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Saudi's King Salman announces $1.9bn projects on latest leg of tour

King Salman praises plans to build an ultra-luxury tourism destination on the kingdom's north-western coast

Saudi's King Salman announces $1.9bn projects on latest leg of tour
The 82-year-old monarch visited central Qassim province and the neighbouring region of Hail earlier this month.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday unveiled development projects worth nearly SR7 billion ($1.9 billion) for Tabuk region during a visit to the northern region, the third stopover of a nationwide royal tour that began earlier this month.

The approved costs in government entities budgets for the Tabuk region projects announced totalled SR6.89 billion.

A statement said the projects would significantly boost development of the Tabuk region as they cover education, roads and highways, municipal buildings, parks, ports and other infrastructure, housing, environment, water and agriculture, and energy and industry, as well as museums.

The King arrived in Tabuk on Monday evening from the capital Riyadh. The visit is the third leg of a cross-country tour undertaking by the king this month, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

During the visits, the king is launching or inaugurating many projects and initiatives, as he monitors the living conditions of Saudi citizens and acquaints himself with their needs, the statement added.

During the visit, King Salman was briefed on the master plan and work progress of Amaala project, which will become an ultra-luxury tourism destination on the kingdom’s north-western coast.

King Salman praised the project's goals to contribute to economic diversification, the creation of investment opportunities for the private sector and to develop the tourism industry in the kingdom while preserving cultural and environmental heritage, the statement said.

The 82-year-old monarch visited central Qassim province and the neighbouring region of Hail earlier this month in what observers call a "listening tour", his first since ascending to the most powerful throne in the Middle East in 2015.