Saudi Arabia’s 2009 Budget Sees More Infrastructure Development

JEDDAH - The SR1.3 billion Jeddah municipal budget for 2009, announced by Mayor Adel Fakieh on Saturday, includes projects to develop the city’s roads, build parks, establish a forest around the sewage lake and make the city an internationally acclaimed tourist destination.

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Published: Mon 26 Jan 2009, 11:23 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:26 PM

Addressing reporters at his office, Fakieh said 36 per cent of the current budget has been allocated for projects to develop the city’s roads and streets.

The budget would be divided to meet costs relating to cleaning and environment development, prevention of flooding, urban development, municipality services, greenery and beautification, and research and study, said Fakieh.

He added that Jeddah would witness tangible change in the coming five years in terms of living standards, services and facilities. “We have plans to make the city excel in recreation and business in a way that would make both residents and visitors proud,” he said.

Saudi Arabia is particularly interested in the Development of Khozam Area Project, which aims to modernise and organise several un-zoned districts of Jeddah. He added compensations are left to the choice of the property owners who have the option of acquiring shares with the company established to develop these areas.

“No one would be forced to leave their homes before being provided suitable housing. The compensations are not within the responsibilities of the developing company. A specialised committee comprising representatives of the governorate and the Ministry of Justice has been established to estimate compensation amounts,” he said.Fakieh said the development of the un-zoned districts is an important project that will ultimately include other areas of the city. “There is a current study to organise three major districts in the southern part of the city,” he said.

· habib@khaleejtimes.com


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