A government study has
revealed that more than 300 projects in construction and other sectors in
the western Saudi town of Makkah have been blocked because of poor management,
widespread courtesy among officials and other reasons.
The study, which was presented
at a seminar held in the Western Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah at the weekend,
was reported by Okaz and other Arabic language papers.
It showed there are 755
projects are under construction while 228 others have not been approved by the
competent authorities. The study said 36 other projects are under tendering and
31 are being considered.
“The study pointed out that
more than 300 projects in Makkah have either faltered or have been delayed,” Okaz Dailysaid.
It quoted the study as saying
the faltering ventures include six infrastructure and construction projects,
two in transport, seven in the economic sector, 116 municipal projects, 103 in
education and the rest in health and public works.
“The study cited nine reasons
for the failure of those projects including lack of qualified engineers,
absence of efficient management of projects and prevailing courtesy among
officials,” the paper said without making clear how courtesy is affecting
But it quoted the Makkah
region undersecretary Abdul Aziz Al Khudairi as telling the seminar that there
is a plan to save faltering projects in the city.
“We have drafted a 10-year
plan to transform faltering projects to delayed projects as a first step to
have them restarted and delivered on schedule,” he said.
The paper quoted other
officials as saying a large part of the projects announced by the Saudi
government over the past few years are based in Makkah given the huge value of
such projects involving expansion of the Grand Mosque and Makkah Train.