FEATURE: SMART CITIES
With Saudi Arabia preparing for
a post-oil economy, it is turning
its attention to technology. The
Smart Yanbu Industrial City
project, in collaboration with
Huawei, perfectly illustrates
how the ‘Oil Kingdom’ is taking
a data-driven approach to
better managing waste, traffic,
street lights, parking and
n recent years, falling global oil prices have created challenging
opportunities for Saudi Arabia to move towards renewable energy
and open new investment projects that will support the economy.
Oil currently generates about 70% of the country’s revenue
and in preparation for the future, Saudi Arabia announced a
transformation programme called ‘Vision 2030’ in April 2016.
This ambitious blueprint has focused on the goals of developing
smart cities, achieving environmental sustainability, improving digital
infrastructures and expanding the variety of digital services.
In line with Saudi Arabia’s vision, the Smart Yanbu Industrial City project
is building upon the hopes of citizens for transformation.
Smart Yanbu Industrial City, a transformative
engine for the ‘Oil Kingdom’
In 1975, Yanbu Industrial City was set up according to a royal decree
and managed by a Royal Commission.