Saudi Arabia's Riyadh symposium to highlight $23bn worth megaprojects

Experts to discuss world’s largest green city park; a wellness destination; planting of 7.5m trees; and Riyadh Art

Megaprojects worth $23bn in focus at Riyadh symposium. [representational image]
Megaprojects worth $23bn in focus at Riyadh symposium. [representational image]

Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC) – formally known as Riyadh Development Authority – has invited international experts to participate in Riyadh: The Sustainable City symposium to be held on 12-13 November that will focus on four of the capital’s projects worth $23bn (SAR86bn), including King Salman Park that aims to be the world’s largest green city park; Sports Boulevard, a 135km health and wellness destination; Green Riyadh, an initiative that intends to ensure the planting of 7.5m trees in the city; and Riyadh Art, which includes the creation of 1,000 curated art pieces, installations, an annual arts festival, and an interactive public arts programme.

The projects were launched by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and stemmed from an initiative of Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Defence that aims to transform the kingdom’s capital and the lives of its seven million citizens.

The symposium will invite discussions on energy conservation, production and management; climate change; sustainable urban development; conservation of the natural environment; critical resource management; legal frameworks and initiatives to support positive change; and transformative social activation.

Commenting on the symposium, expert on sustainable city planning, David Griggs, said: “The challenge of transforming a rapidly growing city in the desert into a sustainable, responsible, and inspiring place to live is enormous. The world’s largest urban parks, 7.5m trees to green the city, a 135km sports corridor, and more than 1,000 pieces of public art, are just four of the projects that will transform the city.”

Griggs added: “The ‘Riyadh: The Sustainable City’ Symposium will bring together some of the world’s leading experts to provide their wisdom and advice for these projects and, in doing so, help Riyadh towards a future its citizens and the world can be proud of.”

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