King launches 16.5bn worth of projects

Qaseem citizens greet King, Crown Prince

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman inaugurates a number of development projects in Qassim in the presence of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense. — SPA

BURAIDAH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for more than 600 development projects worth SR16.5 billion.

At a function held at Al-Wadi Palace in Buraidah, the King received several citizens of the Qassim region who came to greet him on the occasion of the royal visit.

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and several princes, ministers and high-ranking officials were also present on the occasion.

King Salman inaugurated 402 projects, covering 12 sectors worth SR12.15 billion, and laid the foundation stone for another 199 projects costing SR4.2 billion.

These projects cover the areas of education, housing, road, environment, tourism, water, electricity and public utilities.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Prince Faisal Bin Mishal Bin Saud, emir of Qassim, said these projects included several ministries and sectors in all the cities, governorates and towns in the Qassim region.

The launching of the multibillion riyal projects confirms the continuation of the process of development and boom in all sectors and regions of Qassim.

This also meets the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in improving performance and increasing productivity.

Holiday for students in Qassim, Hail today

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has directed that Thursday will be a holiday for girl and boy students in all phases of education in the regions of Al-Qassim and Hail. This is on the occasion of the visit of the King to the regions. -- SG/SPA

Projects at a glance

421 municipal and rural projects: SR5 billion

19 energy, industry and mineral resources projects: SR 5 billion

109 university, public education and technical and vocational training projects: SR4 billion

24 agriculture, environment and water projects: SR1.7 billion

21 transportation projects: SR1.035 billion

Two housing projects in Onaiza: SR339 million

Three tourist and heritage projects: SR134.4 million

Two Labor and social development projects: SR102 million

246 municipal projects costing SR1.96 billion

8 projects of environment, water and agriculture ministry, costing SR433.3 million

14 electricity projects worth SR4.53 billion

A project of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, costing SR20 million