MAKKAH — Saudi authorities have announced to build an airport for Haj and Umrah pilgrims. This will be linked to Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport in collaboration with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, announced the allotment of land in Al-Faisaliah project to build the airport, during the ceremony of signing agreements and memoranda of cooperation for Al-Faisaliah project in the presence of Makkah Deputy Emir Prince Badr Bin Sultan and Minister of Finance Muhammad Al-Jadaan.
Prince Khaled and Al-Jadaan signed the agreement on Monday to allocate and invest the state-owned land within the boundaries of Al-Faisaliah project to implement the airport project.
According to Saudi media, Al-Faisaliah City project, which will be constructed on an area of 2,450 square kilometers, will be located in the western part of Makkah, starting from the Haram boundary and will extend up to the Red Sea coast of Al-Shuaiba in the west.
The emir said that the project was approved by King Salman.
Meanwhile, Ihsan Bafakih and Fahd Al Sudairi, CEO of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), signed the agreement to exploit the Al-Faisaliah site for a solar project. Under the agreement, SEC was granted the right to use the land so that it can enjoy its rights and fulfill its obligations in accordance with the project requirements, reports the Saudi Gazette.
This agreement is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and within the framework of efforts to diversify the energy sources and to optimize the use of hydrocarbon and mineral resources to achieve sustainable development of the national economy.