National Plans and Initiatives

This is a general framework for directing spatial development across the Kingdom. Prepared by Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in partnership with the UN Development Program, it represents the highest national level of urban planning practices, at the level of national and regional integration.    The strategy is intended to specify the theoretical and practical framework for keeping up with the expected increase of population in the country. The strategy focuses on achieving a balanced distribution of the population by attempting to avoid the undesired effect that result from overly-large cities, by utilizing public utilities to address the varying economic basics of the country’s regions.

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Developed by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, it works to integrate trends, policies, legislation and practices in the water sector at the national level with the main objective of addressing major challenges and restructuring the sector. It consists of a vision, strategic objectives, and accompanying programs and initiatives.

Vision and Objectives

The vision statement is: “A sustainable water sector that develops and preserves water resources, preserves the environment, and provides safe supply, high quality and efficient services that contribute to economic and social development”.
The vision statement is detailed in five strategic objectives as follows:
1. Ensure continuous access to sufficient quantities of secured water in normal and emergency situations.
2. Improving WDM in all uses.
3. Providing high quality and cost-effective water and sanitation services to ensure acceptable prices.
4. Preserving water resources and improving their use while preserving the local environment for the benefit of Saudi society now and in the future.
5. Ensuring the competitiveness of the water sector and its positive contribution to the national economy by promoting effective governance, private sector participation, localization of capabilities and innovation.

Strategic Programs and Initiatives

They were extracted from the five strategic objectives of the sector, and from an in-depth analysis of the various components, 10 main programs were developed, each of which includes a set of strategic initiatives, namely:
Program 1: Water System and Water Resources Management Regulations
Program 2: Water Resources Management
Program 3: Preparedness of the sector for emergency management
Program 4: Research, development and capacity building
Program 5: Supply Chain Efficiency and Service Quality
Program 6: Regulations for Water Services
Program 7: Restructuring the Saline Water Conversion Corporation
Program 8: Involvement of the private sector in production and wastewater treatment
Program 9: Distribution Restructuring and Private Sector Involvement
Program 10: Restructuring the Public Irrigation Corporation and Improving Irrigation

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In 1428H, he cabinet approved the grounds and terms of the National  Strategy to Protect Integrity and Combat Corruption. The strategy has come to reflect the Kingdom's objectives in dealing comprehensively with such issues. It highlights the importance of protecting integrity and combating corruption in all aspects as a means of protecting Saudi society through emphasis of religious, ethical and educational values. This requires directing both citizens and residents to observe proper  conduct and respect laws and rules to create the appropriate climate for the success of the strategy. Doing so will help support, develop and reinforce regional and international cooperation. The significant mechanisms underpinning this strategy are manifest in the establishment of the National Committee for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption

Collaborative government framework, and an innovative participatory program, that comes within the tireless and continuous work to achieve the economic goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030, and support the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The program is also a long-term investment in the future and prosperity of the Kingdom, based on the partnership relationship between the public and private sectors.
Headquartered in Riyadh and launched in March 2021, the program aims to achieve the following objectives:
1- Enhancing the role of the private sector in the sustainable growth of the national economy.
2- Assisting private sector companies to achieve their investment objectives, and accelerating the injection of investments estimated at five trillion riyals into the local economy until 2030.
3- Increasing the growth rate of the Kingdom's GDP, which contributes to the continued progress of the Saudi economy among the largest global economies, from the current eighteenth to fifteenth place.
4- Enhancing confidence in the investment system in the Kingdom.
The program is designed to be an essential part of the Kingdom's economic growth plan and national investment strategy.
A set of enabling tools have been identified across multiple areas to support corporate businesses, so that large companies can benefit from them to raise the volume of their local investments.
Benefiting from the program is optional, with evaluation criteria that clearly define eligible projects, as the program has a clear framework and directives for major companies in terms of eligibility to receive support, and major companies are working on developing specialized investment plans with the concerned ministry, which will provide the required support in order to speed up the implementation of the program. Transforming these plans into reality, and the program will be managed in accordance with the relevant directives approved by the World Trade Organization and other relevant local and international regulations and policies.
The program increases the flexibility and competitiveness of major Saudi companies at the regional and global levels, motivating them and helping them recover from the effects of the (Covid 19) pandemic. The start of the program also enhances the Kingdom's position as an enabling country for business and its supportive environment, through proactive, innovative, smart and unique steps in the region.

Launched by the Digital Government Authority in October 2021 with the aim of enhancing and enabling digital transformation plans in the government sector in the Kingdom, by developing human capabilities and skills, in line with the objectives of digital transformation, in the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030. It was launched by the Authority in partnership with the Saudi Digital Academy and the Future Skills Program of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology In addition to a selection of the best international universities, including MIT and Columbia Business School from the United States of America.
The program includes several tracks: the digital leadership track, the digital skills track, the professional training track, the electronic training track, in addition to the elite track.
Through the (Quodrat-Tech) program, the Digital Government Authority affirms its commitment to raising the digital capabilities of workers in the government sector as a strategic goal, as they are the cornerstone of the government’s digital transformation journey, in order to achieve the Kingdom’s digital leadership in the world. More

As part of Vision 2030, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and of the Qiddiya Board of Directors, announced the Qiddiya project on April 7, 2017.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, led the Qiddiya Ground-breaking Ceremony in front of a global audience on April 28, 2018.

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), a closed, joint-stock company was incorporated on May 10, 2018. Presently, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia is the 100% shareholder of the company.

Qiddiya will be a disruptive destination recognized on the world stage as the home of the most innovative and immersive experiences. Our wide range of offerings will be based on five cornerstones: Sports & Wellness; Nature & Environment; Parks & Attractions; Motion & Mobility; and Arts & Culture, making Qiddiya the capital of Entertainment, Sports and the Arts, not just in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but of the world.

Family-friendly theme parks, sports arenas suitable for international competitions, academies for sports and the arts, concert and entertainment venues, racetracks for motorsport enthusiasts as well as outdoor and adventure activities alongside nature and environment experiences are just some of the fun attractions being developed. Qiddiya will also include a variety of real estate options and community services.

In short, Qiddiya will be a place that enables the youth of Saudi Arabia to fulfill their ambitions. It will be a place where they enjoy, appreciate, aspire, advance and nurture their potential; a place that unlocks opportunities and new professional pathways to help build a more prosperous and progressive society.

Qiddiya’s 367km2 site sits on the doorstep of Riyadh. More

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) was established in 2018 as a closed joint stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a regenerative tourism destination along Saudi Arabia’s west coast, and one of three giga-projects announced in 2017.
The Red Sea Project is the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, offering an exclusive experience of unparalleled diversity for discerning global travellers. The site encompasses an archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands, miles of sweeping desert and dramatic mountain landscapes.
Our ambitious vision to deliver unforgettable, personalized experiences in a stunning environment is also matched by our commitment to:

  1. Offer access to some of Saudi Arabia’s most important cultural treasures.
  2. Protect, preserve and enhance the local environment; and
  3. Set a new standard in sustainable development.

In particular, the Red Sea Project will mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, waste production, and light and noise pollution, maintaining the destination at a level equivalent to a Marine Protected Area.
The destination’s variety of islands and coastline, rare opportunities to enjoy culture and the natural world, together with the highest-quality personalized accommodation and service, will set new standards in luxury travel and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map. For more click here.

Ryadee (Pioneer) Initiative

Ryadee (Pioneer) Initiative on education about entrepreneurship and investment in public and undergraduate education comes within the context of the ministry's endeavor to perfect the educational outputs in conformity with Saudi 2030.

Ryadee (Pioneer) Initiative links in with the sustainable development goals by its potential to achieve inclusive, equitable and high quality education for all to allow for building human resources able to achieve sustainable development.

Other objectives the initiative stands to achieve include establishment of a firm educational infrastructure that supports the achievement of the sustainable development goals, sustained gender equality in learning opportunities and contribution to raising the standard of intellectual production in order to offset loss of natural resources. More

This is a project to integrate customer services and billing country-wide. Safa integrates the quantity of each customer’s consumption with the customer database. An Oracle product (CC&B Customer Care & Billing) has been selected for use, as it is designed to enhance all customer-related business processes. The project will be unrolled in stages starting with Medina, then spreading to other regions of the Kingdom.

The Saudi Green Initiative aims to improve the quality of life and protect future generations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Since the launch of Vision 2030 in 2016, the Kingdom has taken significant steps to scale up its climate action and environmental protection.

The Saudi Green Initiative now takes efforts to the next level by unifying all sustainability efforts in the Kingdom to increase reliance on clean energy, offset the impact of fossil fuels and combat climate change.

SGI brings together environmental protection, energy transformation and sustainability programs to work towards four overarching targets to achieve a common goal of a green future. These goals contain:

1- Transforming the energy mix; 50% renewables in the Kingdom’s energy mix by 2030.

2- Reduce carbon emissions by more than 4% of global contributions.

3- Greening Saudi; Plant 10 billion trees across Saudi Arabia.

4- Protecting land and sea; Raise protected areas to more than 30% of total land area

In a whole-of-government approach, SGI works with entities and organizations across the Kingdom to amplify their existing climate actions and create opportunities for new initiatives. SGI also bridges the gap between public and private sustainability efforts, identifying opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

As a global oil producer, Saudi Arabia recognizes our share of responsibility in advancing the fight against climate change. Saudi is already engineering innovative solutions to help combat the climate crisis, and in the dawning era of renewables SGI will support the Kingdom to become an international leader in sustainability.

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A national gathering of business incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, and all parties related or interested in creating the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Kingdom. The vision of Saudi incubators and accelerators network is to be the first destination for local and international audiences who are interested in exploring and participating in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Kingdom. Its mission is building an entrepreneurial community that is impactful, sustainable, and empowering. More

Believing in the necessity of making Saudi law available to researchers and other individuals interested in legal studies, both within the Kingdom and abroad, the Bureau of Experts issued the Saudi Law Compendium, to meet the urgent need for such a resource in the field of Law in general and in legal departments at governmental institutions, in particular.

In 1422H, the Bureau of Experts formed an organizational committee and a technical team and provided the facilities required for the realization of  the idea and the first version of the Saudi Law Compendium was published.  When, several years later, some laws were subject to amendments and new laws were enacted, a new version was issued. We hope that the second version (1430 H), will be as well-received as the first.

The Compendium contains 19 Chapters, each dealing with a specific field and includes a part of the relevant legislation, including laws issued by royal decrees and orders, regulations, legislation and important general rules issued under Council of Ministers resolutions, as well as some regulations that are currently enforced or implemented, although their have not yet been fully approved. 

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It was launched by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in March 2021, and its launch comes within the framework of the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to transfer and localize satellite technologies, and KACST's endeavor to establish a strong and sustainable national space sector, to transfer and localize space technologies in line with the objectives of the Kingdom's Vision 2030.
The Saudi satellite Shaheen Sat is part of a new generation of miniaturized satellites, and it carries: a HD camera telescope and a Marine Traffic Automatic Identification System. More

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has initiated the introduction of the Saudi Initiative to Combat AIDS in GCC Countries, with the aim of enhancing opportunities for health support dedicated to combating HIV in the Gulf, being that the Gulf is an appealing region for numerous expatriates from various nationalities for multiple reasons such as work and tourism and religious rituals. These factors highlight the nations importance worldwide in relation to economic and financial impact.

The initiative was launched by the Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Executive Office of the GCC Council of Health Ministries in the wake of numerous international conferences being held over the years, which observed aspects and experiences of countries combating AIDS. The global strategies of all health division’s aim to address the different situations, discuss the causes of regional spread of infection, and work to motivate countries to develop appropriate plans to tackle the spread of AIDS according to the nature and course of the infection.

SaudiEDI system is a nationwide project founded by the Public investment fund after the royal decree approval. It aims to build a comprehensive and integrated system to exchange data electronically. A royal decree has been issued in 2009 to establish Saudi Company for Exchanging Digital Information (SaudiEDI/Tabadul) and to transfer SANAM project to the new company.

The project focuses on the international trade sector (e-trade import and export services), and it works on transferring manifest information, delivery permissions, import and export data, by safe electronic means, between the relevant government agencies such as (the General Ports Authority, the Customs Authority, laboratories, and civil defense). , Health, banks, general statistics, zakat and income, and other departments) and between private entities such as freight forwarders, customs brokers, importers and exporters.

The project provides Sanam import and export services, which consist of six services as follows: submitting the import manifest, managing the delivery order, submitting the import data, submitting the export manifest, submitting the export data, and submitting the loading permit. Consequently, these services will, God willing, be generalized to all the Kingdom's sea, air and land ports, ports and airports, as well as the dry port in the city of Riyadh.

The School Upgrade Program is a focal point of the Kingdom’s general education development strategy. It is designed to ensure the capacity building capabilities of the School Upgrade Unit at the Ministry of Education, which is responsible for improving performance across the educational community by incorporating the upgrade model at school management departments.

The upgrade program has already been introduced at 210 schools (for boys and girls) in 7 regions including Riyadh, Jeddah, the Eastern Region, Medina, Qassim, Tabuk and Sabia.

The unified electronic access service (SSO) for establishments and individuals is one of the most prominent controls in the application and implementation of e-government transactions issued within the Council of Ministers decision which stipulates that every person with a natural or legal character has a unified identification number that is included in all information systems, so that this number meets all requirements Stakeholders related to electronic transactions and e-government applications.
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