Two Saudi students win coveted Rhodes Scholarships

Tarfa Al-Shubayli and Ahmed Al-Sulami will join a total cohort of more than 100 Rhodes Scholars who will travel to Oxford in October next year.
Tarfa Al-Shubayli and Ahmed Al-Sulami will join a total cohort of more than 100 Rhodes Scholars who will travel to Oxford in October next year.
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Updated 20 November 2022

Two Saudi students win coveted Rhodes Scholarships

Two Saudi students win coveted Rhodes Scholarships

Two outstanding students from Saudi Arabia have been selected to join the 2023 global class of Rhodes Scholars. Tarfa Al-Shubayli and Ahmed Al-Sulami will join a total cohort of more than 100 Rhodes Scholars who will travel to Oxford in October next year.
The scholars-elect for Saudi Arabia demonstrated their energy and commitment to making a difference during a rigorous selection process, which included many rounds of reviews before the final interviews held in Riyadh with an international selection committee.
Al-Shubayli is an electrical engineer working for the Saudi Ministry of Energy. She completed her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Alfaisal University in 2021. During her undergraduate studies, she was a part of the Alfaisal Boeing Solar Car Team, winning several research competitions alongside her teammates. Al-Shubayli is also passionate about knowledge transfer and community creation, which led her to establish Al-Majlis Club — a free-thinking space for young Saudis to converse about philosophy, the arts, and society in the modern world. At Oxford, Al-Shubayli aims to study energy systems and their relationship with society in order to develop informed, insightful, and impactful innovation policies in energy.




It has been a pleasure to meet the exceptional young scholars from Saudi Arabia selected in these four previous years and witness their enriching contribution to Rhodes House, says 
Dr. Elizabeth Kiss Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust

Meanwhile, Al-Sulami is currently studying both physics and mechanical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He has conducted research at Niels Bohr and H.C. Orsted Institutes at Copenhagen University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the KFUPM Center for Integrative Petroleum Research, and the KFUPM Research Institute. This includes work on molecular dynamics, cosmology, femtochemistry, solar cells, chemical kinetics, laser sensing, meteoritic materials, computational quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and materials synthesis. At Oxford, Al-Sulami hopes to study theoretical physics.
The Rhodes Scholarships are post-graduate awards supporting outstanding students, to enable two to three years of study, depending on the academic route taken, at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is not just a financial bursary, but a life-changing opportunity for exceptional young people with the potential to make a difference for good in the world.
The first endowed Saudi Arabia scholarship was established in 2018 with funding from Mohammed Al-Agil, with a second endowed scholarship added in 2020, with funding from Abdulrahman Al-Agil Sons. Both donors are co-founders of Jarir Bookstores. This funding was made with encouragement from the Saudi Ministry of Education, as education is one of the core elements of Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s ambitious blueprint for the future. The Rhodes Scholarship for Saudi Arabia will enable students across the Kingdom to fully develop their skills and knowledge in the fields that will help Saudi Arabia achieve its goals under Vision 2030.
Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust, said: “Four years ago and thanks to Mohammed Al-Agil’s generous gift, we launched the first Saudi Arabia endowed scholarship to ensure that more of world’s diversity would be reflected at Rhodes House. It has been a pleasure to meet the exceptional young scholars from Saudi Arabia selected in these four previous years and witness their enriching contribution to Rhodes House — cultural diversity is a core value of ours and one that we see benefit our cohort of scholars every day, as they learn from each other in profound ways. I am looking forward to welcoming these two inspirational and energetic young leaders — Tarfa and Ahmed — to Rhodes House next year.”
The applications for the next round of admission for the Rhodes Scholarship, in partnership with Mohammed Al-Agil and Abdulrahman Al-Agil Sons, for Saudi Arabia will open in June 2023.

 

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Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships are post-graduate awards supporting outstanding students, to enable two to three years of study, depending on the academic route taken, at the University of Oxford.


Salam showcases state-of-the-art cybersecurity technologies at Black Hat MEA 2022

Salam showcases state-of-the-art cybersecurity technologies at Black Hat MEA 2022
Updated 28 November 2022

Salam showcases state-of-the-art cybersecurity technologies at Black Hat MEA 2022

Salam showcases state-of-the-art cybersecurity technologies at Black Hat MEA 2022

Saudi-based telecom provider Salam showcased its advanced set of cybersecurity services and technologies at Black Hat Middle East and Africa, the region’s largest cybersecurity event that took place in Riyadh from Nov. 15 to 17. 

With organizations facing increasing information security challenges and constantly evolving cybersecurity threats, Salam highlighted its capabilities and technologies in safeguarding digital infrastructure and protecting government and private sector entities from cyber threats and risks. 

With explosive demand in the cloud and cybersecurity sector, Salam also took the opportunity to announce strategic partnerships during the event to boost its cybersecurity arsenal, signing agreements with two leading global InfoSec companies including SynAck, a global cybersecurity testing platform, and Global-IB, a Singapore-based group specializing in cyberattacks, fraud and information security. The partnerships are expected to further boost Salam’s offensive and defensive cybersecurity capabilities.

Salam has secured a niche in the market as a provider of essential cybersecurity services with its Security Device Management offering, a comprehensive solution covering design, implementation, monitoring, administration and support for firewalls, UTM and IPDS devices, email security, VAPT and anti-DDoS services.

Ahmed Al-Anqari, CEO of Salam, said: “Salam’s cybersecurity services are designed to help organizations manage and optimize security technology infrastructure by reducing their overall risk, allowing them respond to threats more quickly, thus lowering overhead costs and improving operational efficiency by freeing up security staff to focus on other critical matters. This aspect of Salam’s service offering will help us reach our objective of being an industry-leading operator enabling the Kingdom’s digital transformation journey.” 

In addition, Salam also offers security information and event management solutions designed to help organizations collect, analyze and store security events from their technology stack and identify potential risks round-the-clock in real time with best-in-class tools and a team of technology-enabled, fully-certified Saudi professionals. Salam provides advanced defense technologies, global threat intelligence, threat hunting, in-depth malware analysis and forensics, periodic cyberwar games and other incident response techniques and continuous vulnerability assessments of infrastructure, data, applications and users. 

Salam’s reputation as a leading homegrown telecom provider in Saudi Arabia has positioned the brand as a key participant and enabler in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 digital transformation efforts. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Salam is well-positioned to deliver cybersecurity solutions to customers in the Kingdom and beyond.


Digital innovation driving KSA healthcare transformation

Digital innovation driving KSA healthcare transformation
Updated 28 November 2022

Digital innovation driving KSA healthcare transformation

Digital innovation driving KSA healthcare transformation

Royal Philips, a global health technology company, has announced the publication of its Future Health Index 2022 report: “Healthcare hits reset: Priorities shift as healthcare leaders navigate a changed world.” Now in its seventh year, the FHI 2022 report, based on proprietary research from almost 3,000 respondents conducted across 15 countries, explores how healthcare leaders are harnessing the power of data and digital technology as they look to address their key challenges coming out of the pandemic.

The report provides a clear indication of strong momentum in innovation within Saudi Arabia’s healthcare system. Expanding patient care, unlocking the power of digital health, and leveraging strategic partnerships have emerged as top priorities for Saudi Arabia in its journey toward Vision 2030. 

“Over the past two years, pressure on the healthcare industry has been unrelenting. Today, as we emerge from the pandemic, we see healthcare leaders embarking on a reset — refocusing on several new and existing priorities, from addressing staff shortages to extending care delivery, to leveraging big data and predictive analytics, as they navigate new realities in medical management. Telehealth and digital health records have emerged at the forefront of driving technology-led transformation in healthcare in Saudi Arabia,” said Mohamed Sindi, CEO of Philips Healthcare Saudi Arabia. 

The FHI 2022 Saudi Arabia report highlighted three priorities for healthcare leaders as they strive to further expand access to care and deliver better patient outcomes:

Expanding care through digital health technologies

In the post-COVID-19 world, people continue to demand care beyond the hospital walls, making it necessary for healthcare leaders to continue to invest in technology and focus on enabling their workforce to support this. With many digital health tools already implemented, broader innovation is at the top of leaders’ priority list. One-fifth (22 percent) of Saudi leaders cite extending care delivery beyond the hospital walls as a top priority today and 26 percent expect to prioritize it in three years’ time. Digital and telehealth investments by healthcare leaders will also reduce staff workloads, thus improving staff retention and satisfaction, which is an important priority for 23 percent of leaders with 29 percent expecting it to remain a priority for the next three years.

Driving efficiency through innovation and partnership

With digital health now firmly embedded in healthcare delivery, it is imperative for healthcare leaders to unlock the next level of data utilization that will improve the efficiency of care delivery. The FHI Saudi Arabia 2022 research revealed that healthcare leaders are nurturing strategic partnerships with health technology companies for access to various kinds of expertise. Thirty-three percent of leaders seek partnerships that provide support in healthcare management services, as well as data analysis, 32 percent want partnerships that support technology integration, while 29 percent seek support in shaping a strategic vision.

Investments in AI for improved care delivery 

Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and predictive analytics help to identify trends, optimize processes, and reduce costs. Saudi Arabia is on par with the European average when it comes to the use of predictive analytics, with 48 percent of healthcare leaders currently utilizing or in the process of adopting such technologies. More than three quarters of respondents believe that predictive analytics can improve staff experiences as well as patient outcomes. One in four (26 percent) of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare leaders say that improving tech infrastructure in their facilities is the most important priority if they are to fully unlock the power of data. 

Saudi Arabian healthcare leaders are also committed to AI-based technologies, with 46 percent investing in these technologies this year and 66 percent planning to invest in 2023.


With move to EZDubai, Mumzworld eyes regional expansion

With move to EZDubai, Mumzworld eyes regional expansion
Updated 28 November 2022

With move to EZDubai, Mumzworld eyes regional expansion

With move to EZDubai, Mumzworld eyes regional expansion

EZDubai, a fully dedicated e-commerce free zone strategically located in Dubai South’s Logistics District, has welcomed Mumzworld, the largest online baby shop in the Middle East, which will be expanding its operations. A signing ceremony to announce the expansion was attended by Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District — Dubai South; Mona Ataya, CEO of Mumzworld; and other senior executives from both entities.

The new facility will span 8,152 square meters and will be located in a rapidly expanding free zone for major e-commerce players and last-mile service providers. The move is expected to further strengthen Mumzworld’s footprint and bolster its operations for continued hyperscale. EZDubai will support Mumzworld in running an effective fulfillment center through bonded and non-bonded activities to expedite inventory turnover. This will assist the company in managing, optimizing and creating new warehouse operations to support its aggressive regional and global growth strategy. 

Ahmad said: “Mumzworld, the pioneering online marketplace in the Middle East, is a wonderful addition to our portfolio. Our continued efforts aim to create an excellent environment for such specialized companies and boost the region’s e-commerce sector. The new fulfillment center will significantly expand Mumzworld’s capacity to continue to deliver best-in-class customer demand and satisfaction, enabling the company to deliver products quicker, especially with our proximity to last-mile partners.”

The new facility seeks to optimize every consumer touchpoint and elevate the e-commerce industry by consistently providing customers with a distinctive, personalized, practical, and seamless experience. In addition to fostering long-lasting relationships with customers, this effort will push the boundaries of innovation and improve operational excellence and efficiency to save costs.

Ataya said: “This new built-to-suit fulfillment center at Dubai South represents an important milestone for Mumzworld. The brand is at an important point of hypergrowth, and our partnership with EZDubai will further consolidate our path forward. The facility is strategically located and effectively enabled to allow us to cater to growing customer demands and continue to provide an exceptional online shopping experience in the region.”

The state-of-the-art facility and enablers within this locale will allow us to continue our aggressive expansion plan across the region more seamlessly and efficiently.”

The 920,000-square-meter, purpose-built e-commerce hub in Dubai South is designed to attract the world’s leading e-commerce companies and create a benchmark with its infrastructure. The e-commerce zone, which was launched in 2019 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, aims to promote the emirate’s position as a hub for global e-commerce.


Umm Al-Qura partners with Midwam to develop ‘Masar Experience Center’

Umm Al-Qura partners with Midwam to develop ‘Masar Experience Center’
Updated 28 November 2022

Umm Al-Qura partners with Midwam to develop ‘Masar Experience Center’

Umm Al-Qura partners with Midwam to develop ‘Masar Experience Center’

Umm Al-Qura for Development and Construction, the owner and developer of the upcoming multibillion megaproject “Masar Destination” in Makkah, has partnered with Saudi company Midwam, a pioneer in designing immersive experiences using the latest advanced technologies, to design and implement the Masar Experience Center as a cutting-edge visitor destination.

The latest visual, light and sound technologies will be used in Makkah for the first time to showcase the features of Masar Destination. This experience will also include a virtual theater with the latest 3D projection technology that will be updated with new visual content as the work on the project continues to progress.

The partnership will be supported by the expertise of Icaria Atelier, a cutting-edge company based in Seville that integrates design, storytelling, media, and technology to transform spaces into experiences and that has won several awards during Dubai Expo 2020.

Yasser AbuAteek, CEO of Umm Al-Qura for Development and Construction, said: “I am delighted to sign this agreement with Midwam to design and implement this Experience Center, which combines innovative technology with the essential investment and business information in order to engage existing and prospective stakeholders and to demonstrate how the Masar Destination is a unique and distinguished project.”

Khalid Al-Muawad, CEO and co-founder of Midwam, said: “The Experience Center will play an essential role in promoting and showcasing the destination to its potential stakeholders, investors and customers. We are also looking forward to working with our award-winning partner, Icaria Atelier, and using our expertise and know-how in the latest immersive technologies to achieve a world-class Experience Center for Masar Destination.”

Masar is being developed as an urban destination in Makkah that will offer unparalleled experiences to inspire each visitor while enhancing the quality of life of the city’s residents through a diverse range of hospitality, mobility, retail, entertainment, and other offerings. It aims to simultaneously preserve the spiritual and cultural heritage of Makkah while providing opportunities to boost the region’s economic potential.


ROSHN’s landmark development SEDRA welcomes first residents

ROSHN’s landmark development SEDRA welcomes first residents
Updated 28 November 2022

ROSHN’s landmark development SEDRA welcomes first residents

ROSHN’s landmark development SEDRA welcomes first residents
  • The national real estate developer passes a historic milestone as it hands customers the keys to their new homes ahead of schedule — becoming the first Saudi giga-project to deliver

ROSHN, the national real estate developer bringing new, sustainable modes of living to the Kingdom, has started the handover process at SEDRA, its landmark development in northern Riyadh, ahead of scheduled time. New homeowners are receiving the keys and title deeds to villas and townhouses located in SEDRA’s Phase 1, making them the first customers to take possession of properties in a ROSHN community.

“The handover of the first ROSHN home is a momentous occasion not just for ROSHN but for the Kingdom at large. While this marks another step on our journey to provide high-quality homes to the Saudi people, we are also driving change, creating a new concept of living, and adding to the quality of life of our citizens and residents. SEDRA will be the first project that sees our vision for the future become a reality on the ground and I am excited for our first residents to experience the ROSHN way of life,” said Group CEO David Grover.

ROSHN is facilitating the moving process for its customers by providing them with dedicated advisers that act as a single point of contact before, during and after the handover. New residents also have access to the ROSHN Contact Center, which can answer customer queries on a wide range of issues, from visitor access to how to take advantage of special offers provided by ROSHN’s partners.

SEDRA is ROSHN’s first project in the Kingdom and is being developed over eight phases in Riyadh’s vibrant northern corridor. The start of the handover process at its first phase makes it the first Saudi giga-project to deliver to customers. When completed, it will add more than 30,000 residential units to the capital’s housing stock and provide 20 million square meters of integrated neighborhoods supported by education and healthcare infrastructure, retail outlets, restaurants, parks, shaded footpaths, cycle tracks and carefully tended green spaces.

ROSHN is also bringing its vision to the Kingdom’s western region: ALAROUS, announced in May this year, will add more than 18,000 new homes to northern Jeddah’s housing stock. It features the same winning formula of amenities as SEDRA, including its “open living” design principle built around public spaces, green areas, communal facilities such as local majlis, and “living” streets characterized by curb-less roads and homes without perimeter walls.