Murooj Jeddah project on track, officials say

Updated 07 September 2015
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Murooj Jeddah project on track, officials say

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal was briefed Thursday about Murooj Jeddah residential project, located in the eastern part of the governorate.

Representatives of the Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company, the executing company owned by Jeddah mayoralty, told Prince Khaled that the company has finished the largest administrative parts of the project and the primary schematics that include the infrastructure and the future vision of the Murooj Jeddah.
With a total area of 132 million square meters, the project has all elements that offer a new lifestyle of the area, including entertainment venues, nature reserves, gardens, educational and health facilities.
The project is based on sustainable infrastructure system of services to deal with flooding, which offers multiple investment opportunities that has the ability to offer job opportunities for 12,000 young people.
Murooj Jeddah includes a variety of municipal services of parks and green areas that were designed to accommodate more than 170,000 residents living in more than 42,000 residential units distributed in 134 residential suburbs that are supported with social and entertainment services.
The project aims to transform the eastern part of the city to a refreshing venue for Jeddah residents by keeping harmony with the Western Corniche, increasing the Green areas, and finding more places for entertainment, sports and tourism for residents.
An oasis for the wildlife at the site will serve as an educational place to teach students about wildlife. The Murooj includes a number of projects including the eastern wood 1 and 2, Safari Park, the National Park and the Muzarin village.
The project will include a 1.5 million square meter horse-racing track, a 22 million square meter area for residential land, 16 residential neighborhood, universities, health centers and three football stadiums for Al-Itihad, Al-Ahli and Al-Rabei clubs accommodating 7,000 fans each.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.