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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources issued 84 new mining licenses in June, according to a statement. 




These new licenses include 51 exploration licenses, 26 licenses for building materials quarries, three surplus ore licenses, two exploitation licenses and two exploration licenses, according to the National Industrial Information Center data.




Accordingly, the total number of effective mining licenses in the sector reached 2,100, led by the building materials quarries at 1,368 licenses and exploration at 510 licenses.




Riyadh dominated the largest number of effective mining licenses at 499, followed by Makkah (387), Eastern Province (346) and Madinah (236).