15,000 new homes to be built in Taif

Updated 05 January 2013
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15,000 new homes to be built in Taif

The Housing Ministry intends to build 15,000 homes in different parts of Taif, an official source at the ministry said.
“The project will be implemented in various phases and will reduce real estate prices in the city,” the source said.
Taif Mayor Muhammad Al-Mukhrej said his organization has allocated adequate land for constructing new homes.
“We have already given 5 million sq. m. of land to the ministry. It will be followed by another allocation of 7 million sq. meters,” the mayor said.
Al-Mukhrej said plots have also been allocated in the nearby townships to carry out housing projects.
Abdullah Al-Kinani, an economist, said the new housing projects would bring down rents and real estate prices in the city in the next few months.
“Real estate prices in Taif have shot up in recent years. As a result, the demand for land and houses has decreased,” he said.
“I expect the prices will go down by 50 percent once the ministry starts building new homes to distribute them among Saudis,” Al-Kinani said.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered the construction of 500,000 homes in different parts of the Kingdom at a cost of SR 250 billion.


Man arrested in Jeddah for unlicensed chiropractic clinic

A man was arrested by Jeddah police for turning his apartment in to a clinic. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 min 28 sec ago
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Man arrested in Jeddah for unlicensed chiropractic clinic

  • The apartment has been shut down until concerned authorities are done interrogating him
  • the fake physician had been receiving six to seven patients per day, and taking SR500 ($133) from every new patient and SR300 from returning ones

JEDDAH: Jeddah police and the Health Ministry have arrested a man who had turned his apartment in Al-Bawadi district into a chiropractic clinic.

The apartment has been shut down until concerned authorities are done interrogating him. The director of the Compliance Department, Sultan Al-Mehmadi, said the man’s activities were being monitored since May 12, 2017, after information had been reported about malpractices in the apartment.

He added that the fake physician had been receiving six to seven patients per day, and taking SR500 ($133) from every new patient and SR300 from returning ones.

The confiscated material. (AN photo)



“Inside the apartment, concerned authorities found a room dedicated to manual therapy, and seized… paper used for preparing invoices and medical reports, stamps for crediting these documents, a large number of lab test results, and X-rays requested by him,” Al-Mehmadi said.

“The fake physician was found to be a 66-year-old Lebanese man. After the initial interrogation, he admitted to having been practicing this profession for 15 years.”

The apartment was equipped with medical devices and machines used for physical therapy, and featured medical certificates obtained from anonymous sources, Al-Mehmadi added.

The expatriate’s practice was not approved by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, and he was not licensed to practice a health-related profession. As such, he has violated Article 28 of the Law of Practicing Health Care Professions.

Jeddah’s Health Department urged citizens and residents to be cautious and not get deceived by such practices, which may cause more harm than good.

The department said it will not hesitate to arrest violators who manipulate and deceive people in need for treatment.