Non-resident Indians in Saudi Arabia, especially those from the South Indian state of Kerala, are looking forward to the opening of Markaz Knowledge City, an integrated township project in India, which includes education, entrepreneurship, health and culture. It is scheduled to open to the public in 2020.
According to a statement by Markaz Knowledge City Managing Director Dr. Abdul Hakim Azhari, several world leaders, academics and entrepreneurs will attend the opening ceremonies.
This upcoming city in Kerala contains more than a dozen projects in the educational, commercial, health and cultural sectors, which focus mainly on the developmental potential of the country as well as establishing world-class human capital and infrastructure. The construction work on Markaz Knowledge City began in 2012 and some of its major institutions are already open, including Unani Medical College, the Law College, the School of Islamic Studies and Modern Sciences, the Foundation for Research and Development, the IDEL Leadership School and the Center for the Studies of Commerce and Management.
This year its major health project, Tigris Valley Wellness Center for Traditional Unani Medicine will open in April; the Alif Global School with an international standard curriculum and syllabus opens in June; and a new block for the Center for Islamic Studies will be inaugurated in July. Additionally, the International Exhibition Center will open in September, the FEZ Inn Hotel and Hospitality Project opens in October, and the library and museum in December. One of its most important components, the biggest cultural center in India with a traditional Arab souk, will open in March 2020 and that will mark the grand opening of the Markaz Knowledge City.
The recent visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India saw bilateral agreements in various developmental sectors, which will ensure more productive results in the country’s business and educational sectors. These will increase the connections between Saudi Arabia and India, leading to greater peace-building efforts in the region.