By Innovation-sa on November 12, 2018 in News

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman inaugurated a program to build the first nuclear research reactor in the Kingdom during a visit to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


The program is one among the seven strategic ventures launched by the Crown Prince in the fields of renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and aircraft design.


Another major milestone reviewed at the KACST headquarters include the Center for development of aircraft structures, a 27,000 square meters area dedicated to developing civilian and military aircraft structures.


The Crown Prince also laid the foundation stone for a genome laboratory for tackling genetic disease in the Kingdom. The National Laboratory of the Saudi Human Genome contains the latest technologies in the study of genetic code, and 100,000 samples which are being examined to create a medical database.


The Crown Prince also reviewed two solar-powered water desalination plants, one in Al-Khafji and the other in Yanbu, as well as satellite projects, including SaudiSAt 5A and SaudiSat 5B.


KACST focusses on attracting investment and development in research with the coordination of national scientific, technological and innovative policies and strategies.


Saudi Gazette – 5 October 2018