Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing has agreed a contract for 7,000 new homes to be built in Riyadh.
According to the Saudi Gazette, the contract was agreed with a local firm to deliver the units on land along Othman Bin Affan Road, north west of King Khaled International Airport.
The houses will be built on a five million square metre plot of land amd will take two years to complete. The scope of works includes all utilities such as water, stormwater and sewage networks as well as a new sewage plant, roads and parks.
Four grand mosques and 21 local mosques will be built across the site, as well as 48 schools – 24 for boys and 24 for girls.
Last month, a member of the country’s Shoura Council, Tarek Ali Fadaak, said that the country needed 143,000 homes a year in order to meet demand.
The country’s population’s has quadrupled over the past four decades and is expected to reach 33.5m by 2020- up from its current level of 28m.