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Saudi News Update: Week 9

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This week Leap otherwise known as ‘A Digital Davos’ will be held in Riyadh. This tech event with over 1,800 global exhibitors will explore the trends of innovations and AI with DeepFest running simultaneously.

In other news, one of Saudi’s Vision 2030 programmes has announced they have accomplished 34/96 goals of their National Transformation Programme (NTP). Launched in 2016 the NTP aims to transform Saudi into a leading nation. With goals set agnostically across all sectors for the aim of developing and implementing Saudi’s Vision 2030 Programme. One example of success if the National Volunteer Portal which has seen a significant increase in volunteering across the nation.

Economy, Budgets and Finance

Al Arabiya: Saudi Arabia salary guide: Pay hikes, new job roles expected across Kingdom in 2024. Read here

Arab News: Saudi non-oil exports to GCC nations surge by 42% to hit $5.55bn. Read here

The Fintech Times: AI Set to Take Centre Stage as LEAP Gears Up for 2024 Return to Riyadh. Read here

Government and Royal Family

Saudi Gazette:  National Transformation Program accomplishes 34 out of 96 strategic goals of Vision 2030  . Read here

Arab News:  Ireland trade minister: Saudi Arabia offers ‘extraordinary opportunity’ for Irish firms looking to invest. Read here

Arab News:  Saudi deputy FM attends Antalya Diplomacy Forum, holds meetings on behalf of crown prince. Read here

Defence and Security

Times Aerospace: Germany stalls Saudi Typhoons. Read here

Atalayar: Saudi Arabia wants more MRTT "tanker" aircraft that Airbus Spain manufactures in Getafe. Read here


Saudi Gazette: Saudi Arabia unveils program to localize 75% of jobs in energy sector. Read here

Arab News: Saudi Arabia is at forefront of innovation drive in logistics. Read here

Arab News: Estonia’s Bolt eyes further Saudi expansion. Read here

Asharq Al-Awsat: Why Did 630 Int’l Companies Choose Saudi Arabia as Regional Headquarters? Read here


Saudi Gazette: Saudi Arabia launches new educational visa program to attract foreign students  .  Read here

Saudi Gazette: Saudi Arabia launches Euro 5 clean petrol and diesel in the marketRead here


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