Riyadh forum offers building projects worth SR500bn

Prince Faisal praised the forum for helping to promote an integrated approach to achieving the country’s ambitions for the sector. (SPA)
Updated 27 February 2019
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Riyadh forum offers building projects worth SR500bn

  • Prince Faisal praised the forum for helping to promote an integrated approach to achieving the country’s ambitions for the sector

JEDDAH: Saudi construction projects worth more than SR500 billion ($133 billion) were presented to contractors at a major event opened on Monday by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar.
The two-day Future Projects Forum (FPF), organized by the Saudi Contractors Authority, aims to increase communication between the public and private sectors in the Kingdom in a bid to support the development of the contracting sector.
Prince Faisal praised the forum for helping to promote an integrated approach to achieving the country’s ambitions for the sector.
Several government organizations and leading national companies are participating in the FPF, which has put forward more than 600 future projects to contractors.
The forum also aims to encourage foreign investment and help raise the efficiency and competitiveness of contractors to meet the technical requirements of the building projects planned for Saudi Arabia. 


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.