Research and development (R&D) discourse, for Saudi Arabia in particular, and the developing world in general, inevitably follows the same path. The discourse commences with a brief introduction to what R&D is; then certain statistics are cited to demonstrate how little we are spending on R&D compared to others, and the discussion concludes by enumerating examples of successful R&D initiatives and/or bodies.

The discourse hereafter shall vary only in the latter part, with no enumeration of how others have done it or are doing it, but attempts to look at the issue from a Saudi point of view, if one can even talk of Saudi R&D.