World’s First Ever AI Art Hackathon Opens in Riyadh

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AI experts and creative artists join competition to create new art using artificial intelligence.


Riyadh, 23 January, 2020: The world’s first AI Art hackathon – the AI Artathon – has opened today in Riyadh, with 300 experts in data science and AI, graphic designers and artists competing to create visual arts using artificial intelligence.

The AI Artathon will take place over three days, with competitors taking part in workshops and training sessions to enhance their skills, before forming teams to create concepts for AI Art.ab0_6910

The Artathon is an initiative of the Global AI Summit, organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, to show the positive impact and creativity that can be empowered by artificial intelligence.

The top 20 teams selected from the Artathon weekend will then join a two-month program to create their final artworks. The top ten pieces will be selected for an exhibition at the Global AI Summit on 30-31st March, and the top three teams will split a prize fund of SAR500,000 (US$133,000).ab0_6903

The Artathon received over 2,000 applications, from over 50 countries worldwide.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, President of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Global AI Summit, said that the Artathon is intended to highlight the creative potential of AI and its positive benefits to humanity, a key theme of the upcoming Global AI Summit.

“The AI Artathon is an important part of the Global AI Summit. We are very pleased to see all of the competitors coming together, from Saudi Arabia and around the world, to collaborate and create using Artificial Intelligence,” said HE Dr. Abdullah.

“In the same way, the Global AI Summit aims to bring together global government and business leaders, AI experts, academics and investors so that Saudi Arabia can lead discussions on how we can all shape the future of AI together.”

The Artathon program is sponsored by the Public Investment Fund, and is supported by strategic partners the Ministry of Culture and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones.

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World Class Music Acts Announced to Perform at Saudi International With Dimitri Vegas, Gipsy Kings & Bryan Adams Set to Rock the Crowds in KAEC

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Ryder Cup golf legends Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Thomas Bjorn also confirmed to return to play the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club for the second ever Saudi International tournament starting on January 30th.


Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – January 19, 2020:  A stellar line-up of world class music acts will get Saudi Arabia to swing, rumba and rock as the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers unveils superstar names for a trio of music concerts in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) at the end of the month.

The gigs, held on three consecutive nights from January 30 – February 1, complete ‘The Ultimate Day Out’ that includes the best golfers in the world and family fun entertainment. ian-poulter-saudi-international-copy

On January 30, Belgian born DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will take to the stage at the KAEC Outdoor venue in King Abdullah Economic City, bringing a catalogue of their anthemic hits including Higher Place, Tremor and Mammoth. Over the years the award-winning brothers have left an historical mark on the electronic music scene at large, as they were recently named the World’s No.1 DJs in 2019 according to the annual Top 100 DJs Poll. While previously working with artists like Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Martin Garrix and even Hans Zimmer – the brothers collected 4 Billboard Dance #1s amongst countless gold and platinum awards.

Italian DJ Marco Carola will be joining the duo to perform one of his renowned sets, promising to keep the crowds in rhythm all night. Marco was instrumental in the development of the electronic scene in the early 90s, he took the flourishing techno Neapolitan scene to the rest of the world. Over twenty years later and Marco is still one of the most respected artists amongst the techno scene, widely regarded as one of the key factors in driving the genre towards worldwide recognition within electronic music.canadian-singer-and-songwriter-bryan-adams-copy

Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams will rock the crowds on 31 January as he takes music aficionados on a journey through his biggest tracks including Run to You, Summer of 69 and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You which became an international hit, topping charts around the globe including the UK – where it remained number one for 16 consecutive weeks, setting a record that still stands today.

Grammy Award – winning DJ and record producer Zedd will be joining the stellar line up to play some of his biggest hits including “Clarity”, “I Want You To Know” and “Stay The Night”. His meticulously detailed and carefully produced tracks are remarkably distinct, drawing from his complex musicality and diverse background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house During his career, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Katy Perry. belgian-born-dj-duo-dimitri-vegas-like-mike-copy

Latin rhythms are in store on 1 February, as the legendary Grammy Award-winning flamenco band, the Gipsy Kings, will be the first on stage to perform some of their greatest and most iconic hits including Bamboleo, Hotel California and Volare. Throughout their hugely successful career, the Gipsy Kings have sold over 25 million album copies worldwide, introducing millions of listeners to a unique and irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin beats.

Completing the line – up, Puerto Rican music sensation, Luis Fonsi, will make his Saudi Arabian debut to perform his infections reggaeton hits including the global smash hit Despasito, which has broken six Guinness World Records and is the most-watched YouTube video of all time, with over 6.5 billion views. Some of his other singles include Échame la Culpa, Date La Vuelta and Tanto, promising to thrill fans of all ages.

His Excellency Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, Chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi, said: “The Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers is set to be one of the must-attend events in Saudi Arabia’s 2020 events calendar. Not only will we welcome the world’s leading golfers and draw the attention of hundreds of millions of viewers from across the globe, off the course we will witness acts from some of the best-selling musicians of all time. It’s going to be an incredible week and, with so many other activities taking place for people of all ages, one that provides the ultimate day out whether you are currently a golfer or not.”

European golf stars confirmed for Saudi International

Ryder Cup golf legends Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood will all be returning to the Kingdom to play in the Saudi International, starting on January 30th, after making their respective Saudi Arabia debuts at last year’s tournament. The duo will be joined by victorious 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn – joining the strongest line-up on the Middle East golf swing competing for the US$3.5m prize fund.

Also returning to the Royal Greens will be world number 30 Matt Wallace and Major winners Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell, who will both be making their Saudi International debuts at the spectacular Royal Greens layout that lies along the Red Sea.

The 2020 Saudi International will boast the strongest golf line-up on the Middle East swing with world number one Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Henrik Stenson some of the other stars confirmed.

Enjoy the Ultimate Day Out for golf fans, friends and families with tickets now on sale, priced at 50 SAR per day or 160 SAR for a full tournament pass (four days), inclusive of the concerts.

For more tournament information, visit – https://www.golfsaudi.com/en-us/saudi-international/
Saudi International Partners: SoftBank Investment Advisers, Public Investment Fund
King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), SAMBA, Aramco, Saudia, Invest Saudi, GIB, STC
Rolex, Saudia Cargo, Saddik & Mohamed Attar, UMA Premium, Mix FM, Al Arabia, Nespresso, Evian, Luxury carts, Xerox

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A Canvas for Saudi Artists: KAFD Launches its Third Art Exhibition With L’Art Pur

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The ṣiyāḡah exhibition is the third installment of an ongoing partnership between the L’Art Pur Foundation and the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Art Gallery.


The exhibition features work from a wide range of upcoming and well-established artists who take inspiration from their own individual experiences, techniques, and practices.

The exhibition will open to the public on January 9th, 2020 and will run for three months.

KAFD and L’Art Pur today announced the launch of ṣiyāgah, a curated art exhibition showcasing various manifestations of a single idea. Presented for the first-time in Riyadh, ṣiyāgah will bring together typography, calligraphy, illustration, and narratives crafted by upcoming and well-established artists.

Complimenting the booming art scene in the capital, the exhibition bridges together contemporary works with prominent traditional pieces. Roughly translating to methods of composition or formulation, ṣiyāgah will provide a thought-provoking experience for visitors and art-enthusiasts. The exhibition celebrates a wide range of regional artists who take inspiration from their own individual experiences, techniques, and practices.

The carefully selected pieces include unique styles of asemic writing that will highlight the creativity of typography and calligraphy. Gallery visitors will also witness an array of illustrations and graphic designs, from elegant hand-drawn sketches to computer-generated 3D modeling. The exhibition will feature a comprehensive program including talks, discussions, and short film screenings.

Curated by Meshal Al-Obaidallah, the ṣiyāgah exhibition is the third installment of an ongoing partnership between the L’Art Pur Foundation and the KAFD Art Gallery. The collaboration aims to promote art and culture within the community by developing new platforms and initiatives for fostering creativity.

The main exhibition, located at the KAFD Art Gallery, will remain open from January 9th until March 9th, 2020. For a limited time, visitors can experience an extension of ṣiyāgah at its satellite location, just a two-minute walk through the destination’s stunning architectural scenery.

Entry to the art exhibition is free of charge and all ages are welcome. The KAFD Art Gallery is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Huawei Keeps Impressing Us With Their New 5G Products In Saudi Arabia

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HUAWEI 5G CPE and HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi Series: Huawei’s routers serve as a breakthrough in 5G deployment and accessibility for consumer devices worldwide.


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia—December 26, 2019—Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Company showcased the HUAWEI 5G CPE, HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi Pro and HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi during an exclusive Media event that took place in Riyadh and attended by a large group of journalists and social media influencers and Huawei senior executives; where the audience was treated with a full guide through and hands on to experience the features of the three devices.

In this occasion, Mr. Bill Yu, Vice President of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Company said: “Huawei’s dedication to R&D has continued to push technology and connectivity forward since the beginning, and we’re able to make advancements and drive the 5G sector even in its early stages”. He added: “We started exploring and investing in 5G back in 2009, and because of this, we’re welcoming and prepared for this new era of 5G. We’re committed to developing smart ecosystems across all sectors.”4-copy

HUAWEI 5G CPE

In delivering a superior experience, the HUAWEI 5G CPE utilizes its proprietary Balong 5000—the world’s first 5G multimode modem chipset. The power of the chipset enables the router to be the first to support commercial application of 4G and 5G dual-modes. It is the first to have the capacity to perform to industry benchmarks of peak 1.65Gbps@100MHz download speeds. The dual-mode elements allow for the device to default to 4G, should the 5G coverage not be strong enough.

To ensure consumer demands are met in terms of network accessibility and connectivity, the HUAWEI 5G CPE utilizes fiber-like up to 1.6Gbps speeds in commercial network to support ultra-high definition visual communications and immersive multimedia interactions. Additionally, the HUAWEI 5G CPE’s utilizes dedicated video channel and game accelerator channel technology, meaning video performance—even for 8K media, or Computer Graphic VR game—is never compromised.3-copy

HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi and HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi Pro:

HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi series can convert 5G network signals into Wi-Fi signals, all 4G devices including phones, tablets, and PCs will be able to enjoy the high speed of a 5G network as long as they are connected to the Wi-Fi network.

The HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi Pro packs a whopping 8000 mAh battery. The 40 W SuperCharge and 13 recharging protection measures can guarantee a safe and rapid charge. The wired and wireless reverse charging are also supported. Meanwhile; HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi has 4000 mAh battery.1-copy

The HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi series are also suitable for sharing short videos and 4k HD live streaming, which is highly dependent on uplink bandwidth that cannot be satisfied by 4G upload speeds.

Users are able to enjoy 4K HD live streaming anytime and anywhere with at least 25 Mbps upload speed, which allows all users to share important moments with friends and family without lagging, and makes quality outdoor live streaming a daily possibility for journalists, photographers, live-streamers, and drone enthusiasts.2-copy

HUAWEI 5G CPE, HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi Pro and HUAWEI 5G Mobile WiFi will be available for pre order starting from 29 December with a special gift of 5G SIM card, valid 1 month with unlimited data, & Sony Play station recharge card; at the Huawei Flagship Store in Riyadh Park, Huawei E-shop, and several authorized retailers in Saudi Arabia.

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Huawei Launches its Latest HUAWEI Nova 5T and HUAWEI Watch GT 2 in Saudi Arabia

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HUAWEI nova 5T: Huawei’s Latest Smartphone is here with 5 AI cameras and a solid performance.


Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Co. Ltd. launched its latest nova and Watch GT series the nova 5T and the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 during an exclusive launch event that took place in Riyadh and attended by a large group of journalists and social media influencers and Huawei senior executives; where the audience was treated with a full guide through and hands on to experience the beauty and features of both devices. Huawei has continued this trend with the HUAWEI nova 5T, which boasts a whole new look and promises unprecedented performance levels. 1-copy

Vice President of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Co. Ltd. Mr. Bill Yu said: “At Huawei, we are committed to introducing the latest technologies for users, and that’s why today we’re launching HUAWEI nova 5T with 5 AI cameras and solid performance in addition to other impressive features, and we’re launching the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2, Huawei’s next generation smartwatch, powered by the firm’s proprietary Kirin A1 chip, delivering an upgraded user experience and unrivalled battery life”. He added: “The two devices combine the latest advanced technologies with elegant and attractive designs that meet the real needs of consumers”.

Huawei has updated its youthful and fan-favorite nova series with a brand new device that puts together premium innovation and chic design. Geared up to refresh the series with a new life is the HUAWEI nova 5T, Huawei’s latest mid-tier smartphone that packs flagship grade hardware and performance boasting the title of a trendy flagship.5-copy

  • Pro-grade Camera: Five AI Cameras for Multi-Scenario Photography

The HUAWEI nova 5T continues the trend of camera focused devices on the nova series. This time taking it up a notch, the latest smartphone comes with 5 AI powered cameras, inclusive of a quad camera setup at the back and a powerful camera up front. On the back, the setup comprises of a 48MP HD lens, 16MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens and 2MP bokeh lens, which ensures stunning results in low-light, wide landscape shots, extreme close ups and even portrait shots with a smooth blur effect.

Additionally, the on-board AI makes it even easier to take stunning photos and videos. Capable of recognizing up to 22 scenarios by adjusting the settings requiredThe AI features also include the AIS Super Night Mode and AI HDR+ backlit photo, which results in crisp and clear photos in situations with little to no light. Users can also get creative with the AI Portrait Color mode and Super Slow-mo at 960fps, giving stunning cinematic effects to their videos such as having just the subject in color while the background is greyed out in real time and smooth slow motion recording respectively.

Similarly, the 32MP Selfie Superstar camera upfront also provides with beautiful selfies, the result of powerful camera hardware and an optimized AI system that makes the necessary adjustments for a perfect selfie. dsc07554-copy

  • Flagship-grade performance

The HUAWEI nova 5T delivers on powerful performance that makes it stand out from its competition in the mid-tier segment. Thanks to its flagship-grade hardware, the HUAWEI nova 5T ensures smooth and efficient performance even during extended use, a great plus for those smartphone gamers.

Powering the smartphone is the flagship Kirin 980, supported by 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage space. It also runs on Huawei’s EMUI 9.1, which packs in its own array of smart features that make it more user-friendly. The Huawei Nova 5T is powered by Android and ensures users’ access to their favorite applications.

In terms of battery power, the phone comes packed with a large 3750mAh battery, that can quickly recharge with the 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge, which can charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes.dsc07570-copy

  • A whole new look with a stylish and trendy design

The Huawei nova series is known for its stunning design elements and unique looks that shines amongst the mundane design ethos of the mid-tier sector. Keeping with this trend, the HUAWEI nova 5T shows off a stylish and chic look, which is inspired by its users who want a device that reflects their lifestyle and doesn’t shy away from creating its own identity.

Upfront the HUAWEI nova 5T boasts its stunning 6.26 inch All-View Display with a FHD+ resolution of 2340×1080. While this contributes towards enhancing the viewing experience, the smartphone’s slim profile (of just 7.87 mm) also makes it easier to hold, while pleasing the aesthetic fans. This slim profile is worth noting, especially since it also houses the side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Flip the phone to its back where the multi-layered 3D effect shines with a more enhanced texture with a unique reflective design. Available in three variants, Black, Crush Blue and Midsummer Purple, the HUAWEI nova 5T boasts a whole new look complete with a new logo to boot. dsc07586-copy

  • Smart features for everyday use

The HUAWEI nova 5T has a few unique tricks up its sleeve that can elevate your daily activities to a smarter level. This includes the popular GPU Turbo 3.0 feature, which is aimed at gamers as it boosts gaming performance for a more immersive gameplay. Speaking of becoming more immersive, the HUAWEI nova 5T also houses powerful Huawei Histen 6.0 3D audio technology with support for 9.1 channel Surround sound, boosting audio quality, an important feature while gaming or watching movies.

For the budding director in you, the HUAWEI nova 5T brings an AI powered Movie Editor that uses powerful AI architecture to quickly and efficiently edit your videos to a professional level.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2

Huawei Saudi Arabia also launched the much anticipated HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 during the event which will be available on the 31st of October. The Watch had been available for pre-booking in Saudi market starting from 15th, and the demand in the pre-booking stage exceeded all expectations where it has sold more than 1 Million SAR in less than 24 hours from the time it kicked off the pre-booking. Thus, Huawei has extended the pre-order till 30th of October.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 is equipped with the self-developed Kirin AI chip, offering class-leading battery life for 14 days, and a host of new features and functions including 15 sports modes, 10 training modes specifically for running, an enhanced music player and Bluetooth voice calls. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 also provides new wellness features that allow for hassle-free monitoring of a user’s heart rate, daily sleep and other attributes. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 comes with a refined fashionable integrated 3D curved glass design that made to vividly display each character in the public eye.

Consumers can purchase the HUAWEI nova 5T in Huawei Experience Stores and across Several authorized retailers at a price of 1499 SAR where they will get valuable Gift during the pre-order phase (Bluetooth Speaker, HUAWEI SuperCharge Car Charger 40W, Type C to Micro USB Adapter and 6 months Free Screen Warranty). There’s also premium purple box with FreeLace priced at 1699SAR and can be sold in the pre-order in Huawei Experience Stores, Huawei Flagship Store, Huawei E-Shop and other authorized retailers. Consumers can also pre order the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 through several authorized retailers and the Huawei E-Shop with a valuable gift of HUAWEI Sport Bluetooth Headphones (limited quantity) at a price of 899 SAR for the brown color and at 799 SAR for the black color. Both devices will be available in the local market on the 31st of October.

Huawei 14-day challenge

Huawei had also announced its 14 days challenge during the event, where you can participate in at least one of the following (plank, walking 10K, squats, indoor cycling, elliptical, rower indoor or free training according to interest of participants) by posting a photo or a video on your Instagram account by using our hashtags #HUAWEIWATCHGT2 #14dayschallenges and following our official account @HuaweiMobileKSA; starting from 31st October till 13th November 2019 to be one of the winners of the 14 HUAWEI WATCH GT 2.

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