SR 1.15 bn set aside for Madinah roadworks

Updated 31 January 2013
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SR 1.15 bn set aside for Madinah roadworks

A sum of SR 1.15 billion was approved for road and transport projects in Madinah province in the current financial year, the director general of roads and transport of Madinah province announced.
Key projects to be implemented include the 30-km Madinah-Tabuk highway (Phase 3), 25-km King Khaled Road (third ring) and the old Madinah-Qassim Road with the intersection of the entrance of Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Zuhair bin Abdullah Katib was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency as saying.
He said a number of road projects are currently being carried out in Madinah province at a cost of SR 3.62 billion. The total length of roads is 1,978 km and include King Khaled Road, Yanbu Road, in addition to repair works at King Abdullah Road (second ring), Madinah-Tabuk Road, Yanbu-Amlaj-Sharma Road and other secondary and branch roads.
Earlier in the year, Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry announced the Kingdom would spend SR 11 billion ($ 2.9 billion) on new road projects in 2013.
The budget allocation allows for 223 new road projects to be initiated across the country, with Riyadh and Makkah attracting most investment, an earlier report filed by Arab News said.
Riyadh will have new road projects valued at SR 1.48 billion ($ 395 million), followed by SR 1.2 billion ($ 320 million) for Makkah.
“There will be 22 road projects in Asir,” the minister said, adding they would cost SR 1.1 billion ($ 293.3 million).


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.