STC CEO lauds Kingdom’s digital infrastructure

Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO.
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Updated 09 May 2020

STC CEO lauds Kingdom’s digital infrastructure

  • Al-Nasser added: “Our partnership in the international ‘Hope Hackathon’ for which prizes will reach $1 million to develop creative ideas is a reflection of our approach

Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO, expressed pride in the Kingdom’s digital infrastructure that he said has helped to mitigate the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. He said investing in technology a long time ago has enabled the telecom sector to undertake its central role in this crisis.
“I am proud of our country’s achievements in facing the current circumstances. This crisis never put our lives on hold; it has enriched our creative ideas and we dedicated all kinds of technology in the service of our Kingdom, citizens and residents. We can all appreciate the role of digital technology in enriching people’s lives and its effective role in combating disease. We have drones that take the temperature of mall visitors and we offer remote health care services for patients,” Al-Nasser said.
He made this statement while taking part in the launch of the “Hope Hackathon” workshop by Deputy Minister at the Ministry Of Communications And Information Technology (MCIT), Dr.  Ahmed Al-Thenayan.
The “Hope Hackathon” was launched in late April by the MCIT in strategic cooperation with the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) and STC. It aims to promote digital innovations and highlight the digital capabilities of youth worldwide to face the current crisis.
Al-Nasser added: “Our partnership in the international ‘Hope Hackathon’ for which prizes will reach $1 million to develop creative ideas is a reflection of our approach. We have dedicated ourselves to supporting creativity and creative people around the world.” He reiterated the group’s commitment to its strategy that supports innovation in the field of digital and smart solutions and said that this is the best time to invest in creative ideas for unique technological solutions while people are staying home as part of the precautionary measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The chief executive said that STC has been a pioneer in supporting entrepreneurs and startups through its InspireU program that has assisted many successful projects in the fields of education, health and marketing applications. He highlighted the “Rawafed” program that aims to promote local content.
“Being the leading digital enabler in the Kingdom, STC has a responsibility to actively contribute to the Kingdom’s digital economy. I hope that we will continue to support innovators and their projects and that this kind of an event will help them achieve their dreams and turn them into a reality. Indeed, creativity has no limits,” he added.

3rd META Cinema Forum to screen at Vox Cinemas

Updated 01 October 2020

3rd META Cinema Forum to screen at Vox Cinemas

Now in its 3rd edition, META Cinema Forum is the biggest cinema convention covering the Middle East and African markets. After signing an agreement with the Pan African Film Consortium, the MENA Cinema Forum is now rebranded as META Cinema Forum, inclusive of the Middle East and the entire African continent.

The forum takes place on Oct. 27 and 28 and is set to be one of the only annual events for the cinema industry in 2020 as most global conventions were canceled as a result of the pandemic and will be executed in a hybrid format. The forum will give delegates the option between attending physically at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, or alternatively delegates can attend virtually from the comfort of their home or offices across the globe via video conferencing technology.

“The cinema industry has been among the most impacted sectors by the pandemic, but if the $54 million box office sales of Tenet, the first blockbuster release since the pandemic, in its opening week at select international markets has proven anything, is that moviegoing is a habit we do not wish to kick, and that passion for movies and cinema as a form of accessible entertainment is here to stay,” said Leila Masinaei, META Cinema Forum Conference director and managing partner of Great Minds Event Management.

“Therefore, in close coordination with the major global stakeholders, we came up with a true hybrid event, the first of its kind in the world for the cinema industry, to facilitate collaborations that are required to help with the recovery. The event will highlight the plan for projects in the region, the recovery phase for the cinema industry, and content diversification as key critical elements.”

The forum includes a one-day, knowledge-packed conference, select slate presentations of upcoming content and films from leading Hollywood and international studios, a live META Cinema Projects Insight session with the most senior cinema leaders in the region and rounded off with a networking after-event reception.

Cameron Mitchell, CEO of Majid Al-Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al-Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment, said: “At Vox Cinemas, we remain fundamentally confident about the future and resilience of the cinema industry, which has weathered many societal storms and survived more than a century of challenges ... We have witnessed a significant increase in our box office following the first wave of new releases and, with a backlog of blockbusters about to light up our screens regionally, cinema is set for a major comeback.”

The third edition is officially supported by some of the biggest cinema operators in the Middle East including Vox Cinemas, Novo Cinemas, Cinépolis Cinemas, and AMC Cinemas.