Huawei AppGallery partners with ‘GoChat Messenger,’ empowering users with seamless digital-first lifestyle

Huawei AppGallery partners with ‘GoChat Messenger,’ empowering users with seamless digital-first lifestyle
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Updated 21 September 2023
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Huawei AppGallery partners with ‘GoChat Messenger,’ empowering users with seamless digital-first lifestyle

Huawei AppGallery partners with ‘GoChat Messenger,’ empowering users with seamless digital-first lifestyle

Huawei Mobile Services has achieved remarkable success through the seamless integration of the GoChat Messenger app provided by etisalat by e&. This addition of the GoChat Messenger enhances the suite of offerings, catering to customers’ ever-growing demand for amplified connectivity in the evolving digital landscape. 

These partnerships mark a significant stride in augmenting digital services for individuals, enriching their digital-first lifestyles with an all-inclusive free voice and video calling app. This underscores both the surging popularity of Huawei devices in the region and Huawei Mobile Services’ unwavering dedication to delivering innovative solutions to its user base.

For Huawei users, the collaboration with etisalat by e& presents a range of applications that seamlessly enhance the Huawei ecosystem, encompassing full integration with My etisalat by e& app, etisalat by e& Business, e& money, Smile UAE, and the latest addition, GoChat Messenger.

GoChat Messenger is an all-encompassing app for free global HD voice and video calls, embodying efficiency and versatility. It empowers users with a wide range of services in one application, from seamless free worldwide communication and secure money transfers to entertainment, news updates, access to attractive deals, home services and much more. The integration of the innovative AI feature, GoChat GPT, underscores the app’s transformative potential. 

Having garnered over 6 million downloads within a mere year since its official debut, GoChat Messenger has firmly established itself as its users’ communication application of choice. The collaboration between Huawei Mobile Services and GoChat Messenger showcased on the Huawei AppGallery is a testament to the rising significance of Huawei devices in the region. 

Additionally, the alliance with etisalat by e& empowers Huawei Mobile Services’ users with a safer and more streamlined method to manage their digital requirements. In line with enhancing the digital experiences for individual consumers and promoting a digital-first lifestyle, e& life introduces pioneering technologies via intelligent connectivity platforms spanning the entertainment, retail, and financial technology sectors.

William Hu, managing director of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Middle East and Africa Eco Development and Operation, said: “The integration of GoChat Messenger, offered by etisalat by e&, into the Huawei Mobile Services’ ecosystem has been a remarkable achievement. This latest addition further enriches our array of products, catering to the escalating need for enhanced connectivity in the digital era.”

The strategic partnerships between Huawei Mobile Services and leading telco operators’ apps in the UAE are a significant development in the digital transformation in the region. These partnerships offer a number of benefits, extending to both Huawei users and etisalat by e& customers, and they are likely to play a role in the future of the digital economy in the UAE.


mentl awards 2024: Celebrating mental health champions in Saudi Arabia

mentl awards 2024: Celebrating mental health champions in Saudi Arabia
Updated 17 July 2024
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mentl awards 2024: Celebrating mental health champions in Saudi Arabia

mentl awards 2024: Celebrating mental health champions in Saudi Arabia

As the conversation around mental health continues to gain momentum in the region, the highly anticipated “mentl awards 2024” are back, bigger and more inspiring than ever before, and for the first time open to people and projects in Saudi Arabia.

The groundbreaking awards — created by mental health consultancy mentl — aim to recognize and celebrate the individuals and organizations, in the public and private sectors, making significant strides in this vital area.

Last year’s awards saw over 70 companies from the UAE reaching the finals at a glittering gala dinner at St. Regis Downtown in Dubai. This year, mentl awards have expanded to welcome entries from across the GCC, including Saudi Arabia, as well as the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain. With a commitment to recognizing merit and excellence, these awards shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes and game-changers in workplaces and communities.

Last year’s winner: Adel bin Hdaya Al-Falasi

A standout from last year’s awards was the inspiring Emirati Adel bin Hdaya Al-Falasi, once dubbed “the possessed boy,” who bravely shared his experience with mental illness and who lifted the trophy as a Mental Health Hero. Since winning the award, Al-Falasi has grown into a powerful mental health advocate who challenges stigma, helping others in his community seek help. He returns to the awards this year as a judge.

The awards are open to public and private sectors, from startups and SMEs to major corporates and government departments in Saudi Arabia. The categories cover a wide range of industries, including finance, healthcare, education, logistics, technology, and more. Each category recognizes outstanding mental health initiatives that have made a significant impact.

Award categories include:

  • Best Mental Health Initiative in Saudi Arabia
  • Best Mental Health Initiative in the UAE
  • Best Mental Health Initiative in Qatar
  • Best Mental Health Initiative in Bahrain
  • Best Mental Health Initiative in Kuwait
  • Best Mental Health Initiative in Oman
  • Outstanding Mental Health Initiative in Education
  • Most Supportive Technology Company
  • Outstanding Mental Health Support in the Public Sector
  • Mental Health Heroes: Empathy in Leadership

For a complete list of categories and entry criteria, please visit mentlawards.com.

Independent jury

Recipients of the mentl awards 2024 will be chosen by an independent jury comprising leaders from both the public and private sectors. This panel includes healthcare professionals, mental health champions, CEOs, industry leaders, well-being advocates, and inspiring athletes and adventurers. Their collective expertise ensures that the awards are given purely on merit.

“It is time to honor those who are transforming the way we approach mental health, and the mentl awards 2024 is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at celebrating these champions within corporate environments, public sector institutions, and educational establishments. By recognizing those who have taken a stand to make a difference, we aim to inspire further progress and innovation in the field of mental health,” organizers said in a statement.

Call for entries

Early bird entry — available in July — to each category costs approximately SR560 ($150) inclusive of VAT and bank charges. Organizations can nominate as many projects or initiatives as they feel meet the criteria. Entries are now open, and mentl is encouraging all eligible participants to take this opportunity to showcase their impactful work.

Become a sponsor

Businesses in Saudi Arabia can support the mentl awards 2024 by becoming an official sponsor. They can help mentl amplify its mission and stand out as a champion of mental health. For sponsorship inquiries, please email [email protected].

Gala awards celebration

Winners will be celebrated at a prestigious gala awards ceremony in Dubai in November. 


Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany
Updated 16 July 2024
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Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Saudi space graduate Sarah Alhabbas lauded in Germany

Sarah Alhabbas, the first graduate of Serco’s Space Graduate Program, was invited on Thursday to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Germany to meet with Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan Al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador to Germany. The invitation was in recognition of her remarkable progress within a sector pitted to be instrumental in the achievement of Vision 2030. During the meeting, Alhabbas discussed how her experience with Serco can be an inspiration to the next generation of Saudi talent.

Alhabbas, currently working in Serco’s Copernicus Operations Support Services or COP-2, with the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany as part of her intensive training program, was joined at this special event by Serco Middle East’s Head of Space Amar Vora, Serco’s KSA Country Director Mona Althagafi and Serco’s Head of COP-2 Islam Alizada. This prestigious invitation underscores Saudi Arabia’s keenness to develop its human resources and the pivotal role Serco is playing in advancing the Kingdom’s capabilities in the space industry, highlighting how the private sector company is supporting the Kingdom’s commitment to nurturing local talent capabilities to support Vision 2030 as a government impact partner.

Alhabbas was chosen by Serco as their first space graduate from more than 400 applications. An aerospace engineering graduate with a minor in applied mathematics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the US, she joined Serco as a graduate spacecraft operations engineer. In the past 12 months, Alhabbas underwent comprehensive training in the Kingdom and is now coming to the end of an intensive six-month training program at Serco’s COP-2 facilities in Germany, aimed at deepening her theoretical knowledge. Upon completion, Alhabbas will be certified as a proficient spacecraft operations engineer in a graduation taking place later this summer. After supporting a launch campaign, she will return to Saudi Arabia where she will transfer the knowledge gained to the wider Serco space team and its clients.

This accomplishment highlights the broader impact of Serco’s initiatives in the Kingdom. Serco has more than 60 years of space experience globally, supporting civil and military space programs, including those of the European Space Agency, the UK Ministry of Defense and NASA. In 2023, it launched a dedicated space division in the Middle East to support local talent and develop regional capabilities, ensuring the transfer of its wide-ranging operational knowledge and capabilities to the region. Its graduate, space-specific program is the first of its kind not only within the Kingdom, but also across Serco globally. By leveraging decades of global experience in the space industry, Serco is playing a crucial role in transferring knowledge and skills to Saudi nationals, impacting a better future.

Prince Abdullah said: “Sarah Alhabbas’ accomplishments epitomize the potential and the great expectation of Saudi Arabia’s youth in pioneering new frontiers. Her journey marks a significant personal achievement and symbolizes the leadership’s confidence and ambition in our nation’s youth. We are happy to celebrate Sarah’s accomplishment and look forward to her contribution to the Kingdom’s aerospace sector.”

Alhabbas said: “This opportunity to train with the European Space Agency and seasoned, international experts has been transformative. I am deeply honored by this recognition from Prince Abdullah. It reaffirms my commitment to contributing to the Saudi space sector and to inspiring other young Saudis to pursue their passions in this exciting field.”

Vora, Serco’s Middle East head of space, said: “At Serco, we are committed to bringing our global expertise to Saudi Arabia, fostering local talent and driving the Kingdom’s space ambitions. Sarah’s success is a shining example of what can be achieved through dedication and the right support. We are thrilled to see her represent the future of Saudi space exploration.”


Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce

Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce
Updated 16 July 2024
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Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce

Rheem Middle East progresses in mission to upskill Saudi workforce

A booming Saudi HVAC sector and growing human resources within the Kingdom has solidified the significance of Rheem Middle East’s newly opened Innovation Learning Center in Riyadh. The ILC has already made a significant impact in educating, training and professionally developing the HVAC and water heating industry. The center has hosted numerous training sessions and workshops, welcoming professionals and students in the industry since its launch.

Rheem Middle East, a subsidiary of Rheem Global, which is headquartered in Atlanta, US, has a number of brands under its umbrella — RUUD, Richmond and Friedrich. Together, they bring immense American know-how, knowledge and international best practices in HVAC and water heating to young aspiring Saudi trainees in Riyadh. The ILC’s advanced facilities have also played a pivotal role in its mission. The hands-on training rooms, equipped with installed HVAC and water heating units, along with connected water lines, have provided participants with practical experience in installing, servicing and dealing with such products. The classrooms, featuring state-of-the-art live audio and video streaming, and a roundtable room for open discussions, have facilitated collaborative learning experiences for the many trainees that have attended training sessions or workshops at the ILC.

“The Saudi market is one of our key markets and Rheem continually strives to bring the best value to the Kingdom, be it through quality products or knowledge transfer between experts. The engagement and enthusiasm we’ve seen from the attendees and visitors has been positive and nothing short of amazing. It’s clear that Rheem Middle East is filling a vital need in the Saudi community through our ILC,” said Brian Hempenstall, vice president and general manager of Rheem Middle East.

The ILC in Riyadh, which is the second such center in the GCC, highlights Rheem’s commitment to innovation and education in the HVAC and water heating industry across the region. 

The ILC is expected to soon start hosting trainees and students from educational institutes across the Kingdom to enhance their skills through a more holistic approach.


Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East

Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East
Updated 15 July 2024
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Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East

Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray arrives in Middle East

Chevrolet Middle East has announced the opportunity to pre-order the first-ever electrified Corvette, the 2024 E-Ray, with all-wheel drive, in limited volumes in the Middle East.

In 2023, Chevrolet announced the introduction of the first-ever electrified Corvette E-Ray, which was met with much excitement. Now, a select few in the Middle East will get the opportunity to be the first to experience the E-Ray with orders for the nameplate now live.

The E-Ray combines the raw power of the Corvette’s throaty V-8 LT2 engine with the cutting-edge efficiency and silence of an electric motor, delivering a staggering 655 HP combined. This electrified configuration ensures exhilarating performance with a 0-100 kph time in as little as 2.6 seconds, making it the quickest production Corvette in history.

Both powertrains on the Corvette E-Ray work in concert through an 8-speed dual clutch transmission to deliver staggering performance during spirited driving and on the track. The 160 HP electric motor provides ample torque from stand still and fills in torque demands as the 495 HP 6.2 L V8 revs quickly to deliver a total of 832 Nm combined. This immediate torque provides sensational acceleration off the line and out of the corners, and the eAWD capability it brings enables Corvette E-Ray drivers to access the full potential of the powertrain and chassis even in slippery conditions.

The E-Ray’s battery is located low in the Corvette’s central tunnel to contribute to the vehicle’s low center of gravity. Its 1.9 kWh Li-Ion battery gets recharged through regeneration, or the driver selectable Charge plus mode when in attack mode on the track, ensuring the battery pack is always optimally charged for maximum performance.

Additionally, Stealth Mode, activated at vehicle start up, allows for all-electric driving at speeds up to 70 kph, providing customers the ability to start and operate the vehicle quietly to avoid noise disruption to their surroundings — perfect for that early departure for a spirited drive about the closest mountain road.

The Corvette E-Ray joins the Corvette Stingray, and Corvette Z06 in the lineup, offering a transformed electrified driving experience.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year.


stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels

stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels
Updated 15 July 2024
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stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels

stc tv broadcasts Esports World Cup on five channels

stc tv is providing comprehensive coverage of the ongoing Esports World Cup, across five dedicated TV channels, leveraging the advanced technical resources and capabilities of the stc Group to provide an unparalleled experience and exceptional tournament coverage.

It is playing a pivotal role in advancing the esports sector in Saudi Arabia by supporting the tournament, which is being held in Riyadh for the first time at Riyadh Boulevard City and runs until Aug. 25. It has the largest prize pool ever awarded in esports, amounting to $60 million.

The platform enables audiences to watch the 22 competitions, alongside detailed analyses and interviews with players and coaches, all through high-quality broadcasts on three live channels. Additionally, the “stc tv EWC Legends” channel offers exclusive and specialized coverage of the event in Arabic, while the “stc tv EWC” channel provides broadcasts in English, ensuring esports enthusiasts can watch all events and activities of the tournament seamlessly.

stc tv also offers esports fans the flexibility to watch the championship at their convenience with a replay feature available for up to 14 days after the initial broadcast. Additionally, the live broadcast of the tournament can be accessed through the stc play platform via its website, stcplay.gg, ensuring that viewers can stay connected to the action wherever they are.

These efforts align with stc Group’s commitment to fostering the growth of the gaming and esports sector in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

“By supporting the tournament as an Elite and Founding Partner of the inaugural Esports World Cup, stc Group aims to deliver unprecedented experiences in the EWC, further establishing Saudi Arabia as a global hub for esports,” the group said in a statement.

The stc tv platform offers 150+ live and free to air local and international channels, as well as a unified content library boasting 28,000 titles. This extensive library spans a wide range of engaging series, exclusive documentaries, and kids’ programs, catering to all tastes.