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King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
مدينة الملك عبدالعزيز للعلوم والتقنية
Logo of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
Established 1977
Type Public
President Dr. Mohammed ibn Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel
Location Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (also KACST; Arabic: مدينة الملك عبدالعزيز للعلوم والتقنية‎) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is an organization established in 1977 as the Saudi Arabian National Center for Science & Technology (SANCST); in 1985, it was renamed King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.


In 1977, the Saudi Arabian National Center for Science and Technology (SANCST) was established, with Prof. International Council for Science (ICSU) as a National Member.[1]

In 1984, Abdul Rahman Al-Athel was named as the President of the city. In 2007, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, who used to be the KACST vice president for research, became the president. HH Dr. Turki AL Saud is the KACST vice president.



The research complex is divided into the following research institutes:

  • Atomic Energy Research Institute
  • Computer and Electronics Research Institute
  • Petroleum and Petrochemical Institute
  • Energy Research Institute
  • Resource and Development Institute
  • Astronomy and Geophysics Institute
  • Space Research Institute


KACST has many different research centers, including:[2][3]

  • National Center for Nano Technology Research
  • The National Robotics and Intelligent Systems Center
  • The National Center for Water Research
  • The National Center of Mathematics & Physics
  • Technology Development Center
  • The National Center for Astronomy
  • The National Center for Biotechnology
  • The National Center for Agricultural Technologies
  • The National Centre Environmental Technology
  • The National Center for Radiation Protection
  • The National Center for Radioactive Waste Management
  • Center of Excellence for Wireless Applications - CEWA (Working with Intel)
  • Center of Excellence for Software Development (Working with IBM)
  • Saudi Lunar and Near-Earth Object Science Center (Working with NASA)[4]
  • Center of Excellence for Space and Aeronautics (Working with Stanford University)
  • Center of Excellence for Wildlife Research (Working with the Saudi Wildlife Authority)
  • Center of Excellence for Nanotechnology (Working with IBM)
  • Center of Excellence for Nanotechnology Manufacturing (Working with Intel)
  • Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnology (Working with UCLA)
  • Center of Excellence for Bionanotechnology (Working with Northwestern University)
  • Center of Excellence for Nanomedicines (Working with UCSD)
  • Media Center
  • Middle East Center for Energy Efficiency (Working with Intel)
  • Joint Center for Genomics (Working with Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Advanced Sensors & Electronics Defense (ASED) Center
  • Center for Complex Engineering System - CCES (Working with MIT)


KACST is now working in the following programs:[5]

  • National Satellite Technology Program
  • National ECP Program
  • National Program for Advanced Materials and Building Systems
  • National Program for Automobile Technology
  • Aviation Technology National Program


The National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan

The National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (NSTIP) is a collaboration between the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economy and Planning. This program was approved by the Council of Ministers in 2002. This program has fifteen strategic technologies that will help the future development of Saudi Arabia.[6]

These plans are:[7] Water, Oil and Gas, Petrochemicals Technology, Nanotechnologies, Biotechnology, Information Technology, ECP (Electronics, Communications, Photonics), Space and Aeronautics Technology, Energy, Advanced Materials, Environment, Mathematics and Physics, Medical and Health, Agricultural Technology, Building and Construction

King Abdullah's Initiative for Arabic Content

King Abdullah's Initiative for Arabic Content (ar) is a project that aims to provide high-quality Arabic contents in all disciplines. To achieve this goal, KACST started to work with the local and international organizations. For example:

  • Wiki Arabi (Arabic: ويكي عربي‎): This is another project initiated by King Abdullah's Initiative for Arabic Content. This project aims to improve the content of the Arabic WorldHeritage by translating the high-quality articles from other languages of WorldHeritage (Persian, English, French and Hebrew WorldHeritage). The first Wiki Arabi event was in 2010, where over 2000 articles were translated into Arabic.[10] The second Wiki Arabi was in 2012.[11]

Nuclear technology

In 1988, KACST starts planning to develop nuclear technology in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, KACST decided to open the Atomic Energy Research Institute (AERI). This Institute will help Saudi Arabia to develop the nuclear power along with King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy(ar).[12] The AERI has four different departments: Radiation Protection Department, Industrial Applications, Nuclear Reactors and Safety, and a Materials Department[13]

Scientific achievements

  • KACST's Space Research Institute has designed some satellites that are used in scientific purposes. Such as: SaudiComSat-1 and SaudiGeo-1
  • In 2006, KACST signed a collaboration agreement with CERN to participate in the construction of LINAC4 project. KACST engineers constructed a warm prototype of it. This prototype was then qualified at CERN. And now, KACST is working build up a high-energy physics community to participate in future CERN programs.[14]
  • In September 30, 2008, KACST funded the science team of Gravity Probe B, helping them to complete the project.
  • In 2012, KACST announced the first electrostatic accelerator in Saudi Arabia. This accelerator has been designed by the National Center of Mathematics and Physics.[15]

Information Technology Unit (ITU)

Information Technology requirements for research center and city staff is fulfilled by ITU section situated in building No. 1.

Internet proxy for Saudi Arabia

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology operates the internet backbone in Saudi Arabia as well as the local registry address space. According to RIPE, "all Saudi Arabia web traffic will come from [the] IP block" registered to KACST.[16]

See also

External links

  • KACST high resolution logo (text in black)
  • KACST high resolution logo (text in white)


  1. ^ "Detailed information — ICSU". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  2. ^ "الرئيسية". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "NASA - NASA Partners with Saudi Arabia on Moon and Asteroid Research". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "الرئيسية". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "Nature Arabic Edition Inaugural Issue Published - DUBAI, UAE, October 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/". 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  9. ^ "Press release archive: About NPG". 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  10. ^ "ويكي عربي |". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  11. ^ "ويكي عربي 2: مشروع إثراء موسوعة ويكيبيديا | ويكي عربي". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  12. ^ "Atomic Energy Research Institute". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  13. ^ "Getting Ready for Nuclear-Ready Iran - ßĘČ Google". Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  14. ^ "Saudi Arabia". 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  15. ^ "D. Mohammed Al Suwaiyel Inaugurates the First Phase of Operating the Electrostatic Accelerator". 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  16. ^ "Internet Filtering in Saudi Arabia in 2004". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

External links

  • Official website (English) (Arabic)
  • The National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan website (English)
  • King Abdullah's Initiative for Arabic Content (Arabic)
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