World leaders send messages of condolences

Updated 25 September 2015
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World leaders send messages of condolences

United Kingdom
British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond expressed condolence for the victims of the stampede incident which occurred in Mina on Thursday.
In his personal account on Twitter, he said “A sad accident occurred in Makkah. I offer my condolence to all those affected of what has happened.”

Germany
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received a cable of condolence from German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the stampede in Mina.
In her cable, Merkel also condoled with the families of the dead, wishing the injured quick recovery.

Qatar
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received a cable of condolence today from Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, premier and minister of interior of Qatar following the stampede in Mina.
The Qatari premier and minister of interior also prayed to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy on the dead and give quick recovery to the injured.

Morocco
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received a cable of condolence from King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco following the stampede incident which occurred in Mina.
The king of Morocco expressed his sorrow on the incident, warm condolence to the Saudi monarch and solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy on the dead and quick recovery on the injured.

Kuwait
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received a cable of condolence from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, during which he expressed profound sadness on the death of some pilgrims at a stampede in Mina.
The emir of Kuwait also prayed to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy on the dead and quick recovery for the injured.

Pakistan
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received a telephone call from Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussein who congratulated him on the blessed Eid Al-Adha and expressed condolence on the death of several pilgrims in Mina. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thanked him for his noble feelings.

Tunisia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received a cable of condolence from Tunisian President Al-Baji Gaed Al-Sibsi following the stampede incident which occurred in Mina. The Tunisian president expressed sincere condolence to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Saudi people and families of the deceased, vowing solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in this sad circumstances. He prayed to Allah Almighty to preserve the Kingdom's leadership and people from any harm and bestow mercy on the dead and quick recovery on the injured.


Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.