Jazan Economic City to attract investors

Updated 18 January 2013

Jazan Economic City to attract investors

The Jazan Economic City is set to attract investments of more than SR100 billion once the infrastructure of the city is completed, and eventually create 500,000 jobs, a local newspaper reported.
The city is located 50 km north of the main city and was built by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah as a gift to citizens.
The city will depend on heavy industries that need considerable energy, and secondary industries, particularly in agriculture and fishing.
Jazan is the fourth integrated economic city being built under the supervision of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). All infrastructure costs will be paid by SAGIA and a consortium of developers led by the Malaysian company MMC; Bin Laden Group Saudi Arabia; Dar International, Pan Kingdom Investment Co. (PKI); Bakri & Sons Holding Company, and WWDC.
The city has already attracted international industrial investments, with foundations established to build three gigantic factories worth SR4 billion in a joint venture with a Chinese firm.
Other features of the city will include a logistics services center for trading and transporting agricultural, animal and fish products to neighboring countries.
A complex of power stations to produce 400 megawatts of electricity will be established in the first phase of construction. The city will provide different standards of accommodation for the 250,000 people expected to live and work there.
The city center will include plazas and vast squares; and cultural and educational events and activities.
The residential area will include beach recreational activities, a hotel, a marine complex, luxury residential apartments, hospitals, medical centers and schools.
The Malaysian developer has paid for 10 students from Jazan to study in Malaysia. A further 1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Saudi students over the next four years.
Ahmed Mohammed Qanfidi, secretary general of Jazan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the initial plans were drawn up to attract local and international investments. "We also coordinated with the Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals to establish a refinery in the city," he added.


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2020

On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.