New city at Half Moon Bay in EP to create 90,000 jobs

Updated 14 August 2015
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New city at Half Moon Bay in EP to create 90,000 jobs

ALKHOBAR: The Eastern Province municipality is planning a model city comprising a residential, economic and tourism center in Half Moon Bay, Al-Aziziyah district.

The city would contribute significantly to expected growth in accordance with the master plan for the province, said EP Deputy Mayor Jamal bin Nasser Al-Mulhim.
“The city will be established as per international standards with respect for Islamic traditions. It will attract residents and visitors and provide a unique urban environment, using modern facilities to recycle water and waste to produce new energy,” he said.
According to Al-Mulhim, several studies have been conducted concerning the development of Half Moon Bay as a center for tourism and recreation in the Eastern Province. New strategies will be developed over the next 30 years in order to establish a new city equipped with all necessary facilities, requirements and services.
About the new city, the official said that it would be an integrated center with facilities for 650 boats, conferences and exhibition center and a maritime museum, besides 88,000 housing units, commercial areas, offices, a techno-park and various kinds of public transport.
“Several meetings have been held to discuss the development of Half Moon Bay and collect information on the current situation, to identify available opportunities and re-formulate objectives, preparation and delivery of final designs,” said Al-Mulhim.
“The project will be implemented in six stages, as the municipality coordinates with a number of local and international companies to develop the public perception of the city. The new city is expected to make a quantum leap in the province during the next 30 years, taking into account the importance of linking the new city with Dammam for easy access and the strategic location of Half Moon Bay,” he said.
The new city will include a technology valley, an environment-friendly family oasis and functional integration with Dammam and enhancement of its regional position.
The new city will absorb 350,000 people, provide 90,000 jobs over the next 30 years, and support the domestic tourism sector through resorts, hotels, tourist villages and entertainment services, the official said.


Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

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Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

  • International and Arab musicians are set to perform
  • The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will be hosting a three-day music festival during the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

International and Arab musicians are set to perform for fans to celebrate the first staging of the Formula E race.

The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah where six major artists will be performing each night from December 13, 14 and after the race itself on December 15.

“The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to be the hottest ticket in town for so many reasons, from breath-taking electric racing, to entertainment, to culture. Soon everyone will find out who is coming, and we can promise a festival of music that offers fans, friends and families an unmissable experience,” Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, said.

“We suggest fans avoid the rush by getting your ticket now to avoid disappointment after the names are released,” he added.