Makkah Gate project includes university

The Makkah Gate project along the Makkah-Jeddah Highway will include a university, medical city and an administrative district, the city’s mayor Osama Al-Bar said on Tuesday.

The project, covering 83 square kilometers, is being implemented by Bawaba Company, an affiliate of Al-Balad Al-Amin Company, which is fully owned by the Makkah Mayoralty. The project will be completed in 15 years and in several phases.

Al-Bar discussed on Tuesday the project with Bakri Assas, president of Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah, in the presence of managing director of Al-Balad Al-Amin Essam Kulthoum, and Muhammad Saifuddin, chairman of Omraniyun consultancy firm.

They also discussed the prospects of establishing a partnership between the university and the company to serve Makkah residents.

“We want to make reality the dream of (Makkah Gov.) Prince Khaled Al-Faisal to make Makkah a city with advanced facilities on par with those in other world-class cities,” the mayor said.

Al-Balad Al-Amin recently signed a series of agreements with the private sector to implement major residential, commercial, health and cultural projects in the area in the presence of Prince Khaled.

A residential district project will be established east of the government department complex, a company official said, adding that it will cover more than a million square meters. It will be developed by Sumou Holding, a leading real estate company.

A similar project with commercial and residential facilities will be carried out on an area of 3 million square meters north of the Jeddah-Makkah Expressway. Sheikh Ibrahim Afandi Group is the developer.

A charitable hospital to treat cancerous tumors will be established on the northwestern part of the expressway by a group of businessmen led by Abdul Rahman Faqeeh. An agreement was also signed for a cultural and knowledge center with Rawafid Charitable Foundation.


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