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Arab News Saudi National Day video scoops top WAN-IFRA prize

Time: March 07, 2019  

  • The video was commissioned to mark the start of Arab News’ coverage of Vision 2030
  • Arab News has one several awards for its design

DUBAI: A video produced for Saudi National Day by Arab News has scooped the top prize in an international media award ceremony held in Dubai on Wednesday.

The video was commissioned to launch the newspaper’s ‘Road to 2030’ section which encompasses a series of reports focusing on tracking the progress and reforms happening in the kingdom, such as allowing women to drive and reopening cinemas.

The online video category at the WAN-IFRA Middle East Awards is the latest award given to the Saudi Arabian English language daily since its relaunch in April 2018, after picking up silver in the “redesigned product category” at the WAN-IFRA Print Innovation Awards, held in Berlin on Oct. 9.

Arab News scooped another international design award last month, this time recogniz in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine for its iconic Women Drivers cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year.

Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said: “Saudi Arabia is such an exciting country full of rich history and amazing people.

“The video reflects that history and focusses on the incredibly bright future Saudi Arabia has thanks to the Road to 2030 initiative, these really are exciting times for the Kingdom and for any designers and content creators it is an absolute joy to work with such exciting and positive stories.

“Since our redesign and relaunch last April we have done amazing things and always look for innovative and exiting ways to engage with our readers. Long may that continue,” he added.

The video was produced to highlight Saudi Arabia’s past, present and future.

WAN-IFRA, a global association of newspapers and news publishers, recognizes publishers that have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to “meet the changes in how people consume news and information.”

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‘Saudi Arabia is seeing results of sweeping reform program’

Time: March 01, 2019   

Mohammed Al-Jadaan

JEDDAH — “Saudi Arabia is already seeing the results of its sweeping reform program and would continue to diversify its economy and open its borders for investment,” said Saudi finance minister in an exclusive interview to CNBC.

Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said that Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation strategy aims to increase investment, diversifying the Kingdom’s economy away from a reliance on oil, and create private-sector jobs.

Addressing the concerns over budget deficit, Al-Jadaan said: “Well, my concern is to ensure that we continue implementing on Vision 2030, and we are, and we are seeing results. We — despite all that you hear, here and there — we have the fifth-largest foreign (exchange) reserves in the world.”

“We have significant reserves. We have significant wealth, we have a significant economy that is growing. We are the largest economy in the region, and we are seeing the results of the reform taking place,” he said at an event in London on Thursday.

Al-Jadaan said growth had turned positive by the end of last year and he was “looking for more growth in 2019.”

“We’re diversifying our economy significantly, we are opening our border to more investments from the world, and we’re opening a lot of local industries and tourism, entertainment industries — mining all of these are bringing a lot of jobs. There’s a time lag all the time when you engage in a significant reform. But … we are seeing the results actually happening as we speak,” he said.

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Saudi Arabia identifies five caves for ecotourism drive

Time: February 06, 2019  

Saudi Arabia identifies five caves for ecotourism drive
The caves are 200km north of Riyadh but specific locations are being kept under wraps for now. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)
By Sam Bridge

Saudi Arabia has reportedly identified five caves where it plans to launch ecotourism destinations this year.

Saudi Geological Survey (SGS), the kingdom’s national geological organisation, plans to launch the projects as part of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative.

“We are ready,” said Mahmoud Al Shanti, director of the Saudi Geological Survey’s Cave Unit and Desert Studies, in comments published by Lonely Planet News.

“We are now choosing easy access points for tourists, but won’t announce the names and locations of the caves yet.”

SGS is remaining tight-lipped on the specific locations of the subterranean sites to prevent people going inside and destroying them, Al Shanti said, adding that the caves are 200km north of Riyadh.

Al Shanti told Lonely Planet that the caves must be managed and protected to ensure the survival of wildlife including bats, hyenas, foxes and owls.

SGS said it estimates that, once opened, the attractions could receive more than 1,000 visitors a day, with tour guides being trained to show tourists around the area.

“These are remote places and the villages must be ready to receive tourists,” Al Shanti was quoted as saying.

In November, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund also announced plans to develop a new eco-tourism project as part of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve near Tabuk.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) said it will set up a company to work on the Wadi Al Disah Development Project, which aims to become a “major sustainable tourism location”, preserving the local environment and wildlife.

The announcement of the Wadi Al Disah Development Project followed the launch of the Amaala ultra-luxury tourism project in September, which will be the focal point of the tourism ecosystem within the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve.

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Saudi reforms encourage investment in Kingdom: Davos panel

Time: January 25, 2019

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Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan said that since the “significant economic and social reform,” the GDP of Saudi Arabia grew 2.3 percent in 2018. (World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle)

  • Morgan Stanley’s CEO James Gorman welcomed the social reforms, calling them essential progress to provide the backbone for the economic reforms
  • Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri said to attract investors into Saudi Arabia needed to improve its infrastructure

DAVOS: Leading Saudi officials took center stage at the World Economic Forum on Thursday to drive home the message that a revitalized economy and increased foreign investment could not happen without the social reforms of Vision 2030.
Permitting women to drive, the reintroduction of cinemas and other entertainment, and renewed fiscal discipline were all driving foreign investors’ interest in Saudi Arabia, they said.

Economy and Planning Minister Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri said Saudi Arabia had to improve its infrastructure and provide evidence of it to warrant confidence — and he promised both.
“All you’re going to see in the next couple of years is evidence,” he said, but Saudi citizens had to feel the benefits too. “Unless we provide for the local market … our credibility is at stake.”
The minister said unemployment had been steady for the past two years, but with 350,000 people entering the job market each year the government was exploring how to convert the money spent on social protection into a job creation fund.

But it was also important to retain a diverse labor market, with the skills that expatriate workers bring, he said. “We cannot say Saudization is the solution. We need to have a labor market that is mixed.” To that end, the government had ordered a top-to-toe overhaul of the education system “from kindergarten to future jobs.”

Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri speaking during the “Next Steps for Saudi Arabia session. (World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle)

Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan said the Kingdom was determined to impose fiscal discipline, and its gross domestic product had grown by 2.3 percent last year compared with a 0.7 percent contraction in 2017.
He conceded there was some skepticism when the government pledged in December to reduce its budget deficit while announcing its biggest-ever spending of $295 billion.
“There were some raised eyebrows … but we ended 2018 exactly where we thought we would be,” he said.
Sarah Al-Suhaimi, chair of the Saudi Stock Exchange, echoed his optimism, and said improvements in the Kingdom’s financial system had improved its ranking as a place to invest.
“One of the main objectives was to join the global community. We do consider ourselves to be the access for international investment into the Middle East and especially the GCC,” she said.
Five megaprojects in infrastructure, water and health care had been awarded to the private sector in the past three months “and there are more to come in the next four months.”

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Siemens boss Joe Kaeser urges Saudi Arabia to stick with Vision 2030

Time: January 13, 2019

Joe Kaeser, CEO of German engineering giant Siemens. (Illustration by Luis Grañena)
  • Kaeser believes Saudi Arabia will continue to be an attractive target for foreign investment
  • Siemens would be ‘very interested’ in getting involved in the NEOM project

DUBAI: Joe Kaeser, CEO of German engineering giant Siemens, notably missed the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Summit in Riyadh in October. But he was back in the region last week to take the pulse of his business in the Middle East, and had a message for Saudi Arabia: Your Vision 2030 strategy has a compelling logic — now make sure you see it through.

Kaeser — arguably the most powerful businessman in the biggest economy in Europe, and boss of the world’s leading engineering company — was at the UAE Energy Forum, organized by the Gulf Intelligence consultancy in Abu Dhabi. He took time out from the proceedings to talk to Arab News about the energy business, a US-China trade war, and the future of Europe amid the Brexit chaos.

But mostly he wanted to talk about Saudi Arabia. “Vision 2030 is a very compelling strategic concept. We commend the leadership there … the big question in the Kingdom is always about execution,” Kaeser said.

Coming from a businessman who declined an invitation to attend the FII amid the global uproar that followed the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and against a background of trade spats between the Kingdom and Germany, that amounts to a reaffirmation of confidence in Saudi Arabia and a desire for “business as usual” between the two countries.

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BIO

BORN

•Arnbruck, Bavaria, 1957

EDUCATION

•Regensburg University of Applied Sciences

CAREER

•Joined Siemens aged 23

•CEO since 2013

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But Kaeser has advice for the Kingdom: Do not underestimate the social disruption that can come from large-scale economic change. “It’s a huge effort executing transformational matters,” he said. “It causes… uncertainty which, sometimes, if not properly controlled, causes societal uproar. That’s the last thing you need in the Kingdom, France, Germany or anywhere.”

While he feels that the Kingdom has leaders who can manage the change — singling out the “most regarded” Khalid Al-Falih, energy minister and chairman of Saudi Aramco — Kaeser recommends that Saudi policymakers adopt a more practical approach to the transformation process. “Typically, what I’d recommend doing is to ‘cut the elephant into pieces’ and make it actionable one piece at a time,” he said.

Kaeser sees the first “piece of the elephant” as “sustainable, affordable and reliable infrastructure,” and he recommends that Saudi strategists concentrate on that.

“Once you’re done with that, you can build on those pillars. You can build industrialization of any sort, tourism business of any sort, societal development of any sort,” he said. “If electrification and moving people and goods … aren’t in shape, it becomes very difficult.”

Kaeser said focusing on the industrial basics is preferable to a “big bang” move such as the planned initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco. “If you float 10 percent of Aramco, then what? You get some money, but does Saudi Arabia need money? I’m not so sure,” he added. “They’ve got the resources, they have everything it takes … so I’m not so sure I’d pick this (the Aramco IPO) as the highest priority.”

But he is enthusiastic about other flagship projects that the Kingdom is planning, such as the NEOM megacity. He revealed that Siemens would be very interested in getting involved in this $500 billion plan.

“NEOM is a fascinating project. We may or may not be involved in that — there’s a bidding process — but if you look at NEOM, it’s almost like a recycled business description for Siemens. Of course, we could help and play a role, but it depends on the partnerships and everything else,” Kaeser said.

He sees NEOM as more than just an industrial project.

Saudi Arabia as a Kingdom and as an economy will always be attractive for foreign investment

Joe Kaeser

“It’s a fascinating project because it addresses urban infrastructure in a modern way. It addresses sustainable and renewable energy, and the freedom to move by Western standards, which could help to get the region or the Kingdom used to those types of things, which is a massive transformation,” he said.

Kaeser sees NEOM and other big projects as the next step in a process of social transformation, like the decision to allow women to drive. “Saudi Arabia plays a major role in the region, a stabilizing role in every way, so people say, ‘isn’t it too slow that only now they have women driving?’ I say: You don’t understand. This is a massive transformation for the people of the Kingdom. This is huge. I always tell people in Europe that this is a massive move,” he said.

There has been speculation that the fallout from the Khashoggi murder will hit foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Kingdom. Kaeser does not agree with that notion, but believes that much depends on how Saudi policymakers handle the current investigations.

“Saudi Arabia as a Kingdom and as an economy will always be attractive for foreign investment… based on the potential it has in the region as well as its economic potential,” he said. “So I think in the long term there will be no change, but it depends on how a political or economic ecosystem handles crises.”

The Kingdom deserves the patience and trust of the international community to investigate the matter in its own way and according to its own laws, he added. “If murder happens in Germany, the US or France, there’s a process. There’s an investigation, a trial and a conviction. That’s something the Kingdom deserves too,” Kaeser said.

Returning to the theme of policy execution, Kaeser said the UAE has been the most successful state in the region in terms of implementing renewable energy policies.

Siemens has based its regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the centerpiece of the UAE’s drive for sustainable energy. “Masdar City was an execution on the policy and the concept.  Did it go as fast as it was intended?  No. But did it get implemented? Absolutely. We moved into Masdar and we saved a lot of cost,” he said. “Sometimes, the execution is slower, but the UAE always executes, and that’s a fascinating track record that will attract foreign investment.”

While in the UAE, he was also looking at progress on the Siemens partnerships with the Dubai Expo 2020, the Dewa power and water utility, and Al-Maktoum solar park in Dubai. In particular, he thinks that recent technological advances have made hydrogen power a much more economically attractive proposition.

“I’m not sure anymore that modern mobility will be all electric. I could well imagine that hydrogen plays a much bigger role in the infrastructure of renewable energy ecosystems,” he said.

As one of the most powerful European industrialists in the world, Kaeser has firm opinions on the future role of the EU, caught in the middle of a potential trade war between the US and China.

Judging by recent World Bank forecasts of falling American gross domestic product (GDP) next year, “it seems the biggest loser of the trade war is going to be the US in 2020, to have a GDP slowdown from 2.8 to 1.7 percent,” he said. “This is massive, almost cutting in half.”

The EU can help prevent such damage, he added.

“European countries can have their sovereignty, but what Europe needs immediately, to be a meaningful third power to the other two, is a joint foreign economic policy — what Europe says on economic terms, on free trade, on relations with China and the US,” he said.

“That’s what we need to have for Europe to be a third power, maybe even an integrative power, to integrate the two others and help facilitate the notion that a unified world is a good world to live in. That’s what’s at stake.”

One big regret for him is the current uncertainty over the UK’s role within Europe. “I would’ve wished for Britain to stay (in the EU), because Britain’s service industry is probably the best in the world. The financial industry in the UK by quality has been the best in the world,” Kaeser said.

“Germany is the best engineering country in the world. I don’t mean to be arrogant — I think it’s a fact. France has a good way of dealing with diplomacy and military activity. So we could form quite a decent, powerful Europe if you combine these strengths.”

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Positive impact of Vision 2030 on hospitality: Report

Time: December 16, 2018

Ascott has reported a decrease of 10 percent in expat families within the Kingdom.

The Ascott Limited has drawn up a report into the changing dynamics of guest profiles in Saudi Arabia.

As the government’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy proves to have a positive effect on the hospitality industry, Ascott is witnessing a notable change in its guests across the Kingdom. This has been influenced by the swift introduction of various initiatives from the removal of ban on women driving, to the introduction of cinemas, concerts with mixed-gender admission and major events such as the Formula E that was held last week in Riyadh.

“Our guest profiles are changing in line with the changing dynamics of the country. We have seen a spike in female guests of 7 percent from 2017, influenced by guests traveling for both work and leisure,” said Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Female guests have increased considerably this year, as properties across Jeddah averaged a 9 percent growth, while Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh experienced a growth rate of 5 percent.

“It means there is an opportunity for the serviced residence industry to tap in to the growing number of female travelers and provide tailored services specifically for women,” explained Miccolis.

Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh has a women’s only leisure floor consisting of an outdoor pool, gymnasium, lounge, children’s playroom and day spa. The property is receiving positive feedback from female business travelers about the facilities.

Ascott has reported a decrease of 10 percent in expat families within the Kingdom, attributed to the introduction of expat levies on dependents. Family occupants taking two and three-bedroom apartments have moved to single occupants in a one-bedroom apartment. Miccolis said: “If the announcement made last week on Bloomberg regarding a review of the expat levies being restructured comes to fruition, it will provide a positive outcome for our industry.”

International guests have maintained a consistent average over the last two years of 25 percent across the Kingdom, however Jeddah and Riyadh are on opposite scales. Fifty-five percent of Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh’s guests are international, which is a growth of 15 percent from 2017. While the four properties in Jeddah have 15 percent international guests, this is a decline of 10 percent from 2017.

“With these changing dynamics of our guests in the Kingdom, a key focus is customer service training, with the goal of exceeding guest expectations.

This year posed a credible 92 percent customer satisfaction score, a testament to the staff in the region,” said Miccolis.

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‘Saudi Arabia moving fast toward achieving its Vision 2030 goals’

Time: December 13, 2018

Dr. Ayedh bin Hadi Al-Otaibi, deputy governor of investment climate.
  • The SAGIA adopts strategies that are in accordance with Vision 2030 to support an investor’s journey within the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi economy is standing strong and it is supported by a competitive environment, said a senior official of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).
Dr. Ayedh bin Hadi Al-Otaibi, deputy governor of investment climate, was speaking at the Sixth Saudi Trade Finance Summit, which began on Wednesday in Riyadh.
Al-Otaibi delivered a speech on “Unlocking the potential of the Arab world’s largest economy” in which he reviewed the objectives and role of SAGIA with a particular reference to Vision 2030.
The SAGIA official also highlighted the recently introduced reforms in the investment environment to support the business sector in the Kingdom.
Al-Otaibi said Saudi Arabia is moving rapidly toward achieving its goals as envisaged in Vision 2030. The goals, he added, include an increase in foreign direct investment in the Kingdom, diversification of sources of income and leveraging its unique attributes as the heart of the Islamic world and the link between three continents.
The official said the Kingdom is taking all steps to make small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the main engine for economic development in the Kingdom.
Due to the recent measures and reforms the SMEs in the Kingdom are witnessing a spurt in growth and job creation, he added.
SMEs are considered a key partner in the development of Saudi Arabia.
One of the important actions in supporting these companies is the establishment of the General Authority for SMEs (Monshaat), which aims to increase the contribution of such businesses in the economy. Monshaat aspires to contribute to innovation, facilitate funding and create jobs for Saudi males and females.
The government has put in place stimulus packages of up to SR200 billion ($53 billion) until 2020 under the Fiscal Balance Program, one of the central initiatives for realizing the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reforms.
The PIF, the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, has also supported the sector by setting up a SR4 billion fund ($1 billion) that will give SMEs access to capital. The “fund of funds,” as it is known, will invest in venture capital and private equity funds targeting the SME sector.
A privatization program also encourages the private sector to own or manage state-owned assets and to take over public services currently provided directly by the government.
SMEs are important to all economies around the world and will specifically play a major role in the non-oil-reliant Saudi economy. SMEs contribute to the economy by generating employment opportunities for the Saudi people and fostering economic empowerment for the youth and women. This will help in achieving the Vision 2030 goals of decreasing unemployment from 11.6 percent to 7 percent and increasing female participation in the workforce from 22 percent to 30 percent.
The SAGIA adopts strategies that are in accordance with Vision 2030 to support an investor’s journey within the Kingdom.
It also promotes a business environment based on customer service by measuring the satisfaction of investors with the services offered to them.

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Saudi Vision 2030 closely aligned with core G20 objectives

Time: December 02, 2018   

Buenos Aires — Saudi Arabia joined the G20 Troika, a three-member country committee chaired by Japan, the current presidency; Argentina, the previous presidency; and Saudi Arabia, the future presidency in 2020, said a G20 press release.

The Troika was established to ensure that previous, current and subsequent G20 presidencies work hand-in-hand to achieve consistency and continuity of the group’s agenda.

The G20 press release said, “Since the announcement of the 2020 G20 Saudi presidency at the 2017 G20 Hamburg Summit, the Kingdom commenced a whole of government approach for its presidency’s preparation.

“The G20 Saudi Secretariat was established to coordinate efforts, with the aim of pursuing a progressive agenda that advances the Group’s accomplishments and priorities across global economic and developmental fronts.

“Saudi Arabia will capitalize on its regional and international roles to engage with G20 members, invited countries, civil societies, and international and regional organizations to incorporate diverse viewpoints that reach policy recommendations addressing current and emerging global challenges impacting societies and economies throughout the world.”

The press release said that the “G20 Saudi Arabia presidency will include a multitude of meetings, throughout the year of its presidency, for ministers, deputies, working groups and other stakeholders with the aim of building broad consensus on policy proposals that address G20 topics. These meetings will be crowned by the G20 Leaders’ Summit.”

“Saudi Arabia is undergoing major economic and social transformation guided by its Vision 2030, which is closely aligned with core G20 objectives of achieving macroeconomic stability, sustainable development, women empowerment, enhanced human capital, and increased flow of trade and investment,” the press statement said.

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A message from a Saudi citizen

Time: November 08, 2018   

VOICES MUG AHMED ALBELALE

I REALIZE that it might sound arrogant to say this, but as a young Saudi man, I am the future of my country.

Let me explain. I am part of a younger generation of Saudis under the age of 30 who make up 58.5 percent of the Kingdom’s population. We are young men and women who are very comfortable in the digital world, who enjoy traveling in and experiencing different cultures, who are open-minded about embracing dramatic change.

When Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman announced Vision 2030, which will reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and promote a new modern and moderate image of Saudi Arabia, nobody cheered louder than my generation. These are things we have been waiting for. We knew the plan was ambitious and that it would be difficult to implement, but we are eager to do our part to make it come to life.

I’m not going to waste time talking about boring information and statistics. I’m going to talk about real life changes that are taking place in Saudi Arabia.

Vision 2030 has been there since the foundation of the Kingdom. From the earliest days, King Abdulaziz aspired to take the Kingdom to a better place. He wanted to guide his country toward a brighter economic future. My father has told me how far the Kingdom has come since the days of his youth, and now that Vision 2030 is being implemented, I am witnessing the speed of that change increasing. As a society, we are setting aside inherited habits and adopting the changes that are happening around the world.

We can thank the leader of Vision 2030, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, for that accelerated change. All of us know how the Kingdom has inherited its wealth of natural resources, specifically the oil that gave us the nickname of the “black gold Kingdom.” But now Vision 2030 is forcing Saudis to see themselves as more than just an oil Kingdom. The Crown Prince’s ambitious plan aims at reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil as the primary driver of the economy, and to diversify into other areas such as services and manufacturing that will create jobs and keep the Kingdom prosperous for years to come.

Change is difficult, of course. If an old habit has brought benefits for a lifetime, one could be forgiven for thinking, “if it’s not broken, why fix it?” As one of the world’s largest suppliers of oil, Saudi Arabia has risen to become a major player on the global economic stage. But there are many young Saudis who have yet to experience the job opportunities that a fast-growing diverse economy can provide. That is why Crown Prince Muhammad is so eager to speed up the rate of change.

Oil has brought us great wealth, but focusing on oil and gas has allowed us to overlook many other assets that we have barely invested in, such as minerals development, our geographical location as a potential trading hub and our rich cultural, societal, demographic and economic advantages that could empower us to take a leading role in the world. Perhaps our greatest asset is our people themselves. With a young ambitious population, there are very few problems that we cannot overcome.

We can already see some of the good things that have happened in the Kingdom since Vision 2030 was announced in 2016. In the northwest, plans are underway to build an entirely new city based on new technologies, a city called Neom. The world’s largest solar power plant is also under construction, taking advantage of Saudi Arabia’s richest resource: sunshine. A new Ministry of Culture has been created to open the door for more art and entertainment. Economic growth has increased, and the unemployment rate has dropped. And women are driving after almost 40 years of a non-official ban. As Crown Prince Muhammad explained, “I support Saudi Arabia, and half of Saudi Arabia is women. So I support women.”

All of these things have happened in just the first two years since Vision 2030 was announced. There are so many positive things that have already happened and will happen in the future. These dreams are achievable because I and other Saudis believe in Vision 2030 and are willing to put in our own efforts to make them come true.

Every country on earth wants to have the best life possible for its people. Everybody wants to be the best country in the world. We all know that our best chance of improvement comes with Vision 2030.

Change requires hard work. I remember watching an interview with the Crown Prince on TV. I listened to his words carefully, but I also paid special attention to the office where he spent his time working on Vision 2030 with his team. The interviewer asked him: “Is this where you spend all night?” He replied: “Yes, mostly and all of the workaholic ministers spend most of their nights in these offices as well.” As a Saudi citizen I feel really proud of the dedication of our leadership to create the changes that are taking place in the Kingdom.

When I see that the Crown Prince and his team are working day and night every day just to accomplish Vision 2030 to raise the Kingdom up, that really reflects on me. I ask myself, what is my role here and what do I need to do to help make Vision 2030 a reality? Not just me, but all young Saudis, need to do our best and give all the energy and creative thought that we have got. To accomplish our dream, we will need to work really hard and join hands with our government to make it work. If we do that, the sky is the limit.

Ahmed Adel Albelale

The author can be contacted at: aalbelale@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @ahmedalbelale

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Vision 2030 a ‘source of inspiration for all Saudis’

Time: November 03, 2018      

Fatimah Salem Baeshen, spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy in Washington. (Supplied)
  • Fatimah Salem Baeshen added that Vision 2030 has become “a source of inspiration for all Saudis

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has begun to transform the way government institutions operate in the Kingdom, streamlining operations and altering the structure of various departments, according to Fatimah Salem Baeshen, spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
She added that Vision 2030 has become “a source of inspiration for all Saudis as it represents all Saudis.”
She highlighted the benefits Vision 2030 has already had for Saudi women, and on development and modernization in the Kingdom.

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