Saudi Arabia to host Global AI Summit in 2020

The Global AI Summit was announced on the sidelines of the Foreign Investment Initiative. (Supplied)
Updated 29 October 2019

Saudi Arabia to host Global AI Summit in 2020

  • The summit being held under patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
  • The summit is part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to become a leader in AI technology

RIYADH: The Global Artificial Intelligence Summit 2020 will be held in Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The summit — held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — will take place in Riyadh on 30-31 March next year.

The event is the leading international forum to advance AI understanding and knowledge sharing among global AI experts.

The summit is part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to become a leader in AI technology and drive discussions and partnerships between local and international stakeholders in the AI field. 

The event will be a focus for discussion on AI, its importance, applications and impact on societies, economies and politics.

The Global AI Summit was announced on the sidelines of the Foreign Investment Initiative, being held this week in the Kingdom, during an address from Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, President of Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA).

Speaking at the announcement Dr. Abdullah said: “Artificial intelligence is playing a central role in the digital transformation of all sectors of human activity, from business and enterprise, to key national industries, government, healthcare, and many more areas beside. 

“AI is bringing us new insight and new capabilities that is reshaping the world around us. The Global AI Summit will become an international platform to discuss those changes and to understand how AI technology can be utilized for the benefit of all,” he added.

The Saudi Data and Artificial intelligence Authority was established by royal decree in August 2019, to become the main government entity to facilitate and enable the adoption of AI in the Kingdom, particularly in relation to achieving the Vision 2030 goals.

The Global AI Summit will be attended by government leaders, heads of enterprise and industry, and technology companies, along with academics and researchers in AI; AI startups, investors and entrepreneurs.

The event will include keynote sessions from thought leaders in the field of AI and related disciplines, along with plenary sessions and breakouts. 

The focus will be on enabling a global conversation, and creating dialogue centered on the adoption of AI and how participating countries and enterprises can become leaders in deploying the technology.

The Global AI Summit will take place at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center and Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh.

For more information, please see www.theglobalaisummit.com


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.