Saudi Arabia marks the launch of an ambitious $23 billion project on March 19, Tuesday to create vast open green areas in its capital, Riyadh, including the world’s biggest city park.
The ambitious project aims to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the government said.
The construction is proposed to begin early 2019 on four schemes – King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art which will drive action against climate change and create sustainable communities eventually providing nearly 70,000 new jobs.
Saudi Vision 2030’s “Quality of Life” Program will be complemented by the ambitious project and successfully aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, driving urgent action against climate change.
The private sector will be exposed to opportunities worth $15 Billion to invest in residential, commercial, recreational and wellness projects.
The project, in turn, aims to boost the city’s health with a commitment to wellness, health, sports, culture and arts, along with the commitment to achieve environmental sustainability.
Measuring 13.4 square kilometers, King Salman Park will be the world’s biggest park, with residential areas, hotels, featuring Royal Arts Complex, theaters, museums, cinemas, sports venues, and an 18-hole Royal Golf Course.
The park will also boast several landmark assets, including the Riyadh Fountains and a Vertical Garden. It also enhances opportunities for the international community in the field of arts, entertainment and culture.
One of the world’s largest urban greening projects, Green Riyadh will cover the city with 7.5 million trees.
The massive planting project helps to increase the city’s green cover from 1.5 percent of Riyadh’s total area to 9.1 percent – that is approximately 541 square kilometers by 2030.