The Makkah region has announced the implementation of residential projects on the first day of the new year. Sultan Al Dosari, spokesman of Makkah region, said that the pace of work is accelerating to build 70,833 units by the Ministry of Housing or secretariats of regions.
"This issue coincided with solving the problem of the shortage in government lands with the efforts of Makkah's infringements committees, which resulted in retrieving 220 million square meters of land worth SR 86 billion ($23 billion)," said Al Dosari.
He added that the Ministry of Housing and the different secretariats were handed these lands for the purpose of implementing housing developmental projects.
"Housing projects are a positive step toward radically solving the problem of the growing demand on houses. These steps came in accordance with the directions of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and in compliance with the orders of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques," he said, stressing that they target citizens who are qualified to access loans of the real estate development fund and others wishing to own residential units with affordable monthly payments, as well as those qualified by the Ministry of Social Affairs and other persons reimbursed for their expropriated properties for the benefit of developing slum neighborhoods.
In the same context, the Ministry of Housing announced the implementation of 15,980 residential units in Jeddah, starting with the first of two projects in the city, the Prince Fawaz neighborhood project to build 10,838 residential units, and the airport project that provides 5,142 residential units.
The two projects include the building of 18 mosques, 32 kindergartens, and 30 schools of various grades, in addition to security stations, health and post office centers, public libraries, shopping malls, sports stadiums and public parks.