Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Tim Cook and other top Apple executives on Saturday at the company's new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino to discuss app development, education, and other partnership opportunities (via Saudi Press Agency).

For the Saudi prince and his entourage of officials, the visit was part of a whirlwind tour that included stops to visit Virgin founder Richard Branson, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai, and Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz.

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According to the press release, the aim of the discussion with Apple executives was to talk about technological solutions for "enriching the Arabic educational content in the classroom" as well as the creation of an educational curriculum for Saudi schools. The meeting also covered the potential creation of job opportunities for Saudi youths who received their training at Apple's headquarters.

The themes are broadly consistent with Apple's most recent focus on education at its Chicago event last month, where the company revealed its Everyone Can Create curriculum alongside its most affordable iPad with Apple Pencil support.

Following the meeting, members of the official delegation received technology-led presentations on Apple's work in the areas of health and marketing, before visiting the Steve Jobs Theater to learn more about Apple's "modern voice applications", which is likely a reference to the Siri digital assistant.

Apple is known to have been in discussions with Saudi Arabia to open its first retail store in the country as soon as 2019. State officials are said to be in licensing discussions with both Apple and Amazon in an effort to entice major technology companies into the country.

Saudi Arabia also recently lifted a ban on FaceTime and other services that provide access to calling someone over the internet, as part of government efforts attempting to attract more business to the country.

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Top Rated Comments

Zombie Acorn Avatar
54 months ago
Tim of course brought up gender discrimination, horrible treatment of gays, and other social issues that currently plague SA, Oh wait..
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
54 months ago
Tim of course brought up gender discrimination, horrible treatment of gays, and other social issues that currently plague SA, Oh wait..
With the Crown Prince who's actively and very controversially (at home) pushing for women's equal rights and a modernization of Saudi culture across the board you mean? Because he is, you know. It's been in the news quite a bit. But hey, as long as you can ignore that in order to attack Tim...

And on that note let's not lie and pretend like things are some kind of equality utopia here either, with the rampant racism, obvious (and embarrassing) gender pay disparity and people STILL trying to strip away marital rights from gay couples like spousal health care in the name of the church.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
filmantopia Avatar
54 months ago
Wow, look at that body language on each side of the table.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pruppert Avatar
54 months ago
This is the same guy who recently rounded up a bunch of his political rivals in a hotel and tortured them until they paid him to be able to leave. At least one was tortured to death.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/11/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-corruption-mohammed-bin-salman.html
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zombie Acorn Avatar
54 months ago
With the Crown Prince who's actively and very controversially (at home) pushing for women's equal rights and a modernization of Saudi culture across the board you mean? Because he is, you know. It's been in the news quite a bit. But hey, as long as you can ignore that in order to attack Tim...

And on that note let's not lie and pretend like things are some kind of equality utopia here either, with the rampant racism, obvious (and embarrassing) gender pay disparity and people STILL trying to strip away marital rights from gay couples like spousal health care in the name of the church.
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/01/05/saudi-arabia-launches-crackdown-after-alleged-gay-wedding-video-goes-viral/

Really pushing the dial forward there, maybe Tim only saves his moral outrage for the US.

As for women, they still have to be assigned to a man, disgusting. Oh but they can drive now so it's all better.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Noctilux.95 Avatar
54 months ago
Never thought I'd see "Saudi Prince and Education" in the same sentence. Like seeing Hitler in an ad for human rights.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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