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

Updated 14 August 2015

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.

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019

PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.