KSA needs to build 143,000 units a year

Updated 19 March 2013
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KSA needs to build 143,000 units a year

Tarek Ali Fadaak, a member of the Shoura Council, said the Kingdom is in need of 143,000 housing units annually.
Fadaak said the housing sector needed long-term financing while the real estate sector’s needs are short-term.
The Shoura member also stressed the need to have a clear understanding of all aspects of a problem in order to find suitable solutions for it. “For instance,” he said, “the limited income group is not clearly defined.”
He commended the “constructive steps” taken to end the housing problem with the 500,000-unit free housing project ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the adoption of a housing strategy that seeks to facilitate every citizen owning a house, in addition to the launch of the mortgage law and the Real Estate Development Fund facility that provides loans up to SR 500,000 to an individual looking to buy a house.
By contrast, Tunisia’s Housing Minister Shahida Faraj Bouraoui said in her address to the forum: “The Tunisian government’s efforts in the housing sector focuses on encouraging private companies to invest in the housing sector on the one hand and mounting pressure on the companies to reduce cost and ensure quality on the other.”
She added that the country set up a national agency for housing, which develops land for construction. The Tunisian Real Estate Corporation for Housing, on the other hand, focuses on expensive houses with the aim of making up for the losses incurred by low-cost housing projects, she said. The country has also enacted a number of laws to simplify complicated housing formalities, she added.
Jaime Lerner, former governor of the state of Parana, Brazil, warned decision makers that their housing strategies should consider people’s tastes or else the projects would become a waste of capital. Residential projects should not be far from cities and there should be a public transport system to link the neighborhoods to the city.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.