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 13/6/2006G | 17/5/1427AH in the Ha'il Area, north of Saudi Arabia. The city covers a total area of 156 million square meters and will cost 30 billion Saudi Riyals to build. The project will provide about 30,000 jobs for youth in the Ha'il region, double the Gross National Product. The City will serve as an important economic factor. It’s 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.
It is an ultra-luxury place hidden in plain sight on Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast, Amaala will be a place of self-transformation. Its three communities are easily accessible by air, road, and sea; and connected to the iconic marinas of the Mediterranean Sea.
Operating under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) Development Management Organisation established the blueprint for Amaala as an ultra-luxury destination along the Red Sea.
With initial seed funding provided by PIF, private sector companies and market investors are invited to invest in the destination and operate its facilities. The development broke ground in 2020 and all phases will be completed in line with the realisation of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
Amaala redefines what a luxury destination can be. For more information.
The Red Sea
It is the world's most ambitious and exciting tourism and hospitality project: a luxury destination created around one of the world's last hidden natural treasures, it is one of the projects backed by the Public Investment Fund.
The destination, which is being developed by Red Sea Global, sits over 28,000 km² of pristine lands and waters and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 islands and will set new standards in regenerative tourism and sustainable development, creating unique travel experiences and unforgettable memories. With sustainability at its core, supporting infrastructure emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use.
The strategy aims to achieve a comprehensive and unprecedented development renaissance for the region by pouring 50 billion riyals into various investments, to provide vital projects with financial support and developing tourist attractions on the lofty peaks of Asir.
The strategy also aims to transform the region into a global tourist destination throughout the year, attracting more than 10 million visitors from inside and outside Saudi Arabia by 2030, exploiting the region’s huge tourism potential that will be invested through quality tourism projects. To highlight its lofty peaks along with its geographical and natural diversity, and to reveal its cultural and heritage richness.
The strategy seeks to attract investments from inside and outside Saudi Arabia, which in turn will contribute to creating an effective economic movement; By activating an integrated system to facilitate procedures and enhancing the role of tourism and culture; As major drivers of economic development in Asir.
Implementing the strategy by 2030 will contribute to providing new job opportunities, raising the quality of life, and upgrading basic services and infrastructure in the region, including communications, health, transportation and other capabilities.
A non-profit specialized initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, which aims to spread digital awareness among all members of society. The initiative allows you to join the Attaa Digital Webinar, a series of live online lectures, presented by experts and specialists, to contribute to raising digital awareness among all members of society.
It also allows presenting and attending events and online courses. The initiative provides a library of digital content that includes a number of guides. The initiative also introduces the opportunities and risks that your child may face in the digital world. For More information.
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 conditions.
- 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. As we as attention and compliance with Civil Defense instructions, taking the necessary precautions 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.
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, represented in Badir program, is playing a vital role in supporting and sponsoring technology projects and encouraging Saudi business pioneers and innovators. KACST helps them to transform their ideas into successful commercial projects that contribute in diversifying the sources of income, the progress of the national economy, and in providing more job opportunities for Saudi youths.
“Badir program has succeeded in increasing awareness of the innovation and incubators culture, and it encouraged young people, especially university students, to innovate and be pioneers in technology businesses, to make positive impacts, and to create promising technologies that contribute in increasing productivity.
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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 they 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 a high level of productivity, responsibility and continued performance improvement, 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.
The cabinet, in its session on December 8, 2020 | 23/4/1442 approved the strategy for the aviation sector which
aims to develop the civil aviation sector in Saudi Arabia, and create a global investment environment, which shape the future of the aviation sector in Saudi Arabia to be the first sector in the Middle East, increases its contribution to Saudi Arabia’s GDP, and supports its hoped-for role in achieving the goals of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. With a focus on making the Kingdom a logistical hub linking the three continents and globally for transport and air freight.
The strategy will support several industries that fall under the civil aviation sector, including: air transport, freight and airports, and make them able to adapt to global changes, enhance their competitiveness, raise the level of services provided to citizens and residents on Saudi Arabia's land, and move from monopoly to fair competition.
The strategy axes include three main pillars: supporting Vision 2030, enabling the national tourism strategy, and strengthening the local aviation sector; to raise the level of the connectivity network in Saudi Arabia, increase the share of national carriers, developing airport infrastructure and operations, improving the quality of services provided by sector organizations, increasing the capacity in Saudi Arabia’s airports, and supporting the travel and freight markets in the Kingdom in the coming years, taking advantage of Saudi Arabia’s strategic geographical location.
|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 Saudi Arabia. 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 complex is funded by the Public Pension Agency (PPA). The total built area of the project is around one million square meters 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 the private and public sectors to take advantage of the many features and facilities it offers investors at the local, regional and global levels.
In its December 8, 2020 | 23/4/1442AH session, the Council of Ministers approved the updated comprehensive strategy for the real estate sector, and its executive summary.
It includes the first of the four pillars of the strategy: the governance of the real estate sector, from which regulations and legislation emerge; the issuance of regulations and policies, the development of governance models, the development of effective communication plans, and the improvement of supervision mechanisms. Real estate, sorting and managing it, preparing a list for real estate auctions, and controls for e-marketing and real estate advertisements.
The second pillar is concerned with the empowerment and sustainability of the real estate sector, and includes the initiative to create a real estate sector database, including a platform for real estate indicators, issuing standards for classifying real estate brokerage facilities, developing training supervision, setting qualification, accreditation and classification standards for all real estate professionals, and approving self-employment documents for workers in the real estate sector. And the rules for accrediting sustainable building program service providers, activating the owners system and the indicative statute for owners’ associations and community associations.
The third pillar, "Market Efficiency", includes the priority of registering land and property, and implementing regulations and regulations. Among its initiatives are the establishment of a central registry for land and property, the building of an electronic platform for the real estate registration, and the initiative to establish a mechanism for auditing, implementing, supervising and following-up real estate activities, and ensuring the quality of implementation.
As for the fourth pillar, which is "Partner Service"; A set of priorities and initiatives, which resulted in the establishment of the Real Estate Arbitration Center, the development of procedures and policies for resolving real estate disputes, the regulation of sales and marketing activities for real estate projects, the regulation of the protection of real estate rights, the organization and development of regulations to serve off-plan sales projects and real estate contributions, and the regulation of rent control mechanisms.
It was launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development as the first output of the goal of "Promoting companies' implementation of their social responsibility", one of the National Transformation Program’s goals.
The strategy included an analysis of the reality of corporate social responsibility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and a benchmarking comparison of the best international practices in the field. Its vision was to "consolidate a culture of social responsibility in all development sectors to enhance the contribution of companies to social responsibility programs that have an impact on the development of society, environment and economy."
This strategy aims to establish an infrastructure for social responsibility, by activating the enablers of social responsibility, represented in six pillars: partnerships and governance, laws and regulations, national planning, motivation and encouragement, awareness and capacity development, and monitoring and measurement.
The National Center for Digital Certification provides an integrated system for managing the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which is an integrated security system for managing the digital keys used to maintain the confidentiality of information and verifying the identity of the users, preserving the integrity of data, and ensuring its protection for tampering and alteration, and executing digital signatures.
These characteristics support all electronic businesses such as e-government, e-commerce, and other online electronic applications. This security structure enables all types of internet users to conduct e-business operations safely and reliably.
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Modern technologies have had a fundamentally transformative impact on life across the globe. The ongoing shift from traditional economic interactions towards greater data-and-platforms-enabled activity emphasizes the centrality of the digital economy. A thriving, diversified economy is one of the main pillars of Saudi Vision 2030. Already the largest economy in the Middle East and among the 20 largest economies in the world, Saudi Arabia’s objective with Vision 2030 is for Saudi Arabia to be ranked among the top 15 economies worldwide by 2030.
To achieve this goal, Saudi Arabia aims to create an attractive investment environment and diversify its economy to raise the share of non-oil exports from 16% to 50%. A robust digital economy can serve as a catalyst for promoting non-oil sectors that will contribute to the economic growth and diversity necessary to achieve Vision 2030. In executing this Digital Economy Policy, Saudi Arabia aims to raise the contribution of the digital economy as a share of total GDP to be on par with other leading global economies.
The aim of this policy is to develop the digital economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The policy sets out guiding principles for government agencies to promote the digital economy through their respective specialties and mandates, with the goal of achieving sustainable economic growth and creating and maintaining competitive advantages for Saudi Arabia. Equally, this policy serves to inform the public and private sectors and the international community, of Saudi Arabia’s approach to growing a robust, modern, and effective digital economy. For more information
In September 2021, the Board of Directors of the Digital Government Authority (DGA) approved the Digital Government Policy.
The policy identifies digital government directions to enable and accelerate sustainable digital transformation of the government sector in the medium and long term.
The Digital Government Policy aims to create a comprehensive government system that focuses on the beneficiaries, citizens, residents and visitors, and to facilitate the digital transformation of the government sector by enhancing its capabilities, defining models of governance to achieve the goals of digital government, and raising Saudi Arabia’s ranking in the international e-government development process.
The policy consists of four main pillars of the strategic directions of digital government: participation, transformation, capacity, and governance, each of which includes a number of principles.
Through the Digital Government Policy, the DGA seeks to organize the digital government’s work, develop plans, programs and indicators, organize operations, management and related projects, disseminate them and monitor compliance with them.
A huge project that was launched in November 2019 to be a global tourist destination focusing on culture and heritage, located northwest of the capital, Riyadh, and extending over an area of seven square kilometers.
It includes a variety of museums and galleries, as well as a variety of cultural and educational experiences, a Formula E racetrack, and spaces for 15,000 seats. It will also feature more than 20 world-leading luxury brands in the world of hospitality, with stunning views of historical areas.
Diriyah Gate seeks to be an attraction for Saudis and tourists from around the world who are looking for authentic and cultural experiences that celebrate the rich history and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia. For more information
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.
AI aimed 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.
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.
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 blind people.