Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz arrived in Tabuk today, the last stop on a tour of the northern provinces that has included visits to Arar and, most recently, Al-Jouf. In each province, the King has launched major development projects.
King Abdullah was welcomed at Tabuk Regional Airport by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and a number of other senior officials. The King then attended a luncheon held in his honor by Tabuk Governor Prince Fahd bin Sultan.
In remarks to the press yesterday, Prince Fahd said that the people of Tabuk were very much looking forward to the visit, and that it embodies the close relationship between the Saudi leadership and the citizens.
Tomorrow, King Abdullah is expected to launch nearly $1.6 billion in major development projects. He will lay the foundation stone for Tabuk University as well as technical colleges and vocational training institutes. Healthcare projects include the first phase of a new medical city, new health centers, and hospitals in Dhiba and Amlaj. The King will also launch water and electricity projects and road projects, most notably the Saudi-Egyptian causeway.
In related news, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz today directed that a new public park currently under development at the King Abdulaziz Military City be named after the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.