Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has visited tech giant Apple as part of a series of visits to US tech companies. He was accompanied on his visit by the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Khaled bin Salman.
The Crown Prince, who is commonly referred to as MBS, was in California to discuss a number of projects with Apple CEO, Tim Cook.
It is believed that projects include the joint development of apps and educational material between the company and Kingdom.
Talks also involved job opportunities for young Saudis at Apple, allowing them to benefit from the company’s in-depth tech training.
Mohammed bin Salman enjoyed a tour of the new company’s new headquarters; Apple Park, where he got a glimpse of the Steve Jobs Theatre and listened to presentations on modern voice applications currently being developed by Apple.
His Royal Highness also made visits to Google’s Mountain View headquarters, again to discuss the establishment of a training centre for Saudi youth, and met with Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Peter Thiel.
During his US tour, the Crown Prince also had meetings with President Trump and former President Barack Obama.
The visit somewhat mirrors a recent trip to the United Kingdom where the Crown Prince met Prime Minister Theresa May, along with leading defence officials and high ranking members of the British business world.
The Crown Prince is very keen to see the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reduce its economic dependency on oil exports, by branching out into the information, communication and technology sector.
It is hoped the plan, dubbed ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ will see the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia become a ‘global investment powerhouse’, with a bigger focus on the country’s other natural resources.
MBS will next travel to France as part of his global tour and then onwards to Spain to meet King Felipe VI.