Saudi minister unveils plans to set up 10 Smart Cities

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Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdullatief Al-Asheikh on Tuesday unveiled plans to establish 10 smart cities in the Kingdom.

“The ministry will create partnerships to implement smart city project in 10 cities across the Kingdom as part of realizing the goals of the National Transformation Program of 2020. The highest authorities have entrusted the ministry to implement the smart city projects,” he said while inaugurating the First Saudi Conference for Smart Cities at Riyadh InterContinental Hotel organized by the ministry.

The theme of the three-day event is “Smart solutions for a better living.”

Al-Asheikh noted that a study carried out by the ministry in 2015 envisages making available smart facilities in 17 major cities that host around 75 percent of the Saudi population.

This report was first published in Saudi Gazette.

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