SR5 million footbridge to help pedestrians in Makkah

Updated 11 October 2015
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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.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.