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Construction of new Saudi 'mega city' to begin

Indian developer to start works on $3bn city in Rabigh, north of Jeddah

Construction of new Saudi 'mega city' to begin
The King Abdullah financial district is seen illuminated at night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, April 9, 2012. Saudi Arabias gross domestic product expanded 6.64 percent in the fourth quarter from a year ago, the kingdoms statistics agency said. (Bloomberg)

An Indian developer said it would begin construction of a new mega city in Saudi Arabia, worth SR10.9bn ($2.9bn), shortly after Ramadan.

The development in Rabigh, Makkah Province, will include an advanced hospital, a petrochemical plant, other industrial areas, schools, mosques and residential villas and cover 20m sqm of land formerly owned by a former Rabigh governor.

Gammon Group signed a deal last year to design, finance and build the city about 150kms north of Jeddah. It is expected to create more than 3000 jobs.

Gammon Group chairman Mohammed Rafik said construction would be completed in phases over nine years.

“The project includes a complete modern medical city to cater for the growing population and will include medical training facilities,” he said.

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sham 6 years ago

you are going to burn your fingers