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LEAP 2024 Investments Surge To A Historic $11.9 Billion

The funding will focus on emerging technologies, cloud computing, and data centers.

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LEAP 2024, recognized as one the world’s leading technology conferences, has revealed a substantial $11.9 billion in investments that will be used to advance deep and emerging technologies, foster innovation, and bolster cloud computing both within Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world.

These investments serve to boost Saudi Arabia’s standing as the largest market in the MENA region and a digital powerhouse that has attracted attention from prominent enterprises such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM, DataVolt, and ServiceNow. A significant portion of the funds will be allocated towards enhancing digital competency within Saudi Arabia and supporting up-and-coming tech startups.

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During the inauguration of LEAP 2024’s four-day event at the Riyadh Exhibition & Convention Centre in Malham, H.E. Eng. Abdullah Alswaha, the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), revealed the unprecedented sum of investments. The event, which will conclude on March 7, is also anticipated by organizers to surpass its own attendance record set in 2023, with over 172,000 visitors.

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Minister Alswaha emphasized the steadfast support from HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman to both the Saudi and global tech sectors, aligning with the objectives outlined in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

LEAP 2024 Investment Highlights:

  • Amazon Web Services: Has announced a $5.3 billion commitment towards establishing a new cloud zone in Saudi Arabia.
  • Datavolt: Has put forward a $5 billion investment earmarked for new data centers in the Kingdom, boasting a combined capacity exceeding 300 megawatts.
  • IBM: Plans for a $250 million investment to establish a global software development center within Saudi Arabia.
  • ServiceNow: Intends to inject $500 million into localizing its regional services in the country and enhancing the skill sets of local talent.

Dell Technologies also announced a new manufacturing and fulfillment center in Saudi Arabia, while Aramco unveiled the Saudi Accelerator Innovation Lab (SAIL), a collaborative effort with MCIT aimed at bolstering the Kingdom’s digital capabilities and further solidifying Saudi Arabia’s position as a thriving digital epicenter.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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