are investigating an engineering office in Riyadh which allegedly
forged the signatures of municipality officials to establish a large
housing project in the city.
A Riyadh Municipality source told Arab News that it would take
punitive action against the office.
Work on the housing estate, situated on the eastern side of the ring
road, started months before the scandal was revealed. Al-Saab Housing
Projects, which was in charge of the project and did not know about
the forgery, was building 295 housing units, including large and small
Ibrahim Abdul Kareem Al-Saab, chairman of Al-Saab Housing Projects,
said he was surprised to learn about the scandal after the housing
project’s documents were checked by the municipal office in Rouda.
Al-Saab was planning to sell part of his own 10,000 square-meter plot
in the area. While processing the papers, he was told about the
forgery by the municipality.
Informed sources said the engineering office had presented the
construction plan and building permits to Al-Saab company by forging
the signatures of the members of the technical committee, which is
responsible for endorsing such documents. The engineering office,
which was following up the papers at government offices for clearance,
forged the signatures so they could start the project quickly.
Al-Saab said he found out the forgery when he approached the Notary
Public’s Office to sell part of his land.
“The notary asked me to contact the Rouda municipal office to make
sure the technical committee’s report on the housing plan was
sound,” he explained.
It was at this stage that the municipal chairman said the signatures
According to the sources, the Riyadh Municipality redrew the housing
project plan because, as its own rules and regulations stipulate, 33
percent of the land should be allocated for public facilities such as
mosques, streets and parks.
Source: Arab News©