Deals inked for airport, solar plant at Saudi Arabia's Al-Faisaliah City
Makkah Governor signs multiple agreements for projects within Makkah mega-city, with first solar project tender due in 2019
Land has reportedly been set to aside to build the Al-Faisaliah Airport project – linked to Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport – in collaboration with Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca), for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, with other agreements also signed for the future mega-city in Makkah.
According to local daily Saudi Gazette, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah and Advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, confirmed the land allocation during a ceremony of signing agreement and memorandums of cooperation for the 2,450km2 Al-Faisaliah City project, located in the western part of Makkah.
Al-Faisaliah City will start from the Makkah Haram boundary and extend up to the Red Sea coast of Al-Shuaiba in the west.
Makkah Region Development Authority will oversee the project, which will include an Islamic Centre within its first phase, as well as government complexes, waterfront and logistics areas, diplomatic quarters, and the Allaith Road.
Prince Khaled signed an agreement to allocate and invest state-owned land within the boundaries of the Al-Faisaliah project to implement the airport project, the Saudi news outlet added.
Among the agreements signed was one to start the implementation of Al-Faisaliah City's projects after their studies and designs had been completed.
Under another agreement, Saudi Electricity Company was granted the right to use land for a solar project within Al-Faisaliah City, Saudi Gazette reported.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources will implement preparatory technical studies for the solar project that Saudi Electricity Company will develop within Al-Faisaliah City.
The ministry's Office of Renewable Energy Projects Development (Repdo) will oversee the multi-phase solar plant, of which 600 MW will be tendered in 2019.
The 2,600 MW solar project will serve 340,000 homes, creating investment and industrial opportunities driving 3,000-4,000 construction jobs and 150-200 operational jobs, the report continued.
Makkah's Deputy Emir, Prince Badr Bin Sultan, and Saudi Arabia's Minister of Finance and chairman of Saudi Real Estate General Authority's board, Muhammad Al-Jadaan, reportedly attended the event.
The $10bn (SAR37.5tn) Al-Faisaliah City is one of the large-scale megaprojects in Makkah, viewed by the Saudi Arabian Government as an expansion of the Holy City.
Also under construction in Makkah are the $8.7bn (SAR32.6bn) Jabal Al Sharashif Development, and Phase 1 of Makkah Metro, which has yet to be officially priced, but is expected to cost more than $6bn (SAR2.2bn).
The organiser of The Big 5 Saudi said in a statement earlier this year that all three projects have been tendered for.