SCTA President and Prince Turki bin Abdullah visit SASCO plus station on the KKIA Airport road in Riyadh


SCTA President and Prince Turki bin Abdullah visit SASCO plus station on the KKIA Airport road in Riyadh
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President of SCTA along with His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region and Deputy Chairman of the Tourist Development Council in Riyadh, on Sunday, March 23, visited a SASCO Pulse road station located on the Airport road to the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh.


This visit comes in the framework of SCTA's attention towards the Riyadh governorate, and in particular to strengthen the roadside stations across the province.

The President of SCTA along with the Deputy Governor of Riyadh province toured the SASCO roadside station reviewing its various facilities as it operates a number of basic services such as fuel station, groceries, and MTN services, in addition to the many restaurants and cafes, national and international in its premises.

In a press statement after the visit, the President of SCTA said, "The model of the roadside station that we have visited today is one of the 35 facilities, which now operate inside and outside of Riyadh. We have worked on this project with SASCO and the Riyadh Secretariats in accordance with the directives of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince (may Allah protect him) when he was the governor of Riyadh region, he had instructed the relevant authorities, including SCTA to take immediate action to strengthen the roadside stations before the cabinet decision in this regard, which came at a later date.


"These efforts were followed by His Excellency the former Secretary General of the Riyadh Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ayyaf, and Their Highnesses the former governors and vice-governors of the province as well as the current Secretary General of Riyadh, Abdullah Mogbil," Prince Sultan bin Salman said.

"Also these facilities have become a reality due to the efforts of the new administration of SASCO that was reshuffled quite recently, and allowed for the new shareholders and a new board to take over, which are working in collaboration with the SCTA for the reorganization of SASCO in accordance with a national vision for it to become a Success story,” he added.

"The presence of His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah here today is very important for us as a Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region and Deputy Chairman of the Tourist Development Council in Riyadh as his presence also confirms the commitment of the governorates of the Kingdom to serve the Saudi citizen who had suffered a lot because of the poor services provided at the roadside stations all along the Kingdom.

"We are witnessing new era where new companies are engaging in this field and some others are still under verification by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the SCTA, after the approval made by the Cabinet last year regarding regulating and promoting the operation of the roadside stations within two years. 


"We see no exception for qualifying companies and any delay in the process of improvement is not acceptable, because we aim to ensure highest quality and excellence in this sector in order to meet the aspirations of Saudi citizens and also suite to the status and reputation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," HRH added.


"SASCO has entered the market again and bought a number of existing roadside stations, developed them and put them into service under the new regulation of roadside stations, which are guaranteed to provide the excellent services to all its customers. 

As for the foreign investors, HRH President of SCTA said, "The foreign investors should act under the "foreign investment regulation". There are a number of companies, from the GCC and other countries that have submitted requests to the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to engage into this sector.” 

Recalling the events, Prince Sultan said, "SCTA had submitted an integrated regulation on this issue to the government, and the Council of Ministers had issued a resolution to regulate the roadside stations and it was referred to the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, and SCTA in collaboration with the Ministry has completely executed the regulation of classification and rehabilitation. The participating companies’ eligibility criteria were set and offered to the companies that intend to develop these sits." 

For his part, His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah said, "SASCO is a wonderful model and we wish this had been done in the Kingdom a long time ago. It is the right of the citizen to enjoy in such places beyond the greedy behavior of their owners or operators, but thanks be to Allah, now these are working within the framework of specific rules and are going to work with the highest quality possible."

"HRH Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh region is paying great attention to the roadsides stations, especially that the Riyadh region is the central and a key province, besides its position as the highway to Makkah and Al Madina for Haj and Umrah seekers," said HRH the Deputy Governor of Riyadh.