The Makkah governorate of Saudi Arabia, is set to launch the Al-Duwaihi gold mine and factory and other mining infrastructure projects in the Makkah region. Al-Duwaihi, the biggest gold mine in the Kingdom, is the newest to be owned and run by the Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Maaden)
Other infrastructure projects in the area include construction of a 450-km pipeline to transport processed sewage water from Taif to Al-Duwaihi, and construction of a 117-km road linking Al-Duwaihi with the Riyadh-Taif highway.
Maaden’s investments in the mine and associated infrastructure projects exceed SR1.5 billion ($400 million). There will be 150 direct job opportunities for Saudi youths, 70 percent of them from nearby villages, and 200 jobs indirectly via contractors that are meeting the mine’s operational needs.