Since Vision 2030 was unveiled around six years ago, the kingdom has achieved many noteworthy milestones to support its economic diversification objectives and build a flourishing future for the people of Saudi Arabia. And to date, the vision realisation programmes specifically have achieved remarkable successes across the vision’s different pillars including a vibrant society, a thriving economy, and an ambitious nation.
"We are determined to build a thriving country in which all citizens can fulfill their dreams, hopes and ambitions. Therefore, we will not rest until our nation is a leader in providing opportunities for all through education and training, and high-quality services in employment, health, housing, and entertainment," said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.
Just last year, the number of new Saudi employees entering the private sector reached 121,000 in the first quarter, according to a report issued by the Human Resources Development Fund. Another report by the National Labor Observatory published in April 2021 indicated that Saudisation in the private sector rose to 22.75 percent in the first quarter, compared to 20.37 percent during the same period in 2020.
As the kingdom prepares to achieve its 2030 Vision, it’s heavily focusing on promoting domestic and international tourism, allowing its economy to grow beyond oil, and introducing the world to the rich history and culture of one of the region’s biggest countries.
NEOM, the country’s ambitious project, is expected to be the size of Belgium when completed and is set to be the world’s first cognitive city. According to reports about the project, an operating system known as NEOS will aim to seek consent to use data from 90 percent of the project’s residents, which will help enhance their overall experience. It’s a proactive system that can take action, and support when needed, while collecting data. This visionary project is one of many that the country will complete in the coming years, thereby building smart and cognitive cities. From traffic management systems to 15-minute cities and smart transport initiatives – these all need extremely targeted use of data to come to life.