King Salman approves US$23bn well-being projects for Riyadh

riyadh 2197496 640King Salman bin Abdulaziz has launched four well-being projects worth US$23bn for Riyadh, aiming to improve the lives of citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most sustainable cities, while driving action again climate change

The four well-being projects –King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art – complement the Saudi Vision 2030’s ‘Quality of Life’ programme and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The well-being projects are expected to create US$15bn opportunities for the private sector to invest in the residential, commercial, recreational and wellness areas, thus contributing to an integrated approach to wellness, health, sports, culture and the arts.

The construction for the four well-being projects will start in the second half of 2019.

King Salman Park

With 13.4 sq km, King Salman Park is set to be the largest city park in the world. Besides residences and hotels, it will feature a Royal Arts Complex, theatres, museums, cinemas, sports venues, water features, restaurants and an 18-hole Royal Golf Course. As an environmentally sustainable urban development, it is expected to provide opportunities for the international community in arts, entertainment and culture.

Green Riyadh

One of the world’s largest urban greening projects, Green Riyadh aims to increase the green cover in the Saudi capital with the planting of 7.5mn trees. This is expected to help increase the city’s green cover from 1.5 per cent of the total area to 9.1 per cent by 2030.

Additionally, Green Riyadh is set to help reduce average ambient temperature by two degrees Celsius and use more than one million cu/m of treated sewage effluent daily for irrigation and water resources in the city.

Sports Boulevard

A health and wellness destination, Sports Boulevard will feature a 135km-long professional cycling track covering the city and the surrounding valleys. The project will feature a sports pavilion, riding stables and athletics tracks, as well as accommodating a wide variety of sports activities.

Riyadh Art

With 1,000 art pieces curated through 10 separate arts programmes and an annual arts festival, this project will feature large-scale artworks that are seen to engage artists and art lovers from across the world.

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