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Saudi Arabia: Jeddah’s ‘ship’ building dismantled

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Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah mayoralty announced the dismantling of a building, known as ship building, on King Abdulaziz Road due to several violations and failure to fulfil the necessary statutory commitments.

According to the Saudi Gazette, the reason for the demolition was the failure on the part of its owner to complete the procedures to obtain the necessary permits for the building for a long time.

The owner had previously pledged to correct some of the requirements for the building, in addition to finding parking lots and operating the building after completion of safety related matters.

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The building was about 18 years old and had only been in operation for a few months on an experimental basis in the initial period. The building, owned by a well-known businessman, was planning to have multiple restaurants.

But, the businessman left the Kingdom several years ago following a lawsuit lodged against him and subsequently he was arrested. Later, he was released on bail and left the Kingdom, skipping bail, and is still wanted for trial.

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