Riyadh’s acting governor meets Moscow mayor

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Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, acting governor of Riyadh, meets Sergey Sobyanin, mayor of Moscow, on Thursday. (SPA)
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Acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz (front right) visiting a metro station in Moscow on Thursday. (SPA)
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Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, acting governor of Riyadh, receiving a plaque from Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin on Thursday. (SPA)
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Acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz is given a tour at the Luzhniki Sports Complex in Moscow on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 12 July 2019

Riyadh’s acting governor meets Moscow mayor

MOSCOW: Acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz met with the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin on Thursday. 
The mayor welcomed the acting governor and his accompanying delegation and said: “I am delighted by your visit and that the relations between our countries are developing. I hope that this visit will further strengthen our relationship.”
Prince Mohammed expressed his thanks for the hospitality and invitation from Moscow, stressing the importance of exchanging experiences and cooperation between the two capitals.
During the meeting, the governor discussed aspects of cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh in various fields, including investment and infrastructure, in a way that boosts the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan.
Prince Mohammed also visited a number of landmarks in Moscow, such as the Luzhniki Sports Complex and some historic metro stations.


Saudi housing program allocates monthly record 21,000 building plots

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Saudi housing program allocates monthly record 21,000 building plots

  • Riyadh received the largest issue of free lands

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing allocated a monthly record of 20,907 plots for residential property building during October, according to official figures.

Riyadh received the largest issue of free lands under the ministry’s Sakani program at 4,443, with Makkah second on 2,797 and Eastern Province getting 2,205.

A statement from program officials said October had seen the biggest batch of land distribution across the Kingdom in preparation for the construction of housing units by beneficiaries, a situation made possible due to the electronic streamlining of the application process.

Other parts of the Kingdom to receive land allocations were Qassim (2,140), Madinah (2,058), Asir (1,665), Najran (1,301), Jazan (1,258), Hail (1,192), Northern Borders (809), Al-Baha (542), Jouf (420), and Tabuk (77).

“This comes as a continuation of the housing support Sakani provides throughout the Kingdom,” the statement said. “The handing of free lands will continue at the ministry’s branches, with areas ranging between 450 and 527 square meters each.”

It added that beneficiaries could complete procedures and choose appropriate housing plans online by visiting https://sakani.housing.sa/plans-map.

“Free lands are one of the options provided by the program. Beneficiaries may also apply for villas among the ministry’s projects, buy an under-construction residential unit in partnership with the private sector, buy a finished housing unit off the market, or acquire a 100 percent subsidized profit mortgage for landowners.”

Phase three of the 2019 Sakani program includes 200,000 housing and financing options, among them 50,000 free lands, 50,000 housing units in cooperation with the private sector, and 100,000 subsidized mortgages for the beneficiaries of the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) in partnership with banks and financial institutions.