2007 News Story

King Abdullah continues tour of the north with visit to Al-Jouf

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz arrived in Al-Jouf today, the second stop on a royal tour of Saudi Arabia’s northern provinces.

In Al-Jouf, the King is expected to launch nearly $4 billion in key educational, health, electricity, water, municipal and road projects. They include Al-Jouf University, a college of science, a medical college, schools for boys and girls and a number of technical colleges and vocational training centers.

The King will also open new hospitals and medical centers; four new mosques; two grain silos; railway projects; water and electricity projects such as dams, sewage networks, and a new power grid; and housing projects.

King Abdullah traveled to Al-Jouf from Arar, where he launched similar development projects. He laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the $133.3 million Northern Border University, which will offer a science college and a women’s college in Arar, a community college and a women’s college in Rafha.

In Arar, the King also opened key healthcare projects including the 100-bed Prince Abdulaziz bin Musaed Hospital and the 100-bed Rafha Central Hospital. In addition, he laid the foundation for a 200-bed maternity and children’s hospital, a 100-bed mental hospital, a medical tower at Arar Central Hospital, another medical tower in Rafha, and a 50-bed hospital at Jadeeda Arar.

The next stop on King Abdullah’s tour is Tabuk, where he will launch Tabuk University and the Saudi-Egyptian causeway.