Huawei Tech. Investment Saudi Arabia and Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu have signed an agreement to establish a training academy and a smart city innovation centre in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, accelerating smart city deployment in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The signing took place during the 2017 ‘Saudi-China Investment Forum’ on the sidelines of King Salman bin Abdulaziz's visit to China. The academy plans to be open for training this year.

CEO of the Royal Commission of Yanbu and Jazan Economic City Dr. Alaa bin Abdullah Nassif, said: "Enforcing the directives of the wise leadership and with the aim of achieving the strategic goal of developing a unique city that is technologically advanced based on global standards of smart cities, the Royal Commission of Yanbu established and developed the first smart city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through partnerships with several private sector companies. Today, we signed a partnership deal with one of the leading companies, Huawei, to develop and establish the smart city innovation center - which is the first of its kind in the region - as well as developing the Huawei training academy in order to transfer the knowledge and global experience in the technology field."

Ramadan Ding, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia said: “Huawei’s advanced smart city innovation coupled with its global leadership in research and development will ultimately benefit the people of Saudi Arabia. Huawei reaffirms its full support and commitment to the Kingdom and the people of Saudi Arabia.”

The Saudi-China investment forum focused on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, the roles that private sectors of both countries can have in the implementation of that vision, and the Belt and Road Initiative. The program also included signing ceremonies and MOUs between various Saudi and Chinese companies and entities.