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King SalmanQ observing one of the Islamic City project presentations

Cairo-The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has inaugurated the project of constructing an Islamic city for all foreign students. The Project resembles the greatest support granted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Al-Azhar Mosque in history. The residential dormitory is said to provide for over 40 thousand students coming from 120 countries from all over the world.

In the stages of the project, located east of the Egyptian Capital Cairo, a capacity of five thousand students will be established, while the second stage will achieve the capacity of 35 thousand students.

An Al-Azhar official told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has given instructions for the residential city to be constructed as an architectural masterpiece.

All foreign students expressed their overwhelming joy with the new King Salman City.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman laid the foundation stone of the Beouth Islamic City, at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Saturday.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia had given funds to Egypt for the restoration of the mosque and university, and for establishing a dormitory for foreign students. Later that year, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi allocated land for the new city in New Cairo’s fifth settlement district.

The king, accompanied by a number of princes and ministers, was received by Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb and a number of officials. He performed the greeting prayer at the 1,000-year-old Al-Azhar Mosque and was briefed on the mosque’s restoration project.

The king is scheduled to meet Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal on Sunday and deliver a speech there.

King Salman will receive on Monday an honorary doctorate from Cairo University. “The Ph.D. is in recognition of the king’s stature as a global figure with great influence on the Arab and international stage,” Cairo University President Jaber Nassar was quoted as saying by a local newspaper.

“King Salman is known for his outstanding role in serving Arabs, Muslims and Islam and for his support to Egypt and its people, in addition to his prominent role in supporting Cairo University, including the historic project to develop the hospitals of Cairo University,” he said.