Spotlight on Qassim as Saudi business hub

Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi. (SPA)
Updated 25 April 2018
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Spotlight on Qassim as Saudi business hub

  • Qassim has the potential to become one of the Saudi Arabia's leading economic hubs: commerce minister
  • Al-Qasabi urged stakeholders to identify the issues that needed to be addressed to ensure Qassim’s economic transformation

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s central Qassim region had the potential to become one of the Kingdom’s leading economic hubs, Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi told a meeting of business leaders in Buraidah on Monday.
The meeting at the King Fahd Cultural Center was organized by the Committee for the Development of Investment in Qassim and the region’s chambers of commerce in conjunction with the Biban Al-Qassim Forum.
Al-Qasabi urged stakeholders to identify the issues that needed to be addressed to ensure Qassim’s economic transformation, saying that small and medium-sized businesses held the key to growth in the region.
“Today’s reality is based on the culture of keeping up with the latest developments, accountability and evaluation,” he said. 
“The ministry has a clear vision and strategy, as well as a large number of investment-targeted programs and initiatives that aim to facilitate and improve the business environment and help the Kingdom become one of the world’s top 10 economies.”
Vision 2030 has opened new horizons for innovative projects that will create thousands of jobs.
The chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Qassim, Abdul Aziz Al-Hameed, said the private sector needed more reassurances to take chances and invest in large projects. The secretary-general of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Qassim, Saud bin Abdul Karim Al-Fadda, said the meeting aimed to encourage businessmen and entrepreneurs to develop their projects and achieve their ambitions to build a prosperous economy.
The secretary of the Committee for the Development of Investment in Qassim, Yusuf bin Abdullah Al-Arini, said the region was home to 313 factories with a capital of SR14 billion ($3.7 billion). The region’s competitive advantages included its location, motivational work environment, transport network, industrial and commercial cities and free services provided by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Rules set to streamline construction of mosques in Saudi Arabia

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, commends the exceptional support mosque construction and welfare is receiving from King Salman. (SPA)
Updated 8 min 57 sec ago
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Rules set to streamline construction of mosques in Saudi Arabia

  • The code is important for the design, lifespan and operating costs of the monuments
  • Taking care of mosques should be the main responsibility not only of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs but of every Saudi, said Prince Sultan

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman patronized the signing of an agreement on Monday establishing the Mosque Construction Code between the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance and the Abdullatif Al-Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture.

The code is important for the design, lifespan and operating costs of the monuments.

Prince Sultan, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), stressed the importance of establishing the Code, which is considered an important stage in the construction of mosques and the culmination of partnership efforts with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. It aims to develop the design of mosques and improve their architectural quality.

He commended the exceptional support mosque construction and welfare is receiving from King Salman.

“The code is a main element in the efforts ... to serve the holy monuments. It will consider the cultural and urban aspect of each region. It also sets an outline for mosque architecture concerned with many social, power and urban issues.”

Prince Sultan referred to the symbolism of launching the code from the historic Al-Diriyah region. “Taking care of mosques should be the main responsibility not only of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs but of every Saudi. We are facing a challenge due to the development of social media that preoccupies the youth. This pushes us to work on renewing the youth’s interest in mosques’ construction and welfare.”

Tawfiq Al-Sudairy, deputy minister of Islamic affairs, said: “The mosque we are in today is the fruit of your interest in historic mosques and their reconstruction.

“The code aims to increase the lifespan of mosques while lowering the construction costs. It also aims to rationalize power consumption, lower operating and maintenance costs, approve social and security requirements and the necessities of people with special needs. It also considers the urban state of the neighborhood, city or village where the mosque is located.”

The project was first brought to light by Prince Sultan almost 20 years ago and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs has worked ever since to achieve it according to an agreement signed back then.

The proposed duration for the elaboration of the Mosque Construction Code is 15 months during which various workshops and seminars will be taking place.