King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project
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The first phase of the project is set to be completed in 2022. (SPA)
King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project
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The first phase of the project is set to be completed in 2022. (SPA)
King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project
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The first phase of the project is set to be completed in 2022. (SPA)
King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project
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The first phase of the project is set to be completed in 2022. (SPA)
King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project
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The first phase of the project is set to be completed in 2022. (SPA)
Updated 14 December 2018

King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project
  • The king and crown prince were given an update on the progress of the bold tourism project
  • By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands

RIYADH: King Salman received a team from The Red Sea Development Company, led by CEO John Pagano, at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday
The team gave the king and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman a progress report on the ambitious tourism and leisure project.
Pagano gave a presentation detailing the master plan for the Red Sea Project and its economic and developmental objectives, which aim to establish it as a leading global destination in the luxury tourism sector.
The first phase of the project, scheduled for completion in 2022, will include up to 3,000 hotel rooms, an airport to serve the destination, and marinas, along with residential properties and recreational facilities.
By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands. It is expected to create 70,000 jobs and play a significant role in driving economic diversification in the Kingdom by attracting nearly a million visitors a year and contributing SR22 billion to the country’s GDP.
Following the briefing, the project team was congratulated by King Salman, who praised the project and its objectives to position the Kingdom on the global tourism map, create investment opportunities for local private-sector companies, and develop the country’s tourism industry while preserving the nation’s cultural and environmental heritage.


Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador

Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador
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Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador

Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador

RIYADH: Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar of Riyadh received the US ambassador to the Kingdom on Sunday.

John Abizaid has reached the end of his term as ambassador to Saudi Arabia and had gone to the governor’s office to say farewell.

Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese-Christian descent who headed US Central Command, which covers the Middle East, during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.

He wrote his Harvard master’s thesis on Saudi Arabia, studying how the Kingdom made its decisions on defense spending. The paper won acclaim in academic circles.

Abizaid graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and later won a scholarship to study in Jordan, where he honed his Arabic.