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Makkah announces $28m city improvement projects

Officials rubber-stamp 70 new projects to revamp city amenities

Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Getty
Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Getty

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Makkah city officials have signed contracts for 70 projects totalling more than $28m to establish new gardens, walking tracks and playgrounds in the holy city.

The contracts cover engineering designs for sports fields, children playgrounds, corridors for walking-exercise, and family-gathering areas. The contracts also include new public toilets, installation of lighting and other accessories, green-nurseries and flower-bearing trees as well as protected private scenic-viewing-galleries in the city.

Makkah’s push to improve municipal services comes on the back of continued development of the city centre.

Last month, further details of the Makkah Gate project – an 83km2 development along the Makkah-Jeddah highway - emerged, with the city’s mayor Osama Al-Bar saying plans will include a university, medical city and administrative district.

Al-Bar said the project was being implemented by the Bawaba Company, an affiliate of Al-Balad Al-Amin Company, which is fully owned by the Makkah Mayoralty. The project will be completed in 15 years and in several phases.

“We want to make reality the dream of (Makkah Gov.) Prince Khaled Al-Faisal to make Makkah a city with advanced facilities on par with those in other world-class cities,” the mayor told reporters.

Al-Balad Al-Amin recently signed a series of agreements with the private sector to implement major residential, commercial, health and cultural projects in the area. The projects include a residential development covering more than 100ha which will be undertaken by Sumou Holding.

Another project includes commercial and residential properties covering 300ha built north of the Jeddah-Makkah highway by developers Sheikh Ibrahim Afandi Group.

Another group of businessmen, led by Abdul Rahman Faqeeh, will build a cancer treatment hospital in the area, while the Rawafid Charitable Foundation will build a cultural and knowledge foundation.

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