CAIRO: Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Azizi, who is currently in a five-day visit to Egypt, will lay the foundation stone of a new dorm for students of Al Azhar University in New Cairo Saturday, Youm7 reported.
The new dorm is planned to accommodate up to 30,000 students. Al-Azhar University has three dorms in Cairo’s Abbasea, Alexandria districts, and Upper Egypt’s Qena.
King Salman will also visit Al-Azhar University and the adjacent 1,000 year-old Al Azhar Mosque on Saturday.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia has given Egypt a grant to conduct restoration activities in al-Azhar Mosque and University, besides establishing a dorm for al-Azhar foreign students, according to al-Ahram.
In Dec., 2014, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has allocated a land plot for the new city in New Cairo’s fifth Settlement district.
In 2012, Turkey has pledged to carry out restoration work at Al-Azhar University and Mosque; but the project has been suspended due to strained relations between Cairo and Ankara after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.
Salman arrived in Cairo Thursday for a five-day visit, which is the first of its kind since he took power in Jan. 2015. He witnessed signing three agreements in the fields of electricity and renewable energy between both countries Friday.
The monarch met with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese and will meet with parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal Sunday when he will give a speech at the House of Representatives.