Riyadh governor opens 19 parks in Saudi capital

Saudi Arabia is developing a number of of civic and entertainment projects for its population under its Vision 2030 strategy

Parks and public gardens have been opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Parks and public gardens have been opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A total of 19 public parks and gardens have been inaugurated in Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh.

Governor of Riyadh Region, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, officially opened the parks and gardens that collectively span 159,000m².

The parks and gardens are spread across an “a number of neighbourhoods” in the Saudi Arabian capital, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

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Names of the landscaping or construction contractors involved in the 19-park municipal project were not revealed, nor was the cost.

However, the project was executed by the Secretariat of Riyadh as part of ongoing efforts to “enhance the human dimension in the city” through a mix of environmental and entertainment projects.

Entertainment projects in Saudi Arabia are on the up.

Up to 40 cinemas could be built in the country during the next five years, following an agreement signed by the country's Public Investment Fund (PIF), which teamed up with US-based AMC to operate cinemas in the kingdom – an unprecedented development in a country that had not allowed public move screenings for decades.

A ceremony to lay the foundation stone for Saudi Arabia's 334km² Qiddiya entertainment city was also held last month.

The major development will feature facilities such as amusement parks, game cities, racing fields, and safaris. Developers expect it to attract 17 million visitors by 2030.

Work is also ongoing on another project PIF is involved in – the Six Flags-branded theme park, which is set to open in 2020 in Qiddiya.

Building a Six Flags theme park, the Qiddiya entertainment city, and opens tens of cinemas in the country is part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy to diversify the economy.

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