Huawei donates 1,000 tablets to students for virtual learning

Designated students received a Huawei MediaPad, which can be used to facilitate real-time digital interactions with teachers, students and friends.
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Updated 26 March 2020

Huawei donates 1,000 tablets to students for virtual learning

Recognizing the importance of virtual learning during the digital transformation journey in Saudi Arabia, Huawei has committed to providing 1,000 new smart tablet devices to bolster virtual learning efforts in the Kingdom. The contribution was announced in support of a new charity initiative “Kolluna Attaa” being sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), which aims to bridge the digital divide in local communities.

Huawei’s contribution will provide students who cannot afford to have digital services with smart tablets for them to access online education platforms as they study remotely due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Designated students will receive a Huawei MediaPad, which is a thin, lightweight, yet durable tablet offering good performance specs for video and audio interactions that can be used to facilitate real-time digital interactions with teachers, students and friends.

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Huawei’s contribution will provide students who cannot afford to have digital services with smart tablets for them to access online education platforms as they study remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities development at the MCIT, said: “Ensuring the continuation of education through digital learning methods is incredibly important to local communities, especially with the availability of digital infrastructure and educational platforms. We share this vision with our strategic partner Huawei, and we appreciate their great contribution in working with the public sector to facilitate virtual learning and bridge the digital divide in the Kingdom.”

Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, added: “Over the last 20 years, Huawei has been proud to team up with entities like MCIT to help bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. In today’s environment, that connectivity is all the more essential. We look forward to continuing our work with organizations across the Kingdom to explore how we can bring added value to the communities in which we operate.”

Huawei is a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, with integrated solutions across four key domains — telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services.

“Huawei’s contribution to the MCIT-sponsored initiative reinforces its ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide and connect millions of people in both urban centers and remote areas of the Kingdom,” a statement said.


Makkah Clock Royal Tower lights up for ‘Home Heroes’

The world’s tallest clock tower beamed the words ‘Home Heroes’ for 30 minutes.
Updated 08 April 2020

Makkah Clock Royal Tower lights up for ‘Home Heroes’

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel recently lit up with a solidarity message in support of its staff and medical professionals who are working tirelessly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world’s tallest clock tower beamed the words “Home Heroes” for 30 minutes, for the first time since its opening, in an initiative to honor national heroes for their efforts in protecting the nation from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The campaign was launched by Accor Hotels Makkah — Raffles Makkah Palace, Swissotel Makkah, and Swissotel Al-Maqam Makkah, and the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel.
This initiative was one of many others launched by the hospitality group in support of the brave medical professionals who are risking their lives to save others during this period as well as to support the Saudi government and its people.
Accor, in collaboration with a hospital in Makkah, delivered complimentary meals to the medical staff working with the group, as a token of gratitude and appreciation. The group also distributed a number of masks and sterilizers to citizens in Makkah, as part of serving the local community and backing the Kingdom’s efforts in maintaining the health and security of citizens and residents.
Faisal Abdallah, director of communications and PR, Accor Hotels, said: “Embracing the solidarity momentum, we launched this initiative, a first-of-its-kind in Makkah by lighting up the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel with the ‘Home Heroes’ message, empathizing with every member of our community. We support all efforts of the government of Saudi Arabia in wake of the new health crisis and ask the Almighty to protect and preserve the health of the Kingdom’s citizens and residents.”