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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King `Abdullah, Sunday, laid the foundation stone for the third mega economic city in the Kingdom - the SR25 billion ($6.66 billion) Knowledge Economic City in Madinah.

The new city will create more than 20,000 new jobs, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The king also announced that Prince Muhammad bin `Abdil-`Aziz Airport in Madinah had been converted into an international airport.

The new Knowledge City will comprise the Taiba Technological and Economic Information Center, an interactive museum on the Prophet’s life, a centre for studies of Islamic civilization, and another centre for medical studies, biosciences and integrated medical services.

The main investors in the project include the King Abdullah Foundation, Savola Group, Real Estate Projects Management and Development Company and Taiba Investment & Real Estate Development Company. Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) is the main developer of the project.

King Abdullah issued the license to the group of investors to carry out the project that also includes housing for 200,000 as well as commercial centres, said a report in Arab News.

The new city follows the launching of the SR30 billion Prince `Abdul-`Aziz ibn Musaed Economic City in Hail last week and the SR100 billion King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, near Jeddah, launched in December last year.

Commenting on the king’s decision to upgrade the status of Madinah airport, Crown Prince Sultan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation, said it would help citizens and pilgrims to enjoy improved travel facilities. It would also reduce the pressure on Jeddah’s King `Abdul-`Aziz International Airport which is the main gateway for pilgrims coming from abroad.
Prince Sultan has already permitted some foreign airlines to bring pilgrims directly to Madinah during the Haj. Last year, the airport received about 800 Haj flights carrying more than 250,000 pilgrims. Meanwhile, the king launched a number of welfare projects worth SR9 billion yesterday and on Saturday. He laid the foundation stone for expansion projects at the Prophet’s Mosque to create room for 270,000 additional worshippers. The projects included expansion of the eastern courtyard of the mosque and the setting up of 182 large umbrellas to provide shade around the building.

King Abdullah opened the first phase of the Taiba University campus project and laid the foundation for the second phase which includes the establishment of a 400-bed university hospital and five colleges for dentistry, pharmacology, applied sciences, computer engineering, and science.
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  • At October 27, 2007 8:11 AM, Blogger Safi

    Jazak Allahu Khairan for posting this!

    May Allah continue to bless the city of Medinah!

  • At January 25, 2008 9:50 PM, Blogger mahamed

    asalaamu alaykum brother
    my name is mahamed from london and i finish secondary school in london so i need to apply islamic madinah university if you have any information contact me please my email is jazzakalaahu khayr bro

  • At March 27, 2008 8:33 AM, Blogger Mohamad Hafeez

    Assalamualaikum brother,

    May Allah bless you always with your help covering issues in Madinah.

    I am interested to stay in madinah within next year, but i cant find the way to locate apartment/room for rents.

    Do you have any idea on how i can work this thing out? Is there any hospitality agent that i contact in Madinah to help me?

    Please help me on this, maybe one day we can meet and be friends..look forward to hear from you brother.

    Jazak Allahu Khairan,


    Mohamad Hafeez