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SAP CEO says introduction of AI will accelerate Saudi Vision 2030

The CEO of SAP, Bill McDermott has stated that the introduction and subsequent integration of Artificial Intelligence will help accelerate and achieve the ambitious national development goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. In addition to this, McDermott believes AI will serve as the perfect foundation for smart city NEOM which is located in the country's Tabuk region.

"Artificial intelligence is central to Saudi Vision 2030," Bill McDermott said. "With careful foresight, it will significantly transform government services in Smart Cities. NEOM is an excellent example of true innovation integrated into city infrastructure, enabling autonomous vehicles, smart buildings, and new mobile services that will improve the lives of Saudi citizens."

Bill McDermott added: "Saudi Millennials are part of the best-connected generation in history. The workplace of the future will bring careers we can't even imagine yet. SAP supports the digital ambitions of the Kingdom to equip today's youth with the digital skills to unleash their potential and achieve their dreams."

SAP recently announced a four-year SAR 285 million investment that includes plans for the SAP Cloud Hub, and a MoU with the National Digitization Unit. SAP's Training and Development Institute plans to build skills and knowledge in the Middle East and North Africa worth USD 100 million by 2022.

SAP co-innovates with innovators including Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (SASREF) in oil and gas; the General Authority for Zakat and Income Tax; and the alfanar engineering and construction company.