“These vast areas are nothing but the first stage of land confiscation by (Saudi crown prince) Mohammed bin Salman. The next stages will witness largest areas and all of them will be owned by bin Salman,” Mujtahid was quoted by Arabi 21 website as writing on his twitter page.
He said that the protected areas will be superficially owned by the public but actually will be the properties of bin Salman.
A royal decree in Saudi Arabia saw the establishment of a Council for the Royal Protected Areas in the Royal Court.
The Royal Protected Areas Council would be chaired by Muhammad Bin Salman, who is also the deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
Under the royal orders, six natural reserves were designated in order “to re-establish wildlife, enhance their development and promote eco-tourism”.