63 Saudi and international firms vie to undertake Alkhobar’s corniche project

63 Saudi and international firms vie to undertake Alkhobar’s corniche project
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The project is part of the several public-private initiatives currently underway in different parts KSA. (SPA)
63 Saudi and international firms vie to undertake Alkhobar’s corniche project
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The project is part of the several public-private initiatives currently underway in different parts KSA. (SPA)
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The project is part of the several public-private initiatives currently underway in different parts KSA. (SPA)
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Updated 10 January 2021

63 Saudi and international firms vie to undertake Alkhobar’s corniche project

63 Saudi and international firms vie to undertake Alkhobar’s corniche project
  • The project is part of the several public-private initiatives currently underway in different parts of Saudi Arabia

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province municipality has attracted 63 local, regional and international firms to develop the first project under the “Opportunity, land and loan” initiative at Alkhobar corniche.
A municipality spokesman, Muhammad Al-Sufyan, said the initiative comes in cooperation with the Finance Ministry and the National Center for Privatization at a cost of SR800 million to develop 65,000 sq. meters.
He said the project aims to revitalize and diversify the Kingdom’s economy by promoting tourism, entertainment and other related commercial activities. Al-Sufyan said it will also create job opportunities for young Saudi men and women and improve the quality of life in the Eastern Province and help boost Alkhobar’s chances to become one of the 100 best cities to live in.
The project is part of the several public-private initiatives currently underway in different parts of the Kingdom and in different sectors.
He said the companies involved possess huge experience in developing such projects.
The spokesman said it also shows the importance of Saudi Arabia as a rising hub for future investments.
Al-Sufyan said a special committee has been formed to look into the applications and will select the most capable firm to handle the key development project, which aims to serve the key goals of the Saudi Vision 2030.
 


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.

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