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A $23 billion plan to green Riyadh

The ambitious Green Riyadh project, which aims to transform the capital of Saudi Arabia into a green metropolis, seems to be in full swing. The public authorities have announced an investment of 23 billion dollars to provide the capital with green spaces and 7.5 million trees.

Green Riyadh: one of the world’s largest urban greening projects

Launched by the public authorities, the “Green Riyadh” project aims to dramatically increase the vegetation cover of the Saudi capital. In total, no less than 7.5 million trees are expected to be planted throughout the capital. All urban facilities such as mosques, roads, and public institutions are expected to benefit.


The creation of the project was based on a simple observation: the proportion of green space per inhabitant is currently too low in the Saudi capital. This program aims to drastically change this statistic since it has the ambition to increase this proportion from the current 1.7 square meters to 28 in the upcoming years! A total of 545 square kilometers of green spaces should be created in the near future.

And the least that can be said is that the public authorities have given themselves the means to achieve their ambitions. 23 billion dollars have been allocated to ensure that the project sees the light of day.

Parks, roads, mosques, airports: everything will be green.

Initially, 31,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs are scheduled to be planted around the city’s main urban arteries. Among the roads chosen are King Fahd road, the road to Makkah al Mukarramah, the northern and eastern part of Riyadh”s ring road, the road to King Salman, and the road to King Khaled.


In the medium term, the project also provides for the creation of 3,250 residential parks and 48 large public parks. King Khaled International Airport should also benefit from this program and might become one of the greenest airports in the world.

In order to ensure the sustainability and durability of the project, it is also planned that the irrigation network for the green spaces will be completely redesigned. The water, used abundantly in the valleys, will be directly recycled to supply the urban green spaces. By the end of the project, Riyadh is expected to incorporate the top 100 greenest cities in the world.

Published on 19 June 2020

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