But that practice of giving back – and enabling economic growth – is about to enter a new phase with the King Salman Energy Park. Called SPARK, the megaproject is designed to position Saudi Arabia as a global energy hub that furnishes a dynamic, enabling environment for foreign and domestic investment.

This unprecedented plan to create a national energy sector for the ground up is an idea whose time has come.

Targeting exploration, production, refining, petrochemicals, conventional power, and water production and treatment, SPARK will leverage Saudi Aramco’s pivotal role as the world’s most reliable energy supplier – and the world’s leading megaproject manager. With manufacturing and service activities ranging from equipment for drilling, electrical services, and liquids treatment; exploration and production services; to pipes, vessels, tanks, valves, and pumps, SPARK will be sure catalyst for Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s plan to diversify the Kingdom’s economy beyond oil and build a thriving private sector.