New university projects to get SR 2.8 billion

Updated 08 October 2012

New university projects to get SR 2.8 billion

Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari has signed SR 2.8 billion worth of contracts for a number of new projects in various universities.
The contracts were signed at the headquarters of the ministry in Riyadh yesterday, a statement of the Higher Education Ministry said.
The institutes that benefit from the latest contracts include the universities of Jazan, Taif, Shaqra and Tabuk, as well as the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University and King Abdulaziz, King Khaled and Al-Jouf universities.
“University campuses are major arms of development in provinces and governorates in the country,” the minister said, adding that the completion of the projects would have a positive impact on the graduates of those universities that have become role models for integrated universities.
The contracts involve the creation of a number of scientific colleges and completion of major infrastructure projects in the Kingdom.
The new projects include construction and equipping of a medical college, laying cable and high-tension lines on the Jazan University campus, and equipping its College of General Health at the cost of SR 374.8 million.
Another contract signed yesterday was for the second phase of the construction of the College of Engineering as well as equipping the College of Computer and the College of Medicine on the Taif University campus at the cost of SR 160 million, according to the statement.
The contracts signed for the Shaqra University were for the construction of a college of education and a college of applied medical science at the cost of SR 202 million. The University of Tabuk will get a college of education at the cost of SR 117.5 million.
The contracts also provide for a men’s and women’s medical college, college of arts and humanities and the building for a higher institute for the imams and speakers besides the television circuit and distance education second phase in the Taibah University in Madinah at the cost of SR 536.5 million.
It also includes the construction of the second phase of the College of Medicine, a college of engineering, a faculty of the preparatory year, and operation and maintenance of electronic systems and communication system at the university.
Aside from this, a students’ hall will be built at a cost of SR 474.5 million.
As part of the latest contracts, the Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz University will get independent buildings for various faculties for SR 163 million, while the buildings of the colleges of science and literature for girls in Balqiran, Rijal Almae and Mahayel Asir under King Khaled University will be furnished and equipped.
The minister said the new projects are part of the second phase of the higher education projects inaugurated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah a few months ago. The king had opened the first phase of more than 16 university campuses at the cost of SR 81 billion before that.
The minister also signed contracts for a number of university hospitals, academic facilities and utilities in various universities for SR 5.3 billion early this year.
There will be 42,000 new seats at the government universities compared to last year, while the total capacity of the Kingdom’s universities are put at 348,369 students.

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.