The Government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has approved a project title, “New City at Taif” amounting to US $ 3 billion which is expecting to create thousands of jobs. The project is an initiative by the Saudi Government to transform their dependency from black gold to other sectors, which is part of their Vision 2030. The project aimed to build following infrastructure by 2020:-
The New Taif Airport is expected to be operational by 2020 which will cost US $800 million. The first phase of the New Industrial City will cost US $32 million which includes light, medium and heavy industries alongwith a vocational training center. The New University is composed of 16 separate projects at a cost of US $530 million. The New Souk Okaz City, a tourist consign, will also attract 260,000 visitors per annum with an expected creation of 4,400 jobs of various categories for the completion of its 1250hotel rooms and 130 new homes.
The Saudi King, H.E. Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, aims to serve Saudi citizens under their vision by saying; “Our doors, our phones, and our ears are open for every citizen”. Efforts are dire required by Pakistani intending emigrants and Overseas Employment Promoters (OEP) to cater 1000s of expected job opportunities for the New Taif City project.