Huawei summit builds bridge for business growth in Middle East and Africa for global partners

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Updated 29 November 2023
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Huawei summit builds bridge for business growth in Middle East and Africa for global partners

Huawei summit builds bridge for business growth in Middle East and Africa for global partners

The HDC·Together Huawei MEA Ecosystem Summit, held in Dubai, showcased a seamless fusion of collaboration and innovation. The first day of the exclusive event was on Nov. 27 at the illustrious Dubai Opera. It brought together Huawei Ecosystem partners from China and across the Middle East and Africa.

Building bridges for future growth

Organized in partnership with Dubai Economy and Tourism and Saudi Tourism Authority, the summit combined the strengths and initiatives of both entities, fostering innovation, economic growth, and developments in technology and tourism.

In the convergence of technology and opportunity, HDC.Together becomes the bridge connecting the MEA region and China, fostering innovation, partnerships, and business exchange across markets, paving the way for growth and a better future.

Throughout the summit, speakers emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts within Huawei’s Ecosystem for advancing technology and innovation. Maryam Al-Balooshi, vice chair and UAE representative of the Committee of Aviation Environment Protection — ICAO, said: “In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, Huawei’s ecosystem stands as a testament to transformative collaboration, enriching experiences by building bridges into a better future.”

Ali Khalifa bin Thalith, secretary-general of HIPA, said: “Through the lens of innovation, Huawei Themes has not just adorned our digital spaces but has become a platform to globalize the beauty of art and photography, making creativity universally accessible to users with an impressive download of over 1,000,000 on the official Huawei Themes store.”

Acclaimed Emirati artist Mahmood Al-Abadi shared the story of his successful journey with calligraphy and arts as well as his collaboration with Huawei Themes, and how it elevated his digital experience to new heights. He expressed excitement over the vast array of customizable themes and the seamless integration with Huawei smartphones, foldable phones, tablets and smartwatches.

Strategizing for the year ahead

The event outlined a comprehensive 2024 action plan with HMS’ strategic partners, formalizing commitments to innovation and growth with 24 partners from across the region like Emirates, Arabian Oud, Jahez and Viu, who expressed their dedication to these shared goals.

The summit featured dynamic discussion panels and round tables, engaging industry experts in profound conversations. They explored the collaborative potential of Huawei AppGallery and Petal Ads, uncovering shared capabilities.

Unveiling prospects with AppGallery

With a focus on fostering new growth opportunities in gaming, Huawei AppGallery is strategically leveraging the rapid expansion across the MEA region and China. The summit served as a dynamic platform for facilitating partnerships and collaboration between local and global players, fostering an environment of innovation and mutual growth. Participants were treated to crafty presentations sharing insights, case studies and success stories from top regional and global gaming partners, offering a comprehensive overview of the latest trends in the market. The discussions were enriched by the participation of esteemed guests in the MEA Game Business Trends panel, talking about esports, government support, payment landscape and importance of localization. Together, they set the stage for AppGallery to further elevate its role as a driving force in the gaming industry, uniting key players for a future of unprecedented success and collaboration.

Global perspective

Emirates provided an insightful account of its journey with Huawei Ecosystem, highlighting the successful collaboration and providing valuable benchmarks for the broader travel industry, emphasizing the power of strategic partnerships within evolving technological landscapes. This year, Emirates App successfully released a version for Huawei’s smartwatches that allows users to use QR codes as boarding passes.

Petal Ads and regional insights

Additionally, Middle East Communications Network provided a comprehensive analysis of global and regional advertising trends tailored for regional advertisers. This included an in-depth exploration of the current global advertising landscape, emerging trends, consumer behavior patterns, and effective strategies. These testaments highlighted Petal Ads’ advanced capabilities for offering enriched user experiences, setting the stage for a new era in this sphere.

HMS introduced new solutions and innovations, underscoring a commitment to connecting with customers, enabling brand growth, and embracing future challenges. The HDC·Together Huawei MEA Ecosystem Summit stands as a testament to Huawei’s unwavering dedication to fostering collaboration, innovation, and a connected future. Ultimately, the summit served as an annual showcase for knowledge-sharing and cutting-edge solutions within Huawei’s thriving ecosystem, uniting partners from China and the MEA.


With ambitious expansion strategy, Dallah Health eyes leadership in Saudi healthcare sector

 With ambitious expansion strategy, Dallah Health eyes leadership in Saudi healthcare sector
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With ambitious expansion strategy, Dallah Health eyes leadership in Saudi healthcare sector

 With ambitious expansion strategy, Dallah Health eyes leadership in Saudi healthcare sector

Dallah Healthcare, operating as Dallah Health, is pursuing an ambitious strategy to become the premier provider of health care services for citizens and residents in the Kingdom. It also aims to enhance the Kingdom’s position as a global medical tourism destination by its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality in service delivery and patient safety.

As part of its expansion across various cities in the Kingdom, Dallah Health has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ayyan Investment, to acquire stakes in Al-Ahsa Medical Services Company, which owns Al-Ahsa Hospital in Al-Ahsa, representing 97.4 percent of the company’s capital. It has also acquired stakes in Al-Salam Medical Services Company, which owns Al-Salam Hospital located in Alkhobar, representing 100 percent of the company’s capital. These acquisitions aim to expand Dallah Health’s operations, which will contribute to enhancing the company’s geographic reach, improving the efficiency of medical services, and developing its healthcare service system.

Dallah Health has previously announced the signing of an MoU with International Medical Center Company, a subsidiary of Dallah, and with Dar Al-Handasa for the design of a new integrated hospital project in the northern part of Jeddah, encompassing various medical specialties.

Dallah Health owns a 27.18 percent stake in International Medical Center, which operates the International Medical Center Hospital and First Clinic Complex in Jeddah. Dallah is also a partner in the Specialized Clinics Project and the Day Surgery Center in Makkah, which is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2024. These strategic investments and partnerships are in line with Dallah Health’s pursuit of medical leadership in the private sector. By expanding its investments in the healthcare services sector across Saudi Arabia, the company is actively contributing to achieving the goals of Vision 2030 for the advancement of the healthcare sector.


Wallan Investment Company celebrates Lotus Technology’s debut on Nasdaq

Wallan Investment Company celebrates Lotus Technology’s debut on Nasdaq
Updated 29 February 2024
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Wallan Investment Company celebrates Lotus Technology’s debut on Nasdaq

Wallan Investment Company celebrates Lotus Technology’s debut on Nasdaq

Wallan Investment Company — a subsidiary of Wallan Holding — was invited by Lotus Technology to present the Nasdaq Stock Market opening bell at the Nasdaq Tower in New York, US. Celebrating Lotus Technology’s debut on the Nasdaq exchange, the ceremony marked a significant milestone for Wallan Investment Company, as Wallan Trading will become the luxury brand’s official representative in Saudi Arabia. 

Under the iconic British brand “Lotus,” Lotus Technology is a pioneering luxury battery electric vehicle maker that designs, develops, and sells luxury lifestyle vehicles. Fusing proprietary next-generation technology built on world-class research and development capabilities and an asset-light model, the company is breaking new ground in electrification, digitization, and intelligence. 

Lotus Technology is renowned for its expertise in manufacturing and developing high-end electric cars with advanced battery, energy management, electronic control systems, smart driving, and smart manufacturing technologies. It is also known for its impressive racing history spanning over seven decades, and it represents the gold standard in luxury sports cars, setting market-leading standards in performance, design, and engineering.

Fahad Al-Wallan, chairman of Wallan Holding, represented the company at the ceremony, with Lotus Technology CEO Qingfeng Feng ringing the opening bell. Lotus Technology was listed under the stock ticker symbol “LOT.”

Al-Wallan said: “I could think of no greater or more fitting way for Lotus Technology to enter such an exciting, new phase of its history. Nasdaq’s opening bell ceremony has become iconic over the years, ushering in eras of sustained prosperity for countless companies and enterprises across a range of sectors. We are proud to join this long and esteemed list, through our investment arm’s — Wallan Investment Company — stake in Lotus Tech. Lotus Technology’s listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange paves the way for sustainable growth, aligning with the company’s transformation strategy and increased investments in innovative products..”

He added: “As demonstrated by our partnership with Lotus Technology, Wallan Investment Company is fully committed to investing in the world’s most innovative and future-focused enterprises. We have developed a diverse and comprehensive portfolio, uniquely curated to deliver the highest return on investments, bolstering our revenues and the wider Saudi economy.”

Wallan Trading Company, a subsidiary of Wallan Holding, is one of the oldest companies in the Kingdom’s automotive sector. With over 45 years of experience, it provides high-quality products and services to its customers. The company represents major global automobile manufacturers such as Hyundai, Genesis, Geely, Renault, and Zeekr. It actively seeks investment opportunities and aims to meet the diverse needs of its customers.


J&J MedTech launches direct operations in Kingdom

J&J MedTech launches direct operations in Kingdom
Updated 28 February 2024
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J&J MedTech launches direct operations in Kingdom

J&J MedTech launches direct operations in Kingdom

Johnson and Johnson Medical Saudi Arabia Limited, a provider of high-tech medical and surgical equipment, has announced the establishment of its direct operations in the Kingdom. This comes as a strategic move to bring customers closer to the Johnson and Johnson legacy, facilitating a more streamlined experience.

A significant milestone, this move reflects the company’s continued investment in the future of Saudi healthcare and its commitment toward enhancing medical interventions and improving clinical outcomes.

The new direct model will give J&J MedTech greater control over the customer experience, ultimately translating into better patient outcomes. Key benefits of the newly established direct model include consistent service quality, centralized product source adhering to Johnson and Johnson’s quality standards, faster response times to customer concerns, improved tracking and product visibility, and increased scope of collaborations, among others. This milestone reflects Johnson and Johnson’s relentless commitment to providing communities across the world with the best in healthcare. The go-to-market model transformation is a pivotal moment in the company’s history.

Marzena Kulis, managing director of J&J MedTech for Middle East and Africa, said: “We remain deeply vested in Saudi Arabia and in contributing to Vision 2030 to support in developing the healthcare sector, driving economic growth, nurturing local talent, and fostering innovation. As an entity, Johnson and Johnson has been present in Saudi Arabia for nearly 40 years, putting the needs of patients, families, physicians, and nurses first, and functioning as advocates for the health of the Saudi community. As we transition into this new direct model, I truly believe that our esteemed partners will have fewer obstacles in providing the best care for their patients.”

Furthermore, aligned with J&J MedTech KSA’s mandate to support the government’s Saudi nationalization scheme or Nitaqat, the GTM model transformation has created multiple job opportunities for Saudi nationals. In addition to this, Johnson and Johnson supported 345 direct jobs in Saudi Arabia in 2022, primarily in the fields of marketing and sales, and for every direct job supported by Johnson and Johnson in the Kingdom, an additional 2.5 jobs are supported in the country.

Trad Al-Khelaiwi, general manager of J&J MedTech KSA, added: “As a company that is dedicated to fostering local talent, our direct operations are also aimed at creating more opportunities within the Kingdom and supporting the government’s Saudization efforts. In fact, since the start of the project, we’ve made 76 new hires — with our priority and majority being Saudi nationals. I have no doubt that this transformative shift will bring our customers closer to Johnson and Johnson’s exceptional quality standards and develop the local healthcare market with international know-how. We will continue to work toward the benefit of healthcare in Saudi Arabia and our communities at large.”

Commenting on the strategic move, Peter Lane, transformation director at J&J MedTech, said: “By taking this bold step, we are not only embracing the health goals of Vision 2030 and aligning with the Health Sector Transformation Program, but also spotlighting the immense potential of local talent in driving innovation and progress. This strategic move exemplifies our commitment to enriching the healthcare sector in the Kingdom, fostering a global collaborative approach that synergizes with the nation’s aspirations for a healthier and prosperous future.”


solutions by stc, Mavenir forge path for KSA’s first open RAN

solutions by stc, Mavenir forge path for KSA’s first open RAN
Updated 28 February 2024
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solutions by stc, Mavenir forge path for KSA’s first open RAN

solutions by stc, Mavenir forge path for KSA’s first open RAN

solutions by stc, the leading enabler of digital transformation in Saudi Arabia and the region, has announced an open radio access network agreement with Mavenir, a cloud-native network infrastructure provider, to launch the first commercial open RAN network in Saudi Arabia. The announcement is a boost to stc Group’s strategic mission to deliver emerging technology to the Kingdom’s mobile customers, supporting the Vision 2030 digital transformation strategy.

The service is expected to go live commercially later this year. This decision follows the successful initial deployment of the multi-layer 4G and 5G NSA Access Network on the open RAN platform to stc, delivered in partnership with solutions by stc and Mavenir.

The newly launched multi-layered 4G and 5G radio network will utilize Mavenir’s 4G remote radio unit and 5G massive MIMO active antenna unit technology and leverage the cloud-native Mavenir Webscale Platform with fully containerized centralized unit and distributed unit software. The solution will run on an x86 commercial-off-the-shelf hardware platform that represents best-in-class technology for open interface radio systems. Mavenir will provide stc with a cloud-native deployment solution that harnesses a full combination of expert professional services, plus cutting-edge hardware and software, seamlessly integrated into stc’s radio network.

Yousef Almarshad, chief commercial officer of solutions by stc, said: “Mavenir’s open RAN technology innovation, together with solutions by stc, provides a strong foundation for this trail-blazing open RAN deployment, bringing next-generation performance and breakthrough services to stc’s valued customers across the Kingdom — going beyond data speeds to a more sustainable, secure and cost-effective network powered by Mavenir’s open RAN.”

B.G. Kumar, president, access networks, platforms and digital enablement at Mavenir, added: “Mavenir is extremely pleased to be awarded with the opportunity to build the first commercial open RAN deployment in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with solutions by stc. Mavenir is confident that stc’s open RAN network in Saudi Arabia will act as a catalyst for further accelerating operators’ digital transformation journeys across the Middle East region, ushering in a wave of customer-focused innovation that can fully leverage the unique potential generated by open standards and architecture.”


SFA-ROSHN partnership to drive community sports in KSA

SFA-ROSHN partnership to drive community sports in KSA
Updated 27 February 2024
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SFA-ROSHN partnership to drive community sports in KSA

SFA-ROSHN partnership to drive community sports in KSA

In its quest to provide more sporting facilities in the Kingdom, the Saudi Sports for All Federation signed an agreement with leading property developer ROSHN to establish and activate a new sports dome in SEDRA, ROSHN’s flagship project located in Riyadh. The agreement was signed at ROSHN’s offices by Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al-Saud, SFA president, and David Grover, ROSHN Group CEO.

The SFA is working to increase the numbers of those physically active in the Kingdom and has already introduced several sports domes across the country. This helps to remove the barriers for individuals in beginning their physical journey, providing a multi-sport facility, open all year round, with football pitches, basketball courts, tennis, volleyball, badminton, and more, plus a variety of sports programs. ROSHN is also a believer of enriching communities with high-quality lifestyle assets.

Other attendees from ROSHN at the signing ceremony included Executive Director Abdulrahman Maghrabi, Senior Director Fahd Alaswad, Associate Director Abdullah Al-Ruwayshid, Senior Manager Abdulrahman Alharran, Senior Manager Ghadah Alwesaimer, and Manager Ahmed Alshaqhaa.

From the SFA, the full list of attendees included Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini, SFA managing director; Ammar Alamro, director of marketing and communication; Abdoon bin Abdoon, senior marketing and communication manager; Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Badah, senior purchasing and contracts manager; and Naif Abdullah Al-Arrouj, community sports management.

Prince Khaled said: “The establishment and activation of the new sports domes, thanks to the land provided by ROSHN, exemplifies our commitment to providing accessible facilities to the Saudi community. The SFA sports dome facilities are testament to our dedication to removing barriers and increasing physical activity among residents.”

Grover expressed his excitement, saying: “We are thrilled to partner with the Sports for All Federation in bringing world-class sports domes to our developments. This partnership aligns with our commitment to driving community sports in the Kingdom and enhancing the quality of life for all, contributing to the Vision 2030 goals of a healthier and more active Saudi Arabia. This agreement is a testament to ROSHN’s dedication to enriching the lives of Saudi residents and communities through sports, partnerships, and our fully integrated new way of living.”

Mandated by Vision 2030’s Quality of Life program to increase the percentage of the population regularly engaged in physical activity to 40 percent by 2030, the SFA continues to develop partnerships that align with its mission. Since its establishment in 2018, the federation has pioneered various sporting initiatives, promoting the positive impact of sports on physical and mental well-being.

ROSHN, powered by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, is known for its commitment to achieving the Vision 2030 goal of 70 percent home ownership in the Kingdom. It equips communities with unique designs and a wide range of facilities.