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Kingdom connect: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City

James Dartnell | April 22, 2014
Anyone taking a brisk drive through Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City would be easily misled. At the moment, it doesn't look like much of a city. There is a road network, a scattering of office and residential buildings, and a stunning coastline.

Although in a relatively early stage of development, KAEC presents an incredibly exciting prospect not just for the Middle Eastern IT scene, but for the entire economy and future development of Saudi Arabia. Albakri's tireless efforts to convince world-class vendors to participate in Sinnovate and in Saudia's data centre have convinced him that his work will pay off, "We have scoured the world to acquire the best possible partners to support us in this project," he says. "Some took more convincing than others, but when I said to them 'Why don't you have a presence in this part of the world? Don't you realise the potential that lies here?' A lot of them didn't have an answer."


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