Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki unveils multibillion-dollar Asir projects
The Governor of Asir okayed the road, municipal services, and healthcare schemes following directives by the Crown Prince
HRH Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Asir, has unveiled multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia to improve medical, road, and air transport services in the kingdom.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Prince Turki said the projects cover sectors such as health, transport, and municipal services.
Major transport projects announced include the construction of the Asir-Jazan road at a cost of $1.6bn (SAR6bn); and the $1bn (SAR4bn) expansion of the coastal road between Jeddah and Jazan, which will link Asir to Makkah and Jazan, providing shorter journey times.
Among the recently progressed Saudi Arabia construction projects is the expansion of Abha Airport's terminals to increase its capacity from 1.1 million passengers a year to 2.5 million. Plans also include increasing the number of boarding gates for domestic flights to four and for international flights to two.
According to an Arabic-language report by SPA, another significant completed project in Asir is the 1,000-bed King Faisal Medical City, which features a specialised hospital, a cardiac centre, a tumour centre, and a centre for neurological sciences for children. The facility will reportedly serve Asir and the Baha, Najran, and Jazan regions.
The projects follow directives by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers, and Minister of Defence, HRH Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, to raise the quality of medical services and the efficiency of road and air traffic in the kingdom.
The news comes amid of flurry of infrastructure announcements from the kingdom’s senior leadership. Last month saw King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques approve 1,281 cross-sector development projects in Riyadh.