Saudi Arabia to start work on new tourist city . . .

TradeArabia News Service reported yesterday that Saudi Arabia to develop Tourist cities.   Ahmad bin Khalil Al-Maslamani, an investor in the tourist city in the Al-Wajh governorate in Saudi Arabia, has confirmed that the project will be completed over multiple phases on an area of more than 2 million m² on the governorate’s southern coast.

The tourist city in the Al-Wajh governorate is among the first five tourist cities to be approved by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

The new development is expected provide 2,000 jobs upon its completion, and will also provide investment opportunities for citizens of the GCC, said a report in Arab News.

The first phase, which will include the construction of infrastructure, facilities and residential units, is set to be implemented across a space of 60 hectares on the Red Sea coast and will be completed in three years.

Al-Maslamani said the second phase will be constructed over a space of 140 hectares, and will include an economic smart tourist city. This phase will be completed within five years.  Saudi Arabia is developing new tourist cities to further promote domestic tourism.

He also noted that the tourist city is expected to attract more than 1 million tourists following its completion.

Article updated on 12 June 2016.