Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha
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Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

RIYADH: The scenic landscapes, unique terrain, and enchanting ambiance of Baha’s mountains have attracted thousands of tourists, both local and international.

Among the prominent attractions for hikers from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are the upper and lower Mount Shada.

The region does not only cater for walkers, but it also attracts adventure sports enthusiasts taking part in activities such as paragliding.

As winter unfolds, many visitors have started heading toward the region, particularly the Tihamah sector.




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Head of the Southern Travelers Team, specializing in long-distance journeys, Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Ghamdi, pointed out the adoption of the Baha peaks trail for hiking.

The 175-km trail takes in heritage villages with special architectural character, various museums, tourist attractions, and several parks.

Baha’s natural and sporting attractions make it a standout choice for many tourists.


Saudi FM receives Bahraini counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
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Saudi FM receives Bahraini counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
  • During the meeting, the close relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and ways to strengthen them in various fields were reviewed

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the close relations between their countries and ways to strengthen them in various fields were reviewed.

The ministers also discussed the latest regional and international developments and efforts made with regard to them. 


Outer Edge Summit in Riyadh explores AI, digital futures

Outer Edge Summit in Riyadh explores AI, digital futures
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Outer Edge Summit in Riyadh explores AI, digital futures

Outer Edge Summit in Riyadh explores AI, digital futures
  • Experts highlight issues in data ownership and the revolutionary Web3

RIYADH: By owning our data, we will be empowered and safe, says Krista Kim at Outer Edge Innovation Summit on April 23 at The Garage in Riyadh.

Kim spoke in one of the summit’s panel discussions, titled “Web3 and AI for business and smart cities,” which included guest speakers Naif Al-Rabeah, director of Web3 and spatial reality portfolio at NEOM; Eric Pulier, founder & CEO at Vatom Corporation; and Kamal Youssefi, president at the Hashgraph Association.

Outer Edge Innovation Summit brought together some of the biggest names in the blockchain, AI, and gaming ecosystems from all over the world. (AN photos by Abdulrhman Bin Shalhoub)

The Korean Canadian artist has a goal to raise awareness of the importance of each person owning their data: “I believe that data is power. You need to allow people to be empowered by owning their own data and to give them a choice of what projects they want to be involved in.”

Kim highlighted that data ownership “is one of the greatest human rights issues in the 21st century.

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• Topics at the Outer Edge Innovation Summit in Riyadh include smart cities, gaming, esports, art, culture, and more.

• The panel discussion titled ‘Web3 and AI for business and smart cities’ included guest speaker Naif Al-Rabeah, the director of Web3 and spatial reality portfolio at NEOM.

• Last month, Krista Kim presented ‘Heart Space,’ the first collaborative generative AI biometric artwork in history, commissioned by Julius Baer at Art Dubai.

“Right now, in the Web2 system, our data is taken for free. The companies practice surveillance capitalism and they take your data and they monetize on your free data.”

Scott Lawin, CEO of Candy Digital, a gaming and fan engagement company focused on sports and entertainment, attended the summit to support Web3: “Web3 really gives people that opportunity to authenticate their data and share it in a selective way where necessary. And also benefit from the contribution of that data.”

Krista Kim, Contemporary artist

Lawin attended the panel discussion highlighting the importance of the harmony of web3 and smart cities. Web3 is a term used to describe an idea for the next stage of internet development, which incorporates concepts such as decentralization, blockchain technologies, and token-based economics.

I’m really excited about the Kingdom’s push forward and support for Web3. And I wanted to come and sort of see it here at first hand and meet the community here.

(Data ownership) is one of the greatest human rights issues in the 21st century.

Krista Kim, Contemporary artist

“As it relates to smart cities, (they) are designed and built around data. And understanding how the personalization of that data can help improve citizens’ lives,” he explained. “But ownership of that data and giving each individual the ability to sort of turn on and turn off the way that data is utilized is also quite important. From a privacy perspective and just a self-determination perspective.”

Meanwhile, Kim hopes to raise awareness of the global issue through personal projects and artistic efforts.

Last month, she presented “Heart Space,” the first collaborative generative AI biometric artwork in history, commissioned by Julius Baer at Art Dubai.

Within the exhibition, visitors take their heartbeat measurements with an app that will create a heart signature to be used an artwork in the immersive space.

“So, you are contributing through your heartbeat to the experience of the artwork, and you have the opportunity to create the NFT of your heart signature on the app,” the artist explained. “This is a project that I'm creating for people to take the first step to create your heart signature and then from that first step, you can start the movement toward that privacy and identity on the chain.”

The line between real and fake is being blurred further, creating ramifications in various fields. “AI can now create fake articles and they can fake your identity ... in three years, AGI (artificial general intelligence) is going to automatically just create stories,” Kim said. “So, we need to differentiate between what is real and what is fake, and also what is made by a human being who is what is made by the machine.”

Technology can be used to its advantage. Blockchain provides a solution of creating verification for newspapers, journalists and online media outlets, Kim says.

Speaking about how it works, she added: “On-chain media is very important, so that you can see the verification of this story on the blockchain. To bring it a step further — biometrics. So, your heart signature that I spoke about, as a journalist, you can use your heart signature to sign your story online.”

Outer Edge Innovation Summit brought together some of the biggest names in the blockchain, AI, and gaming ecosystems from all over the world.

In partnership with Animoca Brands and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the summit highlights advances in Web3 and the gaming ecosystem development in Saudi Arabia.

Topics at the summit will include smart cities, gaming, esports, art, culture, and more.

For more information about the Outer Edge Innovation Summit in Riyadh, visit outeredge.live/riyadh.

 

 


Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli war crimes in Gaza
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli war crimes in Gaza
  • Palestinian authorities reported finding hundreds of bodies in mass graves at Nasser hospital in Khan Younis this week after it was abandoned by Israeli troops
  • Ministry renewed Kingdom’s demand that international community assume its responsibility toward stopping Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned Israeli war crimes being committed in the Gaza Strip without deterrence, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The condemnation comes after Palestinian authorities reported finding hundreds of bodies in mass graves at Nasser hospital in Khan Younis this week after it was abandoned by Israeli troops.

Bodies were also reported at the Al-Shifa medical site following an Israeli special forces operation.

The Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry stressed that the failure of the international community to hold Israel accountable for violating international law will only result in more violations and the exacerbation of human tragedies and destruction.

It renewed the Kingdom’s demand that the international community assume its responsibility toward stopping Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip and holding it accountable for the massacres that it has committed there.

UN rights chief Volker Turk said earlier on Tuesday he was “horrified” by the mass grave reports at Gaza hospitals.


Hima forum concludes following conservation discussions in Riyadh

Hima forum concludes following conservation discussions in Riyadh
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Hima forum concludes following conservation discussions in Riyadh

Hima forum concludes following conservation discussions in Riyadh
  • Local and international experts shared their expertise at event

RIYADH: Local and foreign companies said their farewells following the Hima protected areas forum.

The forum, which was organized by the National Center for Wildlife, took place in Riyadh from April 21-24.

The event showcased topics related to efforts made by the Kingdom in the conservation field, and included various discussions, workshops, and presentations.

The concept of protecting and preserving natural habitats and wildlife dates back to the pre-Islamic era, when Bedouins in the Arabian Peninsula would cultivate land and claim ownership.

Those who cultivated plants on a specific piece of land could eventually claim ownership of that land.

Hasan Nasser Salman Al-Nasser, an agricultural specialist at the Environment Agency, said: “It is an area of special interest, designated by a legislature to be used for agriculture. This concept dates back to the pre-Islamic era.”

Al-Nasser explained the concept of “hima,” which means a protected area, and how it evolved over time, ultimately reaching its current understanding in Saudi Arabia.

He said: “The first hima protected during the time of Islam by the Prophet was a natural reserve used for horses.

“During the time of Khalifah Omar, there were the hima of Al-Sur and Alrabathah. After that, each tribe was responsible for protecting their natural reserves.”

The forum featured the participation of several official entities and projects, including NEOM, Red Sea Global, and Catmosphere. A community-led organization, the Northern Rangelands Trust, was also present.

Issa Ismail Gedi, chief programs officer at the Kenya-based Northern Rangelands Trust, said: “When I was in primary school, I used to help my family. Wildlife has been thriving on our land, alongside our livestock.”

The organization focuses on building resilient community conservation regions that transform lives and help the natural environment.

The body has safeguarded a number of areas, including national parks in Kenya. Gedi said the organization is also supporting 50 to 60 percent of wildlife located outside protected areas.

The forum was the first of its kind, and hosted by the National Center for Wildlife and supported by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

The event provided an opportunity for local and international experts to share their expertise, with the aim of exchanging information and discussing outcomes to develop strategies for better preserving and protecting Saudi Arabia’s nature and wildlife.

 

 


Who’s Who: Abdulrahman Abaalkhail, CEO of Dan Co.

Abdulrahman Abaalkhail
Abdulrahman Abaalkhail
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Who’s Who: Abdulrahman Abaalkhail, CEO of Dan Co.

Abdulrahman Abaalkhail

Abdulrahman Abaalkhail is the CEO of Dan Co., a Public Investment Fund company dedicated to promoting agritourism, ecotourism, and adventure tourism in Saudi Arabia.

As CEO, he uses his expertise in strategic planning, business model design, investment and business development, operations management, and project delivery to guide the company's growth and achieve its strategic objectives.

Under his leadership, the company offers top-notch agritourism, ecotourism, and adventure tourism experiences, fostering the development of a robust local tourism industry that drives positive change and contributes to the growth of the Kingdom's hospitality sector.

In addition to his role with Dan Co., Abdulrahman Abaalkhail currently serves as chairman of the board at Al-Fadhili Housing Co. (a joint venture between Masic Logistics and Saudi Aramco), chairman of the board at Mumtalakat (a joint venture between Al Akaria, PECSA, and POSCO Korea), vice chairman at Alrajhi Ekhwan, and as an investment committee member at Maharah Human Resources and Awj Holding Co.

Throughout his career, he has held board and committee member positions at several organizations, including Abdullah Al-Othaim Investment Co., Almutlaq Real Estate Investment Company, and Sand Saudi Arabia.

Abaalkhail was CEO of MASIC Logistics from 2020 to 2022 and of Almutlaq Real Estate Investment Co. between 2013 and 2020.

Previously, he served as group head of business development at Al-Faisaliah Group Holding for four years.

Abaalkhail began his career at Ernst & Young, where he honed his skills in audit, tax, and consulting before moving into corporate finance consulting, focusing on the real estate industry during his nine-year journey with the company.  

He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Wales and a bachelor’s degree in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

He has also completed several executive education courses and diploma courses from IMD and INSEAD on topics including strategic management and board governance.