King Salman: Housing for citizens top priority

Updated 07 April 2016
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King Salman: Housing for citizens top priority

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Tuesday urged the Housing Ministry to continue its efforts to build suitable and affordable housing for citizens, which he said was a priority of his government.

King Salman made the remarks in a speech during a meeting with Housing Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail, officials from the Real Estate Development Fund and private sector representatives at Al-Yamamah Palace, SPA reported.
King Salman said it was vital for the ministry to complete projects because it would ensure “comprehensive and balanced development” across all regions of the Kingdom.
“The provision of suitable housing and a decent life for citizens are among our priorities and are receiving my personal attention.” He said the government has issued legislation and set aside huge allocations in the budget for housing in the country.
“The state has encouraged investment in this area and enhanced the role of the private sector as a partner to complement the government’s efforts in achieving this objective.”

“It has also sought to find a balance between supply and demand and encouraged land owners to develop and invest in land, to help bridging the growing need for housing.”
King Salman said the ministry has made significant headway in achieving these goals with its plans, and by drawing in various stakeholders crucial to the process. He wished officials every success in their endeavors “for the provision of suitable housing for our citizens.”
Al-Hogail, in his speech, said that the ministry considers the sector as one of the most important in the country, and that it has been working with the private sector to build a mix of homes for citizens, which were affordable and high quality. He said several agreements have been signed with qualified real estate development companies inside the Kingdom and abroad to build 180,000 residential units across the country.
The country will reportedly has a shortage of 1.5 million homes over the next five years, with the ministry introducing several measures to assist local and international developers built homes for citizen.


Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

Updated 44 min 41 sec ago
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Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

  • Over 1.89 million Hajjis, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities
  • Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday

MAKKAH: The operation to transport pilgrims from the holy city of Makkah to Mina went successfully, the Hajj ministry said.

Abdulfattah Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, who was coordinating officials at the ministry with the preparation work for the coming days, hoped the rest of the Hajj operations would go smoothly. 

“Transporting pilgrims was done in a very smooth and simple manner,” Mashat told Arab News, “17,000 busses were used to transport pilgrims from Makkah,” he added.

The deputy minister talked of the logistics of getting the pilgrim’s to their tents and the facilities provided to them.

Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday for an emotional day on and around Jabal Rahma, on Arafat’s great plain.

The ministry has also urged the pilgrims to follow the scheduled provided to them to avoid the dangers caused by overcrowding. 

Over 1.89 million Hajjis, both foreign and domestic, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities.