National Aquaculture Group bags ASC’s shrimp farm certification

National Aquaculture Group bags ASC’s shrimp farm certification
The National Aquaculture Group has received the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s shrimp farm certification. (NAQUA)
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Updated 22 May 2022

National Aquaculture Group bags ASC’s shrimp farm certification

National Aquaculture Group bags ASC’s shrimp farm certification
  • NAQUA has become the first shrimp farm in the Middle East and North Africa region to be awarded this distinction

RIYADH: The National Aquaculture Group, the largest aquaculture operation of shrimp farming, fish farming and feed business in Saudi Arabia, received the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s shrimp farm certification, making it the first shrimp farm in the Middle East and North Africa region to be awarded this distinction. This in turn places Saudi Arabia among the top 15 countries to have the ASC certification for shrimp.
ASC represents the strictest standards in the aquaculture industry, which include a wide set of requirements such as responsible sourcing of feed, water quality, animal welfare, disease prevention, fair treatment, compensation for workers and maintaining a positive relationship with neighboring communities,
NAQUA attained the certificate for producing vannamei shrimp. In addition to the ASC certification, NAQUA will also receive the ASC Chain of Custody certification for its processing plant in respect to product traceability and post-harvest best practice.
Diego Illingworth, CEO of the National Aquaculture Group, said: “At the National Aquaculture Group, we pursue a strong approach on product integrity, quality and food safety, environment and sustainability. The ASC certification complements NAQUA’s compliance to all global regulatory and industrial norms for a responsible and sustainable aquaculture system. NAQUA is committed to producing the best possible quality of aquaculture products for our customers and consumers, and ASC certification is a big step to fulfill our promise.”
He added: “We have achieved a remarkable milestone with the ASC shrimp farm certification. It is not an easy certification, but it clearly demonstrates NAQUA’s compliance to best farming, environmental and biosecurity practices in a socially responsible way.” 
NAQUA is considered a model for local and global aquaculture and seafood production.
Miss Koh Siewlan, director of international sales at National Aquaculture Group, said: “NAQUA offers the highest quality of shrimp products to the world. Today, we stand on a new horizon for aquaculture excellence with ASC certification. This is a proof of NAQUA’s commitment to maintaining and leading in responsible aquaculture best practices. I congratulate the entire NAQUA family on this historical success.” 
The ASC certification is an addition to NAQUA’s existing international certifications and recognitions, such as GAA BAP, Global GAP, FSSC 22000, ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, HACCP and halal certification.


Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid

Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid
Updated 04 July 2022

Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid

Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid

With the much-awaited Eid Al-Adha holidays around the corner, it is time to book fun-filled stays with loved ones. Hilton is launching a special “Summer Sale” across its hotels in the Kingdom with savings of up to 25 percent to help make the holiday a memorable time for friends and family. Holiday-makers can also choose from a variety of experiences and dining offers at Hilton properties in Riyadh and Jeddah, including delicious brunches and buffets and indulging spa treatments.

Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences

Overlooking the Granada Mall and Granada Business Park, the hotel is hosting its Eid Al-Adha brunch at Teatro restaurant from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., on July 9 and 10. For SR295 ($80) — excluding applicable taxes — per person, diners can indulge in a delicious culinary experience complete with live cooking stations, a children’s play area, and a mocktail station.

DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh Al-Muroj
Business Gate

Located adjacent to the King Abdullah Financial District, the hotel is offering an iftar buffet on Arafat day at SR199 (including applicable taxes) per person as well as a celebratory Eid breakfast buffet on the first day of Eid Al-Adha at SR129 (including applicable taxes) per person. Both buffets will be served at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant where guests can savor a variety of international dishes.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Riyadh Financial District

Located along the Northern Ring Road, the hotel is less than 10 minutes from King Abdullah Financial District, and features a sports court, an indoor pool, and two restaurants. From July 9-12, the hotel is offering an attractive rate of SR1,000 per night (excluding applicable taxes) for double accommodation in a junior suite on a bed and breakfast basis.

Hilton Garden Inn
Riyadh Financial District

Surrounded by shops and restaurants, the hotel is located along the Northern Ring Road and features a pool and on-site dining options. From July 9-12, the hotel is offering a rate of SR800 per night (excluding applicable taxes) for a double standard room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Jeddah Hilton Hotel

Situated along the Jeddah Corniche, the hotel offers panoramic ocean views. Offering unforgettable experiences to guests, Jeddah Hilton houses five dining outlets, a health club with two pools, plus a spa with a myriad of special treatments. The hotel also provides a fitness center, tennis and squash courts, and a kids’ club. The hotel serves international buffets as well as freshly baked pastries and authentic Indian cuisine. This Eid Al-Adha, Jeddah Hilton is offering a stay in  a deluxe room with bed and breakfast, with prices starting from SR1,490 per night (excluding applicable taxes). The hotel also has a special offer for kids’ swimming lessons at the Jeddah Health Club.

Waldorf Astoria Jeddah — Qasr Al-Sharq

Guests can experience a world of opulence at Waldorf Astoria Jeddah — Qasr Al-Sharq, where they will encounter elegance under a three-story Swarovski chandelier and wake up to panoramic views of Jeddah at this palatial hotel. The hotel is an oasis on the Red Sea where guests can rejuvenate in the Waldorf Astoria Spa and enjoy personalized butler services. The hotel is offering a memorable bed and breakfast stay in a Qasr room, starting at SR2,990 per night (excluding applicable taxes). Guests can also enjoy an experience of complete relaxation at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. Until July 31, applying for a one-year fitness membership grants members two additional complimentary months, allowing them to save SR1,500.  The Hilton Summer Sale will run until Sept. 12, and is available at participating hotels within the Hilton portfolio of brands across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain and Lebanon.


Juniper Networks launches Cloud Metro to drive sustainable business

Juniper Networks launches Cloud Metro to drive sustainable business
Updated 04 July 2022

Juniper Networks launches Cloud Metro to drive sustainable business

Juniper Networks launches Cloud Metro to drive sustainable business

Juniper Networks, a provider of secure, AI-driven networks, has announced an innovation that will power its vision and strategy for Cloud Metro — a new category of solutions for service providers, optimized for metro transformation and sustainable business growth. Traditional “retro” metro networks are device-centric and are buckling under the extreme scale, agility and experience demands that widespread digital transformation and the advent of 5G services are bringing.

The announcement focuses on enabling sustainable business growth, with a series of high-performance networking systems, powered by AI-enabled, cloud-delivered automation, specifically designed to build next-generation Cloud Metro infrastructure. These systems will deliver significantly reduced natural resource consumption capabilities to help sustain the planet, improved tools and simplified working methods to help sustain over-pressured operations teams, along with embedded service assurance and security capabilities to optimize service experience, all while enabling service providers to sustain profitable business growth.

Juniper’s new Cloud Metro systems feature industry-leading energy-efficient, adaptive power designs as their foundational principle, enabling unused features and Packet Forwarding Engines to be automatically switched off when not in use. The removable modular power shelf design reduces e-waste and extends system lifetimes by accommodating up to 48 times bandwidth growth within the same chassis. It is certified as Titanium grade by CLEAResult in its 80 Plus program, the first and only metro networking device power module to accomplish such a rating.

The future-proofed scale, capacity, performance and smart features of Juniper’s Cloud Metro portfolio replace the traditional three-five year “rip-and-replace” network lifecycles with seven-12 year lifecycles. Pay-as-you-go models and a breadth of interface options allow service providers to flex their investment economically in line with demand.

Juniper’s advanced use of AI and cloud-delivered automation equips service providers to simplify day-to-day workflows, deploy services faster (with device onboarding taking just minutes instead of hours), reduce trouble tickets and accelerate time-to-service (and therefore revenue) restoration. This significantly improves productivity, empowering network engineers and operators to accomplish more, which is critical for employee satisfaction and retention.  The new solutions also deliver up to 71 percent lower total cost of ownership by leveraging the latest generation of silicon system design and AI-enabled device onboarding-as-a-service.

“In a world of ‘retro metros,’ Juniper’s new Cloud Metro solution stands apart. Our cloud-delivered Paragon Automation-as-a-service promises immediate productivity increases for service providers ... This is the answer to service provider needs for a sustainable future for their profits, their people and the planet,” said Brendan Gibbs, senior vice president of automated WAN solutions, Juniper Networks.


Tawal completes preparations to serve Hajj pilgrims

Tawal completes preparations to serve Hajj pilgrims
Updated 04 July 2022

Tawal completes preparations to serve Hajj pilgrims

Tawal completes preparations to serve Hajj pilgrims

Saudi ICT infrastructure company Tawal has completed its preparations for this year’s Hajj to provide the best-integrated services to its clients from telecom companies and governmental entities. These services have been completed to serve Hajj pilgrims, in cooperation with the relevant official authorities and Hajj committees.

For this year’s Hajj, Tawal built 31 new towers to join more than 1,000 towers that have been set up to enable its telecom operator clients to serve the pilgrims. Tawal has also upgraded 303 sites to deploy a 5G network, and preventative maintenance has been performed on 986 sites.

To deliver the best services to its clients, the company has also allocated more than 100 field technicians to manage the infrastructure of the holy sites. They are being supported by 24/7 tower operation centers in Riyadh and Makkah to ensure optimum operations. The company has also put in place mechanisms to prepare for any emergencies.

Saeed Alshehri, chief operating officer, Tawal, said: “As the Kingdom’s leading ICT infrastructure provider, we seek to enable telecom operators, providing an advanced experience for pilgrims. As part of our commitment to serving our clients, we are working around the clock to enhance the infrastructure of communication networks, which includes many advanced services for pilgrims.”

Tawal is a leading Saudi ICT infrastructure company and owns more than 15,500 telecommunication towers in the Kingdom. It provides innovative services and solutions for this vital and rapidly growing sector. The company aims to lead the technology transformation in the Kingdom by providing exemplary services to its clients looking for reliable and cost-effective infrastructure, ensuring an ideal environment to meet their needs. Tawal works to enhance and share the infrastructure with its customers to achieve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and mitigate negative environmental impacts. The company is a major player in the Kingdom’s telecom infrastructure industry, and aspires to expand its services to cover other international markets.


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.