National Plans and Initiatives
The e-Training Caravan is an initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in partnership with other
government and private sector initiatives, aimed at ensuring that all segments of society are able to master IT and telecommunications technology.
Aimed at bridging the digital gap and raising individual awareness about the importance of telecommunications and IT, the initiative will focus on
rural regions and low-income sectors of society by offering basic, free-of-charge training in the field.
As it is directed at individuals and small and middle-sized enterprises all over the Kingdom, the initiative is envisioned as a way of raising the
country’s computer and digital literacy. Its targets include Primary and Preparatory school students, as well as rural inhabitants. Training takes place
in mobile classrooms equipped with all the necessary requirements, including training material and as well as the means of providing transport for
participants otherwise unable to reach classes. Ten-hour computer and Internet training programs are offered to each group of trainees over the
course of a week.
The Saudi Digital Library is a pioneering project that emerged from the National E-education and Distant Learning Center. It provides for enhancement of the education process in Saudi Arabia through support of education and learning facilities in general, and e-education in particular, by ensuring that researcher’s requirements can be met.
Moreover, the Library augments skills and contributes to the building of a knowledge community, by saving of time and effort with respect to education, learning and research. It serves e-education by supporting e-courses through digital text-books that are valuable to both student and teacher.
The Library enhances and disseminates awareness and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and is comprised of more than 90,000 e-book titles by famous world publishers. Its full contents are accessible to students and university faculty and staff.
This automated traffic management system covers the major cities of the kingdom and is composed of modules for operation, management, tracking,
guidance, monitoring and reporting. These various sub-systems are linked to control and command centers in eight cities across the Kingdom.
The purpose of the project is to improve the level of traffic safety, by utilizing the latest advances in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to safeguard
the traffic environment, enhance the efficiency of the existing road system, boost public security by using the most recent monitoring systems and ensure
accurate management of traffic systems.
The Saudi Arabian government pays special attention to the educational sector and HRH King Abdullah always sought ways to boost the
sustainable development of human resources in the Kingdom. Amongst them was the initiative to create a foreign scholarship program. Under
royal decree MB/5387, dated 17/4/1426H, a five-year foreign scholarship program went into effect the same year. The program was extended for
a further 5-year period, with effect from 1431H.
The first group of students, male and female, was sent to the US. The program was then extended to include other countries that can offer advancement in disciplines need on the labor market.
The vision behind the program is to create the foundations of a knowledge economy by educating the most promising students to the
highest levels. Its mission is to raise the country’s human resources and competences to a level where they can effectively compete at the
world level and therefore serve as an important resource for Saudi universities and the public and private sectors.
Laying out the Islamic world’s point of view on issues that have come to dominate the agenda of many international fora, the Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue initiative was launched at an especially bleak moment, when the world was in need of international efforts to save itself from threats arising from increasing intolerance, racism and hostility towards its communities, as international relationships were under pressure and tensions rose to new levels.
The initiative grew out of three different conferences. The first was the World Islamic Conference for Interfaith Dialogue, held in Mecca in June, 2008. The second was the World Dialogue Conference, held in Madrid in July, 2008. The third was the high-level Interfaith, Cultures and Civilizationsmeeting held at UN HQ, in New York in November 2008. Following this series of meetings, deliberations took place to find a formula for implementingthe initiative in practical form.
Established in October 2011, the King Abdul Aziz World Center for Interfaith Dialogue is the incarnation of this formula. An expression of benevolence, the Center seeks to make the most out of the initiative and is a vehicle for sparking genuine dialogue at all levels, amongst the diversity of world cultures and civilizations.
To ensure its ability to effect change at the widest international level and to encourage research on dialogue and outstanding efforts in this area, the Center offers the King Abdullah bin Abul Aziz Award for Inter-civilization Dialogue and helped create a second initiative, the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz World Program for the Culture of Dialogue and Peace, which has been established under the aegis of UNESCO. This is simultaneously an expansion of the scope of the pioneering initiative and a boosting of the noble objectives it seeks to encourage and it signals the Kingdom’s contribution to global harmony and the promotion of the values of tolerance, dialogue and the culture of peace.
Established by KACST as part of the national environment of innovation, the pioneering program supports technology-based
concepts and promotes technological initiatives. The first incubator was launched at end of 2008 as the Badir CIT Incubator and was
followed in 2010 by the Badir Advanced Manufacturing Incubator and the Biotechnology Incubator.
Two new incubators are currently undergoing a feasibility study, the Badir Nano Technology Incubator and the Badir Power
Incubator. In 2011, KACST set up a validation system to ensure the quality of all Badir incubators.
During the next couple of years, KACST will support a further 11 technology incubators under the Badir Program. These
incubators will be managed by other universities and institutions in the Kingdom, in order to establish a national network to be known
as the Saudi Business Incubator Network. Based on the Kingdom's national incubator policy, some 80 technology incubators are
expected by 2025.
This project supports small and medium size projects targeting talented and innovative individuals across the country. It boosts
cultural dynamics in the areas of talent and innovation. All regions will receive support that takes into consideration their prevailing
Parties targeted include schools and educational institutes, non-profit organizations, committees and centers, gifted individuals,
care centers, clubs and scientific centers. Donations will made at the beginning of the school year. Bi-weekly sorting will be conducted
by the committee.
Tadawulaty is a new set of integrated services launched by the Saudi Capital Market (Trading) in collaboration with licensed parties
(mediation companies). The service offers a package of new financial services, designed to meet the needs of investors and joint stock
companies. The package offers added value to all parties in the investment process and the capital market as a whole by:
-Making investors aware of their investment rights and by enhancing trust and transparency with respect to assets.
-Activating the investors’ role by allowing them to vote in assemblies, review profit entitlements and by providing them with
reminders and regular updates about important events and other matters.
-Contributing to bridging the gap between registered companies and their respective stakeholders by developing a mechanism of
-Providing a wide range of secure and easy reports through the main source of securities information, the Securities Deposit Center.
-Providing continuous verification and an updated mechanism for saving data at the time of trading.
Combined, these provisions will eventually contribute to the enhancement of Saudi Capital Market efficiency in general, by
encouraging and cementing transparency in the market and ensuring greater awareness amongst investors.
The School Upgrade Program is a focal point of the Kingdom’s general education development strategy. It is designed to ensure the capacity
building capabilities of the School Upgrade Unit at the Ministry of Education, which is responsible for improving performance across the
educational community by incorporating the upgrade model at school management departments.
The upgrade program has already been introduced at 210 schools (for boys and girls) in 7 regions including Riyadh, Jeddah, the Eastern
Region, Medina, Qassim, Tabuk and Sabia.
Believing in the necessity of making Saudi law available to researchers and other individuals interested in legal studies, both within the
Kingdom and abroad, the Bureau of Experts issued the Saudi Law Compendium, to meet the urgent need for such a resource in the field
of Law in general and in legal departments at governmental institutions, in particular.
In 1422H, the Bureau of Experts formed an organizational committee and a technical team and provided the facilities required for the
realization of the idea and the first version of the Saudi Law Compendium was published. When, several years later, some laws were
subject to amendments and new laws were enacted, a new version was issued. We hope that the second version (1430 H), will be as
well-received as the first.
The Compendium contains 19 Chapters, each dealing with a specific field and includes a part of the relevant legislation, including laws
issued by royal decrees and orders, regulations, legislation and important general rules issued under Council of Ministers resolutions,
as well as some regulations that are currently enforced or implemented, although their have not yet been fully approved.
Cabinet resolution #9, dated 12/1/1421 provided for establishing a Higher Commission for Tourism. The new entity was envisaged as taking charge of national tourism development, boost the role of the sector and mitigate obstacles, so that tourism becomes a primary productive sector that supports the country's economy. Pursuant to the resolution, the Higher Commission for Tourism was established on Safar 1421 - Shaban 1423, in order to develop a national tourism plan comprised of a 20-year development plan and a 5-year action plan as the First Phase of the Master Plan. The comprehensive policy and strategy plan includes a package of new programs and initiatives to promote the integrated and sustainable growth of the industry in Saudi Arabia.
This national project is led by the most experienced agencies skilled in discovering and nurturing talent and uses a sophisticated scientific approach
based on the best educational practices in ensuring the selection of the most deserving candidates.
A massive database of all talented individuals, male and female, of all ages and in all parts of the kingdom, will be established.
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
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.
This online Encyclopedia contains information on medical matters, nutritional systems, a healthy life style, 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.