24,770 families benefit from Sakani program in April across KSA

More than 44,000 families benefitted from subsidized mortgage loans for finished housing units. (SPA)
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Updated 16 May 2020

24,770 families benefit from Sakani program in April across KSA

  • The program will continue to provide eligible Saudi families with a wider range of options through easier procedures in accordance with their needs

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s Sakani program has helped 24,770 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during April. This includes 7,990 families who live in their own homes.

The total number of families that benefited from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year reached 130,502, of which 44,000 have already moved into their houses. Other families preferred the under-construction housing units in major residential areas, residential lands and self-building options.

This comes within Sakani’s on-going efforts in light of the preventive health measures adopted by the authorities to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“24,000 under-construction housing units have been reserved in 2020 and 33,000 residential units have been delivered to beneficiaries across the Kingdom,” Sakani clarified in a statement, noting: “More than 44,000 families benefitted from subsidized mortgage loans for finished housing units, while 29,000 families benefitted from subsidized mortgage loans in the self-building category.”

The program is continuing to serve families wishing to own a property through Sakani’s mobile application and website. It also displays the beneficiaries’ national ID numbers on https://sakani-names.housing.sa/, and the electronic platform, which provides detailed information regarding the various housing options.

“The program will continue to provide eligible Saudi families with a wider range of options through easier procedures in accordance with their needs, desires and capabilities. This comes within the ministry’s keenness to accelerate the delivery of housing units to beneficiaries, in line with the housing program, which is one of the programs of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 that aim at raising the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent,” said Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif bin Salem Al-Suwailem.

“In order to provide suitable housing options, Sakani is still working on 58 residential projects in partnership with real estate developers across the Kingdom. The prices of these units are favorable and range between SR250,000 ($66,545) and SR750,000. The construction process of these units takes into account the quality of the finished product and strictly respects construction stages and due dates,” Al-Suwailem added.

“Most of these projects are found in the suburbs of modern residential areas where different housing units such as villas, apartments and townhouses benefit from the availability of an array of facilities and services.”


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

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280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.