubai’s GITEX tech week

32 Saudi information and communication technology companies are showcasing their products at Dubai’s GITEX Technology Week 2019. (SPA)
Updated 10 October 2019

32 Saudi companies participating in Dubai’s GITEX tech week

  • It is Saudi Exports’ sixth consecutive year of participation at GITEX

DUBAI: The Saudi Exports Development Authority has announced that 32 Saudi information and communication technology companies are showcasing their products at Dubai’s GITEX Technology Week 2019, which began on Monday.

According to a statement from Saudi Exports, the companies’ participation is intended to “enhance their access to regional and international markets through the world’s third-largest technology event and the biggest in the MENA region.”

It is Saudi Exports’ sixth consecutive year of participation at GITEX and will, the company hopes, provide global-market opportunities in the field of technology and marketing for Saudi products and services.

Saudi exports of high-tech products have exceeded SR10 billion ($2.7 billion) over the past five years and SR1.7 billion in 2018 alone. More than 75 different types of products have been exported, mainly mobile phone parts, electronic integrated circuits, information processing tools and computer parts.

Saudi Exports is working to increase the contribution of non-oil products to the Kingdom’s GDP — one of the main objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. It has developed programs and incentives for exporters in line with that goal, as well as implementing training and development projects.

GITEX Technology Week 2019 focuses on exploring and showcasing new insights and innovative ideas in the fields of e-commerce, artificial intelligence, 5G technology, cloud computing, hardware and software, among other things. More than 143,000 visitors are expected to attend the event this week.

Multiple models of Saudi-developed security technologies are being showcased at the event, including advanced radar and cameras used on Saudi Arabia’s northern borders to detect any external threats, and a drone shield that sends electromagnetic waves to block communication between the aircraft and its controller.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the UAE Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakheel visited the Saudi Interior Ministry’s pavilion on Wednesday and was briefed on the smart technologies and solutions that are contributing to the Kingdom’s security.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 19 February 2020

Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.