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Saudi Crown Prince inaugurates 7 strategic projects including 1st nuclear research reactor

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the foundation stones for seven key projects, including the first nuclear research reactor.
The projects that would be established at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh include renewable and nuclear energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and aircraft manufacturing. One of the key projects is the center to develop aircraft structures.
During the visit, he also inaugurated the Central Laboratory of the Saudi Human Genome that aims to study genes behind inherited diseases among locals. He launched incubators and accelerators located in each of Dammam, Qassim, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah and Abha, as part of Bader program, which currently heads the Arab Network for ICT Incubators and UN technological cities in the Arab world.
Among the projects which the HRH Crown Prince laid their foundation stones are desalination plants in the city of Yanbu powered with solar energy, with a capacity of 5200 cubic meters per day. It is the first industrial application model that uses desalination absorption technology. The projects also included laying the foundation stone of a low-energy nuclear research reactor, the Kingdom’s first of its kind. HRH Crown Prince also laid the foundation stone for a center for the development of aircraft fuselage, located, at King Khalid International Airport.
Upon arrival at KACST, the Crown Prince watched a visual presentation of the city’s strategies and objectives aimed at investment and development in researches by coordinating national activities of science, technology and innovation, policies and strategies for researching and developing in the field of innovation and providing support for scientific research and technological development in the Kingdom, in addition to backing up innovation and enhancing local, regional and international cooperation and partnerships for technology transfer and localization.
Following the presentation, the Crown Prince inspected the latest developments in aviation and radar projects, affiliating to the National Center for Aviation Technology.
Then, thge Crown Prince got acquainted with the latest achievements at the Innovation Center for Industry 4, namely the Smart Factory, which includes a number of advanced production and manufacturing departments, virtual reality, information security, IoT, cloud computing, systems integration, simulation, automation, robots, and macro data handling.

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