Japanese company training Saudi IT engineers with future cities in mind

Japanese company training Saudi IT engineers with future cities in mind
Japanese company training Saudi IT engineers with future cities in mind

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Jeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - TOKYO: Japanese company Uhuru, which applies smart technology to cities and everyday living, has started training IT engineers from the Saudi National Research Institute in Japan.

Uhuru and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) entered a comprehensive business partnership in 2022 aimed at technology and business development in smart cities and environmental technologies towards realizing a sustainable society.

The program is being implemented as part of that partnership. Both parties plan to conduct further programs, promoting comprehensive technology and business development from the edge to the cloud.

Saudi Arabia has unveiled “Saudi Vision 2030,” aiming to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on oil and at the heart of this vision is the construction of the mega smart city “NEOM,” a mega-project supported by sustainable technologies and highly automated systems.

MUTO Sachio of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism explained that his department is involved with international cooperation and digitalization, including smart cities.

“Since last year, we have been trying to extend our knowledge to our international community and we have made presentations and seminars in international meetings,” he said.

“People are beginning to be aware of these kinds of models in Japan. I have never been to Saudi Arabia and I’m really looking forward to this kind of communication and the partnership between the two countries.

“I am here to provide my feedback on the smart city program organized by Uhuru for us, the KACST employees. We are currently on the third day of this program, and I am incredibly excited about the experiences we have had so far,” Elham Matub Alkabawi told Arab News Japan.

“During the program, we have visited various companies that are at the forefront of smart city technologies. We have been exposed to advancements in virtual reality, digital twin, and AI applications, which are shaping the cities of the future,” she said.

This week, the program includes visiting the actual fields of Japan’s smart cities in Shirahama Town, Susami Town, and Hidakagawa Town in Wakayama prefecture.

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