Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

March 9, 2009

DemoCamp Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 12:01 am

The first DemoCamp Saudi Arabia which is a launch event for new products, technologies and companies will be held at King Saud University in Riyadh at 6:00p.m. on Wednesday 11th of March 2009 in hall 26.


The websites that are participating in DemoCamp Saudi Arabia are: 3zeema, Fwateer, Moshtry, Kammelna and Books-Exchange. You can find more information about it on their official website.

February 7, 2009

IPv6 Development in Saudi Arabia workshop

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 9:29 pm

This workshop will be held on Sunday 8 February 2009 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Sheraton Hotel, Riyadh. More info:list of speakers, registration form, workshop agenda.

The IPv6 Task Force Forum came as the outcome of the IPv6 Project that was introduced by the Communications and Information Technology Commission as part of the Internet Services Development Projects undertaken by the CITC. The Commission sponsored the establishment of the Task Force that convened its first meeting on July 30, 2008.


Cisco Expo Saudi Arabia 2009

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 12:25 pm


A quick reminder: “Cisco is pleased to invite you to Cisco Expo 2009, scheduled to take place at the King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh on February 9th and 10th, 2009“. Make sure to register here.

Read more: Mohammad Alrehaili will be posting live updates of Cisco Expo 2009, Arab Crunch: Cisco Expo Saudi 2009 on Feb. 9 With Free Live Streaming.

Update: Cisco is having a hard time maintaining the registration process. I keep getting An error occurred while processing your request. Please contact Customer Support for further assistance at

January 14, 2009

Cisco Expo 2009 in Riyadh

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:06 am


Got this email from a friend: “Cisco is pleased to invite you to Cisco Expo 2009, scheduled to take place at the King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh on February 9th and 10th, 2009.” No other information on Cisco’s site regarding that, even the online chat support from Cisco was useless. So Keep an eye on Cisco’s Middle East Events page for future updates.

Update: Mohammad Alrehaili will be posting live updates of Cisco Expo 2009.

June 1, 2008

Google Enterprise Executive Briefing conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 2:09 pm

This is probably the first time Google ever had a conference in Saudi Arabia. Although it is concerned with the enterprise I still find it interesting and worth checking out. The conference will be held on June 2nd 2008 in Marriott hotel in Riyadh.

For me I am interested in Google Maps, as you can see (click here to view the Riyadh city map) Google’s map of Saudi Arabia is what we call in the tech world out of date.

In this conference there is a session covering “Introducing Google Apps & Maps”. I truly hope they will add real support for Saudi Arabia and I would finally open my iPhone’s Google Maps app and use it how it is supposed to be used. With real maps and actual data!

I am sorry for posting about this conference only 1 day before it starts, so here are the links:

April 22, 2008

Gitex Riyadh 2008 Review

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:00 am

The show has become a telecommunication show, with STC and Mobily (the 2 telecoms in Saudi Arabia) taking almost half the exhibition space, which is unfortunate, there’s usually a mobile and telecommunications show and there is no reason to merge it into Gitex. The other “part” of Gitex was simply computer resellers offering their products.

A few years ago, before Gitex was held in Riyadh, the same building used now was holding a “computer show” which is simply a reseller exhibition where they offer promotions and discounts, no innovation at all.

Asking non-“computer geeks” about the show and what do they think about it, they are under the impression that this is a “telecommunications first and computer sales” show. I guess thats enough for the REC organizers who are paying the license to Gitex. Asking others who attended “real” computer exhibitions like “CeBit” and “Gitex Dubai” the original Gitex and they would say that the complete building of REC expo is only as small as one of the many halls in CeBit or Gitex Dubai.

One of the only innovative thing was AMD showing their new triple core CPUs. Unfortunately, the stand where the AMD distributor (Almasa) was not finished in the first day of Gitex (and honestly I have no reason to return) and Almasa’s site is not mentioning Gitex in their news section. Another is Zai, a local PC OEM, announcing a deal with nVidia to offer gaming PCs this is new for the market because almost no high end video cards appear in the local market, only 2 stores ( PATH and Softland/Binaries ) offer them at extremely high prices ( almost %40 added to the original price ). And that’s the only news I found about Gitex from Google News.

Other companies to note: Samsung, Panasonic (with their new AVCHD cameras), a full section Taiwanese companies looking for local dealers. Also in the exhibition: CITC, MCIT, Sadad Payment System( a Saudi IT project, they even had a new iMac on display, best part of Gitex Riyadh 😉 ), Garmin dealers ( I question the need for that in this show), Riyadh School (again, why?), HTC, i-mate, ITE (Logitech distributor in UAE) I thought we already had a Logitech distributor in Saudi Arabia, Mishaal Sudairy, they got a very old and outdated page though, who redirects his domain to some other subdomain? that’s just unprofessional.

Missing from the show: Microsoft (for the second or third year now), Apple, Sony, Intel, Hitachi (they had an amazing stand last year).

The Gitex Shopper had nothing to offer, just “cheap” laptops and a total mess.

The REC Expo building is the same old building with very bad parking arrangements. The entrance to the expo was a total mess, people pushing, no organization at all.

My rating of the show? 2/5. Considering it was a bit bitter, I mean better, than last years’ show which I give it a 1/5. So again: don’t bother, just go to Gitex in Dubai in a few months, it will be worth your time. Anything is better than this.

April 19, 2008

Gitex Riyadh 2008

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 2:15 pm

From April 20 to April 24 2008, at the same, old, small, crowded, parking space less Riyadh Exhibition Co (you can see for yourself on Google Maps, which is still crappy, as in, no real Saudi map, here).

As usual, the REC site is the template as last year ( this year’s page, last year’s) no online registration and no list of participating companies as usual.

I think I will go this year just for a laugh, hopefully I won’t cry at the state of technology exhibitions in Saudi Arabia.

June 4, 2007

Conference to Focus on IT and National Security

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:51 pm

A four-day conference on Information Technology and National Security will be held here from Nov. 3-6 as part of the Saudi Arabia’s drive against terrorism via the Internet and other security issues.

One of the goals of the conference, said Prince Muqrin, was to “encourage researchers in modern technology to use it in such a way as to serve national security in a comprehensive manner.”

( Via Arab News )

February 7, 2007

Saudi Arabia Smart Cities Forum 2007

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:49 am

This forum is organized as part of the Smart Cities initiative, which aims to transform Saudi Arabia’s major cities to smart cities. Smart cities are generally characterized by the availability of advanced broadband communications services and effective electronic applications that help bridge the “digital divide” and improve the economic competence in these cities. Moreover, wireless technologies, notably WiFi-Mesh and WiMax technologies, have gained great momentum by cities around the world as quick and effective technologies for enabling municipal networks.

Official Site.

January 14, 2007

National e-Transactions Conference 2007

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 7:59 pm

The Saudi Arabian government is aware of the importance of e-Transactions and the major role it plays in contributing to the national economic growth. Therefore Saudi Arabia will take full advantage of the use of information and communication technologies combined with organizational change and new skills. Towards this end the e-Transactions National Program, “Yesser” was launched as a joint program between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Ministry of Finance and the Communications & Information Technology Commission. These agencies are organizing The Saudi National e-Transactions Conference which will be held under the patronage of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, at the King Faisal Conference Halls in the Intercontinental Hotel, Riyadh. This conference will be convened from 14th till 17th of January 2007, and will be attended by high-ranking and prominent Saudi decision makers from the public and private sectors involved in the IT and Telecom industries.

Official site.

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