Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah and adviser to the king, has recently pressed for the work to go ahead in the concerned matter.

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has ordered the representatives of the city of Taif and the government agencies to start carrying out the projects that have been designed to turn Taif into the expected summer resort.

The government officials are expecting to improve the tourism and related activities in the ‘City of Roses’, which is known for its mesmerizing greenery, breathtaking orchards and historic ruins.

The governor described the new Taif project as a massive which intends to deliver a real break in improving tourism in the city and be an exemplary model of development. The project will only be accomplished when all the relevant authorities put in all their efforts into the project and contribute to ensure its on-time completion.

The several development projects, in and around the city, include: a new international airport, the historic city center of Taif, the development of a tourism hub valley at Al-Hada and Al-Shifa, Souk Okaz City and the rehabilitation of archaeological sites.

The governor mentioned that the Taif project is centered on scientific grounds and its completion will announce to the world that the Kingdom is ardent to enhance its business.

Prince Khaled instructed for the formation of a new working team, to begin the infrastructure implementation and oversee the projects, led by the mayor of Taif, Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Mokhrij.

A developmental integration center, led by Saad bin Mohammed Mariq, will also be founded in the Makkah governorate.

The idea is to change Taif into an Arab summer resort with urbanized technologies. Reports suggested that the work on the long overdue airport would activate within the starting months of 2017.