Service launched to speed up Makkah projects

The meeting discussed the status of Makkah and its importance for Muslims. (SPA)
Updated 15 May 2019
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Service launched to speed up Makkah projects

  • The initiative, which is being run in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing, is an outcome of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan

MAKKAH: A plan to speed up the issue of building permits and promote modern construction methods, was launched in Makkah on Monday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, acting minister of municipal and rural affairs, announced the new service to fast-track authorizations for building work at the Makkah Municipality.

The initiative, which is being run in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing, is an outcome of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan. As part of the launch ceremony, the minister handed the first building permit to a citizen from Al-Jamoum governorate.

Al-Qasabi also met with Makkah Mayor Mohammed Abdullah Al-Quwaihis along with authority officials and employees and was briefed on the municipality’s key projects and future plans.

The meeting discussed the status of Makkah and its importance for Muslims, and the need to constantly work toward improving services for pilgrims and citizens.

Some of the developments and challenges that have faced Makkah in recent years were explained to Al-Qasabi, who stressed the importance of concentrating efforts on simplifying procedures and improving basic municipal services.

The minister highlighted the achievements being made through the development of municipalities, the delegation of powers to mayors, the electronic issue of building permits for commercial establishments, schools and hospitals, and the reviewing and updating of municipal regulations.

Al-Qasabi emphasized the requirement to keep pace with modern technology and ensure that all categories of investors could participate in the development system by offering investment opportunities.

He added that every effort should be made to ensure the swift completion of budget-approved projects.


Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

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Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli is the vice rector for applied studies and research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran.

He has been published more than 100 times in reputable journals and given lectures at more than 35 conferences. He has been involved in research grants exceeding SR120 million ($32 million) supported by companies and institutions such as the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Aramco, KFUPM and Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries.

Al-Aqeeli has 17 patents registered with the US Patent Office and three with the Gulf Patent Office. He got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from KFUPM and his doctorate in materials engineering from McGill University in Canada.

He worked in the materials, science, and engineering department of MIT as a postdoctoral fellow and was a research scientist at Harvard.

Al-Aqeeli has won several awards, including the Almarai prize from KACST for creative achievement in 2015 and the Arab Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation that same year. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, the American Society for Metals-International, and chairman of the board at the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.

Female students of KFUPM represented the Kingdom at Intel ISEF 2019 in Arizona, US. They won five major awards. Shouq Faisal Madani received a scholarship from the University of Arizona. 

Commenting on the achievement of KFUPM students, Al-Aqeeli said: “We are proud of the students of the university.”

He also vowed to take measures to promote and nurture local talent.