Saudi minister discusses housing project ties with foreign counterparts

Saudi Minister of Housing Majid Al-Hogail, right,
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Updated 14 February 2020

Saudi minister discusses housing project ties with foreign counterparts

  • Al-Hogail met with the UAE’s minister of infrastructure development

ABU DHABI: Saudi Minister of Housing Majid Al-Hogail on Thursday visited the ministry’s pavilion at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi.

The six-day event, from Feb. 8 to 13, was attended by representatives from 168 countries and was organized by UN-Habitat.

Titled “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation,” the forum discussed ways to innovate low-cost housing in order to promote and diversify city culture. 

The Kingdom’s pavilion showcased the ministry’s most prominent programs and initiatives aimed at organizing the sector and making it more balanced and sustainable. 

Among the schemes highlighted was the Wafi program that issues off-plan sale and rent licenses for real estate units inside the Kingdom and abroad; the Sakani program that provides beneficiaries with the necessary services and facilities; and the Building Technology Stimulus Initiative that supports the transition from traditional to modern construction.

Al-Hogail met with the UAE’s minister of infrastructure development, Abdullah Al-Nuaimi, and discussed the achievements of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council’s meetings.

He also met with the Moroccan Minister of National and Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy Nouzha Bouchareb and discussed the importance of partnerships with the private sector and social housing projects, in addition to the challenges facing urban development.

He then attended a working session with the deputy housing minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mary Wong Lai Lin, during which they discussed cooperation opportunities.

King Salman meets Mauritanian president

Updated 27 February 2020

King Salman meets Mauritanian president

RIYADH: King Salman received Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in Riyadh on Wednesday.

They discussed ways to develop and strengthen bilateral relations, especially in the economic and investment fields, as well as the latest regional developments. Later, the king hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation.

The king and Ghazouani also witnessed the signing ceremony of four agreements and memoranda of understanding between the two countries. They include cultural cooperation, civil service, and vocational and technical training.

On the Saudi side, the ceremony was attended by State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan, among other officials. Mauritanian officials also attended.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Mauritania in December 2018, bolstering relations and renewing support for the country’s development efforts.

He expressed his “great satisfaction at the depth of the fraternal relations between the two brotherly peoples.”

Also on Wednesday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrived in Riyadh. At King Khalid International Airport, he was received by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and a number of officials.