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Saudi Arabia's development in all sectors
Riyadh, 23 February 2001
The Kingdom's six Development Plans have ensured significant growth and progress in all sectors, including infrastructure projects.

In the education sector, the Kingdom has more than five million students at various educational levels for boys and girls, served by 380,000 teachers. Female educational institutions included more than 2.29 million students with about 200,000 female teachers. The Kingdom's eight universities and teacher training colleges, as well as polytechnic and health colleges, have 492,000 students and more than 19,000 academic staff.

In the health sector, the number of government and private hospitals in the country reached 314 in 1419AH with 45,729 beds. There are 226 government hospitals, supported by 1,760 health centers. The number of physicians in all health sectors was 31,000, while there were 68,000 nurses, in addition to more than 37,000 auxiliary medical services personnel.

In the communications sector, the length of the road network reached 152,000 kilometers of asphalted and paved roads in 1419AH. Up to 1418AH, implementation of the road network projects in the country had a total cost of more than SR 147,000 million. The number of wharves at seaports reached 183 in 1419AH, while there were 25 airports, including three international airports. Saudi Arabian Airlines' fleet includes 125 planes with more than 2,000 pilots, including 900 Saudi pilots.

In the telecommunications sector, the Kingdom, in 1420 AH, had 3,848,914 telephone lines and its mobile service covered more than 11.29 million subscribers. The number of telex exchanges reached more than 20,000 in 1418/1419AH.

The Kingdom has also made considerable progress in the field of power generation. Up to 1420AH, the Kingdomís power generation capacity amounted to 21,679 megawatts.

In the agricultural sector, the Kingdom has attained self-sufficiency in the field of food security in most agricultural products. The production of crops amounted to about 2,334,000 tons.

In 1997, the Kingdom's vegetable production amounted to 2.6 million tons, which comprised of 1.15 million tons of fruits and 650,000 tons of dates. It also produced, in the same year, more than 2.3 billion eggs.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Water has set up more than 19 dams with a storage capacity of more than 778 million cubic meters, at a total cost of about SR three billion.

In order to make desalinated water available, 27 desalination stations were set up at the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. In 1419/1420 AH, these water desalination stations produced more than 775 million cubic meters of desalinated water.

In the industrial sector, the number of productive factories reached 3,381 up to the third quarter of 1421AH, with an invested capital of about SR239 billion and provided employment to about 3,110,000 workers.

The Saudi Industrial Development Fund extended about 2,154 loans valued at more than SR35.68 billion up to 1419-1420AH. The Saudi Credit Bank extended loans worth about SR6.15 billion up to 1418-1419AH.

In the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, the Kingdom spent more than SR70 billion on various projects, including the expansion projects at the Two Holy Mosques and the development of the surrounding areas.

The Madinah-based King Fahd Holy Quran Printing Complex, which is as one of the biggest printing centers in the world, produced, up to mid-1420AH, more than 145 million copies of the Holy Quran and translations of its meaning.

The number of sports clubs in the Kingdom has reached 154. There are 19 youth clubs, 17 sports and cultural centers, 112 integrated sports cities, in addition to 24 sports venues for the clubs.


SOURCE: SPA

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