King Salman inaugurates SR7bn projects in Saudi Arabia’s Hail region

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visit the Hail region where the king inaugurated 259 development projects worth SR7 billion. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday inaugurated 259 development projects worth SR7 billion ($1.86 billion) in the Hail region. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the Hail region. (SPA)
Updated 11 November 2018
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King Salman inaugurates SR7bn projects in Saudi Arabia’s Hail region

  • Citizens of the Hail region also called on the king at Aja Palace
  • King Salman also laid the foundation for four projects worth SR294 million in the region

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday inaugurated 259 development projects worth SR7 billion ($1.86 billion) in the Hail region.
Hail Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saad bin Abdul Aziz thanked the king for visiting the region. He said the king allocated funds for the projects related to various sectors, including tourism, electricity, municipality, environment, water, agriculture, housing, transport and energy.
Citizens of the Hail region also called on the king at Aja Palace.
The king also laid the foundation for four projects worth SR294 million in the region. The projects implemented by the Ministry of Transport aim at achieving the leadership aspirations to upgrade the quality of life in cities under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
These projects include carrying out the final phase of a project to directly connect the Hail region with the holy sites in Madinah and Makkah, in addition to adding another lane to the initial phase of the existing Hail/Al-Ula road and completing the Hail/Rafha two-way road project.
Other projects include a one-way, 366-kilometer road; restoring and upgrading an existing 237-kilometer road; adding a 13-kilometer lane to an existing road, and building top and bottom crossings.
The ministry is carrying out regular maintenance for 4,283 kilometers of roads in the Hail region at a cost of more than SR225 million and preventative maintenance for more than 370 kilometers of roads at a cost of SR295 million, in addition to maintaining 2,760 out of the 6,100 dirt roads in the region at a cost of SR48.4 million.
These projects will help the movement of residents and pilgrims traveling by land, in addition to boosting the movement of goods and improving road safety by directing trucks movement away from the cities.
Earlier in Qassim, the king inaugurated 600 development projects worth SR16 billion in the region.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.