Makkah governorate to launch three mega-projects before year-end

Jeddah Seafront Development project aims to provide an entertainment space for Jeddah’s residents and visitors.
Updated 19 November 2017
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Makkah governorate to launch three mega-projects before year-end

JEDDAH: Makkah governorate will soon announce three mega-projects established by the governor, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
Governorate spokesman Sultan Al-Dosari said that the projects will launch around the end of this year.
He said that one of the projects that will be inaugurated soon is phase 4-5 of the Jeddah Seafront Development project, which aims to provide an entertainment space for Jeddah’s residents and visitors.
The other projects he referred to were the test phases of the new King Abdul Aziz International Airport, which will start operating in Ramadan — according to the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) — and the Haramain Express Train connecting Makkah and Madinah through Jeddah and Rabigh, which will be officially inaugurated in the first quarter of 2018.
All three projects, Al-Dosari explained, are in line with Makkah’s strategic development plan, which aims to balance the region’s development to reduce migration to cities and make neighboring regions attractive to residents.
He added that, as governor of Makkah, Prince Khaled has faced numerous challenges over the past decade. His first priority was to find a solution for the water scarcity and frequent cuts, drain Al-Misk Lake, and put an end to the piles of garbage in Jeddah. Solving these issues took four years.
The structure of the emirate has also changed, Al-Dosari said, and some new effective administrations have been added. There are some 2,568 projects currently ongoing in the region, he said.
In the holy city itself, four ring roads have been constructed; government departments were moved out of Mina; the General Services Center in Al-Shumaisi was launched and seven new neighborhoods were developed.
On the human level, he said, the biggest project was the correction of the status of more than 250,000 Burmese residing in the Kingdom.
There have been several important new projects announced for the city of Makkah recently, including the first phase of the bus project and the ongoing King Abdul Aziz Parallel Road project, which will provide a number of high-quality hotels and mosques and will be completed by the end of 2019.


Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

  • The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022
  • The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has announced the signature of a Joint Venture (JV) Agreement for the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes with the Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia. The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022.
In line with the contract, Navantia and SAMI have agreed on the establishment of a JV in Saudi Arabia, which will provide an exceptional opportunity to consolidate the position of the integrated systems and technologically advanced solutions provided by Navantia in the Saudi market and area of influence, perfectly aligned with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by localizing 50% of the total military spending by 2030.
The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years, as follows: 1,100 direct jobs, more than 1,800 from the auxiliary industry, and more than 3,000 indirect jobs generated by other suppliers.
In this respect, the JV will focus on program management and combat system integration and installation, system engineering, system architecture, hardware design, software development, testing and verification, prototyping, simulation, modelling, and through-life support.
Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Chairman of Saudi Arabian Military Industries, said: “SAMI remains committed to being a key enabler of the Saudi Vision 2030, and the establishment of this Joint Venture with Navantia will localize more than 60% of ship combat systems work including, installation, and integration, which contribute to the Kingdom’s objective to be at the forefront of shaping the local military industries ecosystem. We will continue to explore collaborations and leverage partnerships that meet our key mandate to localize more than half of the Kingdom’s total military spending.”
Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez, Chairman of Navantia, said: “Navantia is very happy with the signature of this contract that means a starting point for the collaboration with Saudi Arabia. Navantia is committed to contributing to Saudi Vision 2030 and will support the country in this endeavour. The JV between SAMI and Navantia is an opportunity to develop capabilities in the country and jointly explore future opportunities.”
For the Avante 2200 contract, the JV will be responsible, among others, of supplying the Combat System of all five ships. Corvettes 4th and 5th will be finalized and delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the JV will do the installation, integration and test of the complete Combat System.