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SDAIA and KAUST launch an artificial intelligence research center and a strategic agreement to enhance technologies in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) signed a strategic agreement; With the aim of unifying efforts between the two parties in many fields, and setting a comprehensive framework for the development of artificial intelligence research and modern technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The signing ceremony took place at the KAUST campus in Thuwal. The memorandum was signed by Dr. Majid Al-Tuwaijri, the supervisor of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence, the innovative arm of KAUST, and by KAUST President Professor Tony Chan.



The signing of the memorandum between the two parties comes to support science and technical research and improve its quality, by launching a joint center for research and innovation in artificial intelligence, which will focus on many areas and sectors, most notably health, energy, environment, water and agriculture, bioinformatics, and natural language processing. A joint national and addressing local and international challenges together in the field of data science and artificial intelligence towards global success.


Under the memorandum, the two parties intend to work on joint development of academic programs and professional training, and to provide joint support to emerging companies in the field of artificial intelligence and marketing research in this field, in addition to facilitating the exchange of experiences through faculty members and students, in addition to cooperation in infrastructure and data with the aim of using them in AI research and innovation in line with national policies and guidelines; To achieve lofty goals and objectives that support Vision 2030, and meet the leadership’s desire - supported by God - for the parties to unite and integrate their efforts to push the Kingdom forward.



His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi, President of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), said: “Here we are continuing SDAYA’s journey by working with other parties that we all believe in their importance in achieving integration and achieving goals. Today, with the grace of God, then thanks to the support of His Royal Highness and the Crown Prince. Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz - may God protect him - Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Authority for Data and Continuous Artificial Intelligence (SDAIA) is taking a new step in cooperation with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to promote research and innovation in the field of artificial intelligence, and to support national competencies in this field.

His Excellency added: "We believe that the signing of this memorandum comes in implementation of the directives of our leadership to unify efforts between SDAYA and the national authorities, which aim in the first place to make a tangible impact in a number of areas related to the realization of Vision 2030."


He stressed that successes are coming - God willing - within the framework of cooperation (KAUST) and (SDAIA).


KAUST President Professor Tony Chan said on this occasion: “As a cutting-edge research institution, KAUST is making significant investments in data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and there is no doubt that our partnership with SDAIA will support our strategic directions to build the national capabilities and competencies that the Kingdom needs, therefore, Pushing the fourth industrial revolution in the world, which will make the Kingdom a leading destination in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, in addition to enhancing its contribution to developing solutions to real-world problems.”

For his part, Dr. Majid Al-Tuwaijri expressed his aspiration to achieve the impact of the memorandum, citing the strength of the infrastructure of both parties, and said: “Using artificial intelligence to support research and technical sciences is a necessary step in light of the rapid developments and high standards of success, and we hope to be an active party to support this.” Development by utilizing our technical and human resources.