Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday (April 9) laid the foundation stone of the Beouth Islamic City, which includes residential complexes as well as a dormitory for up to 30,000 students, at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
The king, who was accompanied by a number of princes and ministers, was received by Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb and a number of officials, reported the Arab News.
He performed the greeting prayer at the 1,000-year-old Al-Azhar Mosque and was briefed on the mosque’s restoration project.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia had given funds to Egypt for the restoration work at the mosque and university, and for establishing a dormitory for foreign students.
Later in the same year, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi allocated land for the new city in New Cairo’s fifth settlement district, said the report.