Saudi Arabia is a pretty wealthy country, so its critical infrastructures are vital to the region. According to the CIA, Saudi Arabia has an oil-based economy. It produces about 16% of the worldâ€™s petroleum and ranks as the largest exporter of the same material. We can see why Saudi Arabia and the United States werenâ€™t too happy when Iran fired missiles at their oil reserves. Oil accounts for much of their economy so itâ€™s considered a crucial resource making it a critical infrastructure. Furthermore, like many wealthy countries, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also prioritized its cyber defense and infrastructure protection because of the target that is in its back.
For example, the U.S and Saudi Arabia has signed a â€œTechnical Cooperation Agreementâ€ aimed at facilitating the transfer of technical knowledge, advice, skills and resources from the United States to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the areas of critical infrastructure protection and public security, including border protection, civil defense capabilities, and coast guard and maritime capabilities (Federal Register, 2018). In addition to its critical infrastructure, Saudi Arabia has also pushed for more involvement with the private sector to stimulate its economy.
The government of Saudi Arabia wants the private sector to employ more Saudi nationals and diversify its economy. Approximately 6 million foreign workers play an important role in the Saudi economy, particularly in the oil and service sectors. I can see why the government wants to employ more of their own citizens. Saudi officials are particularly focused on employing its large youth population. We can see great changes in their culture as well like recently allowing women to drive and allowing women to federal services like education and healthcare services without the consent of a guardian. This move will impact the growth and economy of the country as well.
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, September 28-October 1, 2013. (2013, January 31). Retrieved February 18, 2020, from