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Privacy Policy

The Principles of Personal Data Protection in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued the Personal Data Protection Law (“PDPL”) on September 16, 2021 (9/2/1443H), pursuant to Royal Decree No. (M/19) and amended by Royal Decree No. (M/148) dated March 27, 2023 (5/9/1444H). Additionally, various other regulations have been enacted to protect individuals’ data, such as the E-commerce Law, Temporary Regulations for Data Protection and Sharing, Electronic Transactions System, and its implementing regulations. Furthermore, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has issued regulations, aimed at protecting the user’s data of electronic service and regulating the scope of service providers.

Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Information

The Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) is committed to protecting the rights of users to its website (www.araburban.org) and maintaining the confidentiality of their sensitive data. We have prepared this policy to disclose our approach to collecting, processing, and utilizing users’ data. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand your rights regarding your personal data protection and how we handle it. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy in general or with any of its provisions, you should refrain from browsing or visiting this website. If you have any additional questions, comments, requests, or would like more information about the Privacy Policy of our website, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at info@araburban.org. We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time, and we will publish any changes on this page. Any modification or update to any of the provisions of this Privacy Policy becomes effective immediately upon publication, requiring you to continuously review this page to learn about any updates made.

Information Provided by You

You may provide us with your personal information (including first and last name, phone number, email address, occupation, city and workplace) when communicating with us through our website contact form, email, telephone, social media, or by subscribing to our newsletters, or AUDI mailing list. We use your personal information for various purposes, including but not limited to communicating with you, subscribing you to newsletters or notifications, contacting you by phone or email, identifying users, customizing the content and services of our website to suit your interests or needs, enforcing the terms of use of our website, and keeping you informed about the latest developments regarding our services, events, news, and other information that we believe may be of interest to you.

Technical Usage Information

When you visit our website, we automatically collect information sent to us by your computer, mobile device, or any other device you use to browse our site. This information includes your Internet Protocol (IP) address, device information such as identifier, name, and operating system type, mobile internet network information, standard web log information such as the type of browser used and the pages visited, visit or browsing time on the site, as well as the country from which the site is accessed. We collect the above-mentioned information to ensure the delivery of our website content in a manner suitable to your interests and device capabilities, enhance user experience, improve site performance, identify and fix site errors, analyze data, conduct testing, research, statistical and survey analysis, maintain information security over the internet, measure and understand the effectiveness of the content we provide to you and others, and resolve any issues arising on our servers.

Secure Transfer of Information

We are committed to protecting and securely handling your entrusted personal information and data under this policy. We implement necessary physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to protect your personal information from loss, theft, unauthorized use, access, or alteration. However, complete internet network security cannot be guaranteed, and therefore, we cannot confirm or guarantee the security or protection of any personal information provided through our website, email, or other means. Consequently, any transfer of information through the website is done at your own responsibility.

Cookies Policy

This website does not use cookies.


The website does not require consent for the use of your geographical location.

Protection of Personal Information

Access to your personal data is limited to authorized employees who require access as part of their job responsibilities, and it will not be disclosed to the public under any circumstances without your prior consent. Furthermore, we will not exchange, trade, or sell any of this information to any third party without your prior consent, and access to your data will only be granted to authorized employees and experts responsible for providing website services. We may share your information with law enforcement agencies, public authorities, or other organizations if legally required to do so.

Duration of Personal Data Retention

We will retain your personal data for as long as necessary to achieve the purposes outlined above. Additionally, we will retain and use your personal data as required to fulfill our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce our policies. Upon cessation of your use of our website, we will aggregate and anonymize your information for storage.

Location of Personal Data Storage

The information we collect will be transferred, stored, and processed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Your personal data may also be processed by employees or suppliers working on our behalf outside of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We will take all reasonably necessary steps to ensure the secure handling of your personal data in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Right to Access, Amend, or Correct Personal Data

Any user who provides us with their personal data has the right to access, amend, or correct that data by contacting us via email at info@araburban.com.

Other Sites or Affiliated Sites of the Arab Urban Development Institute

This Privacy Policy applies only to this website (www.araburban.org). When you navigate to another site through our website or use other sites affiliated with the Arab Urban Development Institute, you must review the Privacy Policy of that site to understand the information security standards and Privacy Policy adopted there. We do not assume any responsibility or obligation towards the policies of these sites.

Third-Party Tools and Services

We may utilize third-party analytical tools, such as Google Analytics, to assist us in understanding user interactions with our website, enabling us to enhance the site and user experience. These third parties may use information about your visits to this site and other websites to provide insights and data regarding usage experience and relevant services. You can review the privacy agreements of these other websites, and we do not accept responsibility for the data collection mechanisms and policies employed by those sites.

Notifications, Advertisements, and Newsletters

AUDI may periodically send subscribers on the mailing list notifications or newsletters (e.g., event-related electronic mails or publications). Subscribing to or unsubscribing from this list is entirely voluntary and without any legal or financial obligations.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This Privacy Policy applies solely to our online activities through our website and its subdomains and does not extend to any information collected offline or through other channels.


Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Date of Update: May 22, 2024