The government is currently developing tourist facilities on the coastline of cities here including Salwa and Ras Abu Qamis. “The Ministry of Finance is currently implementing some projects on the Salwa coast in coordination with Al-Ahsa mayoralty, including setting up umbrellas and lampposts along the beaches, creating walkways and paving several sites,” said Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim.
Speaking on Ras Abu Qamis beach recently, Al-Mulhim said that a strategic development study has been carried out by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in coordination with the Al-Ahsa Mayoralty.
Ras Abu Qamis beach is 160 km east of Hofuf, under the administration of Salwa city. Its beaches are famous for fishing. “Al-Uqair is an Arab and international investment destination. It will see investments of over SR40 billion and provide about 90,000 jobs. The project area covers 100 million square meters, with 15 km of beaches stretching along the Arabian Gulf coast.” It would be a model for the development of other tourist destinations in the Kingdom. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) had recommended starting detailed studies for the second phase, said Al-Mulhim.
He said the SCTA is still completing the second phase of the Al-Uqair development project, including the establishment of the Al-Uqair Development Company. It is expected to put up nearly 30 percent of the company’s capital.
Al-Mulhim said the idea is to develop major projects on the Al-Ahsa coast over the next 20 years, including infrastructure such as paving streets and basic services.