Saudi Haj projects on track despite spending cutsby Neha Bhatia on Mar 23, 2016
Saudi Arabian officials said projects related to the Haj and Umrah pilgrimages are proceeding unhindered, even as the Kingdom's government clamps down on state spending.
Certain other projects, however, will be reviewed and allocated for based on their priority.
The impact of reduced oil revenues has led Saudi's government to implement spending cuts and reprioritise its investments.
However, the country's Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs is reviewing various projects of socio-cultural relevance to ensure the most critical ones are given the state's nod.
These reviews follow the recommendations of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, and include the Riyadh Metro project, which is also expected to achieve scheduled completion.
Nevertheless, all projects in the country have been put on hold by the ministry, barring those concerning services for Haj and Umrah pilgrims.
According to a circular issued by the minister of municipal and rural affairs, Abdul Lateef Al-Sheikh, the ministry has decided to stop all other projects, including the additional works on existing projects.
The circular, titled 'Halting, awarding and signing project contracts', highlights the need to postpone all works on previously-endorsed projects, or those that had already been allocated to contractors, local daily Arab News reported.