National dialogue on extremism launched

Updated 01 February 2015
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National dialogue on extremism launched

The Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) launched on Saturday the second phase of the 10th national dialogue on “Extremism and its effects on national unity” in the Najran region.
In a statement released on Friday, KACND’s Trustees Chairman, Abdullah Al-Mutlaq, said the center will also hold seminars associated with the forums in literary clubs and universities with the participation of the Trustees’ board members.
According to the statement, the events will take place in Asir, Jazan, Baha and Makkah successively, as part of the center’s ongoing efforts to promote a culture of dialogue in Saudi society on the most important issues in the Kingdom.
These national dialogues and seminars aim to diagnose the root cause of extremism and study how to deal with it through a public and national discussion. Sheikh Al-Mutlaq, who is also member of the Senior Saudi Scholars council, explained that the outcome of the first and second phases would enable the KACND officials to have a clear national vision of the growing phenomenon of extremism and terrorism through the sociocultural scene in Saudi Arabia and the world.
The dialogue will implicate various scholars, intellectuals and others involved in public affairs to try to grasp the phenomenon of extremism. According to Al-Mutlaq, these meetings will help social organizations from various sectors and ideologies to interact on the issue and come up with results that will help fend off intolerance and extremism from the country.
“The program to address the problem of extremism is part of the ongoing efforts of the KACND to achieve its lofty goals,” said Faisal Muammar, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees and KACND secretary general.



This dedicated issue of national unity comes within the framework of the Islamic faith and deepens it through purposeful intellectual dialogue, Muammar added. It will also contribute to the constitution of a proper Islamic discourse based on moderation inside and outside the Kingdom through dialogue.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”