Jeddah: The Jeddah mayoralty will temporarily halt the demolition of slums and random districts in the city during the holy month of Ramadan.
Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Muhammed Al-Baqmi, spokesman of the mayoralty, said that the decision came after considering the residents’ condition, facilitating them to spend the holy fasting month smoothly without causing any inconvenience.
“The demolition work will resume after Ramadan according to the scheduled plan,” he said.
Al-Baqami said earlier that the great challenge in Jeddah was to bring about a comprehensive development for the slums.
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He also stressed that the cooperation of residents and owners of buildings contributed to accomplishing this task quickly.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, handed over documents of housing units to dwellers of Jeddah slums in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the emirate on Monday.
A total of 107 families were allotted housing units in the first batch. The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing will provide 4,781 housing units following the directive of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
Jeddah is currently undergoing a significant facelift to remove slums and undeveloped neighborhoods.
According to Saleh Al-Turki, the mayor of Jeddah, there are more than 60 undeveloped neighborhoods in the city.
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Jeddah’s Committee for the Undeveloped Neighborhoods recently announced a State package of services for affected citizens. The prominent among these services is the provision of free housing for those affected by the demolition.