MADINAH: ARAB NEWS
Wednesday 13 June 2012
Last Update 14 June 2012 4:37 am
Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed yesterday launched a number of development projects in Al-Ais including the first phase of a recreation center. He laid the foundation for a flood prevention project and a mosque project in Ayeena.
Prince Abdul Aziz congratulated the people of Al-Ais on a royal decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, upgrading the status of the city, saying it would boost its development.
"Al-Ais will witness a number of new development projects, especially water, electricity and health projects," the governor told reporters at the conclusion of his visit.
He disclosed plans to make use of Al-Ais' unique geological features for the development of tourism. "Before this visit I had conducted an aerial tour of the city's volcanic sites with Taibah University experts as part of efforts to develop the region for recreational purpose," he said.
He added: "Al-Ais has a unique geological position in the world and we'll conduct studies to transform it into a recreation center." The governor also revealed plans to produce a documentary on Al-Ais.
Referring to recurrent tremors in the region, Prince Abdul Aziz said studies have been conducted on the condition of houses in the city following these tremors.
Addressing a ceremony on the occasion, Abdullah Al-Shudaifi, who spoke on behalf of Al-Ais residents, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his initiative to develop the region.
He underscored Al-Ais' historic importance as it played a big role in the history of Islam. "Ever since the formation of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Abdul Aziz, Al-Ais has witnessed remarkable progress," he said.
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