Makkah governor opens first phase of solar plant in Taif

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal at the inauguration of the first phase of the solar power station in Taif on Monday. (AN photo)
Updated 06 February 2018
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Makkah governor opens first phase of solar plant in Taif

TAIF: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, inspected work on the new Taif project on Monday on the first stop of a tour of the eastern governorates.
The project, carried out by the Center for Development Complementarity, consists of the new airport, Okaz City, the Technical Oasis, a residential suburb, industrial city and university city.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal launched the Unified Center for Services, which will house the governorate, police and the subsidiary municipality. The center will investigate any problems facing the project.
Work on the airport, which will receive six million visitors a year, began last September. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) signed a contract for the development and operation of the airport, 40 km northeast of Taif, to a consortium consisting of Asiad company and the Union of Contractors Company, in addition to the Munich Airports Company. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
The residential suburb will contain 3,919 units and 6,670 villas.
The Makkah governor discussed work on Souq Okaz City and reviewed the industrial city project, the first in the governorate. About SR120 million has been allocated to the infrastructure and first phase of the development.
He also opened the first phase of the solar power plant in the Technical Oasis in Taif. The eco-friendly plant will provide power to 1,000 houses and the projects of the Technical Oasis.
Prince Khaled checked business incubators and accelerators in Taif, and their role in helping pioneering projects and companies develop.
By 2020 the project will assist 600 companies throughout the country.
He inspected a project to build and assemble Antonov aircraft. The project, which will improve national security and boost aircraft production in the Kingdom, will provide 10,000 jobs.
In the first phase, light transport aircraft will be manufactured. Middle and heavy transport aircraft will be built in the second phase.
Prince Khaled also checked on the progress of work in the University City. The city will host student and teachers dorms, a university hospital, as well as pharmacy, business, medicine, engineering and computer science faculties.
On Tuesday, Prince Khaled will visit local councils in the governorates of Taif, Maysan and Al-Muwaiyah to review development projects. He will also meet residents to listen to their demands.


Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

Updated 20 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

  • The journalist died after a fistfight at the consulate in Istanbul
  • Deputy intelligence chief, royal court adviser removed from positions, 18 Saudis arrested

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.
Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.
“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice,” a statement on the SPA said.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
Deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was removed from his position and Saud Al-Qahtani from his advisory role at the Royal Court, through royal decrees.
Three other intelligence officials who were also sacked have been named as Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Muhamadi.
King Salman also ordered the creation of a ministerial committee, headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the country’s General Intelligence agency and issue the results of its work within a month.
Members of the committee include the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the General Intelligence and State Security.
A team of Saudi investigators were sent to Istanbul and have been working on the case with Turkish detectives, who entered the consulate on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia promised a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to the journalist in Turkey.