McDonald's launches initiative for needy children

Updated 22 August 2015

McDonald's launches initiative for needy children

McDonald's Saudi Arabia, owned and operated by the Riyadh International Catering Company (RICC) in Central, Eastern and Northern regions of the Kingdom, has launched an ambitious community initiative for needy children. This unique MacDonald's initiative aims to serve and take care of needy children including patients and orphans.
"McDonald's staffers visit the hospitals in different cities including Riyadh, meet child patients and extend all possible help to them under this program," said Waddah Abdul Kader Omran, supervisor of Community Services at McDonald's, in Riyadh. Waddah said that this community program has been especially designed on the instructions of Prince Mishaal Bin Khalid Al-Saud, RICC president.
Referring to the visit to King Salman Hospital in Riyadh under the mandate of the community initiative, Waddah said "we recently visited the hospital, met children and offered support." Waddah also thanked Dr. Abdul Dayem Al-Enzi, hospital's deputy manager, for teaming up with McDonald's to support this community initiative.
He said that Prince Mishaal has always been on the forefront for helping children in need and for exerting efforts to integrate them into the mainstream of Saudi society. In fact, McDonald's has been involved in several community welfare programs in the past also. The RICC donated SR350,000 to the children of Insan Charity Committee for Orphans Care a few years back.
The McDonald's restaurants in Central, Eastern and Northern regions of Saudi Arabia are fully owned and operated by the RICC. The Saudi operations of McDonald's currently employs more than 1,500 Saudi nationals, making the McDonald's the leading quick service restaurant (QSR) staffed by the largest number of Saudi nationals in the Kingdom.
Globally also, McDonald's has been involved in such community welfare programs.

stc launches Center3 for Kingdom’s digital economy

Updated 05 October 2022

stc launches Center3 for Kingdom’s digital economy

Leading digital enabler stc Group has inaugurated one of its largest and significant projects, Center3 — the digital regional center for the Middle East and North Africa.

The new company will be the owner of the digital infrastructure assets owned by stc group, including data centers, submarine cables, international points of presence, and internet exchange points.

The inauguration took place in the presence of Prince Mohammad bin Khalid Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the board of directors of stc Group, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, and a number of other senior executives of the company.

Center3 will be a group of carrier-neutral data centers and a provider of international communication for the telecommunications sector through a submarine fiber optic network. It aims to develop digital businesses and enhance investment opportunities in international communication services and data centers by providing the latest communication and hosting technologies and raising there capacities to meet the needs of the markets across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the rest of the world.

“The stc Group launched Center3 to enhance the digital system, which in turn will contribute to enhancing the Kingdom’s position as a regional digital center. This launch is in line with our strategy to expand the scope and markets to achieve digital empowerment,” said Olayan Alwetaid, CEO of stc Group.

“At Center3, we aim to build an integrated ecosystem of cables and data centers that seeks to attract hyper-scalers, big data, and local and international service providers,” said Fahad Al-Hajeri, Center3 CEO.

He added: “Center3 will provide data center services, international communication and internet exchange services through its assets. We will work to achieve the company’s vision of making the Kingdom the main digital hub connecting the three continents Asia, Europe, and Africa as well as leading the largest share of internet exchange and data traffic in the region.”

With the launch of Center3, stc Group have completed the digital system pursuit by launching a number of companies in the fields of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, internet of things, and digital infrastructure.

LG redefines household chores

Updated 05 October 2022

LG redefines household chores

Household chores is an unavoidable part of daily life. Many people consider it boring and time-consuming, given that we often spend hours on the monotonous actions of washing dishes or doing laundry. Keeping this in mind, LG Electronics offers state-of-the-art home appliances with innovative features designed to deliver the ultimate user convenience so that people spend less time and effort on their household routine.

 Get More Hygiene with LG Dishwasher: Designed to clean all dishes the first time, LG QuadWash Dishwasher is equipped with the multi-directionally rotating arms that shoot water streams in various angles that reach every corner of the dishwasher. With four spray arms instead of two, the dishwasher provides enhanced coverage to clean every dish on every rack, no matter the shape or size. With temperatures reaching up to 80 degrees Celsius during the rinse cycle, LG Dishwasher ensures the ultimate hygienic care of dishes. Additionally, LG QuadWash is equipped with the LG’s Inverter Direct Drive Motor that provides quiet and reliable operation without compromising on performance. Compared to other motors, it also helps to reduce energy consumption.

 Get More Smart Convenience with LG Dryer: Allowing users to save time on drying and ironing clothes, LG Dryer features the Sensor Dry humidity sensor that automatically optimizes drying time and ensures that laundry is well dried the first time. The TrueSteam feature creates pure steam that removes allergens and smooths out wrinkles, leaving laundry fresh and clean with no need for ironing. With the Lint Filters that minimize lint and dust, the clothes are even cleaner than natural drying. Additionally, LG Clothes Dryer does not need any external venting outlets, making it suitable for any location.

 Get Intelligent Fabric Care with LG Vivace Washer&Dryer: For complete clothing care, the LG Vivace Washer&Dryer is equipped with Artificial Intelligence Direct Drive technology that detects the weight and softness of the fabric being washed or dried and automatically selects the optimized washing or drying pattern for each load to enhance fabric protection while reducing cycle times and energy usage. Additionally, the LG Vivace Washer&Dryer delivers maximum hygiene thanks to the LG Steam that eliminates 99.9 percent of common bacteria such as dust mites that can cause allergy or respiratory diseases. Ensuring maximum space capacity, the LG Vivace Washer&Dryer is equipped with LG’s advanced low vibration technology that creates more space inside the machine.

Bupa Arabia participates in the 6th edition of Saudi Insurance Symposium

Updated 05 October 2022

Bupa Arabia participates in the 6th edition of Saudi Insurance Symposium

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance, a leading health insurance company in the Kingdom, participated in the 6th edition of the Saudi Insurance Symposium, which was organized by the General Insurance Committee on Sept. 28-29 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.

The event, which spotlighted the growth and evolution of the insurance sector, was sponsored by Dr. Fahd Abdullah Al-Mubarak, governor of the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia.

The symposium this year was graced by the presence of more than 1,000 regional insurance experts, in addition to the participation of selected local and international administrators and executives.

With the insurance sector playing an indispensable role in the national economy, the two-day conference provided a timely opportunity for industry leaders to review developments in the sector and provide solutions to its most pressing challenges.

Loay Nazer, chairman of the board at Bupa Arabia, participated in a panel discussion on “Economic Growth and Developments in the Insurance Industry” with Dr. Khaled Al-Dhaher, vice governor for supervision and technology, SAMA; and Abdulmohsen Al-Fares, chairman of the board, Alinma Tokio Marine Co.

“Bupa Arabia’s participation at the Saudi Insurance Symposium came as part of our continuous efforts to be active partners in the development and growth of the insurance industry in Saudi Arabia and to support the government’s directions aimed at developing the Saudi insurance sector,” Nazer said.

Moderated by Resini Alresini of the Saudi Central Bank, the panel shed light on the developments in the Saudi insurance industry under the ambitious Vision 2030.

During the session, Nazer stressed the importance of building Saudi national cadres in the insurance sector and training them to provide quality services and distinctive insurance products.

He also said that the insurance sector has created 17,000 job opportunities in the Kingdom, estimating the Saudization rate in the sector at 77 percent.

Ali Sheneamer, chief ubsiness development officer at Bupa Arabia, moderated the panel discussion “InsurTech and Value Added” with several key leaders and CEOs in the industry discussing the significance of digital transformation currently underway in the insurance sector.  

Bupa Arabia’s CEO Tal Nazer also joined a panel discussion on “The Future of Health Insurance.”

Maserati presents GranTurismo

Updated 04 October 2022

Maserati presents GranTurismo

One of the brand’s icons, Maserati’s GranTurismo is marking a new chapter in a story that began 75 years ago with the Maserati A6 1500. 

The GranTurismo coupé combines the high performance, typical of a sports car, with comfort suitable for long distances. Both versions have a powerful internal combustion engine and the most innovative 100 percent electric solutions.

Setting a benchmark and embodying the concept of “The Others Just Travel,” this model is taking the House of the Trident forward into the future: It is the first car in the brand’s history to adopt a 100 percent electric powertrain.

From an aesthetic point of view, the GranTurismo design represents an ideal balance between beauty and functionality, with undeniably unique and immediately recognizable lines.  The classic proportions of the brand’s cars have been maintained, with the long bonnet and the central body intersected by the four fenders. Conversely, the roof line drops dynamically to emphasize the curve of the pillar that features the iconic Trident logo.

Developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab and produced at the Mirafiori manufacturing hub in Turin, the GranTurismo is 100 percent made in Italy and epitomizes “Italian luxury performance,” a concept typical of all Maserati models. 

The new coupé is equipped with the revolutionary V6 Nettuno engine, available in two versions: The Modena, with the 490-hp 3.0-litre V6 Nettuno Twin Turbo, and the high-performance Trofeo version is based on the same engine, upgraded to a maximum power of 550 hp.

Alternatively, the GranTurismo Folgore adopts a 100 percent electric battery-based powertrain. The Folgore system is based on 800-volt technology and has been developed with cutting-edge technical solutions derived from Formula E. It offers superb performance, made possible by the three powerful 300-kW permanent magnet motors.

The battery has a nominal capacity of 92.5 kWh and a discharge capacity of 560 kW to continuously transmit around 760 hp to the wheels. The specific set-up and innovative layout of the battery result in the containment of vehicle height to 1353 mm, without compromising its sporty nature. The shape of the battery pack, known as “T-bone,” forms part of Maserati’s “zero compromise” approach and avoids placing the battery modules under the seats, mainly moving them around the central tunnel and therefore considerably lowering the car’s H-point.

In terms of technical architecture, the new model is the result of an innovative project that makes extensive use of lightweight materials such as aluminium and magnesium, together with high-performance steel. Such a multi-material approach required new manufacturing processes to be created, resulting in best-in-class weight levels.

This approach is paired with new Atlantis High electrical/electronic architecture, based on canFD messages sent at speeds of up to 2 ms. The system also comes with advanced level 5 cyber-security and flash-over-the-air features. The fulcrum is the Vehicle Domain Control Module master controller, a 100 percent  Maserati project consisting of the software that provides 360° control of all the most important car systems, for the best driving experience in all conditions.

In the interior, the Maserati GranTurismo’s modern cabin is equipped with Innovative systems, including the Maserati Intelligent Assistant Multimedia system, the latest infotainment, a comfort display that brings together the main functions in an integrated touchscreen interface, a digital clock and the heads-up display (available as an option).

The GranTurismo also offers an “all-round sound experience,” guaranteed by the iconic signature sound of the Maserati engine, even in the electric version thanks to innovative work by engineers at the Maserati Innovation Lab.

The sound experience is completed by the immersive Sonus faber 3D sound system.  Designed and made by Italian craftsmen in sound, the audio system offers two levels of customization, giving it up to 19 speakers and 3D sound with an output of up to 1,195 W, for depth of field and truly unique roundness of sound.

Simaat, Ejar sign agreement to go digital

Updated 04 October 2022

Simaat, Ejar sign agreement to go digital

Under the patronage of Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Authority Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail and in the presence of Governor of the Digital Government Authority Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Suwayan, the Simaat platform signed a technical linkage agreement with Ejar network on Oct. 2 at the headquarters of the General Real Estate Authority in Riyadh.

Real estate offices, owners, companies, and all those interested in the commercial sector were also present.

Dhaifallah Al-Hassani, CEO of the Simaat platform, said: “The signing of this agreement comes in line with digital transformation, one of the main pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to improve the quality of life for citizens, which was announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to unleash the creative energies of Saudis in various fields.” 

He added: “By virtue of this agreement, the Simaat platform will become the first real estate property management platform linked to a rental network for direct documentation of rental contracts on the Simaat platform.”

Sami Al-Sharekh, executive vice president of Simaat, said: “The Simaat platform is the largest real estate property management platform that has succeeded in documenting contracts executed on the platform whose value exceeds SR 2.5 billion, and it is the only platform specialized in real estate endowments.”

He added: “Simaat platform supports the real estate development and investment sectors and real estate technologies supported by artificial intelligence, and it is a flexible platform according to the needs of the client.”

Al-Sharekh stated that the Simaat platform includes the largest real estate property management companies in Saudi Arabia and is linked and integrated with various government agencies such as the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Commerce, Sadad and Mada.

The Simaat platform has provided innovative real estate technology solutions to automate operations in real estate companies by transforming their work into paperless offices to preserve the environment, as these solutions contribute to reducing operating costs by 49 percent and accelerate the companies’ business by 300 percent.

In terms of digital transformation, Simaat was keen to invest in creating specialized real estate technologies that rely on artificial intelligence to complete procedures automatically on behalf of the user, reducing daily work.

The Simaat platform system also contributes to business governance and preserving the rights of all parties from real estate owners to renters and real estate brokers, since it provides a fully automated financial system for recording corporate accounting operations without the need for an accountant specializing in business.

It also allows for digital invoices that are compatible with the requirements of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority. These invoices are issued automatically and without any human intervention, making Simaat the fastest cloud system because it relies on engines and technical structures designed specifically for it.

Simaat will also announce partnerships with the government sector in the coming months with the aim of promoting the transformation of the real estate sector into a digital market in line with Vision 2030.

The Simaat platform is the only one in the Middle East specializing in real estate technologies, providing its services to more than 15,000 beneficiaries. Simaat also invests in machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies and has successful applications in image recognition and building maintenance distinctions through images only.