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Riyadh leads public Wi-Fi way

Riyadh looks set to become the first free ‘smart city’ in Saudi Arabia - and indeed the wider Middle East - according to officials speaking at the KSA capital’s first free-for-all Wi-Fi hot spot launch last month.

Riyadh looks set to become the first free ‘smart city’ in Saudi Arabia - and indeed the wider Middle East - according to officials speaking at the KSA capital’s first free-for-all Wi-Fi hot spot launch last month.

At the unveiling of the new internet access zone on Prince Muhammad ibn Abdul Aziz Street, part of the city’s Smart Cities Forum event, the Deputy Governor of Riyadh claimed the city will become Saudi Arabia’s first full ‘smart city’.

According to Smart Cities Forum’s organisers, the establishment of such smart cities in the Kingdom will in turn help the government improve its economic and security related performance.

The Governor of Saudi Telecommunications and IT, Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, added that other major Saudi cities, such as Jeddah and Madinah, should also become smart cities: both are now what he called “logistically ready“ for such a move.

Anyone in the Prince Muhammad ibn Abdul Aziz Street area with a wireless device such as a Wi-Fi-ready notebook PC or PDA, can access the internet quickly, easily and for free.

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