Saudi Arabia Launches 4th Industrial Revolution Center in Partnership with WEF

Saudi Arabia inaugurated the 4th Industrial Revolution Center in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Saudi Arabia inaugurated the 4th Industrial Revolution Center in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).
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Saudi Arabia Launches 4th Industrial Revolution Center in Partnership with WEF

Saudi Arabia inaugurated the 4th Industrial Revolution Center in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Saudi Arabia inaugurated the 4th Industrial Revolution Center in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Saudi Arabia inaugurated on Wednesday the 4th Industrial Revolution Center in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Chairman of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Abdullah al-Sawahah announced the new center on the sidelines of the first Saudi Forum for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The inaugural session was attended by WEF founder and Executive Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab, several ministers and senior officials and prominent Saudi and international speakers.

The forum is an extension of the support for development and innovation in Saudi Arabia by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

Al-Sawahah said the forum offers an opportunity to combine talent and technology to present organizations that stimulate innovation.

He highlighted the importance of meeting thinkers and actors, such as representatives of governments, non-governmental institutions, and business leaders, in supporting this initiative.

Schwab congratulated the Kingdom for inaugurating the 4th Industrial Revolution Center that aims to harness new technologies with the best principles of flexible governance, which need government, business and civil society to make technology a force for good and ensure that the society benefits from it.

KACST President Dr. Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki said: “Our country needs cooperation and coordination of efforts in the public, private and non-profit sectors and open channels of dialogue to raise awareness about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and identify potential risks.”

“The Kingdom has a solid economic base to build on, through recent reforms to the governance model and the creation of new entities, such as the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, the Cybersecurity Authority, the Digital Government Authority, and the Research, Development, and Innovation Development Authority,” he added.



GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia
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GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

GACA Reports Significant Growth in Air Travel in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) released air-traffic statistics showing significant growth in the number of passengers and flights in the Kingdom during the first half of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023.

According to the figures, there was a 17% increase in the number of passengers over the past six months, reaching around 62 million, compared to 53 million during the same period last year.

The number of flights also reached approximately 446,000, marking a 12% increase compared to 399,000 flights during the same period last year.

The airfreight volume in the first six months of 2024 witnessed a 41% increase, reaching 606,000 tons compared to 430,000 in the same period of 2023.

During the first half of this year, GACA launched several development projects, including the development and expansion of Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, the inauguration of the development and expansion of Al-Ahsa International Airport, the launch of the new additional international departure terminal at Taif International Airport, and the introduction of the self-driving air taxi experience for the first time during the Hajj season.

Furthermore, the authority granted the first operating permit for building cleaning using drones, which illustrates its commitment to enabling safe and innovative advanced air mobility solutions. It also launched a knowledge-testing center for aviation personnel and the first phase of electronic gates at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

GACA won two gold awards for Best Customer Service and Best Public Service Center in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, the Consumer Protection Association award for excellence in protecting passengers' rights, and the certificate in the quality management system for monitoring flight safety and environmental sustainability.

The aviation sector saw several achievements in the past six months, including 16 Saudi airports obtaining the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality (ASQ) accreditation for 2024.

Saudi airports continued their progress in ranking among the top 50 airports worldwide, as announced in the evaluation results of the international air transport rating organization Skytrax. Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah won the first-place award as the best regional airport in the Middle East during the Skytrax World Airport Awards ceremony held in Frankfurt, Germany.

The King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah achieved the highest ratings on the Airports Council International list for 2023. The King Fahd International Airport in Dammam won three of the Saudi Airports Awards for 2023, including the award for the best airport in the category 5-15 million passengers, the award for the best customs inspection area, and the award for the best services for people with disabilities.

SAUDIA also received recognition, winning awards for being the most advanced airline in the world and having the best economy-class catering for 2024 in the Skytrax global ranking.

According to Skytrax, Flynas was crowned the fourth-best low-cost airline in the world for the second consecutive year and the first in the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year, the most important global benchmark for measuring airline performance.

All these achievements are part of the initiatives and programs launched by GACA, aiming to contribute to the development of the air transport industry locally, regionally, and internationally, in line with the National Strategy for the Civil Aviation Sector.

The strategy aims to make the aviation sector in the Kingdom the first in the Middle East by reaching 330 million passengers, increasing air freight capacity to 4.5 million tons, and raising air connectivity to reach 250 destinations to and from Saudi airports by 2030.