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    The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz officially opened this international research university offering post-graduate studies on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. KAUST is envisaged as starting a new era of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, to the benefit of the region and the world. The University is supported by a healthy endowment of several billion dollars and is governed by a permanent and independent Board of Trustees and it welcomes eligible men and women from all over the world. KAUST seeks to implement research in strategic disciplines focusing on areas of science and technology of specific interest to the Kingdom, as well as to the region and the world, namely: natural resources, energy, the environment, bioengineering, engineering and material science, applied mathematics and computer science. The University has established multi-disciplinary research centers to support these disciples and grants degrees in 11 fields. The main campus occupies an area of more than 36 million square meters in Thuwal, along the Red Sea Coast, about 80 kilometers north of Jeddah.

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King Abdullah University for Science and Technology

 


Located in the northeast of Jeddah province and established by royal decree in 2009 it is due for completion in 2014. The project is comprised of unique sport facilities that will raise sporting ability in Saudi Arabia. With several halls and training grounds that feature modern technologies, the facilities entail a qualitative shift in the Saudi sport landscape. With it unique design and 60 thousand spectator capacity, the 3 million square meter grounds will host local, regional and international sporting championships that meet FIFA standards. 
HD monitors and TV studios overlook the site, which also includes as assortment of well-known global and local restaurants and business, a separate Olympic training ground, indoor sport halls that accommodate 10 thousand spectators, festival and conference halls, a large mosque, sporting academies and car parks capable of accommodating up to 8,000 vehicles. Construction is taking place around the clock, with those in charge of the project guaranteeing the quality and efficiency of the development.
King Abdullah Sports City

 

    One of the three largest botanical gardens in the world, the King Abdullah International Gardens will cover a total area of about 2 million square meters and consist of a range of different ‘world’ gardens, of specific scientific, cultural and environmental interest, that represent all kinds of different climates. In addition, its aquariums and parks will be home to a wide variety of animal life, from birds and butterflies to fish and reptiles. Aimed at the scientific community and the public alike, visitor amenities will include markets, theaters, meeting halls, coffee shops, children’s playgrounds and other services. 
  Displays will include a botanic garden with its own museum, a seed bank, a gene bank, scientific parks, an international garden, water gardens, a Valley-walk and open areas for strolling and picnicking places. Observation towers will permit visitors to enjoy all gardens, without placing either flora or fauna under stress. The gardens are expected to become a major tourist attraction and serve as a reflection of tourist projects in Riyadh and Saudi Arabia in general. This mammoth project represents a huge leap in the conception of large-scale tourism and recreation in the Kingdom, and in addition to residents, will attract visitors from neighboring countries.

 

     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.

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King Abdullah Economic City

 

     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.

      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.
King Abdul Aziz Public Transportation System

 

    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.

 

King Abdulaziz New International Airport

 

     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.
Jazan Economic City

 

   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.


 


     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 to 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.
    
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Economic Knowledge City

 

   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 the Kingdom. 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 total built area of the project is around one million square meters. The Complex is funded by the Public Pension Agency (PPA) 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 private and public sector to take advantage of the many features and facilities it offers investors at the local, regional and global levels. Communications and Information Technology Complex

 

    The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz inaugurated the Abdulaziz Bin Musa'ed Economic City on the 13th of June, 2006 in the Ha'il Area, in the north of the Kingdom. The City covers a total area of 156 million square meters and will cost a total cost of 30 billion Saudi Riyals to build. The project will provide about 30,000 jobs for youth in the Ha'il region, which will in turn double the Gross National Product. When completed, the City will serve as an important economic statement and its unique and strategic position will enable it to become in important part of the integrated regional transport and logistical system. The city will have an international airport, a railway and a land-port. Abdulaziz Bin Musa'ed Economic City

 

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