Riyadh forum raises awareness on impact of open data in business sector

From right to left: Dr. Essam Al-Wequit, Prince Bandar bin Abdullah bin Mishari, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, leading the attendees at the Saudi Data Forum in Riyadh. (Supplied)
From right to left: Dr. Essam Al-Wequit, Prince Bandar bin Abdullah bin Mishari, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, leading the attendees at the Saudi Data Forum in Riyadh. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 November 2023
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Riyadh forum raises awareness on impact of open data in business sector

Riyadh forum raises awareness on impact of open data in business sector
  • The ultimate aim is to position Saudi Arabia as a leader in data-driven and artificial intelligence-driven economies, in harmony with the comprehensive cultural and economic transformation outlined in Saudi Vision 2030

RIYADH: The Saudi Data Forum organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority in partnership with the National Transformation Program kicked off on Monday.

It was attended by Dr. Bandar Meshari, assistant minister of interior for technology affairs, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, president of SDAIA.

Dr. Essam Al-Weqait, director of the National Information Center at SDAIA, in his speech highlighted the strategic collaboration between SDAIA and the NTP in support of digital initiatives.




A large presence of interested individuals and experts attended the Saudi Data Forum, which opened on Monday in Riyadh. (Supplied)

He emphasized that SDAIA’s commitment to harnessing the full potential of data and artificial intelligence goes beyond being a strategic choice; it is a fundamental element in realizing the ambitious goals outlined in Vision 2030.

These goals extend beyond economic diversification and envision a future where digitization is seamlessly integrated into all aspects of life, with data serving as a catalyst for fulfilling aspirations and ambitions.

Al-Weqait explained that SDAIA has diligently worked to establish a comprehensive system for the future, where open data is not merely available but is also utilized responsibly to enhance individuals’ quality of life.

He highlighted SDAIA’s introduction of the Open Data Program, with a focus on improving the governance of open data, publishing high-priority, high-quality datasets that are easily accessible, and driving economic growth while fostering innovation, raising awareness about open data, and forming local and global partnerships.

NTP CEO Thamer Al-Sadoun highlighted that the program’s primary objective is to enhance transparency across government sectors.

This encompasses transparency in government performance, roles and responsibilities, government objectives, and the fight against corruption.

He pointed out that the program has partnered with SDAIA to explore various forms of collaboration, establish productive strategic partnerships, and implement intelligent business solutions that align with Saudi Vision 2030.

This collaboration aims to achieve strategic goals by developing high-quality digital initiatives in the fields of data and artificial intelligence.

Ahmed Al-Suwayan, governor of the Digital Government Authority, emphasized the crucial role of open data in promoting transparency in government operations and institutions.

He highlighted significant progress in this area in the Kingdom, with the National Open Data Platform recording thousands of downloads of data packages and millions of views for data pages from various government entities across sectors.

He further noted that the DGA and SDAIA are collaborating with over 190 entities to make high-value data packages available in various sectors.
This year alone more than 1,200 packages have been updated and added, which represents an approximately sixfold increase compared to the previous year.

Dr. Yaser Altuwaim, assistant director of the National Data Bank at SDAIA, presented the data platforms developed by SDAIA. These platforms aim to enhance data sharing in the Kingdom, improve data quality, accessibility, and contribute to building a data-driven digital economy.

Among these platforms are the National Data Integration Channel, Data Lake, Data Market, Data Analytics Lab, and the National Data Catalog.

Meshal Al-Surhan, CEO of the National Data Quality and Management Program at SDAIA, emphasized the growing global interest in data in recent years due to its developmental importance, impact on national economies, and promotion of transparency.

Basma Al-Subaie, CEO of national data governance at SDAIA, highlighted that in line with Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom is striving for a new era that enhances the utilization of its resources across various fields, including the data sector, which is abundant in both the public and private sectors.

The forum had four discussion sessions featuring 13 experts. These sessions aimed to delve into the latest trends in open data and effective ways to handle it.

The primary goals of this forum are to raise awareness about the impact of open data on various sectors within the Kingdom, build trust among individuals regarding open data, and encourage them to share their personal data with relevant authorities when necessary.

Additionally, the forum seeks to promote the concept of data utilization and sheds light on topics related to artificial intelligence. The forum’s launch includes the introduction of the National Data Index.

The ultimate aim is to position Saudi Arabia as a leader in data-driven and artificial intelligence-driven economies, in harmony with the comprehensive cultural and economic transformation outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.

 

 


Saudi ambassador to UAE received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in Dubai

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Saudi ambassador to UAE received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in Dubai
  • Sheikh Mohammed, who is also vice president and prime minister of UAE, wished ambassador success in his mission

DUBAI: Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum received the Saudi ambassador to the UAE Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Angari on Saturday during a reception in the emirate, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Sheikh Mohammed, who is also vice president and prime minister of UAE, wished the ambassador success in his mission.

Al-Angari passed on the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Sheikh Mohammed, along with their wishes for continued progress and prosperity to the government and people of the UAE.

The envoy was appointed last year and presented his credentials to Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al-Nahyan in October.


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Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people

Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people
  • Saudi Arabia renewed its call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and the provision of protection to unarmed civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed on Saturday the Kingdom’s condemnation and denunciation in the strongest terms of the “continued genocidal massacres against the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli war machine.”

The ministry drew particular attention to the latest targeting of displaced Palestinians at camps in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of 100 people.

Saudi Arabia renewed its call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and the provision of protection to unarmed civilians in all occupied Palestinian territories.

The ministry also stressed the need to activate international accountability mechanisms regarding the continued Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and resolutions.

Also on Saturday, the Muslim World League condemned the massacre in Khan Yunis.

The League’s Secretary-General, Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, in a statement denounced the “heinous crime” and the Israeli occupation’s “continued flagrant violations of all international and humanitarian laws and norms.”

Al-Issa stressed the urgent need for the international community to intervene to stop the violence raging in Gaza.


Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village

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Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village

Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village
  • Khalid Azeb Al-Zahrani: “The millstone is fundamental in old houses, and it is found in every house in the region’s villages for flour and grain milling"

AL-BAHA: A traditional tool used to crush grains attracted visitors during the second Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village in Al-Baha.

A millstone is a household item that families in the region once used to crush grains, doing the work of present-day flour milling machines.

Khalid Azeb Al-Zahrani, supervisor of Al-Mousa Heritage Village, said: “The millstone is fundamental in old houses, and it is found in every house in the region’s villages for flour and grain milling.

“It consists of two circular stones, placed on top of each other in an almost identical manner, while the upper part is slightly larger than the lower one. In the middle (between the stones), there is a small hole for entering the grains, which includes in its middle a pillar that maintains balance when rotating. At one end of the upper stone is a wooden pillar to hold and rotate during the process of grinding the grains.”

 


Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha

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Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha

Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha
  • Nujoud Al-Ghamdi: "the initiative aims to strengthen cohesion and social communication between society and children with disabilities by “spreading joy and happiness”

AL-BAHA: The Children with Disability Association in Al-Baha has launched a new initiative, entitled “Integration and Empowerment,” in partnership with Al-Baha Municipality.

According to a statement, this initiative aims to “integrate, motivate, and engage children with disabilities with their peers, helping them reintegrate into society through recreational and social activities and events.”

Nujoud Al-Ghamdi, director of the association, said the initiative aims to strengthen cohesion and social communication between society and children with disabilities by “spreading joy and happiness.”

The initiative was launched on the opening day of the Baljurashi Front Festival and continued its programs at Bahjat Raghadan Park in Al-Baha.

Al-Ghamdi said the initiative has several key objectives: ensuring that children with disabilities obtain their rights, discovering their abilities and talents, improving their quality of life and mental health, and removing all challenges that hinder their integration into society.

 


Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program

Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program
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Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program

Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program
  • The course — which is part of the Tourism Education Initiative — is geared towards providing students with the necessary practical expertise to fulfill job market requirements

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, has introduced a two-year diploma course in travel and tourism.

The course, according to a statement, aims to “enhance human capabilities by qualifying highly efficient national cadres in the travel and tourism sector, according to the highest international standards, to provide a theoretical and practical educational experience in the fields of travel and tourism.”

The course — which is part of the Tourism Education Initiative — is geared towards providing students with the necessary practical expertise to fulfill job market requirements.

The Tourism Education Initiative is intended to develop quality educational programs with leading national and international academic institutions to provide graduates able to enter employment in the tourism sector and keep up with its significant development in the Kingdom.