Urban observatory workshop opens

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Updated 23 January 2013
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Urban observatory workshop opens

The first workshop on urban observatories was launched on Monday by the Mayor of Madinah Province, Khalid Taher, on behalf of Prince Faisal bin Salman, Madinah governor and president of the Council of Urban Observatories (CUO). The three-day event aims to train workforce on the latest methods that observatories have adopted in the production of global urban indicators. To this end, they will conduct field surveys on the socio-economic development in Madinah Province.
Taher said the event would focus on various issues, including the concepts of urban observatories and indicator systems and how to develop them. Other topics include the use of urban indicators in the preparation of local urban development policies in cities and performance monitoring and evaluation of plans, programs and projects of the municipality. The experience of Local Urban Observatory for Madinah and practical training on data and how to deal with those for the production of indicators are among the topics that will come up during the deliberations.
The workshop is the first of its kind being implemented in accordance with the instructions of the governor for the formation of urban observatories in the city and affiliated municipalities.
This is part of the adoption of a package of new indicators related to Haj and Umrah mechanism surveys, relating to social, economic and developmental issues that will be studied in future monitoring sessions in coordination with both the Islamic University and the Taibah University as well as the specialized scientific centers.
The workshop follows the completion of the establishment of urban observatories for Madinah, Ais and Wadi Al-Far.


‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

Updated 16 October 2018
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‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

  • The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25
  • The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential

RIYADH: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has revealed the program for a high-profile gathering of global leaders, business chiefs and innovators in Riyadh next week.

The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25 with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde among those scheduled to take part.

More than 150 speakers from 140 different organizations have confirmed their attendance for the event which was hosted for the first time a year ago and was quickly dubbed “Davos in the Desert” — a reference to the annual World Economic Forum hosted each year in the Swiss resort.

The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential.



“FII is a global platform focused on identifying future economic trends and opportunities, defining the future of industries and discussing how investment can contribute to overall global prosperity and development,” the PIF, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, said on Monday.

“Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world is undergoing a period of large-scale economic and technological transformation. FII will convene global leaders, investors and innovators to discuss how businesses, governments and global institutions can work together to drive long-term growth and prosperity.”

The next installment of FII will include a panel called “One World” — a look at how leaders from business and government develop a collective vision for the future.

Other sessions cover digital currencies, capital flows, market drivers, immersive technology, sustainability and giga-projects such as NEOM, the vast development announced at last year’s FII.