SDAIA: Saudi Arabia is a Pioneer in Smart City Initiatives

The director of the National Information Center at the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) confirmed that the Kingdom has launched initiatives in the field of smart cities. SPA
The director of the National Information Center at the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) confirmed that the Kingdom has launched initiatives in the field of smart cities. SPA
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SDAIA: Saudi Arabia is a Pioneer in Smart City Initiatives

The director of the National Information Center at the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) confirmed that the Kingdom has launched initiatives in the field of smart cities. SPA
The director of the National Information Center at the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) confirmed that the Kingdom has launched initiatives in the field of smart cities. SPA

The director of the National Information Center at the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), Dr. Esam bin Abdullah Al-Wagait, confirmed that the Kingdom has launched initiatives in the field of smart cities inspired by innovation.

He made a speech on Wednesday during the Smart City Expo World Congress held in Barcelona, where he said that generative artificial intelligence (AI) integrated into city services and urban solutions will become the cornerstone of future smart-city initiatives.

He also indicated that using the power of generative AI will not only include designs and urbanization of cities but will create smart cities adapted to the needs of their residents and promoting a sustainable and inclusive living environment.

Al-Wagait reiterated that in support of the increasing use of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Kingdom has demonstrated its commitment to the basic vision that stipulates enhancing the smart-city environment in which communication and connectivity are not just applied concepts but a lifestyle, seamlessly integrating IoT into the city’s technical structure.

He also underscored the transformation of the pioneering national project NEOM, as the project is a realistic embodiment of the future vision of smart cities through the effective use of IoT, big data, and AI, which aims to redefine the concepts of urban design and planning and set new global standards for efficiency in improving every aspect of the urban city and achieving well-being for its citizens.

He noted the transformation journey of SDAIA through its various initiatives, including establishing the Smart Riyadh Operations Center (Smart ROC), which works as a central point that uses data and AI techniques to monitor, analyze, and forecast operational indicators in various sectors in Riyadh. He said the major mission of the center is to address the city's challenges, improve quality of life, infrastructure, and urban services.

He said SDAIA has developed smart systems to monitor crowds and traffic through coordination with government agencies to build AI-based systems which supported the center to successfully manage traffic during the International Technology Conference (LEAP23) in Riyadh, led to reducing traffic congestion by 36% and ensured a quick and effective response to ambulance and emergency cases in record time.



World Bank Announces $700 Mln in Financing for Egypt

The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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World Bank Announces $700 Mln in Financing for Egypt

The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
The moon is seen after the day of Strawberry Moon over old houses in Cairo, Egypt, June 22, 2024. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The World Bank announced on Monday $700 million of budget support for Egypt, part of a 3-year, $6 billion program that the bank pledged earlier this year.

The $700 million is designed to help Egypt boost private sector participation, macroeconomic and fiscal resilience, and a greener growth trajectory, the World Bank said in a statement.