National Plans and Initiatives
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.
| 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.
|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.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has issued royal decree no. 35/A, dated 3/5/1431H, which calls for establishing the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy for purely peaceful purposes.
Headquartered in Riyadh, the City is a specialized scientific conglomeration administratively linked to the Premier. Its goal is to contribute towards the Kingdom's sustained development by exploiting atomic and renewable energy science, research and industries for peaceful purposes. It is hoped this will improve the welfare of Saudi society and life in general. The city will support research and scientific development, in addition to introducing new technology to the country.
Within its general activities, the City will work in coordination with other centers of research in Saudi Arabia and will hold conferences. It will also attempt to set priorities and national policies in the fields of atomic and renewable energy, to better build a strong Saudi scientific and technological base that will contribute to the provision of power and desalinated water, as well as work on technologies of interest to medical, industrial, agricultural and mineral fields. Working in collaboration with other government sectors and agencies, the City will focus on developing the relevant national competencies and skills.
The Saudi Digital Library is a pioneering project that emerged from the National E-education and Distant Learning Center. It provides for enhancement of the education process in Saudi Arabia through support of education and learning facilities in general, and e-education in particular, by ensuring that researcher’s requirements can be met.
Moreover, the Library augments skills and contributes to the building of a knowledge community, by saving of time and effort with respect to education, learning and research. It serves e-education by supporting e-courses through digital textbooks that are valuable to both student and teacher.
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The Library enhances and disseminates awareness and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and is comprised of more than 90,000 e-book titles by famous world publishers. Its full contents are accessible to students and university faculty and staff.
The largest construction project in the Kingdom, the King Abdullah Economic City has adopted a modern architectural style to emerge as one of the most important economic cities in the world. The City will be home to nearly two million people, and will take about 20 years to complete. Construction began in 2006 and is expected to end in 2025.
The first stage extends over a period of 5 years from 2006 until 2011. Ultimately, the KAEC will include a seaport, an industrial zone, a central business district, a resorts and facilities area, residential neighborhoods, and scientific and research institutions.
The initiative is designed to maintain food security and circumvent any future food crisis by taking action to secure the country's food supplies. It provides for the secure storage of strategic commodities including rice, wheat, barley, corn, soya beans, as well as livestock.
The initiative also mandates maintaining price stability for essential food products. The government has taken a number of actions to tackle the issue of potential food scarcity and seeks to cement national food security through this initiative.
| One of the three largest botanical gardens in the world, the King Abdullah International Gardens will cover a total area of about 2 million square meters and consist of a range of different ‘world’ gardens, of specific scientific, cultural and environmental interest, that represent all kinds of different climates. In addition, its aquariums and parks will be home to a wide variety of animal life, from birds and butterflies to fish and reptiles. Aimed at the scientific community and the public alike, visitor amenities will include markets, theaters, meeting halls, coffee shops, children’s playgrounds and other services.
Displays will include a botanic garden with its own museum, a seed bank, a gene bank, scientific parks, an international garden, water gardens, a Valley-walk and open areas for strolling and picnicking places. Observation towers will permit visitors to enjoy all gardens, without placing either flora or fauna under stress. The gardens are expected to become a major tourist attraction and serve as a reflection of tourist projects in Riyadh and Saudi Arabia in general. This mammoth project represents a huge leap in the conception of large-scale tourism and recreation in the Kingdom, and in addition to residents, will attract visitors from neighboring countries.
This project is a systematic overhaul for the development of a number of government sectors, judicial and financial entities, including amongst others, the ministries of Justice, Finance and Civil Service in addition to the Experts Authority and the Supreme Committee for Administrative Organization. Each of these entities must specify which mechanisms serve the project in terms of developing the judiciary within the bounds of an independently-allocated budget amounting to SR7 billion. It will help towards the comprehensive development and improvement of both the Judiciary and the Diwan Al-Mathalem.
The project is distinguished by the importance it places on the principle of judicial independence and in assigning the Supreme Judicial Council to supervise over all judges and other related departments and sectors. It is further marked by its decision to elevate judicial credits, as well as for introducing a number of innovative specializations for judges, which will serve to reinforce the notion of specialization, to the benefit of judges and court audiences.
Located in the northeast of Jeddah province and established by royal decree in 2009 it is due for completion in 2014. The project is comprised of unique sport facilities that will raise sporting ability in Saudi Arabia. With several halls and training grounds that feature modern technologies, the facilities entail a qualitative shift in the Saudi sport landscape. With it unique design and 60 thousand spectator capacity, the 3 million square meter grounds will host local, regional and international sporting championships that meet FIFA standards.
HD monitors and TV studios overlook the site, which also includes as assortment of well-known global and local restaurants and business, a separate Olympic training ground, indoor sport halls that accommodate 10 thousand spectators, festival and conference halls, a large mosque, sporting academies and car parks capable of accommodating up to 8,000 vehicles. Construction is taking place around the clock, with those in charge of the project guaranteeing the quality and efficiency of the development.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz officially opened this international research university offering post-graduate studies on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. KAUST is envisaged as starting a new era of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, to the benefit of the region and the world. The University is supported by a healthy endowment of several billion dollars and is governed by a permanent and independent Board of Trustees and it welcomes eligible men and women from all over the world. KAUST seeks to implement research in strategic disciplines focusing on areas of science and technology of specific interest to the Kingdom, as well as to the region and the world, namely: natural resources, energy, the environment, bioengineering, engineering and material science, applied mathematics and computer science. The University has established multi-disciplinary research centers to support these disciples and grants degrees in 11 fields. The main campus occupies an area of more than 36 million square meters in Thuwal, along the Red Sea Coast, about 80 kilometers north of Jeddah.
This online Encyclopedia contains information on medical matters, nutritional systems, a healthy lifestyle, access to medical care, as well updates on
the latest relevant news and events. It includes customer-friendly personal services and interactive applications and is designed to meet the needs of specifically targeted categories (i.e. men, women and children) and has been tested for accessibility to ensure it responds to the user needs.
Nurses and doctors can use its content to improve communication with their patients. The site has been developed to contain an enormous amount information to help understand the potential consequences of taking certain medications.
This initiative is launched by Ministry of Commerce & Investment in collaboration with (Thiqa) company for business services. The main objective of the initiative is to maximize success opportunities of the online stores and facilitate communication between the stores and their customers. The initiative is useful to all individuals involved in e-commerce whether they are sellers or buyers. All can sell and buy through the electronic platforms and advanced communication devices. While registration is free of charge, there are no particular conditions for registration in this service.
This service boosts creditability of e-commerce and e-business since its website is a credible shopping platform to all buyers. The dealer will be provided with an icon to document his/her accounts in his own e-platforms. Moreover, the buyer can review accounts of dealers that are registered in the service and all their platforms and accounts that are integrated to the service. He/she can also review evaluation and feedback from previous customers.
Launched by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, the initiative aims to explain the role CIT plays in the lives of contemporary communities, by expanding media coverage of CIT issues and elaborating the role of CIT in the media.
Target audiences include CIT reporters at local newspapers and selected reporters from the CIT business sector.
In choosing to adopt free open-source software technology, KACST is aiming to encourage its general introduction and will create partnerships with public and private sector parties for the provision of the logistic, technological, legal and strategic services need to meet the initiative’s objectives.
KACST hopes to increase engagement in developing national policies on open source criteria and technologies. A digital library will be established that depends on open content and open access. Additional objectives include increasing awareness of open source software, open criteria, open content and open access, providing technical and consultant service mechanisms to government sectors that decide on a partial or total switch to open source software or open criteria. It will also assist in developing and providing training programs on free open-source technologies and support research and development on open-source software for meeting local and regional needs. It will also provide for cooperation with national CIT incubators in order to support and encourage promising micro and medium-sized enterprises that employ open-source technologies. Endeavor will be made to introduce concepts of open-source software in CIT education programs.