June 26, 2024
Saudi Arabia Space

Saudi Arabia Establishes Neo Space Group

Targeting Satellite And Space Industries

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) sovereign wealth fund has announced the establishment of Neo Space Group (NSG), a wholly-owned subsidiary poised to elevate Saudi Arabia’s presence in the satellite and space sector.

NSG will serve as a national champion, driving the advancement of commercial satellite operations both domestically and globally while spearheading investments in localisation, technology, startups, and knowledge enhancement within Saudi Arabia’s growing space industry.

Revealed on May 27, 2024, the strategic move underscores PIF’s commitment to unlocking the potential of promising sectors in Saudi Arabia. It also aligns with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030, which aim to diversify the overwhelmingly oil-based economy and bolster non-oil revenues.

In particular, the PIF aims to stimulate economic growth by venturing into aerospace while fostering innovation and job creation in strategic sectors.

NSG’s mandate encompasses initiatives to enhance Saudi Arabia’s capabilities and strategic positioning within the global space economy.

The group will leverage its resources to develop and deploy cutting-edge technologies across four key business segments: satellite communications, earth observation and remote sensing, satellite navigation and Internet of Things (IoT), and a dedicated venture capital fund focused on satellite and space endeavours.

Commenting on the establishment of NSG, Omar Al-Madhi, Co-head of MENA Direct Investments at PIF, said: “The launch of NSG represents a pivotal moment in the trajectory of Saudi Arabia’s satellite and space sector.

“This initiative underscores PIF’s commitment to driving economic expansion and diversification and heralds a new era of growth and innovation in vital industries.”

Investment Shift

The establishment of NSG reflects a strategic shift in PIF’s investment focus, marking the fund’s foray into the growing global space industry—an area ripe with technological innovation and economic development opportunities.

Saudi Arabia’s space sector is witnessing a notable surge fuelled by strategic investments, ambitious initiatives, and a vision to harness the potential of space exploration and technology.

With endeavours like establishing NSG, the country is poised to capitalise on the growing global demand for satellite services, Earth observation, and space-based technologies.

The Saudi space sector encompasses diverse activities, including satellite communications, Earth observation and remote sensing, satellite navigation, and IoT. These domains are pivotal for various sectors, such as telecommunications, agriculture, urban planning, and disaster management, driving innovation and socio-economic development.

By nurturing homegrown talent, fostering collaboration with international partners, and leveraging its financial resources, PIF aims to propel Saudi Arabia to the forefront of the space domain, driving sustained growth and prosperity for the large Arabian Gulf nation.

Featured image: NSG aims to enhance Saudi Arabia’s capabilities and strategic positioning within the global space economy. Credit: PIF

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, aerospace, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, automotive, and fashion verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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