The industrial city of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia has been crowned as a global learning city by the UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Yanbu was accredited by the UN’s highest cultural authority for its dedication to promoting lifelong learning among its citizens and for enacting policies that support inclusive, secure, resilient, and sustainable development. Yanbu Industrial City will now be a part of the UN organization’s global network of learning cities thanks to the recognition.

The first Saudi city to be chosen by the UN organization was the industrial city of Jubail in 2020.

As per the narrative shared by the Saudi Minsitry of Education on this acknowledgement, the learning cities initiative is being carried out in collaboration with the Yanbu Royal Commission and the National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science. It aspires to improve society’s culture of inclusive, lifelong learning and equip the youth with the skills they need to enter the workforce and excel in their professional careers in a way that accomplishes the goals of the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.