National Plans and Initiatives

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz inaugurated the Abdulaziz Bin Musa'ed Economic City on the 13th of June 2006 in the Ha'il Area, in the north of the Kingdom. The City covers a total area of 156 million square meters and will cost a total cost of 30 billion Saudi Riyals to build. The project will provide about 30,000 jobs for youth in the Ha'il region, which will in turn double the Gross National Product. When completed, the City will serve as an important economic statement and its unique and strategic position will enable it to become an important part of the integrated regional transport and logistical system. The city will have an international airport, a railway and a land-port.
Abdulaziz Bin Musa'ed Economic City


The system issues timely alarms to customers, identifying the location and time of weather events, including torrential rains and storm forecasts.

It is a color-coded system, with each color indicating an early alarm mode:

  • Green (Advice) for possible weather condition.
  • Yellow (Alert) for the probable impact of a weather condition.
  • Orange (Advanced Alert) for an event that requires precaution.
  • Red (Alarm) for a severe weather event or torrential rain. Taking the necessary precautions as we as attention and compliance with Civil Defense instructions, is required.

By clicking the flashing icon, the system will display alarm type, location, status and description as well as forecast start and end times for the event.

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This project comes in response to the requirements of development and to keep pace with global advances in the scientific, technological and social fields. It aims to provide the drive to make a qualitative shift towards enhancing education in general and educational programs in particular. The existing education landscape has been analyzed and the conclusion has been reached of the need to upgrade, to meet needs of students, society and the labor market.

The purpose of the project is to enhance all aspects of the educational process, from the curricula on offer, to the teachers, the teaching strategies and the quality of the technological education environment. Securing the integration and consistency of courses is essential.    
There is a need to introduce and to improve thinking and life skills as students are the basic elements of the educational process. All revisions will be in line with the values espoused by the Kingdom's educational policy, especially with respect to its objectives, targets and goals.

The YESSER e-government Program is keen to support the changes that accompany the implementation of e-government transactions projects, which require the activation of technical methodologies as tools to enable the application of new procedures. This includes the need to develop the human resources of governmental agencies, so that it can keep pace with the changes, as well as change the prevailing work culture and help build an information society. Given the importance of capacity and skill-building programs in respect to e-government applications, and to support adaptation to and acceptance of the new changes, whilst maintaining of high level of productivity, responsibility and continued improvement of performance, the YESSER e-government Program launched a capacity-building and skills development initiative. The initiative will spread information technology culture and bridge the digital gap some employees face when using computers, to permit them to deal with electronic service programs and manage their implementation with a high degree of skill and professionalism.

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   The Public Pension Agency has been building the Communications and Information Technology Complex in Riyadh. Its advanced infrastructure for modern technology industries is part of the strategy of developing the IT sector in the Kingdom. The Complex will be used for technical work, the assembly and manufacture of high-tech prototypes and offer technical support services to factories, research and development projects and commercial activities like hotels, restaurants and banks. The total built area of the project is around one million square meters. The Complex is funded by the Public Pension Agency (PPA) and will accommodate the businesses, research, development and production centers of major local and global telecommunications and information technology companies, as well as provide opportunities for private and public sector to take advantage of the many features and facilities it offers investors at the local, regional and global levels. Communications and Information Technology Complex


   The Dissemination Of Digital Culture And Knowledge Lectures initiative is one of the National Plan for Communications and Information Technology objectives. It is intended to enable all segments of society to deal effectively with IT and communications.

AiAimed at bridging the digital gap and raising the awareness of individuals, as well as small and middle-sized enterprises, about the importance of telecommunications and Information Technology, the initiative is targeted at all sectors of society. Audiences of the initiative include school students (Primary, Preparatory and Secondary) and university students, as well as the wider public.

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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques directed the General Investment Authority to work in coordination with large national companies to establish an investment body for the development of the land belonging to the King Abdullah Foundation for Social Housing, east of Medina Al Munawarah, into a development serving visitors and residents of Medina and a national and world landmark. The City will highlight economic development through reliance on knowledge-based industries. A museum and market area, in addition to world-class tourist facilities will bolster its role as center of tourism, while the creation of a modern commercial area will serve Medina residents and visitors and help reduce pressure on the central area of the city. In addition, a distinctive residential area for those wishing to work, invest and stay next to the Prophet's Mosque (PBUH), will be built. The city is expected to attract investments worth 30 billion riyals and provide more than 20,000 new jobs.

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Economic Knowledge City

A website of the Quran, including interpretations and explanations by various clerics, available in seven languages, serves as a simulation of a hard copy of the Quran. Additionally, translations of the meanings of Quranic texts are available in more than twenty written languages with audio translation in three languages. Recitals by famous Quranic readers are also available. Verses can be played with ease to children and the blind. 

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The Kingdom takes a free market approach to its trading policy that places no restrictions on individual initiative or the role of the private sector in business and development. Saudi trade policy provides for trade liberation, boosting the role of the private sector, diversification of the economic base, the realization of economic stability, the avoidance of sharp fluctuations, the transfer of technology, the expansion of Economic Offset Programs and ensures economic integration between GCC countries, thus developing and maximizing the country’s commercial relationships. The national economic policy provides for diversification of the economic base by decreasing dependence on the export of crude oil.

The project provides for the planning of resources and the Ministry of Water & Electricity chose Oracle’s e-Business Suite to do the job.  Four major financial and administrative applications were selected to serve as the cornerstone for future systems. The aim is to ensure quality in performance.

The Industrial Clusters Program is one of the government initiatives that was established to stimulate the establishment and development of five industries in the Kingdom and their development:

  • Manufacture of cars and their parts.
  • Metals and steel industry.
  • Solar energy industry.
  • Plastic and packaging materials industry.
  • Home appliances industry.

The program is supervised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. The initiative aims to work to diversify sources of income, and to contribute to creating distinct job opportunities for male and female citizens, in addition to working with the authorities related to the local industry to achieve the Kingdom's vision of increasing the industry's contribution to the GDP by 20%, by the end of 2020 AD.

Launched by the Ministry of Culture and Information in coordination with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saleem Net is the first of the Ministry’s projects in the National Plan for Science and Technology and includes the production and publication of numerous animated episodes dedicated to the internet and technology, the proper use of them, and the precautions that must be taken, in addition to the production of numerous books formulated to raise awareness in a simple and concise manner, while also developing a number of educational instructions through interactive production and theatrical performances.

The project also organizes the production of a number of publications for children through the development of specialized magazines and coloring books, in addition to the distribution of the Saleem Net website, which includes a large number of games that aims to assist in the communication between the objectives of the project and the categories used, achieved through entertainment.

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The General Investment Authority has been supervising the construction of Jazan Economic City, in a strategic location on the Red Sea, 60 km north of the city of Jazan. The City is expected to attract over one hundred million Saudi Riyals of private investment from assorted sectors and will contribute to the provision of 500,000 jobs, directly and indirectly. The City is focused on heavy, energy-intensive industries and will also welcome assorted secondary industries, especially in the agricultural and fishing fields. The City plans to become a regional center for the export of iron ore and pellets to the Middle East.  

It consists of a number of integrated elements including a port, an industrial estate, logistical services, a power station, a water desalination and refrigeration plant, residential areas, an island business center, a Center of Civilization, a Corniche and sea front maritime district.

Jazan Economic City
    The King Abdulaziz New International Airport is envisaged as boosting the economy of Jeddah and of Saudi Arabia in general, turning the city into a global hub. The three-phase project, with an annual capacity of 70-80 million passengers per year using over three runways, will be completed in 2035. Main facilities include 670m2 of passenger terminals, 46 boarding gates, connected to 94 boarding tracks, world-class departure terminals designed, a hotel and shopping centers. 
   Passengers are transported automatically from check-in to the departures lounges. The modern transportation systems include a railway network for passengers and a sophisticated baggage handling system with more than 60 Km of belts. The airport features the most up-to-date air traffic control system housed in its uniquely-designed 136m tall control tower, the tallest in the world. A network of broad roads and tunnels links the airport to surroundings. Support facilities, a fueling station and a central nursery and landscaping service are also part of the plan.


King Abdulaziz New International Airport

On 02 Jumada, 1433 H, the Cabinet approved implementation of a multi-phase Public Transportation System (Metro/bus) for Riyadh. A higher committee has been established to oversee its implementation. The government of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques awarded $22.5 billion worth of contracts to three consortiums, led by major world manufacturers and vendors of metro systems, to design and implement the first metro system in the Riyadh metropolis. The giant, five-year project will signal the most profound shift in domestic transportation in the history of the country.

The project’s purpose is to reduce traffic and boost economic activity in the Riyadh metropolis. The system will enter service by 2018 and consists of 87 stations on six lines, with a total length of 176 km. Driverless, remotely controlled trains will be used. It will be the world’s largest public transportation system developed to date and is designed to carry 1.16 million passengers per day at the start of operation. Capacity will be increased to 3.6 million passengers per day within a decade.
On July 28th, 2013 the first steps were taken. HRH Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Development of Riyadh, who is also chairman of the project’s steering committee, sponsored the inauguration celebration, which was attended by a large local and international audience.

King Abdul Aziz Public Transportation System

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