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Lenovo Will Issue $2 Billion In Bonds For Planned Saudi Expansion

The company has struck a deal with PIF-owned Alat to build a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in the Kingdom.



lenovo will issue $2 billion in bonds for planned saudi expansion

Lenovo, the world’s largest PC manufacturer, will release $2 billion in convertible bonds to Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund as part of a substantial investment agreement planned to drive the Kingdom’s technological advancement.

The agreement, signed with Public Investment Fund-owned Alat, includes a new regional (Middle East and Africa) headquarters in Riyadh, an R&D center, plus a PC and server factory.

The deal will allow Lenovo to unlock “significant resources and financial flexibility to further accelerate our transformation and grow our business by capitalizing on the incredible growth momentum in the MEA region,” according to Chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang.

The Lenovo investment takes advantage of Saudi Arabia’s Regional Headquarters Program, which offers business-friendly incentives, including a 30-year tax break and access to loan programs, employment support, export credit, land solutions, and further financial incentives.

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Alat, a Public Investment Company organization launched in February, is chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and aims to promote the Kingdom as a global power in sustainable technology, covering sectors such as semiconductors, robotics, mining, smart appliances, health, the built environment, and next-gen infrastructure.

Alat aims to create 39,000 jobs in Saudi Arabia and contribute $9.3 billion to the economy by 2030. Lenovo’s expansion into the Kingdom is expected to contribute significantly to these ambitions, as it controls around 25% of the global PC market.

The Lenovo-Alat deal comes as Saudi Arabia plans to boost foreign investment to $100 billion per year as part of its Vision 2030 agenda. The government hopes to have nearly 500 global companies headquartered in the country by 2030 as it attempts to pivot from a reliance on oil production.


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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.



powerschool launches arab version of its edtech platform

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.

powerschool edtech arabic interface

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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