SR5 million footbridge to help pedestrians in Makkah

Updated 11 October 2015

SR5 million footbridge to help pedestrians in Makkah

MAKKAH: The Makkah municipality will build the first footbridge in the Sharaie area in east Makkah at a cost of SR5.358 million.
The municipality has announced the location to the implementing company, who will begin work at the beginning of next month.
Head of the municipality's supervision administration, Sharaf Al-Qurashi, said Thursday that the location of the bridge was chosen carefully to be situated on Omar Qadhi Street, a busy road with many commercial shops in the area. He clarified that the footbridge will be carefully designed with escalators.
Al-Qurashi also noted that the project will ease congestion and ensure traffic safety on roads, reducing accidents. Additionally, the municipality is building the Duqum Al-Wabar overpass, linking Al-Haram Road and Muzdalifah Road with King Abdulaziz Road.
The municipality's assistant director for roads, Mohammad Abu Taleb, said that the municipality is hoping to execute this project over a very short period of time, no more than five months, so that the season can benefit the most from the development. Additionally, the director of road construction, Ahmad Dahi, said that the longest road in the project is 1,050 meters, which was built in order to empty traffic from Mina to Al-Haram Road.
This led to a great improvement in traffic flow on other ramps and roads.

‘Individuals responsible for Khashoggi's death were out of scope of their authority’, Saudi FM tells Fox News

Updated 21 October 2018

‘Individuals responsible for Khashoggi's death were out of scope of their authority’, Saudi FM tells Fox News

  • Al-Jubeir said "conflicting reports" about whether Khashoggi had left consulate in Istanbul prompted probe
  • Said Kingdom was working on finding out location of the body and determining full details

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday that King Salman is determined to hold to account those responsible in the case regarding the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“The individuals did this out of the scope of their authority,” Jubeir told Fox News’ Bret Baierhe during an exclusive interview, adding that none of those involved in Khashoggi’s death had close ties to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“There were not people closely tied to him. This was an operation that was a rogue operation,” he said.

He added that conflicting reports about whether Khashoggi had left the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul prompted a probe into his disappearance, and that Saudi Arabia will continue to put out information on the case "as it becomes available."

The Saudi foreign minister offered his condolences to the family of Khashoggi and said the death was a "tremendous mistake."

Al-Jubeir added that Saudi Arabia was working on finding out the location of Khashoggi’s body and determining the full details into what happened.

He told the news program that Saudi-US ties would "weather" the Khashoggi case.