Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Drones Summit and Expo was successfully launched on 22nd April 2019 at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The summit opened up at a glorified note observing the “Who’s who?” of Drones domain from Saudi Arabia and across the globe. The Saudi drone also garnered some top notch solution providers from the Kingdom and across the globe. With 150+ Participants, the summit owned 4 different themes over 2 day comprising of Keynote speech, Panel discussions, super engaging networking sessions and tech demonstrations.
The Day 1 marked its forte on a striving opening by Day 1 Chief Guest: Dr. Omar Kaddouha, Director Flight Safety, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Day 2 opened up with the enthusiastic and inspiring note by our distinguished Day 2 Chief Guest Mr Soliman A. Al-Walaie, UAV & Robotics Leader, Saudi Aramco in presence of many other dignitaries like Dr. Naif Alduwaish, Director of DSC & UAS Program, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Ahmad Al-Maytah, International Instructor, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and many more.
Followed by the welcome note on Day 1, “Zain” our Title Sponsor and a leader in UAV solutions presented the house with a mind boggling case study and their impeccable offerings in the stream.
Our Sponsors and Partners include: Zain as Title Sponsor, GDC Middle East as Lead Sponsor, STC Specialized as Critical Communications Partner, DJI Enterprise | FalconViz, Smartworld as Associate Sponsors, Voxel as Lunch Sponsor, Geographic Technologies, Integral Drone, as Network Partners, WHITEFOX as Presentation Partner, King Abdulaziz University as University Partner and a host of exhibitors like Al Rimaya, Dronz Arabia, AlKAYAN Air Company, SATS | Saudi Advance Technical Solution.
The Summit also heard some fascinating technology presentations by many other strong UAV solution providers like – FalconViz, STC Specialized, Smartworld, Voxel who spoke on UAV DJI Enterprise Solutions, Drones Leads the Future of Technology, Protecting airspace from unmanned aerial Vehicle threats respectively.
The highlight of the opening day was the Memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between STC Specialized with Aerodyne Group & Aerial Imaging Company.
The Day 2 of “SAUDI DRONES SUMMIT & EXPO” began with an incredible keynote presentation on “UAV for Oil, Gas and Mining & Emerging UAV Technology for industrial applications” by Mr. Soliman A Al-Walaie, Domain Leader for UAV & Robotics, Saudi Aramco.
The day 2 of the summit comprised of some practical approaches by revolvingaround 2 main sessions- “Industry Outlook – Visualizing a whole new world of unmanned for man” & “Progress to Date – Understanding UAV” bought on board by variousvisionary leaders such as- Mr. Suleiman Al Dabbas, Sr. Quality and Excellence Specialist, Dubai Government, Mr. Luke Fox, UAS Standardization Steering Committee Member, American National Standards Institute etc
The zeal of the day and thrust of the show was further amplified by our eminent sponsor speakers like Dr. Zachary Peterson, Head of Autonomous Vehicle Security, WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc and Dronz Arabia who bought spotlight on their UBER offerings to our participants.
Highlight of the second day was the Panel Discussion on “UAS profitable operations – Potential progress and innovation” moderated by Luke Fox, UAS Standardization Steering Committee Member, American National Standards Institute and attended by some renowned experts as Panellists – Mr. Anis Koubaa, Professor, Prince Sultan University, Ms. Heba A. Kurdi, Associate Professor of Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science Department & Mr. Jamie Allan, CEO, Allan Panthera.
The summit hence concluded on a triumphant note setting the flag high in Kingdom and with a promise to return with more landmark services in future.
Organizers; “Explore Exhibitions & Conference” & “Dhaharan Heights” are extremely humbled for this wonderful opportunity of working and serving the Kingdom. We assure you of our impeccable and tireless service in future too and wish to continue receiving your kind support for our future work.
We are coming back soon with the “2nd Annual Saudi Drone Summit” so keep you belts fastened to fly with us again..