Saudi: Jeddah gets a new smart industrial city
Saudi Arabia is building a smart industrial city in Asfan, Jeddah, covering an area of 500ha.
Phase 1 of the smart city is already completed, while work has begun on Phase 2, the Saudi Gazette reported.
Abdullah Al-Sahli, chairman of Alsabiqun Company, developer of the city said: “Its first phase is now ready for experimental operation. We have started working on the industrial city’s second phase.”
Phase 1 was implemented on 120ha following high technical standards, he added.
Citing Al Madina, Saudi Gazette said that the project includes advanced car workshops.
Al-Sahli made this comment while addressing a group of 300 industrialists and businessmen who are members of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Jeddah Municipal Council visited the new smart city, recently.
Al-Sahli emphasised the need for the private sector’s greater participation to realise the goals of Vision 2030 unveiled by the country earlier this year.
“This will put an end to disorganised workshops in Jeddah that tarnish the city’s image and herald a new era,” he said.
It follows implementation of the new smart city law. More than 600 engineers and technicians have participated in project’s implementation.
Speaking about the smart city’s security aspects, Al-Sahli said it’s totally monitored by cameras. “It’s also provided with fire-fighting networks and Internet services,” he added.
Al-Sahli spoke about some of the challenges and difficulties faced by his company while implementing the project.
However, it was able to overcome those challenges in a record time, he said.
Phase 1 included use of 180m3 of concrete and eight million cubic metres of rock. Water and electricity connections were given covering area of 160,000 metres.
Abdul Majeed Al-Batati, chairman of the Jeddah Municipal Council, appreciated the project work, adding that it has been carried out following high standards.
“The first phase has been completed in the best way,” he added.