Jeddah’s north corniche project 80% complete: Mayor

An artist’s impression of the development project of northern corniche in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 02 July 2017
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Jeddah’s north corniche project 80% complete: Mayor

JEDDAH: The Jeddah northern corniche project is now 80 percent complete, according to Hani bin Mohammed Abu Ras, mayor of Jeddah province.
The project, whose total area covers 700,000 square meters, with green spaces covering an estimated area of 275,000 square meters, also contains a 125-meter fishing pier, a control and communications room, entertainment places, restaurants and seating areas.
Car parking for 1,600 vehicles has been created, Abu Ras said, and there are 17 hiking trails, seating and prayer areas, children’s play areas, as well as 12 works of Saudi artists and 25 kiosks.
After completion, the northern corniche project will accommodate 120,000 people; there will be 17 plaza areas, 17 fountains, five beach control towers, a marine taxi, a 650-meter iron hanging bridge connecting the corniche and Prince Faisal bin Fahd Road, and three ramps for pedestrians and persons with special needs, he said.
He said the cost is SR800 million ($213.3 million), and the project falls within Jeddah province’s plans to develop the seafront for recreational and leisure use.


Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

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Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow their citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.