$770m Saudi contracts for teacher residences

Education Minister signs nine contracts for units in eight unis

King Fahd Uni in the Eastern Province.
King Fahd Uni in the Eastern Province.

Nine contracts worth $770million for the construction of residential units for teachers in eight universities in Saudi Arabia have been signed by Minister of Higher Education Khaled Al-Anqari, reports Arab News.

The residences to be built are for faculty members in King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals in the Eastern Province, King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Taibah University in Madinah, Taif University, Qassim University, Dammam University, Hail University and Tabuk University.

The contracts also provide for the construction of a common facility for university colleges in north Jeddah.

The government of Saudi Arabia has allocated $155billion in its national budget for 2011, up 7.4% on 2010. The budget allocates 26% or $40billion of total spending on education and training, followed by health and social affairs at 12% or $18billion. Infrastructure spending amounts to 9%.

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