Smart robotics can transform Middle East’s $17bn supply chain

Smart robotics can transform Middle East’s $17bn supply chain
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Updated 20 July 2020

Smart robotics can transform Middle East’s $17bn supply chain

Smart robotics can transform Middle East’s $17bn supply chain

This pandemic period has made it apparent that being reliant on a few countries for production means that when the supply chains break down, countries face a shortage of supply. By reshoring and localizing production, these challenges can be limited in the event of any future crises.

Reshoring and the further development of local manufacturing is aligned with Middle East transformation agendas, as it would see manufacturing driving diversified economic growth and enabling job creation. This is particularly true for the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030, the UAE’s Vision 2021 and Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Egypt’s Vision 2030.

With the Middle East’s smart factory automation market set to reach a record-high of $17 billion in 2020, according to Modor Intelligence, now is the time for the region’s manufacturers to adopt advanced robotics to drive innovation and support business continuity.

Automated robotics are set to play a major role in supporting reshoring and local manufacturing. As automated robotics have become more accessible and affordable, they are now ideal for small companies, manufacturers, and the agricultural industry.

In factories, robots could enable enhanced production of medicines and personal protective equipment and in agricultural production, robots could help to plant, monitor and harvest crops safer, faster and more efficiently. Some industry experts expect robots to take on dangerous or routine tasks, working alongside people to increase production, free up valuable employee time, and allow for more business opportunities.

Robotics allows for the creation of new domestic jobs through reshoring, as businesses bring their production and distribution home. A new channel of jobs and opportunities in programming, engineering, AI and technology-based careers could also be created as robot fleets need to be programmed and managed.

As a trusted partner in automation, Epson brings more than 35 years of experience as one of the world’s leading robotics companies and offers more than 40 robots in the Middle East that provide ease of use, reliability, performance, and overall value.

Further supporting manufacturing innovation and young talent development, Epson has hosted robotics competitions for educational institutions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia.

• The writer is vice president, CISMEA and professional displays, at Epson.


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.