Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the headquarters of Facebook on Wednesday and met with the tech giant’s founder and president, Mark Zuckerberg.
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in San Francisco on Sunday, in the second phase of his US tour, which started last week with a visit to Washington where he met with President Barack Obama and other top US officials.
During his time in California the Deputy Crown Prince included meetings with a number of executives in Silicon Valley, the home of the world's tech giants - as well as meeting Zuckerberg,
Another significant meeting in Silicon Valley was with Satya Narayana Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. During the meeting, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed, under which Microsoft will train young Saudis and will support Saudi Arabia in its ambitious digital and knowledge-based innovation transformation under Vision 2030.
Microsoft inked another deal to boost the Decision Making Support Center at the Royal Court by setting up systems and operational programs with the help of a team of experts from Microsoft.
It is understood that Prince Mohammed’s meetings aimed to enhance ties with Silicon Valley and create new projects to be implemented in the kingdom.
These meetings also aim to establish a high-tech sector to achieve the aims of a diverse economy, as sought by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.