MAKKAH A ROLE MODEL

The new Makkah development strategy aims to make the holy city a role model for the Kingdom and the Islamic world, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal told reporters recently, adding that the implementation of the strategy has already started.

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The new Makkah development strategy aims to make the holy city a role model for the Kingdom and the Islamic world, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal told reporters recently, adding that the implementation of the strategy has already started. The prince also disclosed plans to transform Jeddah’s Effat and Dar Al-Hekma colleges into independent universities to reduce pressure on King Abdulaziz University. He further reiterated the government’s resolve to fight corruption and bribery. He said the Makkah development strategy is centring on the Holy Kaaba, adding that it is focusing on developing human beings and achieving sustained and balanced development for all major cities and towns in the region. The strategy has given priority to the development of people through education and training, improvement of Haj and Umrah services, solving the water problem by increasing supply and the expansion of infrastructure facilities. He informed that a number of new projects have been planned for the overall development of Makkah province. They include development of the underdeveloped residential districts, Jeddah’s northern and southern Corniche, and new tourism projects in Taif, Qunfuda and Al-Laith.