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Saudi authority, Alibaba Cloud to drive KSA Smart City Innovation

SDAIA and Alibaba Cloud to work collaboratively to develop digital and AI solutions in key sectors

Saudi Arabia’s Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Alibaba Cloud to develop digital and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to empower smart city solutions. The announcement was made during the Global AI Summit, which took place virtually on October 21 and 22.

SDAIA said the partnership will support Saudi Arabia’s journey to develop smart cities that can efficiently respond to the citizens needs while also improving the quality of life. It added that the collaboration will aid in transforming KSA to become more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

Phillip Liu, GM for MEA at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, said: “We are very pleased to join hands with SDAIA and get an opportunity to contribute to the development of this world-class digital transformation project.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Alibaba Cloud will be working collaboratively to develop digital and AI solutions in several key sectors, including safety and security, mobility, urban planning, energy, education, and health. This will be done by leveraging the power of its AI platform to empower cities to intelligently manage their services and create solutions.

“With our proven cloud and AI products and the expertise from SDAIA, we look forward to bringing positive changes into the lives of Saudis and make our humble contribution to the realisation of Vision 2030,” Liu added.

HE Dr Abdullah Bin Sharaf Alghandi, president of SDAIA, said: “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has clear goals to transform KSA cities into smart ones by unlocking the value of city data as a national asset to realise Vision 2030 aspirations. Our journey to creating smart cities that rank among the smartest in the world is already well underway with Riyadh City.”

“This partnership with Alibaba Cloud will support the acceleration of the transformation of our cities, through enabling intelligence-driven technologies and AI techniques that will fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life to our citizens,” he concluded.

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