Construction of 67,000 homes underway in Jeddah
Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company developing Khalij Salman and Wadi Al-Asla’ affordable housing projects
Two projects to build a total of 67,000 housing units in the northern and eastern parts of Jeddah is underway, the executive director of Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company (JDURC) Ibrahim Katbakhana has revealed.
Katbakhana said that JDURC has agreed with Jeddah Municipality to develop a 25,000-unit residential suburb project in Khalij Salman as part of an affordable housing scheme and another 42,000-unit project in Wadi Al-Asla’.
Commenting on the Khalij Salman development, Katbakhana told Arab News that the project comprises 1,250 residential buildings with a total of 25,000 housing units. “Fifty-two percent of the project’s land will be allocated for housing, 11% for malls, public services and facilities, while the remaining 37% will be allocated for roads, recreational venues, car parking lots and open areas.”
The first phase of the three million square metre project, which involves the construction of 46 buildings, is currently underway. The suburb will have educational, religious, health, sport, and recreational facilities as well as public services.
Meanwhile, the Wadi Al-Asla’ project is being built on an area of 130mn m2 in the east of Jeddah. Its 42,000 apartments will be distributed over 13 housing units equipped with social and recreational services. The project is designed to provide open parks, gardens, nature reserves as well as educational, health and sports facilities.
In the east of the city, the company is working on a 130mn m2 site that will house over 42,000 apartments, parks, gardens, a nature reserve and other leisure facilities.
In an interview at last month's Leaders in Construction KSA summit, Skeikh Solaiman El Khereiji, who has a joint venture with Hyder in Saudi Arabia advising Jeddah's Municipality, said the Salman Bay project started on site last year and was initially scheduled to take nine years to complete, although efforts are being made to reduce the build programme to six years.