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

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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

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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

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Gen. Petraeus Praises Saudi Counterterror Commitment

In a CNN interview, retired four-star general and former CIA Director David Petraeus stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was uniquely motivated to fight terrorism. “When I was a four star in several different positions in the Mideast and as director of the CIA, there’s no country that wants to defeat the Islamic State or al Qaeda more than the country whose current crown prince was nearly blown up by an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorist with a bomb inside him that was built by Ibrahim al-Asiri, the most dangerous man in the world, still at large

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Americans Show Keen Interest in Saudi Vision 2030

Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi stated during a press conference with Saudi media that the nation’s Vision 2030 plan has captured the interest of American businessmen, investors, and governmental officials following Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the US. In meetings with American stakeholders, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman explained to his hosts the Kingdom’s clear vision to diversify the Saudi economy, increase non-oil revenue, and attract foreign investment. A number of ministers traveling with Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke about Saudi Vision 2030 and 500 new economic initiatives to audiences from financial, media,

Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Iran

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir announced that Saudi Arabia is severing ties with Iran after the embassy attack in Tehran. During a press conference this evening in Riyadh, the foreign minister said that Iranian diplomats and staff have been given 48 hours to leave the Kingdom.

Minister Al-Jubeir said that Iran has a history of violating diplomatic missions in its country. “The continued attacks on diplomatic missions is a flagrant violation of all international treaties,” said the foreign minister.

The foreign minister vowed that Saudi Arabia will not allow Iran to sabotage the region’s security.

“We are determined not to allow Iran to undermine our security. We are determined not to let Iran mobilize or create or establish terrorist cells in our country or in the countries of our allies. We will push back against Iran’s attempts to do so,” said the foreign minister. “We want to make it very clear that there is no space in the community of nations for a country that condones terrorism, that supports terrorism and that engages in terrorism.”

Source: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia