5th MENA Construction Summit spotlights sustainable project delivery

5th MENA Construction Summit spotlights sustainable project delivery
The summit focussed on the effective delivery of key regional construction projects on time, in budget and with elevated standards of sustainability and efficiency.
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Updated 25 May 2024
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5th MENA Construction Summit spotlights sustainable project delivery

5th MENA Construction Summit spotlights sustainable project delivery

The fifth MENA Construction Summit 2024, the region’s premier event bringing together key construction industry stakeholders, was held last week at Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences. The summit, organized by MEED and Enso Events Solutions, focussed on the effective delivery of key regional construction projects on time, in budget and with elevated standards of sustainability and efficiency. Riyadh Region Municipality was the diamond partner for the MENA Construction Summit 2024.

Inspired by ambitious national visions, construction spending is surging across the MENA region, driven by huge master plan developments and Saudi Arabia’s giga-projects program. The convergence of a number of factors, however, including the need for intricate supply chain management, urgency due to time-sensitive roadmaps, simultaneous execution of multiple projects and funding complexities, has forced a rethink of the traditional approach to project delivery.

Under the theme “Reimagining Project Delivery,” more than 600 attendees from over 150 companies gained actionable insights into the latest trends, research, innovations, opportunities, and challenges driving improvements in productivity, quality, reliability, cost-savings, waste reduction, and energy efficiency — and how these methods can be employed in ground-breaking projects across the region.

In the opening keynote fireside chat, Fahad Al-Solaie, deputy mayor for digital transformation and smart cities, Riyadh Municipality, was interviewed by Dr. Abdulrahman Albawardi, assistant professor at King Saud University, in the session titled “The Transformation of Riyadh City under Saudi Vision 2030.” Al-Solaie discussed innovative and sustainable urban planning strategies for the Riyadh Municipality, in line with the giga- and mega-projects, and the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

Al-Solaie said: “To support the city development, the municipality is planning to enable aerial management of construction projects using drones with AI capabilities, which will enhance project delivery efficiency and assist in monitoring the project staff safety on the project site.”

Later in the morning, the keynote leaders panel session provided a deep dive on the opportunities and complexities of smart city development, and the need for a holistic approach that addresses social, economic and environmental sustainability. Panelists included Hani Rizkallah, president — KSA infrastructure at Bechtel; Dr. Hossam Abdel Gawad, vice president of technology and innovation at SETS; Dr. Mohammed Al-Surf, founder and president of Sustainability Professionals of Saudi Arabia; and Sherief Elabd, director — industry and innovation strategy at Oracle.

Sessions were delivered by more than 30 speakers in a series of engaging formats, including insightful keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, and networking sessions designed to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange.

All parts of the broader construction ecosystem were represented at the summit including government stakeholders, project owners and developers, contractors, architects, engineers, consultants, digital technology specialists, material suppliers, equipment and software service provider solution companies.

“We are excited to bring together construction industry leaders and experts at the MENA Construction Summit 2024 to change the way we look at project delivery of major construction projects across MENA,” said Ed James, head of content and research MEA at MEED — GlobalData. “By sharing knowledge, best practices, and innovative solutions, we aim to catalyze positive change.”


‘Saudi100 Brands’ returns to Paris for Men’s Fashion Week

‘Saudi100 Brands’ returns to Paris for Men’s Fashion Week
Updated 15 June 2024
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‘Saudi100 Brands’ returns to Paris for Men’s Fashion Week

‘Saudi100 Brands’ returns to Paris for Men’s Fashion Week

The distinguished Saudi100 Brands program, a flagship initiative by the Saudi Fashion Commission, is returning to Paris for the third time, spotlighting fresh talent at the SS25 Men’s Paris Fashion Week.

This year, 11 standout menswear brands, which have been carefully selected to represent the best of ready-to-wear and streetwear from Saudi Arabia, will be showcased: KML, Hindamme, Noble and Fresh, Noura Sulaiman, Not Boring, RBA New York, Uscita, 1886, Awaken, House of Cenmar.

On June 19, a spectacular fashion show will feature these designers, accompanied by exclusive visuals from acclaimed Saudi artist Rex Chouk and music by the leading Saudi DJ duo DishDash.

The festivities continue on June 20 with a cocktail party to mark the opening of the Parisian showroom. Key fashion figures, including editors, influencers, and buyers, are invited to mingle and engage with the designers, fostering valuable connections.

From June 20 to 22, the 11 brands will present their latest collections in a dedicated three-day showroom. Each brand will have its own space, welcoming buyers and press for an in-depth look at their innovative designs.

“Paris Men’s Fashion Week offers a unique opportunity to witness how Saudi heritage seamlessly translates into modern silhouettes and styles,” said Burak Cakmak, CEO of the Saudi Fashion Commission. “Fashion holds significant cultural importance in Saudi Arabia, and the local brands’ participation highlights the dynamic evolution of our streetwear culture. This event will spotlight emerging talents, showcasing the innovative spirit and creative energy that define Saudi fashion today.”

 

 

 


Hajj 2024: Zain’s digital solutions to elevate pilgrim experience

Hajj 2024: Zain’s digital solutions to elevate pilgrim experience
Updated 12 June 2024
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Hajj 2024: Zain’s digital solutions to elevate pilgrim experience

Hajj 2024: Zain’s digital solutions to elevate pilgrim experience

Zain KSA, a digital services provider in Saudi Arabia, announced that it has finalized its technical, human, and logistical preparations to service pilgrims in Makkah, Madinah, and the holy sites during the upcoming Hajj season.

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha, along with Governor of the Communications, Space and Technology Commission Dr. Mohammed Saud Altamimi, and several other officials visited Zain KSA’s headquarters in Mina to oversee the company’s preparations for Hajj. During the visit, Zain KSA highlighted its digital solutions and full 5G coverage of the holy sites.

Zain KSA showcased its exceptional services to the minister of communications and information technology, the CST governor, and the accompanying delegation, underscoring its contributions to the sectors supporting the Hajj pilgrimage. The company also outlined its commitment to enhancing the Hajj season through cutting-edge digital communications infrastructure, addressing the increasing demand for high-speed data access.

This initiative aims to elevate the connectivity experience for visitors, enriching their spiritual journey while aligning with the strategic objectives of Saudi Vision 2030’s Pilgrim Experience Program, which seeks to provide pilgrims with high-quality facilities and advanced infrastructure, bolstered by the latest digital services. Additionally, Zain KSA provided comprehensive insights into its technical and operational preparations, risk management strategies, and the proficiency of its workforce.


Celebrate Eid with tech presents from Logitech

Celebrate Eid with tech presents from Logitech
Updated 12 June 2024
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Celebrate Eid with tech presents from Logitech

Celebrate Eid with tech presents from Logitech

As Eid Al-Adha approaches, families and friends in Saudi Arabia prepare to celebrate with gatherings, feasts, and the tradition of exchanging gifts. In recent years, there has been a growing appetite for the latest tech gadgets among Saudi consumers. Logitech, a leader in personal peripherals, offers an array of innovative products that make perfect gifts for this festive season. Here are some top recommendations from Logitech that blend style, functionality, and comfort, ideal for tech enthusiasts of all ages.

Pebble 2 Combo: sleek, portable and stylish

For those who value minimalist design and portability, the Logitech Pebble 2 Combo is an excellent choice. This combo features a slim, quiet keyboard and a silent, smooth mouse, both designed for on-the-go productivity.

MX Keys S Combo: ultimate professional performance

The MX Keys S Combo is perfect for professionals seeking superior performance. The MX Keys S keyboard offers smart illumination and fluid, quiet typing, while the MX Master 3S mouse provides ultra-fast scrolling and customizable buttons.

MX Anywhere 3s: precision on the go

For the digital nomads and busy professionals, the MX Anywhere 3s mouse is the ultimate portable companion. With advanced tracking technology, it works flawlessly on virtually any surface, including glass. Its compact design ensures it fits easily into any bag, while the MagSpeed scroll wheel offers precise, fast scrolling.

Wave Keys: ergonomic comfort

Logitech’s Wave Keys is designed to provide ergonomic comfort with its distinctive wave-shaped layout. The curved keyboard reduces wrist strain and promotes a natural typing posture, making it ideal for long hours of use.

Lift Mouse: all-day comfort

The Lift Mouse is an ergonomic vertical mouse that promotes a natural handshake position, reducing wrist strain and enhancing comfort. Its unique design is suitable for small to medium-sized hands, providing a tailored fit for optimal control.

Signature Slim K950: sleek and stylish

For those who appreciate sleek and modern design, the Signature Slim K950 keyboard offers a quiet, comfortable typing experience with a slim profile that adds a touch of elegance to any desk setup. Its low-profile keys and seamless Bluetooth connectivity make it a perfect fit for a stylish and functional workspace.


Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership

Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership
Updated 12 June 2024
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Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership

Oman Air, SalamAir expand partnership

Oman Air and SalamAir’s leadership met recently to mark the launch of the airlines’ latest codeshare partnership, which offers passengers an expanded range of travel options within Oman and beyond. During the meeting, the airlines discussed their future prospects as national carriers and their common commitment to supporting the country’s tourism goals as part of Oman’s 2040 Vision.

“We are thrilled to further strengthen our partnership with Oman Air,” said Adrian Hamilton-Manns, CEO of SalamAir.

Con Korfiatis, CEO of Oman Air, said: “This latest development enables us to jointly offer even more choice and schedule options, which both benefit our customers and serve the broader tourism ambitions of the country.”


e& enterprise launches customer service center in Riyadh

e& enterprise launches customer service center in Riyadh
Updated 12 June 2024
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e& enterprise launches customer service center in Riyadh

e& enterprise launches customer service center in Riyadh

e& enterprise has announced the launch of a new Contact and Customer Experience Center in Riyadh. Aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the new facility is designed to take customer experiences to new heights while significantly contributing to the local economy by creating more than 1,500 new jobs at various levels.

The launch took place during a ceremony held by the company on Sunday, in the presence of Deputy Governor of the Communications, Space and Technology Commission Raed Al-Fayez and Deputy Minister Assistant of Future Jobs and Capabilities Safa Alrashed. E& enterprise’s CEO Tariq Alangari welcomed the dignitaries and media representatives to the event.

The new center is a byproduct of e& enterprise’s commitment to advancing the Kingdom’s digital transformation. Equipped with the latest communication technologies, NOC control and high-readiness data centers, the facility meets the Kingdom’s stringent cybersecurity requirements. It adheres to the highest standards of quality, security, and business continuity, ensuring unparalleled customer service.

Tareq Alangari, CEO of e& enterprise, said: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new Contact and Customer Experience Center in our continuous efforts to support the digital transformation journey of the Kingdom’s government and private entities, providing them with completely new digital experiences. At e& enterprise KSA, we’re committed to Saudization and the professional development of local talents, contributing to achieving the digital ambitions and goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

e& enterprise’s Contact and Customer Experience Center in Riyadh will be staffed by experts in customer experience and contact center management with technical and practical certificates specialized in quality management, customer, and beneficiary experience. The new facility will also focus on creating a suitable environment for national competencies and promoting investment in the business outsourcing, call centers, and control sector. 

e& enterprise began its operations in Saudi Arabia in 2020 and has since expanded by acquiring several regional and local companies. e& enterprise KSA serves customers in five different sectors: cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, customer experience and call centers, and financial technology.

HelpAG, the cybersecurity arm of e& enterprise, localizes cyber control services for companies and governments through specialized strategic consulting. In cloud computing, e& enterprise acquired the majority stake in Bespin Global, providing digital transformation solutions with expertise in eight countries, including Korea and Japan.

In fintech, Beehive, the first licensed P2P lending platform in the MENA region acquired by e& enterprise in 2023, connects SMEs with investors using innovative technologies and offers Shariah-compliant options. Meanwhile, in IoT, e& enterprise provides advanced IoT services for smart cities, sustainability platforms, and industrial automation. As for customer experience, the company’s engageX platform enhances customer journeys with AI and CPaaS services, supported by skilled contact center personnel.

e& enterprise is a subsidiary of the e& group, which is present in more than 32 countries through various business pillars in communications and information technology. They empower institutions and individuals in the government and private sectors to achieve digital transformation through the latest technology solutions. Committed to driving the Kingdom’s digital revolution, e& enterprise plays a vital role in advancing the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.