Riyadh Metro: Colossal engines work overtime

Updated 29 August 2015
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Riyadh Metro: Colossal engines work overtime

RIYADH: Construction on the multibillion-riyal Riyadh Metro is well under way with several giant drilling machines working overtime to ensure that underground tunnels for the project are completed on schedule.
The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) conducted a tour of the operations for the media on Wednesday, 25 meters underground on the 1.6 km-long green line running along King Abdulaziz Road.
Journalists were able to see a tunnel boring machine in action. They were accompanied by Al-Waleed bin Abdulrahman Al-Ekresh, director general of the ADA for development and integrated utilities, who briefed the media on the operation covering the two parts of the project — the metro and the public buses.
The machines used to carve out the tunnels also line the walls with concrete as they move along, and include safety and air-conditioning systems and the automatic processing lines that carry away waste material.
There are seven gigantic machines, each between 90 and 120 meters, and able to dig away daily 50 truckloads of earth. Each machine weighs about 2,000 tons, the equivalent of four 747 jets with full cargo.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”