JEDDAH: IBRAHIM NAFFEE
Published — Thursday 20 December 2012
Last update 20 December 2012 1:40 am
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurated the new corniche project in the north of Jeddah late Tuesday. Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb and other dignitaries attended the ceremony.
“Following this project will be one that will extend from the north of Al-Nawras Square with the length of 9 km,” said Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras, adding that designs and sketches are already done.
The mayor explained that his office made sure that the project is implemented in stages so that the whole seafront would not be invisible to residents and visitors.
The newly renovated corniche area stretches from the Border Guards headquarters in the south to Al-Nawras Square — a distance of 4 km. It covers an area of more than 320,000 sq. meters that include playgrounds for children, parking lots, green spaces and a pedestrian lane, as well as aesthetic sites and fountains on the beach.
The mayor pointed out that a complete infrastructure was provided, as well as Internet coverage and an integrated audio system, stressing at the same time that the implementation of the project took into consideration the appropriate facilities for people with special needs.
Prince Khaled highlighted the tremendous progress achieved by Jeddah despite the negligence of some officials. “It’s a legendary city that spreads happiness among its residents,” he said.
He thanked Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb and the mayor for implementing the project that would help Jeddah families enjoy their evenings and weekends in a better way.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Mansour said the government had implemented a large number of projects in the city in recent years including new overpasses and underpasses at a cost of more than SR 2.5 billion. “It includes nine cleaning contracts and a large marine recreation facility,” the minister said.
Prince Khaled and other dignitaries later watched a documentary on Jeddah’s progress over the past years.
Implemented by the Jeddah mayoralty, the project won the Big Project Middle East Award this year. Jeddah is the first city in the Kingdom to receive the Big Project ME award.
The award was presented by Raz Islam, publishing director of CPI, and was accepted by Mayor Aburas during a colorful ceremony in Dubai.
The Big Project Middle East Award is the official award given by Big Project Middle East Magazine, which recognizes companies and individuals that have contributed to both the construction and sustainability industries across the GCC. Big Project Middle East is published by CPI, one of the region’s largest publishers.
Commenting on the award, Aburas said: “On behalf of the residents of Jeddah, we are delighted to receive this award with the recent inauguration of this substantial waterfront project whereby 4.5 km were completed out of 13 km of waterfront. This project is very important for the city of Jeddah, since it is a coastal city. The waterfront is now a destination and a landmark for Jeddah residents and visitors.” The mayor added: “Our team is an innovative, solution-oriented group of experts in the areas of civil engineering who were dedicated to this project’s success.”
Aburas said his organization considered the award as a big honor. “We seek solutions that fit and best serve the needs of Jeddah residents and visitors. Accepting this recognition in Civil Development from Big Project Middle East is a true honor.”