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Support to AGU hailed
07 : 19 PM - 20/03/2017
Manama, Mar. 20 (BNA): President of the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) Dr. Khalid bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ohali expressed his gratitude to the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for their continued support of AGU in various ways. Dr. Al-Ohaly’s remarks followed the signing of a number of agreements by the Bahraini Ministry of Finance with the Saudi Development Fund amounting to 489 million US dollars, in order to provide the necessary funding to a number of vital projects under the third phase of the grant given by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within the GCC development programme, which totally amount to 2.5 billion USD.

The agreements were signed from Bahrain’s side by Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance, and from the Saudi Fund for Development by Yousef Al-Bassam, Vice Chairman and Managing Director. Among those agreements are the provision of funding required for infrastructure of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City project, which follows AGU, with a total value of 44 million dollars.

Dr. Khalid Al-Ohaly added that the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City project, which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques the Late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz founded in Bahrain is a gift from the Saudi people to their Bahraini brethren, at a cost of up to a billion riyals, in addition to another honour presented by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, an area of ??land of one million square meters for the Medical City to be built on.

Dr. Al-Ohaly added that the Medical City is a vital non-profit project in the context of strategies that serve medical education in the countries of the region, in order to become a nucleus for the establishment of a new university campus, embracing the Arabian Gulf University, which was founded in 1980, under the desire of their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In handling this great responsibility, the university completed the first stage of preliminary designs for the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Medical City, including medical specialties and management and financing methods for the Medical City to concentrate its efforts on facing diseases that prevail in the Gulf diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart diseases and transient global epidemics. The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City in Bahrain, which oversees the implementation AGU, is expected to add value to the medical achievements in the GCC.


BNA 1612 GMT 2017/03/20

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