Saudi Cabinet approves SR8.5 billion plan to boost date and palm farmers

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Saudi Cabinet approves SR8.5 billion plan to boost date and palm farmers

  • ‘Security, prosperity and national cohesion are among achievements to be proud of’
  • King Salman praised the accomplishments achieved by the late father founder King Abdul Aziz to unify the country and lay its foundations on the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet expressed its approval on Tuesday for a royal order establishing a rural development program for sustainable agriculture that will support and develop the dates and palms sector.

The program, backed with an initial capital outlay of SR1.5 billion and investment of more that SR7 billion over seven years, is an extension of the king’s care for Saudi farmers, the Cabinet said.

Chaired by the king at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, the meeting congratulated the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day.

Saudi Arabia enjoyed security, prosperity and national cohesion, and had pioneering roles at Arab, Islamic and international levels, ministers said.

King Salman praised the accomplishments of the founder, King Abdul Aziz, to unify the country and lay its foundations, and the achievements of his sons in continuing that progress. 

Achievements included the development of the Two Holy Mosques, serving their visitors, ensuring their comfort and helping all those in need with money and humanitarian aid and actively contributing to the consolidation of the bonds of security and stability around the world.

“I express my thanks and appreciation to the leaders and officials of countries and the Kingdom’s citizens for their congratulations and celebrations marking the Kingdom’s 88th National Day,” the king said. 

The Cabinet praised the royal order awarding 189 Defense Ministry officers, staff and non-commissioned officers medals for their duties and achievements in the service of the armed forces, as well as their roles in military operations in Yemen.

The Cabinet expressed its thanks to the king for ordering the release of all prisoners who are insolvent and not involved in criminal cases in the province of Taif, and the payment of the amounts they owed, based on the crown prince’s suggestion upon his visit to Taif.

The Cabinet commended the crown prince’s donation of SR10 million to Taif camel racecourse.


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.”