This section displays the Kingdom’s efforts to provide geospatial information and systems, interactive maps related to health, education, environment, roads, airports, and water, while also providing access to the interactive map of the General Authority for Statistics to learn about available services throughout the Kingdom. It will also provide information about the Renewable Resources Atlas e-service, developed by King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, in addition to the national spatial data infrastructure, which affect the quality of life and sustainable development.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes in the importance of geospatial information in decision-making, and its impact on the quality of life, and the achievement of sustainable development plans of Vision 2030. Therefore, it was keen to cover the main areas related to geospatial information, namely, trends in geospatial information management, future digital infrastructure, artificial intelligence and big data, technical analytical data, future trends in data creation, management and development of policies and legislation, skills requirements and training mechanisms, and the role of the private and non-governmental sectors, and the future role of governments in the provision and management of geospatial data, as well as in the requirements of future users.
National Geospatial Strategy
The national geospatial strategy has been worked on with a clear vision, achievable goals and a road map for the Kingdom for geospatial empowerment in order to ensure maximum benefits from integrated geospatial information and knowledge in all sectors, through many initiatives. For more information, click here.
Geospatial information is supportive and provides the required possibilities to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030
Based on what was stipulated in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to “extend the scope of electronic services provided to include other services such as geographic information systems, health and educational services”. The vision emphasized the importance of geospatial information as a supportive and enabling tool for initiatives to enhance digital government as “everything happens somewhere”.
Geospatial information also contributes to empowering sectors and many digital fields through geospatial data, applications and spatial analytics, training teams, which leads to raising efficiency, improving services and business, and making location-based decisions.
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The importance of geospatial information to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Geospatial information is one of the most important parts of providing societal, economic and environmental data to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include: zero poverty, zero famine, a decent life and good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, clean and affordable energy, decent jobs, economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, and sustainable cities and communities.
These goals also include an overview of responsible production and consumption, climate conservation, marine life, wildlife, peace, justice, strong institutions, and partnerships to achieve these goals.
More information on the websites of the General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information, and the Saudi Geological Survey.
The National Geospatial Platform
The General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information has developed the National Geospatial Infrastructure Window (National Geospatial Platform), which allows users to register to view the various national geospatial data layers related to planning and development, agricultural environment, transportation, security and safety, social, health, educational and cultural services, and commercial plots, and plots of land, through an interactive dashboard and statistical data, and the ability to connect with this platform through various software. For more information and to view the data, click here.
The authority also offers a set of activities to serve the various sectors in the Kingdom to include the following activities:
- The Official Map of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its international land borders.
- National Geodetic Infrastructure: It is a system of technologies, methods, tools and services that exist for the purpose of sustainable development and the application of the Kingdom's national spatial reference SANSRS.
- Hydrographic Charts: They include paper and electronic marine navigation charts with different drawing scales, including Saudi port charts, coast approach charts, coast maps, high seas charts, coastal area management charts, and marine publications containing tide tables, sailing direction, and information on navy aid.
- Base maps: concerned with studying the vast lands of the Kingdom and its topography, and other details that include,for example, urban population centers, isolated and rural buildings, transportation networks and facilities, their distances and destinations, as well as communications and electricity networks and facilities, industrial and agricultural facilities, cultivated areas, and water resource and natural drainage facilities, vegetation coverage, natural features of the surface and topography of the coverage area, heights above sea level in metres, names of places, landmarks and natural and industrial appearances.
- The National Tide Gauge Network: Provides tidal monitoring data during marine surveys, and then conducts analyzes and uses special programs to give accurate future values of astronomical tides, and in turn, these data play an important role in defining maritime borders between countries, such as determining the baseline, the coast, the borders of regional, economic, and international waters, and the determination of the islands and their areas.
- The National Network of Continuous GPS Monitoring Stations: It aims to provide accurate and reliable positioning services across the Kingdom, as well as calculate, publish and maintain the KSA-GRF17 National Geodetic Reference.
A reliable repository of national geological and topographic data for the Kingdom provided by the Saudi Geological Survey, covering the fields of geological maps, geological survey maps, geoengineering maps, spatial information, geographic information systems, earth science databases, remote sensing, earthquakes, volcanoes, and other data.
Includes geological and topographic maps, mineral deposit’s locations (MODS), geochemical and geophysical data, drilling sample data, mineralization locations of mineral and non-mineral deposits, and related information, such as: importance, concentrations, administrative boundaries, and other information. For more information, click here.
The national network for earthquakes and volcanoes covers all parts of the Kingdom, and the stations are concentrated in the west of the Kingdom, where most seismic activities occur in addition to the presence of hazards. Stations were installed extensively in the north of Yanbu city in the Harrat al-Shaqa region, with the aim of monitoring earthquakes related to the recent tectonic volcano problem in the region, the network can monitor earthquakes of less than two degrees; To determine the place of occurrence in any region of the Kingdom. For more information, click here.
Secretariats and Municipalities Maps
The Balady platform of the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing provides various services related to municipalities and municipalities in various regions of the Kingdom, including maps of municipalities and secretariats , which include access to services, roads, urban scope, neighborhoods, and municipal boundaries, with the ability to print and show coordinates of any place by clicking on it and sharing Locations with others through the map. For more information and to view the data, click here.
It provides a rich set of spatial data and information, the results of studies, research, and electronic services, in the urban, environmental, service fields, transportation, disaster risk management and urban security, to support policy makers, decision makers, planners, researchers and scholars in government agencies, the private sector, civil society institutions, and residents of the Riyadh region in various development fields.
Historical maps include base maps, hydrographic, satellite and aerial photographs, land use, building systems, strategic plans, population, education and income, transportation and traffic, urban security, public utilities and services, environment, water, and climate.
An interactive map provided by the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh, which enables the beneficiary to view the unified digital map of the building regulations and land use in the city, which provides information on the plot of land, the plot number, the controls and requirements and uses.
An electronic service provided by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, which enables the beneficiary to view a detailed geographical guide for the city of Riyadh.
Atlas of Renewable Energy Resources
An e-service provided by King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy that enables individual users, investment companies around the world and government agencies, to request access to historical geographical data and recent climatic information of weather phenomena, especially regarding solar and wind energy sources for the various regions of the Kingdom.
National Address Maps
The Kingdom has adopted national addresses, and (Saudi Post - SPL) has developed the national address to represent a unique and unified spatial identity for every building and facility in the various regions and cities of the Kingdom, for an individual, car, ambulance, or shipment, etc, and the delivery of passports, national identity cards, driver's licenses and other services.
Telecom Coverage Maps
It is an electronic service provided by the Communications and Information Technology Commission, which provides an interactive map that enables users to inquire about the types of telecommunications and Internet services (such as: third generation, fourth generation, fifth generation, optical fiber, and fixed phone), and the level of coverage for these services from operators and service providers in the Kingdom. It also enables the user to evaluate the level of services and measure the speed and experience of the Internet. To benefit from this service, click here.
Maps of Schools and Special Education Centers
Interactive maps provided by the Ministry of Education to show the locations of schools and educational facilities in the Kingdom by region, governorate, gender (governmental, private, foreign education), and education system. It is also possible to view the sites of special education schools for students with disabilities.
Interactive maps provided by the Ministry of Education to show the locations of schools, institutes and programs for special education and people with disabilities in various education departments in the Kingdom, covering all educational levels from kindergarten to secondary school, and for both genders.
Maps of Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
An interactive maps provided by the Ministry of Health to show the locations of hospitals, health centers, maternity centers, centers for people with disabilities, mental health hospitals, and others.
An interactive platform developed by the Ministry of Health, which allows the viewing of the numbers of daily cases of Covid-19 in the Kingdom, including those who have recovered, new infections, critical cases, examinations, intensive care cases, and others. The platform also allows viewing of cumulative data of cases of injury, recovery, death, and others, and connection of the API to other platforms and entities.
The National Road Safety Center, which is one of the initiatives of the National Transformation Program, has built a digital information platform called the "Road Safety Observatory" or Marsad Platform, to be a supportive and reinforcing nucleus of the existing efforts to improve the level of road safety in the Kingdom. The observatory aims to enable decision makers to take effective measures in real time, to reduce the problems affecting the safety of road users, by employing the latest artificial intelligence techniques in collecting and analyzing road accident data and information, and linking data from its various sources, such as: accident data, traffic, and medical data. The observatory provides the possibility of issuing two types of digital maps, the first is maps of dangerous sites in which accidents accumulate remarkably, or what is known as “accident hotspot” maps, which were previously known as “black points”, by adopting modern engineering methods. The second map is a predictive digital map that enables specialists to identify sites with high risks as a proactive measure to address it.
A map showing the road network in the Kingdom containing information about the main cities and villages, the road network, its numbers, distances and directions, as well as a table of distances between major cities, and the frequently used warning signs on the roads.
An interactive map provided by the General Authority of Civil Aviation that enables the user to view the distribution of airports in the Kingdom according to geographical areas, with an indication of the type of airport (international, domestic).