Microsoft’s new SQL Server 2019 supports Saudi business sector

Microsoft’s new SQL Server 2019 supports Saudi business sector
Microsoft Arabia launched the new version of its database server, SQL Server 2019, during an event hosted in Riyadh on Wednesday.
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Updated 30 December 2019

Microsoft’s new SQL Server 2019 supports Saudi business sector

Microsoft’s new SQL Server 2019 supports Saudi business sector

Microsoft Arabia has launched the new version of its database server, SQL Server 2019, during an event hosted in Riyadh recently.

The “SQL Server 2019 Saudi Arabia Launch” event was attended by Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Arabia Rayan Zahid and a number of tech experts and executives.

“The new version of SQL Server 2019 provides one of the most efficient databases in the market by investing in key capabilities such as intelligent query processing, and is one of the most secure databases in the world,” said Microsoft Arabia President Thamer Al-Harbi. He added that it works to upgrade security levels through the Always Encrypted feature, and to protect most sensitive data while allowing robust operations to be executed without losing the encryption, which protects data during storage and use.

“The biggest of enterprises across all industry verticals in Saudi Arabia are embarking on deep innovation and transformation using data, analytics and AI. The Kingdom is well on its way to be a data-driven nation in its journey toward achieving its ambitious Vision 2030 by undergoing massive makeover on all social, economic and digital fronts,” said Microsoft Arabia Data and AI Solutions Evangelist Shakeel Mohammed.

Describing the new version as “revolutionary and game-changing” in the data and AI space, he said it will help to drive the digital metamorphosis of Saudi Arabia.

“It can now be the hub for your entire data estate, with the ability to query any database relational in a highly secure and highly performant way — all without moving or copying the data,” Mohammed added.

Al-Harbi said the new version’s hybrid cloud system will help Saudi companies to grow and drive them to innovation.

‘When deploying from the hybrid cloud, businesses have more control over their IT, improving reliability of their services.’ This would make hybrid cloud a particularly attractive option for businesses operating in the Middle East and North Africa, which is one of the most underrepresented areas in the world when it comes to per capita internet connectivity,” he added.


Breakfast with a view at Rosewood Jeddah

Breakfast with a view at Rosewood Jeddah
Updated 17 January 2021

Breakfast with a view at Rosewood Jeddah

Breakfast with a view at Rosewood Jeddah

Rosewood Jeddah’s casual rooftop venue, the Sky Lounge, already a hit with the evening crowd, is now serving diners on weekends with a special “Sunrise Breakfast.”

Following the successful relaunch of Sky Lounge in November last year, and in response to requests from guests, from Jan. 14 the spectacular rooftop venue is offering breakfast featuring an array of international and Saudi treats, with views of the sunrise and the Red Sea.

The “Sunrise Breakfast” begins with freshly squeezed juices and a choice of cereals. Farm-fresh eggs served as you like follow, alongside a bakery basket of croissants, Danish pastries, muffins, artisanal breads and preserves, fresh seasonal lamb liver (kebda), an oriental salad, cheese platter, cold cuts, ful medames and warm Arabic bread, as well as fluffy pancakes served with maple syrup and fresh strawberries, and tea or coffee.

The “Sunrise Breakfast” is available for both in-house and walk-in guests on weekends (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., making it an excellent choice for anyone craving an early start, or those up through the night who are in need of a kickstart to the new morning.

Nestled on Rosewood Jeddah’s 17th floor and set around a circular swimming pool illuminated by soft lighting, Sky Lounge is a place to see and be seen. With panoramic views taking in the Jeddah Corniche, the city and the Red Sea, the casual venue is open to the sky that burns vivid orange with every dusk and dawn, while cool breezes shuffle the clouds like a deck of cards. 

On balmy evenings, Sky Lounge offers a set menu for a minimum charge per person with light and delightful, freshly cooked gourmet dishes that complement the relaxing ambience. Evening operating hours are 5.30 p.m. to 2 a.m., making Sky Lounge a favored venue for after-work cocktails and dinner for both in-house and walk-in guests. 

Sky Lounge is also a popular choice for birthday parties, private gala gatherings, romantic dinners à deux and any special occasion to remember. 

The award-winning Rosewood Jeddah features individually designed and handcrafted rooms. The 101 guest rooms and 26 suites are elegantly furnished and reflect a contemporary aesthetic. Many offer views of the Red Sea and all enjoy 24-hour butler service and state-of-the-art entertainment and business solutions. The Health and Fitness Center is located on the 17th floor and there is also an outdoor rooftop swimming pool.