Saudi Arabia’s Neom ‘is the land of the future’

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Delegates attend cyber sessions on the final day of the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh. (Global Cybersecurity Forum)
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Neom CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr speaking at the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh. (Global Cybersecurity Forum)
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Delegates attend cyber sessions on the final day of the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh. (Global Cybersecurity Forum)
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Hamid Syed, Middle East vice president and general manager for UL and Ibraheem Alfuraih, NCA deputy governor for strategy and planning, sign an agreement. (Global Cybersecurity Forum)
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Updated 05 February 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Neom ‘is the land of the future’

  • The CEO said Neom will be the first city totally powered by renewable energy and supported by a fully protected digital system
  • Al-Nasr said that Neom is working closely with the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) to train thousands of workers for the tech and digital sector and its “state of the art security system”

RIYADH: Smart city technologies will ensure Neom is “the land of the future,” with the Saudi mega-city providing an exceptional quality of life for up to 1 million people by 2030, according to CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr.
Speaking on Wednesday at a session on smart cities at the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh, Al-Nasr said that work on Neom’s overall strategy, including the key tech and digital sector, is nearing completion.
The strategy is expected to be unveiled in March and will provide an “automated digitized Neom future,” he said.
Al-Nasr said the strategy is not an “evolution but a revolution of the regional plan.”
“Neom is the land of the future. I cannot think of a better timing for Neom than at this forum.
“We are targeting 1 million people, residents and workers, in Neom by 2030, and growing from none to a million in 10 years is not an easy task. It’s going to be the target; we are going to have thousands of digital nomads,” he said.
The CEO said Neom will be the first city totally powered by renewable energy and supported by a fully protected digital system.
“We are going to be the first place in the world that is fully digitized. We are going to be the first region in the world where we are going to be a 100 percent cashless facility. We are going to be the first place with a digital health backbone that connects everyone in the smart city and provides a 24-hour health service.
“We will have fully autonomous mobility, we will have only electric vehicles and public transport will be fully autonomous,” he said.
Al-Nasr said that Neom is working closely with the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) to train thousands of workers for the tech and digital sector and its “state of the art security system.”
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy joined speakers at the Riyadh forum on the final day to discuss the role of leadership in the future of cybersecurity.
On the sidelines of the forum, Hamid Syed, Middle East vice president and general manager for UL, a global safety science company, and Ibraheem Alfuraih, NCA deputy governor for strategy and planning, signed a joint agreement to work on a cybersecurity framework for the Kingdom.

 


Saudi king, crown prince condole with UAE leaders on Sharjah official’s demise 

Updated 10 July 2020

Saudi king, crown prince condole with UAE leaders on Sharjah official’s demise 

  • Sheikh Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, died in London on Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent messages of condolences on Friday to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of the emirate of Sharjah.

"(We) ask God Almighty to bless him with the grace of his mercy and forgiveness, and accommodate him in his vast paradise," King Salman said in separates messages to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi deputy prime minister and minister of defense, also sent separate messages to the two leaders expressing his sympathies, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Sheikh Al Qasimi passed away in London on Thursday, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM). 

The state news agency announced a three-day mourning period in Sharjah.