National Plans and Initiatives
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.
In accordance with the YESSER e-Government Program’s executive work plan, a communications network for e-Government transactions needed to be established. This network was envisioned as interconnecting government agencies with the e-Government Data Center, which has been set up according to the highest international technical and security standards, as host for the National e-Government Saudi Portal and the YESSER e-Government Program. This network enables the e-Government Data Center to be the effective, cost-saving unifying link for interconnecting all government agencies.
Saudi Arabia has been keen to use open source software (free software). The CIT national plan describes the open source software as “software that can be freely accessed and edited. It does not belong to the ownership of any party”.
In its third year, the plan’s objective provides for “ Development of the CIT industry, concentrating on strategic areas and encouraging business enterprises”. The policies to meet this objective include: Boosting the efforts of CIT localization. A project entitled “Supporting open source software industry” has emerged therefrom.
The plan describes the project as seeking to “encourage local programming industry depending on free software for its programing requirements and creating a thriving market through selling of services and technical support and cost saving by becoming less dependent on software licenses for over-the-shelf-software. The project seeks to adopt supporting of open source applications, research and development in this area”.
King Abdul Aziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) is taking care of this project. It has established the National Program for the Technologies of Free and Open Source Software dubbed (Motah). The program encourages and boosts using of free and open source software through creation of partnerships with several partners from both the public and private sectors in order to meet the program’s objectives. The program provides and facilitates various activity aspects of the free and open source software e.g. developing and supporting of software, building of open source resources, establishing of software digital library and supporting of research in the area of open source software.
Considering the crucial significance of this matter, an initiative for identification and using of open source software has been included in the e-Government 2nd Action Plan.
Noor allows Saudi schools within the kingdom and abroad to conduct the electronic processing and auditing of grades of students. The purpose of the project is to establish a comprehensive IT system for the educational process, based on the latest development in education management systems.
Noor covers all schools under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. The system will provide a number of e-services to students, parents, principals and decision makers and it generates reports and information on demand.
JUSUR is an integrated software package provided by the National Center for e-education and Distant Learning. The Center is responsible for management of the e-education process from registration and scheduling to linkage, tracking, communication and examinations. Students are able to review their scores and duties and teacher are able to build and administer e-examinations to students and management, using its education management systems. This includes education content management, an environment through which stockpiles of education units can be managed and used to develop educational material.
These systems include search capacities that enable researchers to conduct their work and to ensure expeditious access to texts and all mediums necessary to build education content.
| 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.
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.
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.
Under development by the Um Al-Qura University for the last five years, this project compiles all Masters and Doctoral theses presented at Saudi universities, as well as seven academic journals of different disciplines, as well as texts written by faculty members. Original manuscripts are also stored on Microfilm. The library amounts to more than four million pages in total.More information
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.
Under the supervision of the King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology, in coordination with relevant agencies inside and outside the Kingdom, the King Abdullah Initiative for Arabic Content is focused on elevating both the quantity and the quality of Arabic-language content available. Its objectives lie in reinforcing the production and use of digital Arabic-language content, both in support of the development and transformation of Saudi Arabia into a knowledge-based society and in helping sustain Arab and Islamic identity in a globalized world. A further goal is to utilize digital content to disseminate information electronically, in a way that reaches all segments of society, whilst building a rich cultural and digital repository for Arab and Islamic societies.