Siemens expands Saudi footprint with new R&D center

Siemens’ first MindSphere Application Center and MindSphere Lounge was inaugurated at the Siemens Head Office in Riyadh.
Updated 17 November 2019

Siemens expands Saudi footprint with new R&D center

Siemens inaugurated the first MindSphere Application Center and MindSphere Lounge at the Siemens Head Office in Riyadh. This is the latest milestone in the company’s 90-year heritage in the Kingdom.
The MindSphere Application Center, together with the MindSphere Lounge and MindSphere Lab, offer a collaborative space, staffed by skilled people, who facilitate the co-creation of customized digital solutions with partners in the public and private sectors using MindSphere, Siemens’ cloud-based, open industrial IoT platform.
The MindSphere Application Center in Riyadh is part of a global network of 20 centers with 900 software developers, data specialists and engineers who work together with customers and partners to develop tailor-made digital solutions, thereby addressing their most pressing challenges and enabling improved operational efficiency, reduced costs and optimized systems across entire value chains.
The center represents another step toward more focused and customized product and service delivery, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” philosophy.
Stefan Werner, acting CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: “Vision 2030 is creating fantastic opportunities for our young people, who make up more than half of the Saudi Arabian population. With the MindSphere Application Center, we are providing a platform for young people to come and learn, develop and co-create with us. We have started with Effat University and look forward to achieving even more.”
Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al-Lail, president of Effat University, said: “We are here to officially open this center, which was designed and developed based on the winning design created by our students. I am proud of our valuable and productive partnership with Siemens, and proud of our students and their contributions to the development of Saudi Arabia, as represented by this magnificent new center.”
Abdallah Obeikan, CEO of the Obeikan Investment Group, said: “I believe Siemens will lead the digital transformation in the industrial sector globally. The capability and history of Siemens is creating a new dimension of partnership with us, moving from a normal supplier-customer relationship to a real partnership to co-create, co-develop and go to the market together.”
Prof. Dr. Rainer Speh, senior vice president, technology and innovation at Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: “We are the only company in the market that brings the virtual world together with the real world in a holistic way. The new MindSphere Application Center Lounge will enable us to work together with our customers to optimize entire production processes by seamlessly integrating data and driving continuous innovation from virtual product design to simulation, manufacturing and operations optimization.”


Saudia Private Aviation best luxury jet service in KSA

Updated 10 August 2020

Saudia Private Aviation best luxury jet service in KSA

Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), a leader in the region’s air transportation sector, has been named this year’s winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of “Best Luxury Private Jet Service in Saudi Arabia.”

The burgeoning segment of business jet operations in the Middle East has gone through significant positive changes during the past few years. Evolving customer demands are driving the development of high-standard aircraft and improvement in customer service.

“We are honored to be recognized by the respected Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts. This is an important indication that the development strategy we have chosen, allows us to meet the challenges of the growing market and the high demands for private aviation,” said Osama Alahdal, general manager commercial affairs, SPA.

SPA was founded in 2009 as the private division of Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier and one of the most popular commercial airlines worldwide, Saudi Arabian Airlines. It is a top-tier international luxury flight services and ground-handling provider headquartered in Jeddah. Its more than 75 years of experience in air transportation on a global scale allows the company to guarantee the highest levels of services in the field of air travel.

SPA has the largest private aviation terminal (FBO) in Saudi Arabia, located in Jeddah, in addition to lounges in the major cities of the Kingdom — Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah. It will also be present in the upcoming luxury real estate megaproject, NEOM.

The company’s discerning clientele includes members of the royal family, VIPs, executives, wealthy individuals, celebrities, and business leaders from around the world.

“Each client of Saudia Private Aviation can rest assured that they will be provided with the highest standards of unrivaled privacy, meticulous attention to detail, flawless luxury, and safety. All services are tailored to exceed the esteemed customers’ expectations,” a statement said.

The SPA experience begins the moment a client chooses their destination, as the SPA team thrives to assure every client a safe, punctual, and exclusive experience. The integrated services offered by SPA include ground handling, aircraft charter, aircraft management and private aviation consultancy. The company also configures the cabin according to the client’s needs. SPA’s fleet comprises aircraft with a capacity of up to 400 passengers.

“By setting new standards in private aviation, aircraft charter services, logistical support, and flight support services, SPA is making a significant contribution to the realization of Saudi Vision 2030,” the statement said.

Luxury Lifestyle Awards select, recognize, celebrate and promote the best luxury goods and services all over the world.