Saudi crown prince launches strategic offices to develop Al-Baha, Al-Jouf, and Jazan

Prince Mohammed said that other strategic offices would be established in areas where there are not yet any development agencies

  
Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman attends the Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 20, 2021. Picture taken February 20, 2021. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman attends the Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 20, 2021. Picture taken February 20, 2021. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's crown prince announced on Sunday the launch of strategic offices to develop the areas of Al-Baha, Al-Jouf, and Jazan.

The offices will form the basis for the establishment of development authorities in the regions. They will aim to capitalize on the advantages that each of the three areas have to offer, Saudi Press Agency reported.

They will also ensure the development of a strong investment environment attracting private sector engagement.

The announcement of the strategic offices comes as part of the government’s strategy to extend development to all regions and cities of the Kingdom.

Prince Mohammed said that other strategic offices would be established in areas where there are not yet any development agencies.

These strategic offices will focus on investing in the distinct features and advantages of each region to transform them into sustainable and permanent economic drivers.

The offices will include the private sector in the development plans.

They are part of the crown prince’s vision to bring about comprehensive and sustainable development in all regions of the Kingdom, expanding job opportunities, and improving living standards by upgrading basic services and infrastructure.

Al-Baha is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom. The region includes a large number of forests and is home to many ancient villages and forts.

Al-Jouf is known as the “food basket of the Kingdom” as it contains fertile land with abundant water resources. It is responsible for about 67 percent of the Kingdom’s olive oil production.

Jazan is home to the Farasan Islands and Jazan Port which is considered to be the third largest port on the Red Sea Coast.

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