Saudi Data & AI Authority signs agreement with Dell Technologies to Accelerate Innovation in Artificial Intelligence in Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) and Dell Technologies sign an MoU at Gitex Technology Week
  • The collaboration focused on driving innovation and capacity building with advanced solutions in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Cloud, and more.

Dubai – Dec 11, 2020: Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) signed an MoU today with Dell Technologies, which will witness both organizations combine their expertise in emerging technologies to drive the joint development of engineering and technology projects in the Kingdom.

The MoU with Dell Technologies is designed to work with SDAIA to leverage solutions within AI, cloud, data analytics, and enterprise storage. This strategic collaboration will also see an exchange of industry best practices and expertise needed to develop integrated projects that will serve public sector entities’ technology needs across Saudi Arabia.

The signing took place during GITEX Technology Week 2020 between His Excellency Dr. Esam Al-Wagait, Director of Saudi Arabia’s National Information Center (NIC) who signed on behalf of SDAIA’s president His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi, and Mohammed Amin, Senior VP of the Middle East Dell Technologies.

The new MoU comes within the framework of SDAIA’s efforts to activate the national strategy for data and AI, which was recently approved by the Saudi leadership and plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of data and artificial intelligence within the Kingdom and the world.

His Excellency Dr. Esam Al-Wagait, Director of Saudi Arabia’s NIC, stated: “At SDAIA, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We are excited about the growth and opportunities created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and we are constantly striving to deliver products and services that are developed around advanced emerging technologies. We are delighted to partner with Dell Technologies on our ongoing digital journey. Dell Technologies has long been a leader and pioneer in Information Technology.”

And from his side, Mr. Mohammed Amin, Senior VP, Middle East Dell Technologies: “We, at Dell, are constantly aiming to cooperate with organizations to develop digital solutions. We also look forward to strengthening capacity building in the fields of AI and big data in a way that contributes to developing the knowledge economy in the Kingdom. It is a pleasure to collaborate with SDAIA as they look to enhance their role as the leading technology enabler of Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation vision.”

About Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA):

Established by a Royal Decree issued on 30 August 2019, the Saudi Data & Artificial Intelligence Authority(SDAIA) is responsible for overseeing the national strategy for data and intelligence through three executive arms: The National Data Management Office (NDMO), the National Information Center (NIC), and the National Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI).      

Through its vision, SDAIA seeks to establish the Kingdom among data-based pioneer economies leaders. Its mission relies on unleashing the full value of data as a national asset to fulfill the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and overseeing the achievement of strategic data and AI directives by governing, providing, and enhancing data, and forward-looking capabilities through continuous AI innovations.

The responsibilities of the SDAIA are focused on implementing three main duties: developing national data and AI strategies, overseeing the implementation of national data and AI strategies, and highlighting the Kingdom’s achievements in data and AI on a local and global scale. SDAIA fosters four strategic pillars that can be summarized in the following: focusing on national priorities, making an impact on all government agencies, excelling in accountability and controls, and enhancing the Kingdom’s identity and global positioning. SDAIA also plays an important role in fulfilling the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as 70% of the Vision’s objectives are directly impacted by data and AI strategies. In addition, data and AI must be utilized to the fullest extent so the Kingdom can fulfill the Vision’s objective to create a leading digital economy.

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