414,000 low-cost houses for Makkans

Updated 04 October 2014

414,000 low-cost houses for Makkans

The Housing Ministry intends to establish 414,000 housing units for limited income groups among citizens in Makkah, adding that the units would be distributed among deserving citizens at reasonable rates.
“These housing units will be taking limited space and will account for 45 percent of the 920,000 new units planned for the city,” the ministry said. It said the plan was aimed at reducing the number of Saudis living in rented apartments by 50 percent in 2040. “We intend to provide 100,000 housing units, expecting that Saudis would be able to meet cost within 10 years.”
Around 621,000 Saudi nationals have been found eligible to receive housing aid under a new scheme designed to ease the shortage of homes in the Kingdom. They were chosen from 961,000 applications received from across the Kingdom.
Families obtaining assistance from ESKAN are to receive state-subsidized home loans or subsidized sales of land or housing units.
The Housing Ministry launched the scheme, dubbed “ESKAN”, to offer housing aid to needy Saudi families. The ministry received a large number of applications following a comprehensive media campaign.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.