Before & after: Awamiya facelift turns terror-stricken town into model community
Saudi Arabia has nearly completed the modernization and redevelopment project aimed at turning the town of Awamiyah in the Eastern Province of Qatif into a model neighborhood.
The project, which took off during the summer of 2017, began as a response to develop the terror-stricken neighborhood of Al Masawara district after it was held by extremists for years.
Exclusive photos obtained by Al Arabiya at the time showed how the old infrastructure of the neighborhood was beyond damaged as well as residential houses and service centers in the district being destroyed as a result of the operations to weed out the extremists.
Two years on, the redevelopment of Downtown Awamiya - which cost 239 million Saudi riyals -nears completion.
Scroll sideways through the sliders below to view how things have changed on the ground: