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

March 3, 2010

Riyadh International Book Fair 2010, let’s try this again

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:04 pm

Apparently I was still used to 2009 I didn’t notice it on the old Riyadh Bookfair web site! They have finally update the page with a new design, tolerable design and actual content.

Riyadh Bookfair Schedule & location

It will be held at the new REC building (Gowalla location).

As for the schedule, the fair will be open from 10am to 10pm except Friday which opens at 4pm:

  • Wednesday 3/3/2010 For All
  • Thursday 4/3/2010 For All
  • Friday 5/3/2010 From 4pm to 10pm For Men
  • Saturday 6/3/2010 For All
  • Sunday For All but from 4pm to 10pm For Men
  • Monday For All
  • Tuesday For All but from 4pm to 10pm for Men
  • Wednesday For All
  • Thursday For All
  • Friday 12/3/2010 From 4pm to 10pm for Men

“For All” means “family” “men & woman”, ya know. And yes, no women only days.

Technical books?

There is no list of registered publishers online.

Issues with the website

Can I rant? I wanna rant!

I will visit it soon, I hope they have some good computer books.

March 1, 2010

Riyadh International (but not technical) Book Fair 2010

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 10:50 pm

Update: Forget everything mentioned here, the fair site was from last year’s. Making a new post about this year’s one.

Riyadh Book Fair always have a new domain every year, before it was www.riyadhbookfair.org but they LOST THE DOMAIN?! seriously? How hard it is to renew a domain name? It’s not hard!

The new domain is riyadhbookfair.org.sa but the website is horrible and hard to navigate and.

Please, visit the English site and have a laugh.

What I find disappointing is the lack of technical publications, the only publication company listed (list is in Arabic only, nothing on English site) with a technical name is “ثري دي كمبيوتر سنتر ” no need to translate, it is pronounced “3D Computer Center”!

I was expecting more technical books so this is a major disappointment (yet again). The US publishers listed are “school zone publishing” (kids books) “INTERNATIONAL TRADE LINKS” (I couldn’t even find a website for them) and “مركز مصادر المعلومات” wait wha?

Riyadh Book Fair starts tomorrow, I could go if I have any time to waste … if you spot some tech books (computers mainly, but if you find something interesting please post a comment).

Here’s the Riyadh International Book Fair 2010 Schedule listed here (apparently only men with Afros are allowed, and no women only days):

  • Tuesday 6/3/1430 3/3/2009 Inauguration ceremony
  • Wed 7/3/1430 4/3/2009 for all
  • Thurs 8/3/1430 5/3/2009 for all
  • Fri. 9/3/1430 6/3/2009 from 16:00 to 22:00 fro men
  • Sat. 10/3/1430 7/3/2009 for all
  • Sun. 11/3/1430 8/3/2009 for all, From 16:00 to 22:00 fro men
  • Mon. 12/3/1430 9/3/2009 for all
  • Tues. 13/3/1430 10/3/2009 for all, from 16:00 to 22:00 fro men
  • Wed 14/3/1430 11/3/2009 for all
  • Thurs 15/3/1430 12/3/2009 for all
  • Fri 16/3/1430 13/3/2009 From 16:00 to 22:00 fro men

And here is the exhibition location on Gowalla: Riyadh Exhibitions Company.

February 5, 2010

The location for Tweetup Riyadh March 2010

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 3:30 pm

The latest Tweetup Riyadh was held in Caribou Coffee in Riyadh. While the coffee was excellent the seating wasn’t the best. So if you have a suggestion for a meetup location then make sure to post a twitter reply to @tweetupriyadh with your suggestion.

Remember that the Tweetups are now held on the first Monday of each month instead of Thursday.

October 16, 2009

PlayStation Gamers Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:22 pm

The second Sony PlayStation Gamers Day in Saudi Arabia will be held between October 21st to 23rd in Riyadh. You can register to attend the event here. Via True Gaming.

You can find more info from the first PlayStation Gamers Day at this page.

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.

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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.

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Cisco Expo Saudi Arabia 2009

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

cisco-expo-2009

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 customersupport@starcite.com.

January 14, 2009

Cisco Expo 2009 in Riyadh

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

cisco-expo-2009

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 .com.sa 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.

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