DETASAD unveils latest technology

DETASAD unveils latest technology
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DETASAD is redefining the way satellite companies can serve their end-users with Bandwidth-as-a-Service managed solutions. (Supplied)
DETASAD unveils latest technology
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DETASAD is redefining the way satellite companies can serve their end-users with Bandwidth-as-a-Service managed solutions. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 May 2022

DETASAD unveils latest technology

DETASAD unveils latest technology

DETASAD, Saudi Arabia's leading infrastructure provider and key contributor to the ICT sector, officially revealed its breakthrough “Dynamic Bandwidth Optimization” technology at the SATELLITE 2022 show in Washington, DC. Along with strategic partners including Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, DETASAD is redefining the way satellite companies can serve their end-users with Bandwidth-as-a-Service managed solutions.

As one of four solutions patented by DETASAD in 2022, this disruptive technology will power solutions allowing DETASAD and its partners to bring satellite-enabled, consumption-based IoT and edge computing services to new customers in verticals including government, finance, health, mining, education, and “Industry 4.0” organizations. These services will meet organizations’ growing needs for solutions with hyperscale type performance and convenience, delivering full data- and workload flexibility anytime and anywhere on a pure consumption model and without bandwidth and latency limitations.

The ideator behind the revolutionary patent, Mr. Felix Thomas Wass, President & CEO of DETASAD stated: “This technology and our strategic partnership with Intelsat, the global satellite innovator and leader, makes bandwidth and satellite technology relevant and competitive opening new revenue streams for the satellite ecosystem and unlocking value across the community of current and potential future satellite users. This creates satellite as a clear alternative to fixed and mobile terrestrial applications.”

In a blog post, Jean-Philippe Gillet, SVP Global Sales at Intelsat, said, “It’s remarkable how much innovation there is within and around satellite connectivity, and we are pleased to be an enabler for transformative ideas like DETASAD’s Bandwidth-as-a-Service solution. Edge-compute services are one of the keys to helping customers take advantage of the reach and reliability of the Flex network.”


Huawei trains over 200 developers in Saudi Arabia

Huawei trains over 200 developers in Saudi Arabia
Updated 03 July 2022

Huawei trains over 200 developers in Saudi Arabia

Huawei trains over 200 developers in Saudi Arabia

As part of Huawei’s commitment to empowering developers in the region, the tech giant recently concluded the latest mobile app training event in Saudi Arabia for more than 200 developers. The Huawei Mobile Services app development training aligns with Huawei’s ongoing efforts to support developers in the country and provide comprehensive app development training resources.

The training, which took place at the Crowne Plaza RDC, Riyadh, attracted developers from various backgrounds and experiences. It was an introductory course, which will be followed by five in-depth independent-study courses. The attendees were guided through the various steps required to become a developer in the HMS Ecosystem, as well as the open capabilities of the HMS Core and the most commonly used HMS Kits, including but not limited to the Map, Location, Ads and IAP Kits. Participants were also given the opportunity to join the global HMS community through an intro to the Huawei Developer Groups and Huawei Student Ambassador programs.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to Huawei for their initiatives toward homegrown mobile app developers. The local mobile app development scene is emerging on a daily basis and is in need of support from technology providers like Huawei, which leads in supporting developers in the Kingdom,” said Adel Al-Harbi, a technology consultant and one of the speakers at the conference.

“At Huawei, our goal is to empower regional app developers to build a more digitally connected world with innovative solutions. With a young and tech-savvy population, we believe that Saudi Arabia is well placed to innovate and create unique experiences for millions of online users on mobile platforms. These training sessions are part of our ongoing efforts to realize this goal and create a robust ecosystem of developers. We are committed to empowering developers in the MEA region with the right tools and knowledge to positively influence their careers,” said Lu Geng, vice president of the Middle East and Africa, Huawei Global Partnerships and Eco-Development, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Participants who complete the five in-depth courses and pass the exam will receive a Huawei Developer Certificate.

The successful training event kicked off a busy season for the region’s developers, as the 2022 edition of Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest launched on June 24.

The global competition will attract talented developers from the Middle East and Africa to create seamless, smart, and innovative digital experiences with significant prize money for the best applications while exploring the future of digital intelligence.


Emirati & global designers shine at Jewels of Emirates Show

Emirati & global designers shine at Jewels of Emirates Show
Updated 03 July 2022

Emirati & global designers shine at Jewels of Emirates Show

Emirati & global designers shine at Jewels of Emirates Show

The third edition of the Jewels of Emirates Show, the first UAE show specializing in diamond, gold and silver jewelry, and luxury watches, ran from June 30 until July 3, at Expo Centre Sharjah. The show, organized by Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, featured around 100 of the most popular gold, diamond, jewelry, and watch brands, as well as more than 20 Emirati and international designers in the jewelry and gold industry.

The show was inaugurated by Abdullah Sultan Al-Owais, chairman of the SCCI; Khalid Jassim Al-Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority; Seok-gu Lee, ambassador of South Korea to the UAE; Waleed Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, second vice president of the SCCI; Mohamed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, director-general of the SCCI; Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah; Sultan Shattaf, sales and marketing director at Expo Centre Sharjah; and members of the boards of directors of both the SCCI and the center. The officials toured the exhibition, met with several exhibitors and were introduced to their latest gold collections and jewelry designs.

Al-Owais said: “The high volume of activities and various economic, trade, and cultural exhibitions being held in the emirate of Sharjah are the outcome of the SCCI’s leading efforts to support Expo Centre Sharjah, one of the chamber’s vital institutions. Furthermore, SCCI supports the center in organizing and hosting major local, regional, and international events in order to enhance the contribution of the exhibition sector to various economic fields and strengthen the commerce, tourism, and hotel sectors.”

“The Jewels of the Emirates Show succeeded in achieving a distinct place among a range of specialized exhibitions and events in the gold and jewelry trade and industry,” he added.

Meanwhile, Al-Midfa said: “The number of participants at this year’s Jewels of Emirates Show has increased due to the attendance of many prominent countries in the watch and jewelry industry, particularly Italy. Such participation allows local companies and UAE designers to showcase and present their creativity and innovations, familiarize themselves with the industry’s leading exhibitors, and communicate with them to share experiences and enhance their skills. As a result, the broad participation in this event strengthens its potential to attract a large number of visitors while also achieving its ultimate purpose of stimulating the gold and jewelry trade and increasing local sales.”

The show’s pavilions and booths witnessed a large number of visitors who explored the most prominent brands of jewelry, pearls, gemstones and luxury watches.

This year’s edition had numerous surprises for its visitors, including valuable gold and jewelry gifts, daily vouchers worth up to 1,000 dirhams ($272) and a diverse selection of fashionable clothing.

Moreover, many visitors were drawn to the Emirati exhibitors’ booths for their gold jewelry and designs that were inspired by the Emirati heritage, featuring an authentic, modern, and historical collection.


Bupa Arabia underlines importance of prioritizing customer experience at conference

Bupa Arabia underlines importance of prioritizing customer experience at conference
Updated 03 July 2022

Bupa Arabia underlines importance of prioritizing customer experience at conference

Bupa Arabia underlines importance of prioritizing customer experience at conference

Osama Redaian, operational excellence and customer experience director at Bupa Arabia, recently participated in the E3 Customer Experience Conference, held under the theme “Making customer centricity your game changer.”

The event, hosted in Riyadh from June 7 to 9, was organized with the support of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and the General Organization for Social Insurance — and the participation of the General Authority of Awqaf.

The conference brought together more than 300 customer experience leaders from over 30 countries, to discuss new ideas aimed at enabling the digital transformation agenda in customer experience in Saudi Arabia and the larger GCC.

During a panel discussion titled “How important is employee experience to your organization?” the Bupa Arabia representative said the company prioritizes employee experience by making efforts to learn about their lives, needs and expectations from the job, communicating and interacting with them constantly, and supporting them with all the required information about their job and the company, so that they believe in its goals and vision, and feel a sense of belonging and loyalty to the organization.

Redaian said that Bupa Arabia’s participation in the customer experience conference confirms the company’s interest and leading role in developing the best customer experience in the insurance sector, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals to improve healthcare services and promote a healthy lifestyle for a superior quality of life.

He said the role of health insurers is no longer limited to only designing services and solutions, but should also focus on the customer and understand their current medical conditions, which in turn would contribute to the development and growth of the medical insurance sector in the Kingdom. He stressed the need to proactively provide more services and products to customers, pointing out that Bupa Arabia has made the customer the center of all its operations and programs, and that improving their experience is the company’s priority.

Redaian added that Bupa Arabia has been a pioneer in harnessing digital transformation to improve customer experience. He especially mentioned the insurer’s telemedicine platform that provides its customers with a variety of services in the comfort of their homes.


SABB names new CEO for corporate & institutional banking

SABB names new CEO for corporate & institutional banking
Updated 03 July 2022

SABB names new CEO for corporate & institutional banking

SABB names new CEO for corporate & institutional banking

The Saudi British Bank announced the appointment of Yasser Ali Al-Barrak as chief executive officer of corporate and institutional banking.

Al-Barrak was appointed to lead corporate and institutional banking at SABB, owing to his expertise and practical experience in the Kingdom’s banking industry spanning more than 18 years. Al-Barrak joined SABB in 2012 and has held many leadership positions, the most recent being general manager of global corporate and institutional banking since May 2019, and co-head of global banking from 2017 to 2019. He also served as head of the public sector from 2013 to 2017.

Tony Cripps, managing director and CEO of SABB, said: “The appointment of Yasser is a testament to the success of career growth plans at SABB, which is a major player in managing our most valuable assets, our people.”

“Yasser will play a pivotal role in the implementation of our strategy and will help in maintaining our leading banking position and experience for our clients contributing to achieving sustainable economic growth in the Kingdom,” he added.

Al-Barrak possesses strong leadership skills as well as an in-depth understanding of the corporate and institutional banking sectors. He graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a bachelor’s degree in information systems. He is a board member of Alawwal Invest Company as well as of the SABB Takaful Company.


AbbVie’s ‘Week of Possibilities’ program supports local community

AbbVie’s ‘Week of Possibilities’ program supports local community
Updated 02 July 2022

AbbVie’s ‘Week of Possibilities’ program supports local community

AbbVie’s ‘Week of Possibilities’ program supports local community

Employees from AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, a global, research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, participated in the company’s seventh annual “Week of Possibilities” volunteering program organized this year in Riyadh and Jeddah. The program, held from June 29 to 30, was devoted to supporting orphans in cooperation with Albir Society and Kayan Society.

The program included visits conducted by volunteers to renovate orphans’ rooms through many activities including painting, coloring, and decorating, which spread an atmosphere of love and comfort among the orphans.

AbbVie employees in more than 50 countries joined forces with trusted nonprofit and community partners across the globe to complete hands-on projects to benefit local communities impacting tens of thousands of people. The “Week of Possibilities” unites employees around the world with a single purpose: To give back to local communities through volunteering.

“AbbVie Saudi employees are thrilled to come together again in person for the “Week of Possibilities,” one of the most anticipated annual volunteer initiatives across the company,” said Dr. Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie Saudi. “AbbVie basically reflects a message not only limited to providing therapeutic services, but also delivering outstanding support to the community in which it works, through initiatives that instill values of solidarity and cooperation among the community members,” he added.

Waleed Arab, director of public affairs communications at AbbVie Saudi Arabia, stressed that cooperating with orphans boosts their happiness and fills their environment with mutual enjoyment. He praised the efforts of AbbVie employees to achieve this goal.

“Social and volunteer works are a major source supporting the renaissance, creativity, and development of societies, being among the most prominent works that help in the development of the individuals, environment and society. Volunteer work has a profound impact in preparing the generations to become cooperative and work for the betterment of their communities. In Saudi Arabia, this comes in line with Saudi Vision 2030 to support and increase the community participation in social responsibility services,” Arab said.

In each “Week of Possibilities” location, service projects are selected to ensure that AbbVie volunteer efforts align with the highest needs of each local community. Local projects are designed and implemented in partnership with nonprofit partners close to the communities being served.

AbbVie’s “Week of Possibilities” started in 2014 and is now a global tradition for the company. It is funded in part by the AbbVie Foundation and focuses on service projects in the local communities in which AbbVie employees live and work around the world.