Industrial facilities in urban zones start relocation to industrial cities

Updated 14 July 2016
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Industrial facilities in urban zones start relocation to industrial cities

JEDDAH: The recent expansion by the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) in Jeddah have encouraged the transfer of hundreds of companies that have spent the last 50 years since their establishment inside the city zones, to the newly developed and expansive industrial cities.
A recent report by the authority revealed more than 45 million square meters of land has been allocated in Jeddah in a move that aims to encourage investment and provide new job opportunities in the industrial sector through the development of such industrial cities. Twenty-five million square meters have been already allocated in Jeddah, while 20 million square meters are still under development.
There are also other expansions in the pipelines, including the fourth industrial city in North Jeddah and expansions to the second and third industrial cities.
Companies transferred to the new industrial cities in South Jeddah include Halawani Bros., which invested $100 million in building an industrial complex that hosts 11 factories over an area of 60,000 square meters.
Other companies in the heart of the city that were founded at least 50 years ago, as well as companies along Tahlia Street, are also in the process of transferring to the industrial city. A government committee had warned owners of these factors to move to the new cites outside the city zone in order to preserve the safety of residents from pollutants and other dangers.
The committee includes representatives from several government agencies, such as the Civil Defense, the PME, the Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, and the electricity company, and is chaired by Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah.
Three new industrial cities in Jeddah were planned to be developed by the private sector and Jeddah Municipality, which owns a large portion of the 55 to 88 million square meters of land allocated for these cities, but conflicts regarding licensing has led to a delay in implementation.
MODON revealed the problem lies in developing large sites into industrial cities, as only 9 percent of these lands have been developed; only about 550 million square meters of land remains undeveloped.
According to the MODON’s strategy, the aim is to rely on the private sector for development and implementation, including development of lands that are owned by the private sector, while maintaining rental rights. The project would be under the development of the authority.
Fourteen industrial cities, with an area of 47 million square meters, have been developed.
The Kingdom is home to 3,660 factories, 50 percent of which are inside industrial cities and the rest are outside.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.