Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister reviews ‘Sama Abha’ project

Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib. (SPA)
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Updated 09 August 2020

Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister reviews ‘Sama Abha’ project

  • Most of the castle walls are still intact, despite their age

ABHA: Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib on Saturday reviewed the “Sama Abha” project. He was briefed about the tourist and investment components of the project located north of Abha.
The project, which costs more than SR12 million, is part of the initiatives to improve the urban landscape of the Asir region.
With other government officials, the minister then visited the historical Shamsan Castle. It is a large rectangular building with three towers and a main entrance on the west side overlooking the city.
A 4-meter-wide door on the west wall opens to a central courtyard, which is surrounded by rooms and facilities. Most of the castle walls are still intact, despite their age.  Stones and clay were the primary construction materials of the time, and stone tools found at the site date back to the third millennium B.C. Fragments of ceramics made of red clay, from the first millennium B.C., have also been unearthed.

 


Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

Updated 32 min 11 sec ago

Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

  • The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus
  • Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders

DUBAI: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have approved a plan to exempt investors in municipal spaces about 25 percent of rental fees, state news agency SPA has reported.
The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus by relieving them off payments amounting to over $151.9 million, the report added.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders.
“I extend my sincere gratitude for the Custodian of the Holy Mosques for issuing the generous approval to exempt investors with municipalities by 25% of the rent of municipal real estate this year to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which contributes to creating an attractive investment environment with the municipalities,” he tweeted.

Saudi Arabia announced a further drop of daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the number of total infections grew by 403 to 317,005.