Demolition of old buildings in Al-Masoura complete

Remains of buildings are seen following a security campaign in the town of Awamiya, in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, in this August 9, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 16 August 2017
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Demolition of old buildings in Al-Masoura complete

JEDDAH: The demolition of old buildings in Al-Masoura district in Al-Awamiyah municipality has been completed, said Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Safayyan, media spokesman of the Eastern Province governorate.
A development project will be implemented in Al-Masoura over a two-year period, he said, adding that the demolition and removal of rubble are considered the first phase.
The demolition covered all old buildings on roads that were too narrow, which posed risks to residents, he said.
The number of abandoned and destroyed houses, an inadequate service network and lack of safety necessitated development work in the district, he added.
The project is part of the development of the central part of Al-Awamiyah, which has been greatly welcomed by its residents, Al-Safayyan said.
The project will consist of commercial stores, a cultural center, a public library, a sports complex, cafes, restaurants, men’s and women’s halls, a shopping mall, a women’s club, a kindergarten and a car park, he added.


Saudi Arabia to become ‘a tourism magnet’

Saudi Arabia has been praised for projects to enhance tourism in the country. (Supplied)
Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia to become ‘a tourism magnet’

  • International tourism projects in line with Vision 2030 include the Al-Qadiya development to build the largest recreational city in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has won praise for a series of Vision 2030 megaprojects that “will put the Kingdom on the world tourism map.”
Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the UN World Tourism Organization, highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to develop its tourism sector during talks with Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Both sides discussed extending the partnership between the UN organization and Saudi Arabia to further strengthen tourism initiatives in the Kingdom.
International tourism projects in line with Vision 2030 include the Al-Qadiya development to build the largest recreational city in Saudi Arabia, and megaprojects such as Al-Ula and Al-Diriyah Gate to restore a UNESCO site.
The projects “will put the Kingdom on the world tourism map and help it realize its vision of becoming a major global tourist destination,” Pololikashvili said. 
He congratulated Al-Khatib on his appointment as SCTH chairman, and accepted an invitation to view the Kingdom’s latest projects and tourism events.