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

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.

November 4, 2006

Symantec Saudi Information, Infrastructure, Interactions, Road Show

Filed under: Events — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:10 am

Over 300 delegates from Symantec’s channel partner organisations, enterprise and SMB clients will gather for the conference to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Riyadh on 7th November 2006.

The conference will focus on the theme of ‘Infrastructure, Information and Interaction’, with a series of interactive sessions covering a range of topics, including data protection and recovery, internet security, cyber-crime, e-Government, email security and availability, information integrity and data management.

Agenda can be found here (doc file, how secure is that!). More information can be found here.

August 20, 2006

HP Linux and Open Source Roadshow

Filed under: Events — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 9:18 pm
Do you sometimes wonder about how easy or complicated it really is to deploy open source technology in the enterprise? Are you tempted by the well-documented cost savings, increased flexibility, and freedom associated with Linux and open source environments but perhaps concerned with potential risks of deployment? Is there really someone who can help minimize them? What about legal issues?These and many more questions will be addressed by industry leaders offering products and services at the upcoming HP Linux and Open Source Road Show.

Place: Riyadh, Marriott Hotel, Makarim Hall. Date: 5th September 2006. Click here for registration info.

April 23, 2006

Gitex Saudi Arabia 2006, will it disappoint?

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:44 pm

The fifth Gitex will start today. Will it be worse than the last 4? I have given up hope for this expo.

Please find more useful info at the official site. Actually I was joking, please check this one instead.

I will try to attend it today, if I find anything good, I will report it here…

April 16, 2006

John Chambers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:19 am

Drawing on global case studies and his own experiences, John Chambers will address one of the most significant challenges of leadership — leading through change. Chambers will explore how successful leaders are able to identify and adapt to major transitions in time to capture new opportunities and address new challenges.

John Chambers

For agenda and registration, click here.

April 3, 2006

Cisco Expo 2006 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 9:10 pm

Sorry for not posting anything lately, been very busy. Tomorrow is Cisco Expo 2006 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Cisco Expo 2006 will host the largest gathering of Business and Technical Decision makers from the region. Based on the fundamentals of the Intelligent Information Network, you can explore how your business can remain competitive when you enable the intelligent movement of data, voice and video across a system of networks that is faster, smarter and more secure. Learn how Cisco’s Advanced Technologies are evolving, enabling you to streamline business processes, increasing productivity and profitability.

March 18, 2006

Reminder: Microsoft GDC in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 12:38 pm

The second Gulf Developers Conference will be held on 19 – 21 March 2006 in Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

GDC 2006 is an event that provides a comprehensive technical overview as well as more insight on the latest (both recently released and upcoming) Microsoft development and platform technologies. During the GDC 2006 event, there will be many sessions that would demonstrate the latest advanced features that were introduced in Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, BizTalk Server 2006, Windows Vista and how all these technologies can be used to build reliable, secure, high performance applications that can connect people, information, processes and systems together. More than 1700 technology professionals from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region are expected to join this event and get the opportunity to meet and interact with top technology experts in the industry and Microsoft team for the duration of the event.
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