Al-Faisal launches the sixth session of the Makkah Cultural Forum


Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince of Makkah, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will launch tomorrow at the Emirate’s headquarters in Jeddah, the sixth session of the Makkah Cultural Forum under the title “How to be a role model in the digital world,” which comes as a continuation of the forum’s theme in the last session, after the successes that have been achieved and resulted in more than 611 technical initiatives. Governmental and private agencies and individuals participated in its implementation in the region, in addition to implementing many programs that benefit from recent developments in communications and information technologies.

In its current session, the forum aims to build positive communication and enrich content in digital media, in addition to supporting the use of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity for applications that enhance the “smart Mecca,” and contributing to activating the role of universities and relevant authorities to acquire modern digital skills and harness them to serve the region and its residents and visitors.

The programs and events of the forum during the previous session and its theme “How to be a role model in the digital world”, in which several parties participated, most notably the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence “SDAYA” and the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity “Mawhiba” resulted in initiatives and programs that enhance the concept of role models. In the digital world, and raise the level of use of digital systems in the region in the areas of health, education, Hajj and Umrah, services, values, ethics, culture and media.

The forum witnessed the establishment of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology “KAUST” challenge competition, which aimed to find ideas and digital solutions for Hajj and Umrah, and the Makkah Digital Gateway Competition for Research and Innovation, which was hosted by King Abdulaziz University and resulted in the submission of 20 research papers that promote innovative scientific solutions in aspects of national belonging, digitization, and artificial intelligence. And digitization in the field of Hajj and Umrah services, and systems development in the field of cybersecurity, e-learning and distance education, in addition to digital systems in preserving the environment.

It also contributed to motivating entities and individuals in the region to create smart phone applications and digital electronic platforms that enhance the use of technology in the region. The forum also worked to attract local and international scholars in the digital field, in addition to organizing 234 training courses that benefited more than 46,000 residents of the region.

During the Makkah Programming and Artificial Intelligence Days, competitions were held in which teams from universities and university colleges in the governorates of the region participated, and during which challenges were presented in the sectors of Hajj and Umrah, tourism, entertainment and services. Makkah region and its provinces.

The forum concluded its activities with the establishment of the Makkah Region Digital Projects Exhibition, where, for the first time, the conclusion of the emirate’s programs and events was unified in one week, and the exhibition provided an overview of human-building projects and the development of the place in the region.

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