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. 


I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”