Dignitaries in Saudi Arabia inaugurated a number of water projects in Makkah and additional holy sites worth over SR3.1 (US $826 million) billion last week.
According to Eng. Abdulrahman Bin Abdulmuhsen Al-Fadhli, minister of environment, water and agriculture, these projects will serve visitors to Makkah and the holy sites. Saudi Arabia plans to receive 15 million pilgrims and Umrah performers by the year 2020 and 30 million by the year 2030, in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The projects include setting up a pipeline to carry desalinated water from a plant in Al-Shuaibah to Makkah and the holy sites at a total cost exceeding SR875 million ($233 million), and the second phase of Al-Shuaibah desalination plant with a capacity of 250,000 cubic meters per day.
Al-Fadhli said: “The inauguration of the six mega water projects carried out by the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), National Water Company (NWC) and Saudi Water Partnerships Company (SWPC), is a confirmation of the continuing care and attention accorded by the Kingdom’s wise leadership for the water sector and its services in Makkah and the holy sites.”
“The Ministry of environment, water and agriculture has always been keen to ensure that its water projects and plans are based on the national strategic goals for water and the comprehensive water plans in the Kingdom, in an endeavor to reach a sustainable water sector that will develop and preserve the water resources, protect the environment and provide high quality and efficient services that will contribute to socio-economic development.,” he concluded.