saudi-airlinesSaudia is building an international IT park at King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, northwest of Jeddah, which is expected to support the Kingdom’s move to build smart cities.

HE Eng. Khalid Al-Molhem, Director General of the airline, has signed a deal with Mr. Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO and managing director of KAEC to build the Saudia Green IT Park in the city.

The project would help transform the Kingdom from a society that consumes IT products to the one that produces IT solutions.

The presence of Saudia with its huge IT potentials and long standing experience in the field would support the Kingdom’s move to build smart cities.

During the ceremony, 11 agreements were signed with Amadeus, SITA, HP, CA, CISCO, SAP, Microsoft, TATA, Huawei, Wipro, and STC.

Saudia’s new IT Research and Development Center in KAEC will train Saudis required for the airline as well as other companies. The airline’s IT Department intends to establish research relations with international IT companies and Saudi universities, especially King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

The IT park project will be implemented on an area of 21,000 square meters in KAEC’s industrial valley.

The agreement with KAEC aims at making use of the huge facilities and opportunities provided by the giant economic city to establish a world-class IT center to support business activities.

KAEC was selected for the agreement considering its strategic location, its integrated infrastructure, advanced communications facilities and attractive investment climate that would facilitate quick implementation of projects and businesses.

The Green IT Park will have a T4 Data Center, an Innovation Center and a Software Development Center in addition to Saudia’s IT headquarters. The park will also host the airline’s Call Center.

The agreement with KAEC will also include the home-ownership program to facilitate acquisition and ownership of residencies for the relocated SV-IT staffs and partners.