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Planned Saudi city could create 1000’s jobs

Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province municipality is planning a model city including a residential, economic and tourism centre in Half Moon Bay, Al-Aziziyah district. ¬†It is ¬†expected to create up to 90,000 jobs when complete.

The city is expected to contribute to the province’s master plan too, deputy mayor Eastern Province, Jamal bin Nasser Al-Mulhim, said.

“The city will be established as per international standards with respect for Islamic traditions,” Al-Mulhim remarked.

“It will attract residents and visitors and provide a unique urban environment, using modern facilities to recycle water and waste to produce new energy,” he said.

According to Al-Mulhim, several studies have been conducted concerning the development of Half Moon Bay as a centre for tourism and recreation in the Eastern Province.

Arab News reported new strategies will be developed over the next 30 years in order to establish a new city equipped with all necessary facilities, requirements and services.

When complete, the city will absorb 350,000 people, providing 90,000 jobs over the next 30 years.

The new city will be an integrated center with facilities for 650 boats, conferences and exhibition center and a maritime museum, besides 88,000 housing units, commercial areas, offices, a techno-park and various kinds of public transport.

“Several meetings have been held to discuss the development of Half Moon Bay and collect information on the current situation, to identify available opportunities and re-formulate objectives, preparation and delivery of final designs,” said Al-Mulhim.

“The project will be implemented in six stages, as the municipality coordinates with a number of local and international companies to develop the public perception of the city.

“The new city is expected to make a quantum leap in the province during the next 30 years, taking into account the importance of linking the new city with Dammam for easy access and the strategic location of Half Moon Bay,” he added.

Source: Construction Week Online