The auspicious visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, may God preserve him, to the Eastern Province is an
embodiment of the great importance of this precious part of the Kingdom in the
heart of our leadership.
Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan
Rector of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Eastern Province since the unification of this country was the land of goodness.
From it, the industrial renaissance flourishes and reached all regions of the
Kingdom. Since the days of the Kingdom founded, Eastern region has enjoyed care
and attention of the leaders of this country. While in recent years, by Allah
grace, then with the instructions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the
Crown Prince, the second deputy prime minister and the efforts of His Royal
Highness Governor of the Eastern Province, May Allah preserve them, the region
witnesses unprecedented development in pushing these plans towards the optimum
goals set by the wise leadership.
However, this auspicious visit has special importance and constitutes a good
omen for the region and its people. In addition to King Abdul Aziz Cultural
Center, which is considered a huge source of cultural enlightenment for the
region and for the Kingdom as whole, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz will also launch many
great government projects which keep pace with one of the essential elements in
the Kingdom's vision 2030; that is the culture and diversity of knowledge and
consolidate the position of the Kingdom in the international prospect. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques will
also inaugurate a number of development and major industrial projects in Dhahran
and, Al-Ahsa, Jubail and Ras Al-Khair, which will, God willing, push the
development wheel forward to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom 2030 vision.
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in particular, as one of the
fruits of the Renaissance educational blessing in our country and at the same
time one of the development of civilization in the eastern area landmarks, will
receive the honor of his inauguration to the second phase of the development of
the university campus which included academic facilities, residential and
support projects with a total cost amounted to 2.7 billion riyals.
The university has managed, with the grace of God then the generous support and
the continuous guidance of the wise government, to complete the infrastructure
and vital support facilities which will help in its excellence and global
competition, in line with the overall educational renaissance in the Kingdom and
the 2030 vision.
These recently completed construction projects included the academic city
projects, where the university has completed the implementation of the academic
buildings for colleges and support Deanships and new service facilities to
enhance the educational process and research at the university.
It, also, completed the faculty residential city by constructing 390 residential
villas and the units, in addition to the social and recreation center to provide
appropriate academic environment for them and their families to increase their
productivity and contribution to field of Science.
The university also finished the construction of students housing city, which is
integrated in the basic components and service facilities, and been implemented
in five phases to create a highly motivated environment for learning.
The University also implemented a number of supporting service facilities
projects and administrative buildings that constitute a complement for the
The auspice of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on launching these projects
is an honor for the university, its administrators, professors, staff and
students. It will be a bright page in its history and a source of pride for all
its employees and a motivation for them towards greater achievement in the
service of this scientific edifice. It also an embodiment of his great care and
attention, may God protect him, to the education sector, and a motivation to us
to do everything that would pride and elevate our Kingdom under the wise
In conclusion, I pray to God to preserve the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Prince
Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz and the Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince
Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and perpetuate our country's security and
stability under the wise leadership of our government.