The city of Jeddah, located on the western coast of Saudi Arabia, is preparing for a new phase of development, with the transformation of the city’s project management office into the Jeddah Governorate Development Authority.
Jeddah is the gateway to international trade and foreign markets. It accommodates one the most important global ports in the Kingdom, the Jeddah Islamic Port, which stretches over an area of 12.5 square kilometers.
The city is also home to many factories that meet international standards and embraces more than 320 commercial centers and markets, which account for more than 21 percent of the commercial centers in the Kingdom.
The authority will seek to develop the city in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the economic transformation plan.
Dr. Faisal Al Fadel, member of the Shura Council, said that the Cabinet’s decision to transform the Governorate Projects Management Office into an authority is a qualitative and major organizational shift for the development of the Jeddah region.
He added that the move targets comprehensive development in the various urban, demographic, economic, social, cultural, tourism, environmental, transportation, infrastructure, and digital fields. It also aims to provide the governorate’s needs of services and public facilities.
The authority will have a key role in unifying and harmonizing development decisions among the concerned authorities, with the aim of maximizing the benefits of the community economy, achieving optimal utilization of potentials and resources and meeting the needs of the Jeddah Governorate, Fadel underlined.
The authority will be an independent legal entity that will supervise the governorate’s development initiatives, projects and programs.
“This is a major qualitative leap,” he stated.