Saudi Arabia signs partnership with Dell to drive AI, innovation 

Deal to drive development of engineering, tech projects in kingdom 

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Saudi Arabia is stepping up its efforts to drive innovation and artificial intelligence (AI) in the kingdom as it moves to diversify its economy away from oil. 

The Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Dell Technologies on Thursday at the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai, to drive the development of engineering and technology projects in the Gulf state. 

The move comes as Saudi Arabia has undertaken a series of initiatives to support its ongoing socio-economic transformation and modernization strategy. The National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) said recently that it is looking to attract some $20 billion in foreign and local investments by 2030. 

Consulting services 

In the new agreement with Dell, SDAIA will get consulting services that will help them leverage solutions within AI, cloud, data analytics, enterprise storage and more, to fuel the state’s digital transformation journey. 

“This strategic collaboration will also witness an exchange of industry best practices and expertise needed to develop integrated projects that will serve the needs of public sector entities’ technology across Saudi Arabia,” a joint statement from SDAIA and Dell Technologies said. 

The MOU was signed by Dr. Esam Al-Wagait, director of Saudi Arabia’s National Information Center (NIC) and Mohammed Amin, senior vice president of the Middle East Dell 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,” said Al-Wagait. 

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Mily Chakrabarty)  

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