Saudi Housing Ministry allocates over 100,000 residential units

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The housing program would continue to announce reservation opportunities at exhibitions across the Kingdom. (SPA)
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The housing program would continue to announce reservation opportunities at exhibitions across the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Saudi Housing Ministry allocates over 100,000 residential units

  • The launch of the fifth batch of the Sakani (housing) program for 2018 has been announced
  • National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati said that the housing program would continue to announce reservation opportunities

JEDDAH: The launch of the fifth batch of the Sakani (housing) program for 2018 was announced by the Ministry of Housing and the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) on Tuesday, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
It will distribute 21,612 residential and financing products across the Kingdom.
It allocated 105,174 residential and financial products during the first five months of 2018 and has a target of allocating 300,000 products by the end of the year.
The ministry made the announcement at a press conference in Jeddah and revealed that the current batch included 8,115 housing units under construction (off-plan sales) in partnership with real estate developers. The units will be distributed in
two provinces with 7,279 in Makkah and 836 in the Eastern Province.
A further 5,197 plots for development are spread over six provinces: 773 in Riyadh, 749 in Qassim, 2,208 in the Eastern Province, 610 in Asir, 749 in the northern border region and 108 in Al-Jawf region.
Included is 8,300 mortgage loans from REDF — in partnership with banks and financial firms— distributed across the Kingdom’s regions as follows: 2,189 in Riyadh, 1346 in Makkah, 706 in Madinah, 724 in Qassim, 1,015 in the Eastern Province, 609 in Asir, 299 in Tabuk, 308 in Hail, 234 in the northern border region, 169 in Jizan, 311 in Najran, 162 in Baha, and 228 in Al-Jouf region.
National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati said that the housing program would continue to announce reservation opportunities at exhibitions across the Kingdom, at least 5 exhibitions are being held every month to announce reservation opportunities.
At the press conference, he said that deals had been signed with five real estate developers for four projects in Makkah and one in Jubail.
He announced the forthcoming launch of seven new projects in Jeddah, two on the ministry’s lands in Prince Fawaz District and in the north and five on private sector land.
The seven projects will provide more than 50,000 housing units ranging from villas, townhouses and apartments.
The ministry continues to accept applications at six housing projects with more than 15,000 housing units in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, and Jeddah, he added.
In the last period, 60,000 housing units under construction (off-plan sales) were announced and the number of reservations in these projects amounted to around 40 percent.
“More than 4,000 housing units are ready, 70 percent of (them) have been reserved,” he added.
REDF General Supervisor Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi confirmed that REDF would continue to provide services to beneficiaries on the waiting lists through suitable financing options.
During the past period, REDF launched an interactive campaign in 14 shopping malls across the Kingdom, attracting lots of interest, he added.
Al-Amoudi explained that REDF had also launched several programs and initiatives during the past period to facilitate access to mortgage loans and help citizens own suitable housing solutions.
These programs and initiatives included the announcement of the self-building product and providing support to beneficiaries who have a loan with REDF by converting it into a supported loan in addition to letting them know what is the loan’s date of receipt and making it possible to receive it at a sooner date by visiting REDF’s website.
Al-Amoudi said that REDF’s Board of Directors has approved extending the loan term for citizens whose applications were approved 10 years ago (or less) for one year starting July 9, 2018.
The Ministry of Housing and the Real Estate Development Fund urged citizens to visit the sakani.housing.sa portal for a list of the names allocated housing units this month and to visit the housing support portal eskan.gov.sa and REDF’s online portal redf.gov.sa to complete the necessary procedures, update data and approve the product.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • Forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.