2006 News Story

King Abdullah to launch development projects in the south next week

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will visit Najran, Jizan and Asir next week to launch a number of educational, health and infrastructure projects, the Arab News reported today.

The projects, worth billions of riyals, signify a new era of development in the southern part of the Kingdom.

During his tour, King Abdullah will lay the foundation stones for four university colleges, including Jizan University; 138 boys’ and girls’ schools; various health projects including a 200-bed hospital; a higher institute of technology for girls; and a vocational training institute. He will also launch a project to pump water from the Empty Quarter.

King Abdullah has made similar visits to launch projects in Jubail, Al-Khobar, Qateef, Ahsa, Hail, Qassim and Madinah.