Prince Faisal reviews Madinah’s 5,000 buildings restoration project

HRH Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Madinah Region Development Authority inspected the projects implemented by the District Development Authority and the City Municipality to rehabilitate more than 5,000 residential buildings in Sayed Al-Shuhada area.

The project, which is a part of the authority’s plan to rehabilitate and develop old neighbourhoods in the region and transform them into civilised development projects that improve housing and service conditions, all while preserving its historical importance of the buildings.

The overall project is 80% complete, including the neighbourhoods of Airport Road and Talat Al-Hub, in addition to the neighbourhoods at the foot of Mount Uhud, up to Sayed Al-Shuhada Square.

CEO of the authority, HE Eng. Fahd bin Muhammad Al-Bleishi was also present during the inspection visit.

Explaining the historical importance of the place, Prince Faisal said that the Sayed Al-Shuhada neighbourhood is linked to the memory of Muslims, as it is located in an area that witnessed the Battle of Uhud, and it includes the Cemetery of the Master of the Shuhada, in addition to its proximity to Mount Uhud and Mount Ramah, indicating that its development represents a Saudi experience that is distinguished from similar global experiences.

The redevelopment project also includes improving the external, traffic, and service environment for the residents.

The governor said: “Not all old neighbourhoods are classified as informal neighbourhoods, and work is being done to completely reconfigure them in a way that preserves the local urban heritage and raises its value, and property is expropriated in a very limited way in order to open new roads inside them.”

He explained that the concerned authorities are working to enhance the authentic identity of Madinah as a holy city full of Islamic, historical, and cultural heritage that distinguishes it from other cities.

During the inspection tour, the governor was also briefed on the development projects being implemented to improve the visual identity, achieve environmental improvement, find human-friendly sites, and improve the entrances and exits of the targeted neighbourhoods.

The development plan covers provisions for public parks and green spaces, creating safe pedestrian paths, a network of public spaces, as well as completing the construction of a mixed-use grass playground on an area of more than 10,000m2.

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