Announced by King Salman ben Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia on 19 March, a major public works initiative based on four development projects in the Saudi capital is expected to begin in the second half of 2019. Projects highlighting the Kingdom's leadership in urbanization and environmental management.
A greener Saudi Arabia is the Kingdom’s new challenge. On Tuesday, March 19, King Salman ben Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia announced the completion of four major environmental projects, worth a total of US$23 billion.
These four projects aim to improve the Saudis’ way of life by providing them with a healthy, tree-lined environment and encouraging them to participate in the city’s cultural and sporting life, in line with the Vision 2030 reform.
— الرياض الخضراء (@Riyadh_Green) March 19, 2019
The four projects in a few words
King Salman Park
With its 13 square kilometres, King Salman Park aims to become the largest urban park in the world. Combining various activities ranging from entertainment to environmental and cultural activities, the park, in addition to its large green spaces, will have several facilities such as a national theatre, an opera house and an art academy.
The Green Riyadh
One of the world’s largest urban greening projects, Green Riyadh will see 7.5 million trees planted in gardens, parks, mosques, schools and around the capital’s health sectors.
This future “walletless” gallery will include 1,000 works of art, which will be displayed in residential areas, public parks, transport facilities and on Riyadh roads.
The Sports Boulevard
The first of its kind in the region, the Boulevard des Sports will feature a 135-kilometre multi-purpose track designed for running, cycling and horseback riding.