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Saudi Arabia signs $200m of contracts for Riyadh, Jeddah 'facelift'

Projects said to include new lighting, roads, streets, parks, computer upgrades

Saudi Arabia signs $200m of contracts for Riyadh, Jeddah 'facelift'
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The Saudi Arabian cities of Riyadh and Jeddah are to undergo upgrades under a package of contracts totalling SR796 million ($212 million).

The six contracts were signed last week, according to Saudi Gazette.

Five of the projects are to be implemented in Riyadh, costing in the region of SR726 million ($193 million), the newspaper said.

They include maintenance of roads and streets, farms, gardens and public squares, as well as computer upgrades for public offices.

The sixth contract, worth almost SR70 million ($18.6 million), is to renovate lighting across several districts of Jeddah.

The works in Riyadh are in addition to, and intended to support, the new King Abdulaziz Public Transport Project, a massive upgrade to the public transport system including new metro and bus networks, the newspaper reported.

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