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The Kingdom Ranked Among ’10 Global Business Climate Improvers’

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The Kingdom has been ranked among other countries in this year’s top 10 global business climate improvers, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2020 study

Saudi Arabia has succeeded in landing a spot thanks to the several reforms that have been implemented in eight Doing Business areas, the country has been ranked the 62nd globally with an overall score of 71.6 out of 100, it has successfully climbed 30 places.

“Saudi Arabia’s impressive reforms in doing business this year show its commitment to fulfilling a main pillar of its National Vision 2030: A thriving economy,” said Issam Abousleiman, World Bank regional director of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

“Easing the business climate for local entrepreneurs to thrive as well as foreign investors to work in the Kingdom shows a forward path to creating more jobs for Saudi youth and women, and creating sustainable, inclusive growth.” He added.

Saudi Arabia has indeed thrived this year in the field of starting a business, it now only costs 5.4% of income per capital for an entrepreneur to start their own business, which is lower than the cost in other North African and Middle Eastern countries.

 

 

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Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcon Team Qualifies For Tokyo Olympics

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Saudi Arabia’s football team has been qualified to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020, making them the first Asian team, after hosts Japan, to book their place at the Olympics.

The Green Falcons made their victory after their 1-0 win over Uzbekistan which made them progress to the final of the AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020.

This will also mark the team’s first qualification to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament since 1996.

Two more Asian teams will be joining Japan and Saudi Arabia, those who will qualify in the second AFC U-23 Championship finalist and the winner of the third-place playoff.

The Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 will kick off on the 23rd of July and the match for the gold medal will be played on August 8th.

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30 Mosques Renovated Under Crown Prince’s Plans to ‘Develop Historical Mosques’

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The first phase of the Mohammed bin Salman project for ‘Developing Historical Mosques‘ has been completed with the renovation of 30 mosques across different regions in the Kingdom.

The project had cost so far more than SR50 million ($13 million) and the first phase that covered 10 regions took 423 days, this falls under the crown prince’s plans to renovate 130 historical mosques in the Kingdom.

Renovations are done with the help of specialized companies in heritage buildings to ensure the preservation of the historical landmarks, and the involvement of Saudi engineers as well to ensure the preservation of each mosque’s authentic urban identity and at the same time use new, high-quality materials.

This historical mosques have been closed for over 40 years and the government is working hard toward renovating them and opening them once again to the public.

The renovated mosques will include several facilities such as women’s prayer rooms, services for disabled people, air conditioning, lighting and acoustics.

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Riyadh: Soon to Become the First Digital Capital City in the Arab World

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Riyadh will become the first digital capital city in the entire Arab world, the announcement was made during the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology.

 

The session was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital. The decision to grant Riyadh this title comes after the city’s significant role in adopting digital technologies, which is used in developing the socio-economic sector, improve education and advance health care, all of which eventually leads to increasing the welfare of the community.

 

The ICT sector in the Kingdom now makes up 4% of the GDP, which eventually lead to the country climbing 16 places in the World Economic Forum’s global competitive index 2019 and gain a top ease-of-doing-business ranking in the World Bank’s 2020 report.

Ever since the launch of the 2030 vision, the Kingdom’s ICT sector is now the largest in the Arab world after it witnessed a remarkable regulatory change.

This is why naming Riyadh the digital capital is considered to be a splendid recognition for the Kingdom’s achievements and success in the ICT sector.

 

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