Saudi minister discusses housing project ties with foreign counterparts

Saudi Minister of Housing Majid Al-Hogail, right,
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Updated 14 February 2020

Saudi minister discusses housing project ties with foreign counterparts

  • Al-Hogail met with the UAE’s minister of infrastructure development

ABU DHABI: Saudi Minister of Housing Majid Al-Hogail on Thursday visited the ministry’s pavilion at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi.

The six-day event, from Feb. 8 to 13, was attended by representatives from 168 countries and was organized by UN-Habitat.

Titled “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation,” the forum discussed ways to innovate low-cost housing in order to promote and diversify city culture. 

The Kingdom’s pavilion showcased the ministry’s most prominent programs and initiatives aimed at organizing the sector and making it more balanced and sustainable. 

Among the schemes highlighted was the Wafi program that issues off-plan sale and rent licenses for real estate units inside the Kingdom and abroad; the Sakani program that provides beneficiaries with the necessary services and facilities; and the Building Technology Stimulus Initiative that supports the transition from traditional to modern construction.

Al-Hogail met with the UAE’s minister of infrastructure development, Abdullah Al-Nuaimi, and discussed the achievements of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council’s meetings.

He also met with the Moroccan Minister of National and Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy Nouzha Bouchareb and discussed the importance of partnerships with the private sector and social housing projects, in addition to the challenges facing urban development.

He then attended a working session with the deputy housing minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mary Wong Lai Lin, during which they discussed cooperation opportunities.
 


Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

  • Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

DUBAI: Four more repatriation flights arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to bring back stranded citizens from coronavirus hotspots, state news agency SPA reported.
Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while another two landed in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, bringing Saudi nationals from New York and Beirut.
All precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus spread were taken to ensure the safety of passengers, who would also be in isolation for 14 days.