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Is Saudi Arabia The Future Of Tech Hubs

Is Saudi Arabia The Future Of Tech Hubs

Is Saudi Arabia The Future Of Tech Hubs

Last Updated on November 9, 2023 by newseditor

When it comes to becoming a leading technological centre, Saudi Arabia is making great strides. Our reasoning is global in scope. Undoubtedly, the nation is one of the largest in all of Western Asia, and it is well-known for its oil, its arid desert, and its Arabian coffee. Nonetheless, advancements in the Saudi Arabian technology sector have been signalled by recent events and announcements.

Saudi Arabia, The Tech Hub Of The Future

In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is at the forefront as an emerging tech hub, and it continues to invest in the future of digital transformation. It has recently decided to direct its massive economic resources toward a move toward digitalization. The country's GDP is 833.5 billion USD (2021),and its youthful population under the age of 30 has been a major contributor.

A highly developed startup ecosystem, especially in the tech sector, has emerged in the Kingdom in a short period of time. According to a report by the business research firm  MAGNiTT , the annual rate of startup funding in the KSA increased from around $8 million in 2016 to just over $168 million in 2021 and was expected to increase dramatically in 2022. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a young, tech-savvy population with a desire for digital services, which makes it attractive to investors.

Also, the formation of the Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence and the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence was ordered by a royal decree in September. Certainly, their enthusiasm for making their country the Silicon Valley of the Middle East was stoked by this development.The Crown Prince full backing is also a major factor in its rapid development.

Even though the country has already invested $6.40 billion in cutting-edge tech, it hopes to take the lead internationally by investing even more heavily and for a much longer period in technology and innovation. Their next goal is to bring together panels of international industry experts to discuss the difficulties they've encountered and the prospects they see for the future of tech.

In 2022, Informa Tech, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones collaborated to create LEAP, a ground-breaking tech event with the goals of improving business opportunities, increasing the participation of women in the workforce, fostering the growth of tech startups, attracting foreign investment, and transforming the country. The Kingdom is investing over $1.2 billion in technology projects, of which LEAP is just one, in an effort to become a global technology hub.This year, 2023, the event is stepping up a notch to reflect the nation's hopes for the future; the theme, "Journeying Into New Worlds," will permeate everything from the event schedule to its keynote speeches.

Takeaways

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is hosting a major technology event called LEAP in an effort to shed light on how it is bringing its technological ambitions to life and to provide a launchpad for the most promising business ideas from all over the world. Change has always been sparked by new technological developments. It's clear that the tech industry as a whole, not just Saudi Arabia, will benefit from LEAP.

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