Saudi announces plans to develop 17 cities across the country

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs is planning a major project to develop 17 small and medium cities across Saudi Arabia.

The development is aimed at improving the condition of all cities and regions in the Kingdom in terms of planning, servies and infrastructure facilities.

The project will reduce the problems facing Saudi cities, including high density of population, increased power consumption, and underdeveloped and disorganized residential districts.

“The project also aims at making all Saudi cities attractive for people to live and work, removing all negativies of the past,” an anonymous ministry official said.

“We have selected 17 cities in different parts of the Kingdom for the project on the basis of certain criteria including population, and geographical distribution,” the official added.

A comprehensive study lasting around four years is expected to be carried out to produce an exemplary model for advanced town planning.

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