‘Day for giving’: Saudi king sets stage for $3bn projects in Tabuk

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples in Tabuk. (Supplied)
Updated 20 November 2018

‘Day for giving’: Saudi king sets stage for $3bn projects in Tabuk

  • Luxury Amaala mega-resort paves way for revival of Red Sea region

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met the Amaala project team, led by Nicholas Naples, in Tabuk on Tuesday and watched a visual presentation on plans for the luxury tourist development.
The Amaala project is one of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s initiatives to achieve his economic and development objectives. The tourist destination on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast aims to create a new concept in luxury tourism focusing on recovery, health and treatment.
King Salman praised the project’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
On Tuesday, the king also received the people of Tabuk province and inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for a number of development projects in the region in a ceremony attended by the crown prince.
Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz said: “This is a day for giving, in the land of giving, and from the king of giving. On this day, Tabuk is honored to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone, under King Salman’s patronage, for several development projects that are in line with the growth and expansion experienced in the region, cities and provinces.”

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amaala will generate an expected 22,000 jobs in hospitality and tourism, leisure and retail, in addition to the opportunities created in construction and ancillary industries.
  • The development will provide facilities and services for guests to shape their own luxury experience. It will celebrate arts, culture, fashion, wellness and sports, offering guests a bespoke luxury lifestyle of their choice.
  • Amaala is anchored around three pillars: Wellness, healthy living and sports; art and culture; and sea, sun and lifestyle. Each of these elements is being developed to world-class standards to attract visitors from around the world.
  • The resort will be developed over three sites within the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve on the northwestern coast of Saudi Arabia. 
  • The development will cover an area of more than 3,800 sq km and will target more than 2,500, hotel keys and 700 residential villas, apartments and estate homes, plus over 200 high-end retail establishments with an eclectic mix of galleries, ateliers, artisan workshops and bespoke retail shops supported by a wide range of international and local signature dining venues.

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He added: “The new projects are implemented by many ministries and agencies, and their number has reached 151 projects with a total value exceeding SR11 billion ($2.9 billion), in addition to the private and public projects of the Public Investment Fund (NEOM, the Red Sea and Amaala), which are estimated at hundreds of billions of riyals.”
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage owns 11 of the projects worth SR98 million; the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs owns 69 projects worth SR757 million; the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture owns 21 projects worth SR1.5 billion; the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources owns two projects for the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities worth SR46 million and three projects for the electricity department worth SR5 billion; the Ministry of Housing owns two projects worth SR408 million; the Ministry of Education owns 11 projects, six of which are educational projects and five for the University of Tabuk, worth SR1.6 billion; the Ministry of Transport owns 16 projects worth SR1.6 billion; and the General Authority of Ports owns 18 projects at a total value of SR876 million.
The king arrived in the Tabuk region on Monday night, where he was received by the crown prince, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Cultural Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, and Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan.
The king also pardoned prisoners in the region jailed on financial charges. The order applies to those with debts of SR1 million or less, who are not involved in criminal cases. In addition, the government will pay off the debts of those who have been proven to be unable to repay them. 


Diriyah Gate to be a global, historical and cultural landmark

Updated 22 November 2019

Diriyah Gate to be a global, historical and cultural landmark

  • Diriyah is home to Al-Turaif District, built in 1744 and known as one of the largest clay cities in the world

DIRIYAH: With the establishment of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), the historical site of Diriyah will become one of the largest and most important international destinations.

The DGDA seeks to transform the site into a location to host activities and events aimed at exchanging historical and cultural knowledge through museums and venues spread throughout
Al-Turaif District.

 The DGDA aims to celebrate the people of Diriyah by telling their stories and demonstrating their social, cultural and historical the roots, as the cradle of the first Saudi state and a symbol of the beauty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and
its people.

 Diriyah is home to Al-Turaif District, built in 1744 and known as one of the largest clay cities in the world. It was registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010 — one of five Saudi sites listed.

Not far from Al-Turaif District is the historic Al-Bujairi District, which was a center for spreading science and knowledge during the prosperity of Diriyah, as the capital of the first Saudi state. 

Today it houses many commercial centers and cafes and is the perfect destination to experience Saudi cuisine.

One of the historical landmarks in Al-Turaif District is Salwa Palace, which is located in the northeastern part. It is the largest of its landmarks and spans over 10,000 square meters. It was founded by Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Saud in 1765, and is historically known as the home of the first royal family. 

The palace houses the Diriyah Museum, which presents the history and development of the first Saudi state through works of art, drawings, models and documentaries.

BACKGROUND

At the northern end of old Diriyah, the town of Ghusaybah sits atop of a plateau surrounded by the Hanifa Valley on three sides.

Salwa Palace forms an integrated architectural system with its residential, administrative, cultural and religious units.

 Al-Turaif District also includes the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Mosque, known as the Great Mosque or Al-Turaif Mosque. It is adjacent to Salwa Palace on the north side, and Imams used to lead Friday prayers there.

 To make movement between the mosque and the palace easier, Imam Saud bin Abdul Aziz built a bridge to connect them on the upper floor. The mosque houses a religious school to teach religious sciences. It was formerly the largest mosque in the Arabian Peninsula and was built to symbolize the strength and unity of the Saudi state.

 At the northern end of old Diriyah, the town of Ghusaybah sits atop of a plateau surrounded by the Hanifa Valley on three sides. It was settled by Mani’ Al-Muraydi, the oldest ancestor of the House of Saud, in the 15th century. 

Ghusaybah is a well-established location, carefully chosen for the establishment of the new governorate, and its location played a major role in the protection of Hajj convoys and trade passing through its areas of influence in Al-Arid region.

 Ghusaybah was the seat of an independent governorate before the founding of the first Saudi state. It provided protection for the northern gate of Diriyah during the campaign of Ibrahim Pasha in 1818.

 Samhan is one of the historical areas south of Ghusaybeh on a triangle overlooking the valley when it meets another tributary, the villages of Omran. It directly overlooks the districts of Qusayrin, Mrayih, and Al-Turaif. This location was important during the reign of Imam Mohammed bin Saud and his son Samhan, being a well-fortified site during the siege of Diriyah. It was selected by Imam Abdullah to be his defense headquarters.

 In the field of philanthropy, one may mention “Sabala Moudhi” which was founded by Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Saud, who made it a charitable endowment in the name of his mother, Moudhi bint Sultan bin Abi Wahtan, wife of Imam Mohammed bin Saud. 

It is located east of the Salwa Palace on the southeast of Al-Turaif District. It is a two-story building and was established to provide free accommodation for visitors coming to the city of Diriyah.