Discovery of underground aqueducts from early Islamic era in ancient town of Fayd in Hail

A team of Saudi archaeologists have found traces of underwater aqueducts dating back to the early Islamic period in the ancient town of Fayd in Hail. (Google Earth screenshot)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Discovery of underground aqueducts from early Islamic era in ancient town of Fayd in Hail

ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: A team of Saudi archaeologists have found traces of underwater aqueducts dating back to the early Islamic period in the ancient town of Fayd in Hail.
Fayd is one of Saudi Arabia’s most ancient archaeological and historical cities, which lies east of the city of Hail, about 120 kilometers away, and is the third city of the old pilgrimage route after Kufa and Basra, and it is the largest station on the Iraqi pilgrimage route (Derb Zubaydah).
The team, which operates under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), discovered the fortress annexes outside the fort.
There were more discoveries, including a large number of architectural units, such as an ancient mosque which goes back to the early Islamic era and a number of architectural units that contained many rooms and architectural details that were buried between the exterior and interior walls of the fort.
Part of the interior wall of the fort was discovered in the south side as well as parts of the citadel in the southeastern side of the fort.
The plan of action included the discovery, preparation and cleaning of old wells located in what is known as the (Traditional Town) that is connected to underground aqueducts.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”