National Plans and Initiatives
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God have mercy on him, announced the center’s establishment on Tuesday 11/4/1427 AH, as the first center of its kind in the Middle East in terms of size and organization, and in terms of technical specifications and equipment, in order to match the largest global centers.
The center is built on an area of 1.6 million square meters. The construction work began in early 2007 and was completed in several annual stages. Upon its completion, it is hoped that the Kingdom, the world’s oil capital, will strengthen its position as the financial capital of the Middle East. The center also provides a work environment based on the newest international standards.
The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology supervises the implementation of the King Abdullah Initiative for Arabic Content, in coordination with the relevant authorities both inside and outside the Kingdom, in order to promote Arabic content, in terms of quantity and quality related to either linguistic content or the tools assigned to it.
The vision of the initiative is to promote digital Arabic content, production, and use to support the development and transformation into a knowledge-based society, while preserving the Arab and Islamic identity. It also aims to control digital content to support development and transformation, creating a society of knowledge, ensuring that all segments of society have access to electronic information and opportunities thus enhancing the cultural and civilizational digital origin and enabling the production of rich Arabic e-content to assist Arab and Islamic societies.
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.
The Cabinet, in its session on December 8, 2020, approved the labor market strategy.
It focused on bringing about radical reforms in the labor market in its public and private sectors, and included packages of initiatives, and its scope was based on increasing the rate of economic participation, raising skills and productivity and improving market efficiency, in addition to its consistency with the vision realization programs and the objectives of the Kingdom's Vision 2030.
The strategy’s vision stipulates that the Saudi labor market will be an attractive job market for local and global talents and capabilities, providing citizens with productive job opportunities and a decent life, and promoting the transition to a diversified and prosperous economy that transcends all the challenges of today and the future.
Its main objectives are to reduce unemployment, increase productivity, increase participation, and increase market efficiency, through reform initiatives that include: improving working conditions and the climate for growth and investment, revitalizing the labor market, planning occupations, setting occupational standards, a system for skills, recruitment, and an employment system.
"The Line" is a series of interconnected cognitive communities enhanced by artificial intelligence, free of carbon emissions, and without noise or pollution, or vehicles and streets, extending 170 km from the coast of Neom in the northwest of the Kingdom at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, and passing the Neom mountains and desert eastward.
The importance of the project’s location on the Red Sea is evident in that it is at the crossroads of the world in the northwest of the Kingdom, which supports the NEOM site to be a global center for innovation, as 40% of the world’s population can reach NEOM in less than 4 hours, and about 13% of the World trade traffic passes through the Red Sea.
The design aims to make walking an essential way of life, and the entire mixed-use development will contribute to easy access to public facilities and parks, as well as the surrounding nature of the communities. This unique design is a paradigm in perceptual societies design, re-humanizing urban life and enabling living in harmony with nature in the twenty-first century and beyond.
The project relies on a smart infrastructure that is harmonious with the surrounding environment, as it operates completely on various types of renewable energy, creating a healthy environment free of pollution and noise, while providing access to the surrounding environment within a 5-minute walk from anywhere in the project.
The "The Line" project is an effective model in responding to the urgent challenges facing humanity, and is based on adopting innovative methods based on artificial intelligence and advanced technologies in building human-friendly cognitive societies, and placing community prosperity, nature conservation and achieving sustainability as primary priorities in its design in line with the pillars of NEOM goals.
The "The Line" project will constitute a solid foundation for building a knowledge economy to incubate competencies, scientific minds, and skills from various fields to serve humanity.
"The Line" will contribute to NEOM by adding 180 billion Saudi riyals to the GDP by 2030, and will create 380,000 jobs by 2030.
Among the characteristics of the project:
1- The Line project is operated using 100% renewable energy so that the responsibility to preserve the environment is an integral part of legislative laws and regulations that promote sustainable practices at all levels.
2- Communities designed around people and their comfort, not vehicles, that can be easily navigated because of their design designed to stimulate walking, creating new horizons of beauty and tranquility.
3- Infrastructure of services that will include high-speed transportation, freight services, energy, water, health services, information technology, and others, to be integrated in a way that provides walking spaces and reduces noise, congestion, and pollution.
4- Cognitive communities will be built on top of backbone infrastructure, providing quick and easy mobility to The Line communities, as well as easy and quick access to nature.
5- Mixed-use residential neighborhoods, facilitating residents' access to all facilities that meet their daily needs within a short walking distance.
6- Cognitive societies that live in harmony with nature, in which parks, gardens, the environment, and sustainable food production meet.
7- All businesses and societies are coherently connected through a digital framework that includes artificial intelligence and robotics, which in turn creates a platform for collective intelligence that enables continuous learning and growth – this intelligent system uses and analyzes 90% of the data collected, providing systems that are predictable and not just interact .
The long-term strategy of the national economy (2025 AD) came as the culmination of extensive consultations and analyzes, and it is a long-term strategy with specific goals and objectives, framing the next four five-year plans until 1444/1445 AH (2024), and representing four interrelated and integrated stages, each of which establishes the stage that It is followed by the realization of a comprehensive economic and social vision defined by the end of the strategy period.
The main motives behind adopting the long-term strategic planning methodology at this particular time are the articulation of the stage in which the Kingdom is going through with its local, regional and global dimensions, which require, at the local level, the completion of building the components of sustainable development as soon as possible, and efficient dealing with the challenges that have emerged during recent years, represented in the necessity of comprehensive and productive employment of the national labor force, and the improvement of the standard of living.
On the external level, strengthening the position of the national economy and its integration with the regional and global economy are the most prominent challenges for the next stage, in addition to dealing efficiently with the globalization movement in its various dimensions. The importance of defining a comprehensive national vision that represents the goal of the long-term strategy comes from the fact that it constitutes a focus for all segments of society and its effective forces focus their efforts and mobilize their capabilities to confront these challenges and achieve goals and objectives.
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The Made in Saudi program is a National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) initiative led by the Saudi Export Development Authority (Saudi Exports), that launched in March 2021, and it aims to help local businesses grow, by encouraging local consumers to buy more locally made products, and helping businesses increase their exports to priority markets.
Under one unified brand, the Made in Saudi program will bring significant opportunities for businesses to expand their reach and promote their products domestically and globally.
The program is a celebration of our Kingdom’s technical innovation, creative talent, and business acumen. Collaborating through the platform, members will help push our economy forward. Using the Saudi Made logo, members will project a positive image of our country around the world.
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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.
The Cabinet approved the strategy for the military industries sector in April 2021, and it relies on three main pillars with which the tasks of the sector are determined, according to the organization of the General Authority for Military Industries.
The management of military procurement operations is one of the first pillars that aims, through its close work with the local authorities concerned with the military and security sector, to enhance procurement operations by achieving efficiency in spending and ensuring that the localization of the industry remains at the forefront of priorities, and to support the capabilities of the local manufacturer, in addition to unifying best practices across the military authorities and taking advantage of the combined purchasing power of the sector in order to provide the best contractual terms with suppliers.
The military industries pillar comes second, through which the authority seeks to localize military industries in the Kingdom, and the authority aims to reach a localization rate of more than 50% of the Kingdom’s spending on military equipment and services by 2030, by identifying 11 target areas in the industry, and formulating frameworks a global organization that aims to enhance transparency and encourage investment in the promising military industries sector in the Kingdom, by enhancing exports and enabling the sector through long-term planning for military procurement, in addition to providing support to local manufacturers and issuing manufacturing and export licenses.
Military research and technology comes as a third pillar, as the authority seeks to build national capabilities by strengthening the local infrastructure for research and development, identifying priority technologies, stimulating the process of developing human capital, providing appropriate educational opportunities, and establishing research centers and national laboratories specialized in the field of military industries.
The authority, in cooperation with its relevant partners, was able to identify 7 research areas, from which 21 target technologies are branching, which it is working to develop and localize during the next five years.
The Modern Building Initiative was launched as part of the housing system, to lay the main pillars to support the transformation process from traditional to modern construction, and to invest in advanced technologies and contribute mainly to keeping pace with industrial development.
This comes in order to enable the citizen to find a home that meets the aspirations in record time, with high quality and at a competitive cost. More
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.
It sets a comprehensive framework to activate radical solutions to raise the sector's performance and protect the environment and its sustainability.
The strategy aims to enhance the sector’s effectiveness, raise the level of environmental commitment for all development sectors, reduce pollution and negative impacts on the environment, develop natural vegetation cover, combat desertification, protect wildlife, preserve biodiversity, enhance private sector participation to raise the quality of services, support the economy, stimulate innovation, and promote The national capacity to adapt to climate change, raise environmental awareness, enhance the role of associations and volunteer work, and improve the quality and scope of meteorological services. More