20,000 houses ready for distribution in EP

Updated 31 October 2015

20,000 houses ready for distribution in EP

DAMMAM: The Housing Ministry has announced it would soon hand over 20,000 properties to citizens in the Eastern Province.
Shaher Al-Sahli, general manager of the ministry in the Eastern Province, said that 13,000 beneficiaries in Dammam would receive apartments, land and loans, which would cover 35 percent of the waiting list in the city.
He said that the first stage of the ministry’s housing projects were completed in partnership with real estate developers. There have been a further 3,200 applications received by the Dhahran Exhibition Company.
He said the government has now completed its tender processes and contracted several real estate companies to start building homes for citizens. Some companies are on the verge of completing their projects, he said.
The first stage of the ministry’s rollout would include Dammam, Alkhobar, Qatif, Al-Ahsa, Hafr Al-Batin, Nairiyah and Abqaiq. He said the ministry is offering a wide range of options for citizens in the Eastern Province.
Al-Sahli said the second stage would cover about 65 percent of the waiting list, with the private sector playing a key role. “We are still holding workshops and meetings to attract developers ... to solve the housing crisis.”
In addition, the ministry said it is also making sure that nine projects that have been delayed for various reasons, are completed on time. He said about 100 citizens a day seek clarification on the ministry’s programs and apply for homes.
Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif said that the Al-Sharqiya Chamber’s real estate committee is currently helping to oversee the work and reporting to his office about the quality and pricing of the houses. He said the governorate does not interfere with the developers’ work.
Prince Saud said he had ordered the local ministry officials to ensure that the rollout timetable is finalized as soon as possible.

Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

Updated 20 October 2018

Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

  • UAE, Egypt and Bahrain issued statements commending Saudi Arabia's royal decrees
  • Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, said the king’s decisions “achieve justice and equality”

JEDDAH: Gulf Arab allies have backed the royal decrees issued Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday involving the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


The UAE on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s statements, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state “commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman on the issue of Kashoggi,” WAM said on Twitter.

The announcement also said that Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a state of institutions based on justice and equity.


Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by the king.
"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth. 


Bahrain praised decisions made by the Saudi king to establish justice, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.

“Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values and principles,” an official statement quote by the channel said.


Palestine commended King Salman's decisions to affirm justice and fairness.

The statement also stressed that Saudi Arabia, under the wise leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will remain the state of justice, values and principles.


Yemen on Saturday praised decisions made by King Salman in relation to Khashoggi's death , according to the legitimate government’s state news agency.


Djibouti praised King Salman's decisions and said they are proof that Saudi Arabia is a nation of values, principles, and justice.

Arab and Muslim Organizations

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday praised the Kingdom's transparency and its emphasis on the implementation of justice.

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king’s decisions on the death of Khashoggi “achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law”, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.