It’s hot, almost unbearably so, and thick clouds of dust are swirling over Thuwal. When they finally settle, they reveal something you wouldn’t expect to find in a small desert village on the Red Sea – an ultra-modern university with a sophisticated infrastructure, extraordinary research facilities, and an excellent academic environment.
You rub your eyes to clear your vision, but it’s still there, rising from the desert sands: the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST for short. What at first appears to be an audacious move is actually preparation for the country’s future.
The budding scientists at KAUST are researching topics such as photovoltaics; carbon capture and storage; biotechnology; nanotechnology; and oceanography – Saudi Arabia is aiming to compete with the top research institutes in the world.
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