$2.6bn in road projects announced in Jazan area of Saudi Arabia

Projects are in addition to the upgrade of the Abha Regional Airport and a new 1,000-bed medical centre

The Emir of the Asir region of Saudi Arabia, Prince Turki Bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, has announced infrastructure projects totaling $2.6 billion in the Jazan area of the Kingdom.

According to a report by the Saudi Gazette, the construction of the Asir-Jazan Road will cost $1.59 billion, while the expansion of the Jeddah-Jazan Coastal Road is expected to cost $1.06 billion. The projects were announced by Prince Turki Bin Talal at a ceremony held in the Kingdom.

The projects are in addition to the development of the Abha Regional Airport, which is being undertaken in three phases, and a new medical centre. Once the final phase of the Abha Regional Airport project is complete, the airport will be able to accommodate 13 million passengers annually.

The airport will also feature passenger boarding bridges, a yard for planes to park and parallel corridors to accommodate 36 planes simultaneously, car parking buildings to accommodate 10,000 cars, buildings for the Presidency of Meteorology and the Environment, airport administration, aviation and airport maintenance, a mosque that can accommodate 1,000 worshipers; buildings for police authorities working in the airport, and buildings for administrative and technical support.

A new 1,000-bed medical centre, known as King Faisal Medical City, will also be developed in the Asir region. The healthcare project will feature a specialised hospital, cardiac centre, tumor centre and a unit for neurological sciences, in addition to specialty centres for children from the Asir, Baha, Najran and Jazan regions.

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