Saudi Arabia's Minister of Municipal, Rural and Housing Affairs, Majid al-Hogail, has said that the country is working to turn its three main cities - Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam - into the best places in the world to live: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, into one of the top 100 cities in the world in terms of quality of life. The aim is to improve the infrastructure and quality of life for citizens by improving the transport network, upgrading buildings and creating parks and green spaces. To achieve this goal, the Kingdom is implementing a series of measures. These include improving urban infrastructure, modernising public services, enhancing citizen security, encouraging investment and innovation, promoting tourism, supporting the development of the digital economy and promoting a culture of innovation. The minister also stressed the importance of international cooperation, saying that Saudi Arabia is seeking strategic partnerships with other countries to improve the quality of life in major Saudi cities. Al-Hogail said the executive is also working to improve education, health and security services in all cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The National Transformation Forum in Riyadh provided a platform for Saudi leaders to share their country's vision of becoming a leading global destination for tourism, with a diversified economy, a vibrant culture and a more inclusive society. The leaders stressed that Saudi Arabia has become a competitive global economy and is among the top 17 economies in the world, and will soon be among the top 15. The Saudi economy is expected to reach $100 trillion by 2030. As part of these efforts, the government is also seeking to attract 100 million visitors to the country in the same year.
The Saudi government has launched an ambitious reform plan called Vision 2030, which seeks to diversify its economy, modernise its culture and attract tourists from around the world. To achieve this, the country is investing in infrastructure, including new transport networks, improving technology and developing tourist destinations. The aim is to improve the tourism experience for all visitors and to raise the level of visitor satisfaction. This includes the creation of new infrastructure, such as hotels, museums, parks and entertainment centres, as well as improvements in security, signage and the management of tourism services. The country is also investing in the training of tourism services staff so that they can provide better service to visitors. This is in addition to efforts to develop a more flexible visa programme for those wishing to visit the Kingdom.
The Ministry seeks to improve the quality of life of citizens through a national transformation programme. It focuses on humanising cities and preparing a favourable environment for investment and investors. It also aims to improve the quality of life of Saudi citizens by developing infrastructure, high-quality services and improving housing in cities. Minister Majid al-Hogail stressed that the private sector will play an active role in creating a suitable housing environment to improve the quality of life of Saudi citizens.
Saudi Arabia's goal of welcoming 100 million foreign tourists by 2030 has become one of the ambitions. If achieved, it will be a major step towards diversifying the country's economy and opening the doors of this great nation to the world.