Makkah governor opens first phase of solar plant in Taif

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal at the inauguration of the first phase of the solar power station in Taif on Monday. (AN photo)
Updated 06 February 2018

Makkah governor opens first phase of solar plant in Taif

TAIF: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, inspected work on the new Taif project on Monday on the first stop of a tour of the eastern governorates.
The project, carried out by the Center for Development Complementarity, consists of the new airport, Okaz City, the Technical Oasis, a residential suburb, industrial city and university city.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal launched the Unified Center for Services, which will house the governorate, police and the subsidiary municipality. The center will investigate any problems facing the project.
Work on the airport, which will receive six million visitors a year, began last September. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) signed a contract for the development and operation of the airport, 40 km northeast of Taif, to a consortium consisting of Asiad company and the Union of Contractors Company, in addition to the Munich Airports Company. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
The residential suburb will contain 3,919 units and 6,670 villas.
The Makkah governor discussed work on Souq Okaz City and reviewed the industrial city project, the first in the governorate. About SR120 million has been allocated to the infrastructure and first phase of the development.
He also opened the first phase of the solar power plant in the Technical Oasis in Taif. The eco-friendly plant will provide power to 1,000 houses and the projects of the Technical Oasis.
Prince Khaled checked business incubators and accelerators in Taif, and their role in helping pioneering projects and companies develop.
By 2020 the project will assist 600 companies throughout the country.
He inspected a project to build and assemble Antonov aircraft. The project, which will improve national security and boost aircraft production in the Kingdom, will provide 10,000 jobs.
In the first phase, light transport aircraft will be manufactured. Middle and heavy transport aircraft will be built in the second phase.
Prince Khaled also checked on the progress of work in the University City. The city will host student and teachers dorms, a university hospital, as well as pharmacy, business, medicine, engineering and computer science faculties.
On Tuesday, Prince Khaled will visit local councils in the governorates of Taif, Maysan and Al-Muwaiyah to review development projects. He will also meet residents to listen to their demands.


Saudi Arabian delegation holds UNESCO reception in Paris

Updated 51 min 5 sec ago

Saudi Arabian delegation holds UNESCO reception in Paris

  • Session attended by permanent delegates of UNESCO member states
  • Hosted by Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh

PARIS: The permanent Saudi delegation to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a reception to mark the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The session was held in the presence of the Saudi education minister and deputy chairman of the National Committee for UNESCO, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh.
The session was attended by the permanent delegates of UNESCO member states and senior officials from the organization.
“Today, we see the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 objectives coincide with UNESCO’s mission through the Kingdom’s keenness to support educational, cultural and scientific projects around the world because of its regional and international status, and its roles in strengthening relations between Arab and Islamic countries and the global agenda for sustainable development in the organization’s educational, cultural and scientific fields, Al-Asheikh said in his speech.
He affirmed the Kingdom’s continued cooperation with UNESCO member states in the fields of education, culture and science, and its continued support for the organization’s programs.
He said the Kingdom is one of the founding members of UNESCO, and the sixth country to sign the organization’s charter, on Nov. 4, 1946, upon the directives of the late King Abdul Aziz.