RIYADH: Saudi Space Commission has partnered with Chinese technology company Huawei to launch the country’s first technology experience center as the Kingdom pushes ahead with digital transformation strategies as part of Vision 2030.
Spanning over 1,500 square meters, Future Space claims to be the largest exhibition center outside of China, offering advanced technologies including autonomous driving, 3D printing, and brainwave robot control, according to a statement.
Saudi’s first-of-its-kind exhibition center plans to attract an estimated 200,000 visitors over the next five years as it will be open to the public while offering speaking opportunities to young innovators.
“We want to expose young people to the most cutting-edge technologies and inspire them to imagine technology in new ways,” said Saudi Space Commission CEO Mohammed Altamimi.
He said partnering with Huawei will enable them to bring “real-world and proven technology solutions that can positively impact society.”
This is being done as part of Saudi’s strategy to promote private sector investment and partnership in the space industry.
“As a ministry, we are keen to support public and private partnerships that have proven highly successful in accelerating innovation and boosting our talent pipeline,” said Adnan Alsharqi, deputy minister at the Ministry of Investment.
He noted that initiatives such as Future Space help enrich the country’s digital ecosystem and attract investment from other digital companies.
Established by a royal decree in 2018, SCC is a Saudi independent government entity that is responsible for all space-related activities.