Construction works have begun on a women's industrial city in Saudi Arabia, the first industrial city that will exclusively host women's businesses.
The city, which is estimated to cost SAR111m ($29.5m), will be developed at Modon Oasis, east of Al-Ahsa International Airport and near the cities of Hofuf and Mubarraz.
The project aims to provide more working opportunities for women to offer them greater financial independence.
Being built on an area of 500,000m², the industrial city will be divided into a 140,000m² commercial section, a 170,000m² industrial section and a 120,000m² services area.
The city is designed to accommodate heavy industries, particularly manufacturing, and aims to attract industrial projects run by women.
In addition, it strives to provide thousands of jobs for Saudi women and trained citizens. The completed industrial city is expected to create around 5,000 jobs in textiles, pharmaceuticals and food-processing.
Meanwhile, construction work is also underway at the second industrial city in Al-Ahsa that will have an area of 300 million m².
Ministry of Commerce and Industry's Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) director-general Saleh Al-Rasheed said: "A second industrial city will be completed by the third quarter of 2015."
Modon is involved in the development of several industrial cities in various regions of the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, Qassim, Al-Madinah, Al-Kharj, Sudair, Ha'il, Tabuk, Ar'ar, Al-Jouf, Assir, Jazan, Najran, Al-Baha, Taif, Al-Zulfi, Shaqraa and Hafr Al-Batin.
Image: Ariel view of the Al-Ahsa industrial city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Photo: courtesy of MODON.