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Aramco Signs Quantum Computer Agreement With Pasqal

The partnership will see Pasqal install and operate the 200-qubit device in Saudi Arabia, with a scheduled deployment in mid-2025.

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Aramco, one of the world’s leading companies in the integrated energy and chemicals sector, has signed a deal with Pasqal, a global pioneer in neutral atom quantum computing, to install Saudi Arabia’s first quantum computer in the second half of 2025.

Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, Aramco EVP of Technology & Innovation, explained: “Aramco is delighted to partner with Pasqal to bring cutting-edge, high-performance quantum computing capabilities to the Kingdom. In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, we believe it is crucial to seize opportunities presented by new, impactful technologies, and we aim to pioneer the use of quantum computing in the energy sector. Our agreement with Pasqal allows us to harness the expertise of a leading player in this field as we continue to build state-of-the-art solutions into our business”.

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The 200-qubit quantum computer will initially be set to a base-level analog mode. Within the following 12 months, the system will see upgrades (known as “analog-digital mode”), which will give it even greater computational power.

Pasqal and Aramco wish to leverage the quantum computer to establish a regional center for quantum research in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to find new applications for the energy sector. The plans involve partnering with leading academic institutions to find breakthroughs in quantum algorithm development.

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Georges-Olivier Reymond, Pasqal CEO & Co-founder, stated: “The era of quantum computing is here. No longer confined to theory, it’s transitioning to real-world applications, empowering organizations to solve previously intractable problems at scale. Since launching Pasqal in 2019, we have directed our efforts towards concrete quantum computing algorithms immediately applicable to customer use cases. Through this agreement, we’ll be at the forefront of accelerating commercial adoption of this transformative technology in Saudi Arabia”.

The agreement forms part of Pasqal’s greater strategy and activity in Saudi Arabia after establishing an office in the Kingdom in 2023. During the same year, Aramco’s Wa’ed Ventures also participated in a Series B fundraising round for Pasqal.

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PowerSchool Launches Arab Version Of Its EdTech Platform

The cloud-based solution is now available to Middle Eastern users, helping schools with administrative, communication, and classroom workflows.

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PowerSchool, a leading cloud-based education software provider, today announced the launch of newly translated and localized solutions for the UAE and wider Gulf Coast and Middle East region.

Native-Arabic speaking educators will now be able to accomplish critical administrative, communication and classroom workflows using newly-updated Arabic translations, as well as access a right-to-left oriented interface, Hijri calendar overlay, and more.

PowerSchool’s platform is able to log student records and create reports in their native language, while teachers can now create enhanced, personalized lessons for their students and digital forms for parents.

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Finally, PowerSchool’s multi-language AI-powered assistant is also in development, and the company plans to launch the tool in the Middle East in the near future.

“With the UAE and other GCC countries prioritizing digital transformation in education, we are pleased to announce the availability of our educational and operational products in Arabic,” revealed Stewart Monk, Senior Vice President & General Manager, International at PowerSchool. “This also aligns with our commitment to provide mission-critical support to education leaders to provide personalized learning for students globally”.

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Along with the launch of a new Dubai office in 2023, PowerSchool seems highly invested in localized Arabic products. The latest announcement from the company strongly signals its commitment to the Middle East and GCC, and comes after the publication of its 2024 Education Focus Report, which takes a deep dive into the region’s education trends and developments.

“PowerSchool’s commitment to providing Arabic localization across its products reflects an understanding of their diverse user base and their commitment to inclusivity,” explained Mohammed Essam, PowerSchool Lead at ESOL Education. “This investment can lead to closer collaboration with educational institutions in the Middle East, fostering innovation and progress in the education sector. Overall, this is a promising direction that could benefit both PowerSchool and the educational community in the region”.

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