Contract signed for work on world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah

Contract signed for work on world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah
The Jeddah Tower is projected to be over 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) tall, eclipsing Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which is over 828 meters. Above, an artist’s illustration of the skyscraper.
Updated 18 January 2018

Contract signed for work on world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah

Contract signed for work on world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah

DUBAI: Real estate developers seeking to build the world’s tallest skyscraper in Jeddah have signed a 620-million Saudi riyal contract for infrastructure work at the site, signaling the project will go ahead.
The contract was awarded to local Al-Fouzan General Contracting Co. and the work is to be finished within 12 months, Jeddah Economic Co, the consortium behind the project, said in a statement late on Wednesday.
Construction of the Jeddah Tower, originally projected to cost $1.2 billion, has been underway for several years and officials have previously said the building will be finished by 2020. In its statement, Jeddah Economic Company did not say whether that timetable was still on track.
The project, conceived when the Saudi economy was booming, now faces a more difficult environment, as the country’s real estate market is slumping due to tough economic conditions caused by low oil prices.
The Jeddah Tower is projected to be over 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) tall, eclipsing Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which is over 828 meters.
Jeddah Economic Company CEO Mounib Hammoud said the implementation of the advanced infrastructure was considered an essential step in positioning this mega development as a world-class project.
“The works are going according to the set timeframe and soon, plots of land will be available and ready for development by local and international investors with all support services and utilities that includes: state-of-the-art infrastructure, district cooling, gas networks, streets furnishing and finishing, generous public open spaces, gardens and other elements of an environmentally friendly smart city,” Hammoud said in the statement.
“The project offers the tallest tower in the world, a sustainable mixed-use environment, residential apartments for most budgets, a tourism retail and leisure destination and a business center. Jeddah Economic City Project will anchor the growth of Jeddah and will offer thousands of job opportunities for young Saudis in various fields.”


Saudi authorities foil massive drug smuggling attempt

Saudi authorities foil massive drug smuggling attempt
Saudi authorities foil massive drug smuggling attempt. (SPA)
Updated 23 January 2021

Saudi authorities foil massive drug smuggling attempt

Saudi authorities foil massive drug smuggling attempt
  • Eight people arrested - two Saudi citizens and six residents
  • Haul of durgs was found in a shipment of grapefruit

RIYADH: Saudi forces have busted a drug smuggling ring, seizing a massive haul of more than 20 million amphetamine tablets inside a grapefruit shipment,  state news agency, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.
General Directorate of Narcotics Control spokesman, Captain Mohammed bin Khaled Al-Najidi, said security officials monitoring activities of criminal networks, in coordination with the General Customs Authority, thwarted an attempt to smuggle 20,190,500 pills through the Jeddah Islamic Port. .
He said eight people were arrested - two Saudi citizens and six residents.