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The impact of AI and automation on the future of work in Saudi Arabia

The presence of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in the workplace is on the rise both locally and globally, driven by rapid technological advances, proven economic benefits, and the push to meet national growth and innovation targets.

As AI and automation technology advances, machines can outperform humans in a growing number of tasks, helping improve productivity, increase efficiency and quality, and reduce labor costs.

This shift is already impacting the Saudi economy, affecting not just low-skilled occupations but a wide range of activities across all job types.

In routine-task intensive sectors like manufacturing, automation already has the potential to replace more than 50 percent of activities. What does that mean for working Saudis, and younger generations preparing to enter the workforce?