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CNN International and McLaren Technology Group 
enter multi-year partnership ahead of 2015 Formula 1 season

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CNN International and McLaren Technology Group 
enter multi-year partnership ahead of 2015 Formula 1 season


4133CNN International, the world’s leader in international news, and McLaren Technology Group announced today that CNN is confirmed as a new McLaren-Honda partner for the 2015 Formula 1 season and beyond.

The multi-year global partnership brings together two world-class pioneering brands, both of which have spent decades building a strong reputation for being first in their field. In a natural fit for both CNN International and McLaren Technology Group, each company operates in a dynamic, dizzyingly fast environment where success is judged as much by speed of response as by continual innovation and quality of product.

For the 2015 season, the partnership sees CNN’s branding appear on the front-wing endplates of the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 Formula 1 car, which will be unveiled in an online launch on January 29th. It also allows for CNN’s use of McLaren’s soon-to-open thought leadership centre, based within the McLaren Technology Campus in Woking, Surrey, UK, from which CNN International will produce several programmes to be broadcast globally across its network.

The partnership comes at an exciting time for both brands – CNN has again been named the world’s number one international news brand and has won a clutch of awards including News Channel of the Year for the past two years from the Royal Television Society; McLaren heads into the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship with a new car, a new engine partner and the best driver line-up in Formula 1: world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

The dynamic nature of the deal means that both parties see the potential to amplify the scope and scale of the partnership in the years to come, in areas such as sharing expertise and resources, cross-marketing their brands, and utilising networking and business relationships.

Rani Raad, Chief Commercial Officer, CNN International, said:

“This is a groundbreaking partnership between two trusted brands with a passion for high performance and continued innovation. Committed to being first, we share a mutual respect for each other’s operations – whether that’s the tenacity of CNN journalists in going to the heart of a story or McLaren’s forensic focus for every F1 race. With a shared global footprint and highly engaged audience, there’s a lot of expertise and best practice that we can both invest in this partnership.

“The added exposure CNN International will gain through our association with McLaren is part of an expansive consumer engagement initiative to capitalise on the power of our brand and consolidate our position as the world’s biggest international news brand. The additional business, broadcasting and cross-marketing opportunities made possible by this multi-year deal will forge a close relationship between two companies on the world stage.

“In CNN International’s 30th anniversary year, I will be incredibly proud to see the CNN brand on the new McLaren-Honda car when it lines up on the starting grid in Melbourne.”

Ron Dennis, Chairman and CEO, McLaren Technology Group, said:

“There is an inherent symmetry between McLaren and CNN that makes us perfectly attuned for partnership. Like McLaren, CNN is a tremendously powerful and influential global network, one that has spent decades pioneering the latest technologies and techniques in a relentless, unforgiving, fast-paced environment. I think we understand each other on many levels.

“Equally, we’ve each based a deep-rooted culture of success on our core values – our belief in the strength of teamwork and technology – yet our flexibility and dynamism permit us to move seamlessly and effortlessly in order further to push the boundaries of technology and exploration.

“The partnership between McLaren and CNN is unique in that it operates on a very broad scope. Our shared love of technology has united us: together we will pursue new opportunities far beyond the conventional scope of a Formula 1 partnership.

“I think the executives at CNN are as excited as we are about the potential of this relationship.”


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Third Government Summit announces partnership with Du

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Third Government Summit announces partnership with Du


- Aiming to enhance cooperation between public and private sectors

3130The Government Summit 2015, to be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced its strategic partnership with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du) as a Headline Partner of the event. Organized under the theme ‘Shaping Future Governments’, the Summit will be take place in Dubai from February 9 to 11, 2015.

Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi, Director General of Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Government Summit, emphasized the importance of the continuing strategic partnership with Du, stating that constructive cooperation between all stakeholders in the public and private sectors was crucial to achieve the objectives of the Government Summit in shaping innovative concepts for future governments.

H.E. Al Roumi said the regional and international partnerships for the third edition of the Government Summit highlight the Summit’s significance as the biggest international platform of its kind to explore future governments. The partnerships will help share experiences and international best practices in government service delivery to enhance the happiness and welfare of the communities and provide new opportunities for future generations.

H.E. Al Roumi said the Government Summit is building on its successful partnerships at the regional and international levels with leading international organizations such as the United Nations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Economic Forum, as well as private sector companies. The Government Summit is also aiming to improve it knowledge partnerships with educational institutions, universities, thought leaders and experts from all over the world, H.E. Al Roumi added.

His Excellency Ahmad Bin Byat, Chairman of Du, emphasised the importance of the strategic partnership with the Government Summit in achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to enhance national efforts to develop new concepts of future services.

“Based on this vision, we are keen to continue our partnership with the Government Summit, which represents an ideal interactive national and international platform that boosts discussions between public and private sectors under one umbrella. It also promotes best practices and experiences at the local and global levels to improve the quality of services,” added H.E. Bin Byat.

The third edition of the Government Summit will be attended by more than 2000 participants. On the occasion, over 60 high-profile speakers, including world leaders, decision-makers, ministers, CEOs, thought leaders in government innovation, government officials and experts, will share ideas and visions on the future of government services, taking part in more than 30 interactive sessions.






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Al- Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Company Strengthensthe Strategic Partnership with LG

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Al- Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Company Strengthensthe Strategic Partnership with LG


426Deepened by the long friendship and cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of [South] Korea,the Saudi Korean Business Forumlaunched today in the Korean capital Seoul under the auspices of the Saudi Arabian Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, and with the participation of a number of ministries and agencies, financial institutions, trade unions, agricultural and business associations from both countries. The forum, that will go on for three days, received wide attention due to its high significance in developing trade and investment relations to increase the volume of trade between the two countries.

Progressing from its leadershipposition within the Saudi market, and categorized as a long-timepartner with one of the largest Korean and international companies for more than twenty years, Al-Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Company(HGISC) ensured that is an active participant at this grand economic event as it isthe sole distributor of air-conditionsfor Korean LG Electronics in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On this occasion, Mr. Jameel Bin Abdullah Al-Molhem, the Managing Director of Al-Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker, said that, “The South Korean business forum has great importance, aiming to promote trade cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of South Korea as the two countries are a major economic force globally and in the Asian continent, and we will be working hard to develop strategic plans and encourage more agreements that contribute to the achievement of common goals,translating our future vision into tangible reality by utilizing the latest modern technologies and innovations that serve market needs.”

Mr. Hakam Abu Risheh, the Regional Director of Al-Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Company, stated that,“The company continued its success journey at a steady pace and a clear vision which allowed it to become a prominent headline of success as the total air-conditioning solutions provider in Saudi Arabia and the region,”adding that, “the quality of the products and services offered by LG- Shaker to the Saudi market is the key to the success of this partnership, pointing out that it reflects the strong trade relations between the two countries.”

Furthermore, Mr. Fahad Al-Shabibi, CEO of LG- Shaker, stated that, “The leading role of the partnership between HGISC and LGis to support the national industry, reaffirmed by establishing the LG- Shaker factory in 2006 for manufacturing top-of-the line and innovative air-conditioning units.”

During the forum HE Minister of Commerce and Industry and head of the Saudi delegation, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, honored Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Company with the presence of a large number of investors and businessmen.



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Rawabi Holding, HRDF in partnership to develop career skills of Saudi youth

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Rawabi Holding, HRDF in partnership to develop career skills of Saudi youth


4179The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has signed a partnership agreement with Rawabi Holding to implement five intensive programs designed to develop skills of Saudi youth, organize talent exhibits and train career counselors.

The deal was signed by the Director General of the Human Resources Development Fund Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel and President & CEO of Rawabi Holding Group Osman Ibrahim and inaugurated at the “Career Management and Employability Skills Framework” workshop in Riyadh recently.

HRDF’s “Career Management and Employability Skills Framework” is a fundamental part of the Career Education Initiative, whose aim is to enable Saudis to make educated career decisions and to improve their overall career management skills, thereby improving the education and employment outlooks overtime. The framework was developed through intensive consultation with different key stakeholders in Saudi Arabia, and is based on international best practice in Career Management Skills Framework policy development.

Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel said the agreement “comes within the framework of supporting and financing field programs, projects, and studies that aim to employ Saudis. Rawabi Holding Group, being a leader in this field and having achieved its objectives throughout its annual Talent Exhibit, was selected to become a partner on account of its successes in the past four consecutive years which led to expanding the scope of the program to more than one city.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Vice President - Corporate Services of Rawabi Holding Group Noaf Abdulaziz AlTurki said: “We are pleased to be an active partner in the Human Resources Development Fund’s program to enhance the career management skills of Saudi youth, and are proud to be given the trust to implement this huge project that matches the goals and aspirations of our Self Discovery Programs.”

She added: “Rawabi Holding is fully dedicated to elevating the level of this exhibit in order to increase career and job awareness of young people and students in cities where the project will be implemented. This will be achieved through a number of programs and by strengthening community partnerships with other sectors.”

The project being implemented by Rawabi Holding Group consists of five programs with varying models, part of which is a public exhibit targeting youth, in addition to job training programs and enabling trainers to provide professional advice. Additionally, there are digital programs aimed at motivating Saudi youth and enabling them to draw career paths based on their interests and preferences vis-a-vis available jobs in the market.

Under the agreement, the Rawabi Talent Exhibit will be held in several cities to reach out to Saudi youth across the spectrum and provide them with opportunities to meet experts in various industries.

Over the last few years, the Rawabi Talent Exhibition in the Eastern Province benefitted more than 47,000 male and female youth.




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A Strategic Partnership Between Mobily and SCSB on Firnas Platform for Innovation

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A Strategic Partnership Between Mobily and SCSB on Firnas Platform for Innovation


4136The Saudi Credit and Savings Bank “SCSB” and Etihad Etisalat “Mobily” signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch “Firnas” platform for innovation, which provides the necessary support and encourage for innovators in Saudi community.

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Hanichl, Director General of the Bank and Engineer Khalid Al Kaf, MD and CEO of Mobily on Wednesday morning 17th of September 2014 at the headquarters of the bank in Riyadh.

“Firnas” is an open platform for innovation, initiated by Mobily, in partnership with the National Center of Small and Emerging Enterprises a subsidiary of the Saudi Credit and Savings Bank. The initiative goes in line with the role played by the bank and its orientations in providing the financial and non-financial services for the small and medium enterprises.

“Firnas” is regarded as an open platform for innovation, providing the opportunity for all to share their creative ideas that could be applied practically on the ground as commercial projects. The role of Mobily comes in providing operational and technical support as well as marketing support, whereas the role of SCSB is to provide the commercial support and professional training for innovators.

“Firnas” provides an integrated platform transferring the latest news related to entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, and covers also the events, internal and international conferences of this area. The platform provides also an integrated experience for the ambitious participants who have innovative ideas for commercial projects. Therefore, all the online community members are required to vote on the ideas and give their comments on them.The voting process will determine three winners monthly. “Firnas” will provide the winners the technical and commercial guidance in addition to necessary training to be ready for applying their ideas on the ground. The support will not be limited to this, but “Firnas” will provide the opportunity to meet the investors in a step to convert their ideas into commercial projects. The winners will be also rewarded according to the order of the ideas. The owner of the top voting idea will get SR10, 000, the second position will win SR5,000 and the third position will get SR2,500.

Commenting on this agreement, Dr. Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Hanichl, Director General of the Bank said that our bank is always urging to find solutions and renewable projects for the youth to encourage them to be engaged in starting their own business. We are aware in the SCSB about the extent of contribution of these projects in achieving the development Goals of the Kingdom’s economy and its positive impact in strengthening the infrastructure of small and medium enterprises.

Dr. Al Hanichl added that we are very pleased with this partnership with Mobily a leading company in its field, and we are in SCSB aim to adopt “Firnas initiative” to achieve one of the major functions of the bank represented in supporting the owners of investment ideas and young innovators through the provision of financial and non-financial support, in addition to spreading the culture of self-employment, and contribute to the service of the owners of such projects and their community by activating their potential and entrepreneurial ideas. We hope that our efforts will be crowned with success in collaboration with our strategic partner in overcoming the obstacles and difficulties and to provide all facilities to them.

From his part Engineer Al Kaf said that “we are delighted to establish this partnership with Saudi Credit and savings Bank, which will support innovators in Saudi society, and this is entirely consistent with the company’s orientations. We appreciate the good efforts of innovators and believe that giant projects always start with an idea”.

Al Kaf added that “the Saudi society has many distinctive brains. If such brains would be provided with the required support, the results will be positive. On this basis Mobily has sought to find such a platform to offer the support to those brains as part of its programs to serve the community.

Both Mobily and SCSB called the creators to take the initiative to benefit this opportunity through registration in the website and sharing their innovative ideas to be a nucleus for a giant project that would support in the future the process of economic development in the Kingdom.

For more information about “Firnas” you can visit the website: http://firnas.org, wherein the visitor can follow up the latest news of the communication and information technology sector in addition to the news of the open innovation platform.

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The Governor of Makka Honors Mobily for its Strategic Partnership in the Hajj Awareness Campaign

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The Governor of Makka Honors Mobily for its Strategic Partnership in the Hajj Awareness Campaign


485HRH Prince Meshal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah Region, Chairman of the Haj Central Committee, honored Mobily for its strategic partnership in the National Media Campaign for pilgrims awareness that was organized by the Emirate of Makkah Region for the Hajj season 1435H.

This took place during a press conference held this afternoon in the Makkah Emirate premises. Our colleague, Humoud Al Ghobaini, Executive General Manager, Corporate Communications & Public Relations received the honorary shield on behalf of Mobily.

Al Ghobaini expressed his thanks and appreciation to HRH the Governor of Makkah region for allowing Mobily the opportunity to contribute in the service of the pilgrims, pointing out that the national media campaign organized by the Emirate of Makkah Region to educate the pilgrims, came out of the attention and care provided for the Two Holy Mosques by the wise leadership, noting that the objectives upon which this campaign is based, confirms the sense of responsibility entrusted to the organizers in order to provide the best means of comfort to the pilgrims and guests of the Holy Mosques.

Al Ghobaini added that Mobily has mobilized all its potential technical support for the campaign, including the social network sites and sales outlets of the company spread in all international airports, land and sea ports, and the holy sites, through the distribution of awareness leaflets and publications in many different languages.

Mobily is sponsoring this campaign for the fifth consecutive year in a move that aims to promote the objectives of this national campaign and to deliver its lofty and noble message out of its social responsibility.

The National Media Awareness Campaign aims to educate the pilgrims, and came under the slogan (the right way is with Hajj permission) to implant the culture of reverence and holiness for the holy sites during Hajj and Umrah seasons. The campaign is directed to pilgrims, service providers and all members of the community through launching awareness campaigns based on the respect and the sacredness of the holy places and compliance to regulations and instructions.

Mobily is so keen to harness all of its professional services and human resources to the pilgrims and work in coordination with various governmental and private sectors in order to implement this noble and honorable goal of serving the pilgrims. In addition, Mobily is supporting its network in the central area and the holy sites with the latest communication technologies around the world and its experience in offering service to this huge number of pilgrims at one time becomes the center of interest for the major international companies.


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Samsung Extends Olympic Games Partnership Through 2020

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Samsung Extends Olympic Games Partnership Through 2020


425The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, announced it has signed an agreement to extend their partnership through to the 2020 Olympic Games. The signing ceremony took place on August 17th in Nanjing, China, the host city of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games. IOC President Thomas Bach and Jay Y. Lee, Vice Chairman at Samsung Electronics attended the ceremony.

“Samsung aims to spread the Olympic spirit through our innovative products, enabling all fans around the world to stay connected and share the excitement of the Olympic Movement,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Mobile Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are proud to extend our involvement as it is meaningful to us to inspire people through the passion that lies behind the Games and contribute to creating a smarter Olympic Games.”

Samsung will officially sponsor the Olympic Games through the Pyeong Chang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the “Wireless Communications Equipment and Computing Equipment” category. This expanded product category includes smartphones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and other computing equipment, and desktop printers.

“We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with Samsung. The funding generated by the TOP Programme directly supports the staging of every Olympic Games, as well as every one of the National Olympic Committees, enabling athletes from all over the world to prepare for and compete at each Games,” said Thomas Bach, IOC President. “Samsung also supports the operations of each Games by providing leading wireless telecommunications and technology equipment. In addition, Samsung’s technologies and global marketing reach will engage fans around the world with the Olympic values and the Olympic Movement.”

Samsung’s association with the Olympic Movement began when the company became a local sponsor of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Since the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, Samsung has joined the TOP (The Olympic Partner) Programme and has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category. The company’s role has evolved throughout 26 years of its involvement with the Olympic Games.

As mobile technologies have become an inseparable part of our daily lives, Samsung believes its continued support will play a significant role in bringing further innovation to the staging of the Olympic Games.



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Metito Forms Strategic Partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation

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Metito Forms Strategic Partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation


472Metito Holdings, Ltd. (Metito), the leader and provider of choice for total intelligent water management solutions in emerging markets, has entered into a strategic partnership with Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), as well as Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), which will see significant investment into the company and propel Metito further on its journey of success.

The partnership comprises a share purchase agreement with MC and MHI, which will acquire 38.4% of Metito shares, predominantly from its existing shareholder Gulf Capital. JBIC will also subscribe as a preference shareholder, providing Metito, a capital intensive business, with additional funds of up to US$92 million to fund growth opportunities. This investment aims at supporting overseas business deployment of Japanese companies, establishing a strategic partnership between the MC, MHI and Metito - a leading water company in the Middle East.

Such deal will undoubtedly strengthen the ties between the Middle East and Japan in the water and wastewater industry, and will further build a leading and competitive working platform in emerging markets. The partnership also generates synergy merits in a range of areas, including financial strength and capability, complementary experience and global networks, business development opportunities and operational capability.

Mutaz Ghandour, CEO, Metito, said: “MC and MHI are exceptional companies. We are excited to be partnering with them to implement our strategic plans for growth and to seize the opportunities that await us, as we fully utilise our varied synergies. Metito is already well poised to tap into projects of various scales, and this partnership, in addition to the investment by JBIC, will expedite the company’s growth through creating new opportunities and allowing us to become more competitive, globally.”

Masaji Santo, Senior Vice President, Division COO, MC, said: “This investment is ideal for us as it creates a compelling strategic partnership capitalising on our global network and corporate capabilities and Metito’s unique value proposition. The numerous mutual benefits stemming from this deal will ensure world class water solutions are brought to new markets, benefitting more people in a stronger and sustainable manner. Metito’s long established expertise and local presence in strategic emerging markets will be an advantage when looking to secure further development opportunities in water challenged areas that offer massive growth potential.”

Yoichiro Ban, Senior General Manager, MHI, said: “This is a synergistic partnership with Metito’s strengths enhancing ours and vice versa. Working together will enhance MHI’s business and open many new opportunities, particularly in the emerging markets where Metito is well positioned as a leader in the water and wastewater sector. The operational capabilities along with the combined local and global expertise of all the partners, paired with the strong financial backbone will drive this business, making it a fruitful and complementary partnership.”

Commenting on this, Masaaki Yamada, Director General, Power and Water Finance Department, Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group, JBIC, stated: “This investment is very much in line with our mandate to support Japanese companies looking to invest in emerging markets. In recent years, Japanese companies such as MC and MHI have had an increased appetite for expansion in the Middle East and GCC region. JBIC supports this development, and in this case subscribed as a preference shareholder in Metito to provide the company with stable financing to fund new growth opportunities.”

The deal will see MC and MHI acquire a total of 38.4% stake in Metito, and both Gulf Capital and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) -a member of the World Bank Group - continue holding 23.8% and 3% of Metito, respectively. Karim El Solh, CEO and Managing Partner of Private Equity at Gulf Capital and serving Chairman of the Board of Metito, said: “This strategic investment into Metito by MC, MHI and JBIC is a reflection of the success of the management team and the Ghandour family. Already established as a profitable entity, since Gulf Capital’s initial majority investment in Metito in 2006, the Company increased its net profitability by 661%. It further strengthened this position as a leading provider in the global water and wastewater industry, registering an annual compound growth rate of 17% in revenues, 32.3% in EBITDA and 33.6% in Net Profits over the last eight years. This has enhanced the Company’s fortunes and has justified our ongoing investment in the Company that has achieved in excess of our targeted returns of 3X of our investment. This collaboration between a long established family business and a leading regional private equity firm, and its evolution into this new partnership with MC, MHI, and JBIC, serves as a model template for future regional investments into family owned businesses in the Middle East.

As a capital intensive sector, strategic partnerships in the water industry that involve compatible and complementary companies can ensure sustainable and steady reach to water challenged areas, and this partnership is propelled by all the right factors that will ensure its success.



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Zain KSA and Huawei to Strengthen Relationship through New Strategic Partnership

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Zain KSA and Huawei to Strengthen Relationship through New Strategic Partnership


413Aiming to further advance its network infrastructure, managed services, and applications in Saudi Arabia, Zain KSA—the leading telecommunications provider in the country—and Huawei—a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider—announced today new “Reload Contract” agreement.

Under the new agreement, Huawei will work closely with Zain KSA to improve its technologies and extend its customer service offering for its Saudi users. The contract includes Zain’s network new FTK, expansion, modernization and managed services, which includes the provisions of all related products and services for Zain’s network in KSA.

Commenting on the new agreement, James Wu, President of Carrier BG, Middle East Region at Huawei said: “This collaboration between Huawei and Zain has been part of a long-term strategic play to create a more robust framework for Zain’s Saudi telecom network. Within every aspect of our partnerships, we place the customer at the centre of the solution from radio, through to transmission, CS, PS and IPBB etc. Our advanced MBB technology and industry best practices, coupled together with the strong local support and End to End managed services, which will enable us to develop and deliver the best network in Riyadh. We are committed to bringing the best possible services with this partnership for our Saudi users.”

“Huawei and Zain have had a robust and growing partnership since early 2011. Over the last 3 years, the partnership has extended to include a number of increasingly successful projects designed to help revolutionize Zain’s Saudi telecommunications operations. This relationship has helped underscore Huawei’s continued commitment to KSA and reiterates our belief that the Middle East region forms one of the largest growth areas for our business and customers,” Wu concluded.

Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Deghaither, Zain KSA’s acting Chief Technical Officer, said: “we are committed to our strive to better serve our customers, providing them with the best telecom experience possible, and we will continue our large investments in our network. We aim at combining our strategies and Huawei’s latest ICT developments, and we are very excited about the new reload agreement and are looking forward for further partnerships with Huawei.”

Zain KSA and Huawei have collaborated on numerous projects to transform and modernize Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications infrastructure. Both companies first partnered in early 2011 in order to modernize Zain KSA’s network, with the objectives of improving the network’s competitiveness and ensuring it was future-proof.

“With our long-lasting partnership with Huawei over the years, we were able to successfully complete several projects to date. We always aim to continuously develop our innovative platforms to better serve our customers Zain aims to develop the LTE technology and related applications in the region,” Al-Deghaither added.

Last year Zain collaborated with Huawei to launch a commercial LTE & LTE-A networks that deliver nationwide mobile coverage and are to date the country’s only nationwide LTE network. As a global leader in LTE technology innovation, Huawei invests heavily in LTE-related research and development to keep itself at the cutting edge of carrier technology.



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Specialized Medical Center (SMC) and Siemens announce partnership to support the Kingdom Healthcare sector

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Specialized Medical Center (SMC) and Siemens announce partnership to support the Kingdom Healthcare sector


4171Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the fields of energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Specialized Medical Center in Riyadh. The collaboration focuses on education and training, with the goal of extending the skills and capabilities of healthcare professionals. Siemens is committed to clinical excellence based on state-of-art technology that permits faster diagnosis, earlier detection and treatment. In order to attain excellent clinical outcomes, care providers need to build a culture of excellence. Siemens is uniquely positioned to help and address the challenges of care providers. It has built one of the industry’s most extensive healthcare technology portfolios with the goal of making patient care more efficient and personalized.

The collaboration agreement was signed on Wednesday 4th of June 2014 at the Specialized Medical Center in Riyadh by Dr. Khaled Al Sebaiay, CEO of Specialized Medical Center and Mr. Masfer Alshardan, Key Account Manager at Siemens Healthcare Saudi Arabia in the presence of Dr. Firas Al Atassi, Director of Radiology Department at SMC and Dr. Abdullah Nanaa, Sales Director at Siemens Healthcare Saudi Arabia. SMC will perform presentations on Siemens cutting-edge technologies for its customers in Saudi Arabia.

“This agreement will raise the quality and productivity of healthcares services across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, said Arja Talakar, CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia. ”Aligned with our partner E.A. Juffali Brothers we are committed to support the sustainable healthcare development in the Kingdom by providing training and education programs”, he added.

As part of this agreement Siemens will equip SMC with top notch technology healthcare products and solutions, such as the Aera Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the Somatom AS 20 Computerized Tomography (CT) and ACUSON X 150 Ultra Sound systems. SMC will extend its reputation as a state-of-the-art facility that provides distinguished healthcare services to the citizens of Saudi Arabia.

Ernst Jankulik, Head of Siemens Healthcare Saudi Arabia, said: “This collaboration is set to support our mutual mission towards enhancing professional development and healthcare in the Kingdom. The new equipment from Siemens will be used in familiarizing healthcare teams with the latest imaging innovations being used in the country’s hospitals.”

Specialized Medical Center started its operations with 50 clinics, 50 Beds and 90 physicians along with its first specialty unit with a wide range of sub specialties. After several phases of development the in-patient unit expanded its capacity to more than 500 beds including high standard suites and single elegant rooms. The out-patient department expanded to 200 specialty clinics with more than 300 physicians mostly board certified from North America and Europe.



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