A glorious chapter in the history of the Eastern Province

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.

19th IAB Meeting
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 university infrastructure.

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 leadership.

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.