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Saudi initiates $480m worth of education projects

Makkah Governor to herald renovation and land purchases for new builds

Makkah has recently received 73 school buildings that were constructed at a total cost of more than $120m
Makkah has recently received 73 school buildings that were constructed at a total cost of more than $120m

Saudi Arabia is set to begin work on $480m (SAR 1.8bn) worth of new education projects for the Makkah region, Arab News reports.

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Makkah governor, will officially initiate the projects this weekend - Saturday, 23 March.

Hamid Al-Sulami, director general of education in the region, said the new projects would bring about qualitative improvement in education.

“The new projects will replace rented buildings and create an attractive learning atmosphere for children,” he said.

The total value of educational projects to be implemented in Makkah during this fiscal year is estimated at $480m (SAR 1.8bn), which includes renovation of existing school buildings and purchase of land for new buildings.

“We have recently received 73 school buildings that were constructed at a total cost of more than $120m (SAR 450m)” he said, adding that it benefited more than 18,000 students.

The new buildings also helped the department save $1.6m (SAR 6m) in payment of rents.

The department carried out about 90 renovation and extension works last year at a cost of $34.7m (SAR 130m).

“At present 53 school building projects worth $120m (SAR 370m) for both boys and girls are under implementation,” Al-Sulami said.

The department is presently negotiating to purchase 22 plots at a cost of $76.3m (SAR 286m) to construct new school buildings.

“We will construct the most advanced buildings to create a better learning atmosphere,” the director general said.

Contracts have been awarded to implement 59 new educational projects at a cost of $133.3m (SAR 500m), he added.

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