Saudi Arabia is initiating a wide-ranging economic plan managed by its intelligence, AI and data authority aimed at making AI a top priority and turning Saudi Arabia into a global leader in the field by the year 2030. The authority's spokesperson, Majid AlShehry, said "Data and AI are at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. By developing our own AI strategy and policies, we have developed the skills and resources that we wish to share with other nations to ensure that all countries are equally prepared to harness the value of AI."
Defense News reported that at the GITEX trade show, which will take place soon, Saudi Arabia will showcase several achievements, such as the establishment of a large videoconferencing system and cyber defense and security developments. The authority disclosed that it thwarted more than two million cyberattacks using the defense tools developed by the government.
Also, an app was developed to help the government cope with COVID-19. The app manages the mechanism for issuing movement permits to workers during lockdowns and curfews. Also, the first international competition on AI topics took place in Saudi Arabia.
The authority spokesperson said that Saudi Arabia's rulers emphasize that the county is at the crossroads of three continents, and thus the decision to make AI a top priority, and place it at the center of the vision for the kingdom, transforms Saudi Arabia into a center of cooperation for development of AI for the benefit of humanity.