Insomnia Gaming Festival wraps up in Riyadh

Insomnia Saudi Arabia is the largest e-gaming festival in the Middle East. (Supplied)
Updated 02 December 2019

Insomnia Gaming Festival wraps up in Riyadh

  • The event attracted a large audience, entertained by theater performances presented by American DJ Hero Best and free dance shows
  • The final day of the festival witnessed the grand finale of Tekken, where Saudi world champion Sari Al-Jafri won the first place prize

RIYADH: The four-day Insomnia Gaming Festival, the UK’s premier gaming industry event — held as part of the Riyadh Season at Riyadh Front — concluded on Saturday.

The event attracted a large audience, entertained by theater performances presented by American DJ Hero Best and free dance shows.

The final day of the festival witnessed the grand finale of “Tekken,” where Saudi world champion Sari Al-Jafri won the first place prize.

Gaming fans also enjoyed the tournament finals of “Dota”, “Rainbow 6”, “Counter Strike” and, in the individual category, “Fortnite”, “Overwatch”, “FIFA”, “Mortal Kombat” and “Apex Legends.”

Insomnia Saudi Arabia is the largest e-gaming festival in the Middle East, taking visitors on an unforgettable journey of excitement and fun, thanks to the best and latest games.

The event includes competitive tournaments, the latest virtual reality technologies and games, in addition to international guests, bands, mobile games, board games, retro games, cosplay costumes and many other events and prizes.

The festival was accompanied by a 9,500 square meter exhibition with the participation of companies such as Microsoft, PUBG, Sony, EPIC GAMES — producers of “Fortnite” — Ubisoft, Blizzard, Blehira, Gamers Half, Multi Creators, Lenovo, Samsung and GamersDZ. 

Saudi youth had a strong presence during the exhibition, selling games developed and manufactured by them.

The Riyadh Season kicked off on Oct. 11 and runs until the end of January 2020, with various events aimed at all segments of society.


King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman Energy Park receives prestigious green building rating

  • LEED Certification reaffirms SPARK’s commitment to integrated sustainability practices 
  • SPARK President & CEO, Saif S. Al Qahtani: The certification reaffirms our commitment to reducing the city’s carbon footprint

DHAHRAN: King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) has been certified with a prestigious green building rating, becoming the first industrial city in the world to receive Silver Level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The LEED program is an internationally-recognized green building certification system, which verifies that buildings are designed to improve performance across key sustainability metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impact.

The LEED certification strengthens SPARK’s ability to support future tenants and investors on their own journey towards LEED certification of their own facilities, as part of a fully-integrated energy community.

It also affirms the city’s integrated sustainability practices, which are at the heart of the community’s planning.

SPARK President & CEO, Saif S. Al Qahtani, said: “SPARK is distinguishing itself as a leading global energy, industrial and technology hub, cementing Saudi Arabia’s position as a progressive innovator in these fields on the international stage.

The certification reaffirms our commitment to reducing the city’s carbon footprint. LEED communities are in high global demand, as they offer better rates of profitability, productivity and quality of workplace. Our goal is to create an ecosystem for energy-related companies to grow with minimum environmental impact, and we encourage other industrial cities to follow our lead.”

Strategically located at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, SPARK’s vision is to be the primary gateway to the regional energy sector. Its technologically-advanced ecosystem offers investors unmatched supply-chain efficiency and has been designed to provide an ultramodern “plug and play” infrastructure. As well as targeting large corporations, SPARK also caters to small and medium sized enterprises and provides support through its SPARK SME Hub, creating a tailored microcosm for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

This allows streamlined and cost-effective operations near major workforce providers and close to highway and railway networks. At maturity, it will be home to over 300 industrial, technology and service facilities focused on meeting demand for energy goods and services across the entire value chain.

LEED certification is a key step in ensuring that environmentally-sensitive techniques are consistently applied to the construction of SPARK across industrial, commercial and residential facilities. It is part of SPARK’s vision to be a proving ground for green tools and technologies designed to minimize the impact of activities conducted within the city, the most successful of which will serve as a blueprint for the oil and gas industry - as well as for businesses and homes across the country.