Efforts are under way to establish the Kingdom’s first women-only industrial city in the Eastern Province city of Hofuf. Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) has initiated works for planning and development of the city, targeting women investors.
“We are now working on a second industrial city for women,” said Saleh Al-Rasheed, acting director general of Modon. “We have plans to establish a number of women-only industries in various parts of the Kingdom,” he added.
Al-Rasheed said Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour bin Miteb, has already allocated land for the first women-only industrial city in Hofuf.
The move follows a Cabinet decision that urged authorities to create more job opportunities for women in order for them to play an important role in the Kingdom’s development.
The Cabinet also instructed the relevant ministry to allocate lands within the city limits to establish industrial projects for women. The new industrial city in Hofuf is located near Al-Ahsa Airport.
Modon seeks to allocate land for industrial development and develop industrial cities in collaboration with a number of government agencies and the private sector to meet the requirements of investors.
Al-Rasheed highlighted Saudi women’s ability to engage in various industrial activities, adding that the development of women-only industrial cities would help tap their energy to boost national development.
“I am sure that women can demonstrate their efficiency in many light and clean industrial sectors that suit their interests, nature and capabilities,” the Modon chief said.