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Dammam- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is to inaugurate on Saturday a series of projects related to development, health and education sectors.

Among them are Ministry of Housing projects in al-Ahsa that aim at providing 100,000 housing units in partnership with a number of Chinese real estate development companies in the framework of partnership with the private sector.

Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, governor of the Eastern Province, announced on Thursday the establishment of King Salman’s Library in the region to become one of the tributaries of science, knowledge and civilization in modern techniques.

“On behalf of the people of the region, I am honored to welcome the King on the auspicious occasion of his visit to the region,” Prince Saud Bin Nayef said.

“I fail to express the true feelings of joy at your presence among the sons of the region,” he said while addressing the King at the public reception.

He assured the monarch that the entire nation will rally behind him in the drive to make the Vision 2030 a successful reality.

On the other hand, Saudi Aramco announced on Friday that the scheduled launch of multibillion oil and gas projects was postponed due to bad weather and rain.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was scheduled to inaugurate the projects on Aramco premises in Dhahran on Friday evening.

The projects include the landmark King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “iThra” as well as expansion projects in Manifa, Khurais and Shaybah oil field and the Wasit Gas Plant.

Dr. Saleh Al-Solouk, director general of health affairs in the Eastern Province, said several key health projects, including hospitals, will also be inaugurated during the royal visit.

These include the 500-bed Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Dammam, costing SR330 million, and 500-bed Al-Amal Health and Mental Health Complex, which was built at a cost of SR262 million.

The King will also inaugurate three hospitals in al-Ahsa, including the 200-bed Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Hospital built at a cost of SR127 million, the 100-bed Al-Omran Hospital built at a cost of SR112 million, and the 200-bed King Faisal General Hospital, which costs SR119 million.

For his part, Dr. Khaled al-Sultan, president of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, said the visit of the King is a major boost to the education sector in the Kingdom.

The King will inaugurate several large projects, built at a total cost of SR2.7 billion, as part of the second phase of the university’s expansion.