MIT hosts leading Saudi minister

On Friday, June 24, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted Khalid Al-Falih, head of Saudi’s new Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources to discuss the country’s long-term directions in economic and human development. Al-Falih is a leading Saudi minister in the implementation of Saudi Vision 2030. A group of leaders from academic and business circles in Massachusetts convened at the event, and participated in a discussion following opening remarks aby Al-Falih and MIT President L. Rafael Reif. MIT President Praises Saudi Vision In his opening comments, Reif called Al-Falih “a visionary, strategic thinker”, adding that “he is passionate

Cultural Heritage of Asir

KSA to spend $1bn on cultural heritage

Under the National Transformation Plan unveiled by the Saudi Arabia this month, the Kingdom has allocated nearly $1 billion to preserve its cultural heritage. Watan Emosudah, with its low-covered alleyways thick with debris and highly grown thistles, is one of around 4,000 old villages in Asir. The project to restore it to save agricultural tradition and boost the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia is one of eight in the region backed by a local investor. In an ambitious bid to end reliance on oil, the Kingdom is investing in tourism, aiming to increase spending by Saudis at home instead of

Deputy Crown Prince Focus on Technology in Silicon Valley

Deputy Crown Prince Puts Technology Focus on U.S Trip

Saudi Arabia’s latest efforts to develop human capital in the technology sector have been lauded by two prominent American corporations during Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s official visit to the US. In meetings with Microsoft and Cisco Systems, the Deputy Crown Prince successfully produced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with both corporations, cementing the Kingdom’s commitment to advance its telecommunications capabilities and the technological expertise of its youth by 2030. The Kingdom’s focus on youth as an engine of economic growth is reflected in its efforts to empower citizens from an early age through training programs and expanded employment opportunities. “One of


Saudi Arabia Makes Global Tender for Solar Projects

Saudi Arabia’s state electricity utility Saudi Electricity Co. has issued a call for tenders for two 50 megawatt solar photovoltaic projects. The two solar farms are to be located in the northern regions of  Al-Jouf and Rafha. Each of the two solar projects is expected to attract investment in the amount of $100 million to $120 million. Speaking to PV Magazine, however, Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) president Hadi Tahboub said that the Saudi Kingdom is “taking tangible steps forward and that is a clear marker of this awakeing regional giant finally embracing renewable energy.” Solar Power Part of Saudi Vision

Kronprinz in USA

Saudi Arabia and Microsoft to Partner on Technology Training

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with technology giant Microsoft during the official Saudi delegation’s visit to the US. The trip, which began in Washington and included stops in California, came as part of broader efforts to promote the Kingdom’s strategic technological and economic advancements. Under this agreement, Microsoft will train emerging Saudi leaders in computing technology. In return, the Kingdom will welcome an enlarged Microsoft presence at its support center in the Royal Court.  “Microsoft will come out with technology to translate the Vision 2030 into a reality, with a focus on human


Saudi Arabia to Invest with UNESCO in Promotion of the Arabic language

Director-General Irina Bokova and Mr. Salih Alkholaifi, Director-General of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation signed a Letter of Intent through which the Foundation confirms its intention to pursue cooperation with UNESCO to strengthen and promote the use of Arabic language‎ in the amount of one million Dollars. The UNESCO press release states, that the partnership between UNESCO and the Foundation will be formalized through the conclusion of a partnership agreement between UNESCO and the Foundation in November 2016.    This initiative builds on the cooperation pursued under the “Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud’s contribution to the improvement of

Saudi Arabia Announces Islamic Military Coalition to Fight Terrorism

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.

A joint statement said the military alliance will be led by Saudi Arabia, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations to fight terrorism and develop the necessary programs and mechanisms for supporting these efforts. The statement cited a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups.

At a press conference following the announcement, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the campaign would coordinate efforts to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.

“The coalition will fight every terrorist organization, not only Daesh,” said Prince Mohammed. “We [the coalition] will develop efforts to fight terrorism on an ideological, media and security level.”

Countries participating in the alliance are:  Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Yemen. More than ten other Islamic countries have also expressed their support for this alliance.


Source: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia