This is probably one of the first times an Apple iPad was used to sign a government contract in the world.
From Saudi Gazette: “(Mobily) will sponsor the â€œ2nd e-Government National Conferenceâ€ to be held under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Sept. 25-29. AbdulRahman Ghaleb, Mobilyâ€™s chief business support officer, and Engineer Ali Aal Samaa, director of the Yasser e-Government Program used an iPad to sign the sponsorship agreement. Dr. AbdulRahman Al-Jaafari, governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), attended the signing along with officials from Mobily and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology.”
“Their understanding of tech is superfluous. We use it (the iPad) as a tool to prove something not that we need it. Trust me paperless was the last thing on their mind.”
Photo credit: Alriyadh newspaper.
Arabic version of this post on SaudiMac Arabic Edition.