STC customers to get free access to Shahid VIP

STC customers to get  free access to Shahid VIP
The MBC Group has launched an exclusive set of Arabic-language series and other programs this Ramadan, in addition to Shahid Originals and Shahid Premieres.
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Updated 05 May 2020

STC customers to get free access to Shahid VIP

STC customers to get  free access to Shahid VIP

STC and MBC Group have announced the signing of a joint partnership to offer Shahid VIP, MBC’s premium subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, to STC customers for no additional cost for the duration of two months.
“This is in line with both companies’ continued mission to offer customers and audiences the best content from the region and beyond,” a statement said.
STC users can now watch a variety of exclusive and original Arabic TV shows and movies. Users will also gain access to MBC’s live channels anytime anywhere via the Shahid app available on smartphones and a number of Smart TVs — directly via their STC account.
Under this new agreement, STC customers will receive a two-month Shahid VIP package free of charge by signing up to the platform using their packages. STC customers must send “1” via SMS to 808885 to start their content viewing journey. Following the promotion, STC customers who would like to convert and continue their viewing journey can do so for SR19.99 ($5) per month, which can be directly added to a customer’s STC post-paid monthly bill for convenience. Payment is also available via deduction from a prepaid offering via the Sawa SIM.
This partnership comes in conjunction with the MBC Group launching an exclusive and diverse set of Arabic-language series and other programs this Ramadan, in addition to Shahid Originals and Shahid Premieres offering content shown for the first time, as well as family entertainment content from Disney, Marvel and Pixar — in both Arabic and English languages. Meanwhile, content on Shahid VIP can be downloaded for offline viewing, and is streamed ad-free for no interruptions.

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Shahid VIP

Under this new agreement, STC customers will receive a two-month Shahid VIP package free of charge by signing up to the platform using their packages.


‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

Updated 03 December 2020

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has launched a new campaign to catalyze research, innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia through new crowdsourcing initiatives that challenge local and international talents to identify ideas and solutions that advance the Kingdom’s national priorities and support Vision 2030. With the “KAUST Challenge,” the university is seeking to develop and support bold science, technology, and engineering initiatives that aim to transform the lives of Saudis and develop Saudi talents.

“We wish to draw on the participative power of crowdsourcing to solve problems faced in the Kingdom and the world with the KAUST Challenge,” said Najah Ashry, vice president for strategic national advancement at KAUST. “The speed, flexibility and scalability of crowdsourcing will bring us new science-based ideas and solutions that can be further developed through deep collaboration with players in the Kingdom’s research-development-innovation ecosystem.”

The focus of the inaugural 2020 edition of the KAUST Challenge is on improving the Hajj and Umrah experience for pilgrims from all over the world and on advancing efforts to make Makkah a smart city. The KAUST Challenge will play an active role in advancing one of the Kingdom’s national priorities of better serving the increasing number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and improving their experiences in the two holy cities. It will identify and support science- and technology-based ideas and solutions that can move quickly into the market for SR1 million ($266,000) in cash and other prizes. The challenge spans three themes: Healthcare, to increase preventative measures to ensure health and well-being for all pilgrims, a concern augmented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; mobility to ensure adequate availability and access to public and private transportation; and crowd management, to enhance infrastructure to meet capacity requirements for large crowds.

To gather valuable inputs from this challenge, KAUST is targeting a wide group of national and international participants to submit their ideas and solutions, including startups (growth stage startups or scaleups with solutions proven by the market), innovators (seed startups and IP-holders with ideas or solutions yet to be fully market tasted), and general public (students, academics, entrepreneurs and individuals in society).

“Advances in high technology can assist in solving the challenges that Hajj and Umrah pilgrims face. We know that people here in Saudi Arabia and across the world have great solutions to contribute,” said Ashry. “We are excited to receive their submissions and to offer our neighbors in Makkah creative and unique ideas that we hope will serve all pilgrims.

Submission to the KAUST Challenge is now open and will run until Jan. 5, 2021 with a virtual final event that will take place on an immersive platform at the end of February 2021, where the three best ideas, one for each theme, will be selected by a panel of qualified judges and one grand prize will be awarded.