Governor to kick off $100m projects in south KSA

Two day tour will see dozens of projects started in south-west region

Jazan is home to its own economic city which includes an oild refinery. Photo: JEC brochure.
Jazan is home to its own economic city which includes an oild refinery. Photo: JEC brochure.

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The governor of KSA’s Jazan province will inaugurate or lay foundation stones for more than $100m worth of projects as he begins a two-day tour of the south-western Saudi region on Wednesday.

Governor Prince Mohammed Ibn Nasser Ibn Abdulaziz’s tour will include the Al-Darb governorate and Al-Shaqeeq Center where he will inaugurate and lay foundation stones for a number of development projects at a total value of around SR 400 million ($100m).

Other projects on the cards include roading contracts, a municipal building, cultural centre and parks, a coastline beautification programme in Atoud, , a complex of industrial schools; a building for police in Al-Darb governorate; a civil defense building, a Park in Reem; projects for asphalting and lighting and a number of other schemes.

The news comes just weeks after the Saudi government ratified its largest ever budget which will see a large number of big projects put to tender.

The budget for 2011 is $11billion more than was allocated in 2010 and will see the construction of 610 new schools (in addition to the 3200 currently under construction and the 600 schools completed in 2010) and the rehabilitation of 2000 existing schools.

The budget includes $18.3bn for the construction of sports clubs, social centres and 12 new hospitals, adding to the 120 hospitals that are under construction at present.

KSA is also spending $6. 5billion on roads totalling 6600km (30,200km already under construction), while an additional $6.7 billion will be spend on building four new airports, developing the nation’s port services and rebuilding King Abdulaziz Inernational Airport in Jeddah.

The budget also allocates $13.5 billion for water projects, dams, sewage networks and other projects. The fund will cover the new water dealination and power plants at the industrial cities of Jubail, Yanbu, and Ras Azur.

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