Housing program for Saudi media professionals agreed as part of Sakani initiative

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Saudi Arabia’s ministries of information and housing launched a new program on Sunday to build houses for the Kingdom’s media professionals as part of Sakani. (SPA)
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Minister of Information Turki Al-Shabana and Housing Minister Majid Al-Haqeel signed the agreement on the project at Riyadh’s Digital City. (SPA)
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Updated 10 February 2020

Housing program for Saudi media professionals agreed as part of Sakani initiative

  • Aims to build residential neighborhoods specifically for those working in the Kingdom’s media industry
  • Ministers called it “important step in strategic partnership between both ministries”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s ministries of information and housing launched a new program on Sunday to build houses for the Kingdom’s media professionals as part of Sakani, a Saudi-wide housing development scheme.

Sakani was launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Housing to build homes across Saudi Arabia and 280,000 units were provided in its first year with a further 300,000 built in 2018, according to the ministry.

The new initiative signed on Sunday will support Saudi media professionals by creating residential neighborhoods specifically for those working in the Kingdom’s media industry.




Minister of Information Turki Al-Shabana and Housing Minister Majid Al-Haqeel signed the agreement on the project at Riyadh’s Digital City. (SPA)

Minister of Information Turki Al-Shabana and Housing Minister Majid Al-Haqeel signed the agreement on the project at Riyadh’s Digital City.

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of officials from both ministries as well as a group of Saudi media figures and representatives from financial bodies.

Al-Shabana said during the ceremony that the new initiative is an “important step in the strategic partnership between both ministries,” and that the it would make it easier for media professionals to obtain residences in the “easiest and fastest way.”


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.