10 Mega Projects Transforming Riyadh

A wave of transformative construction projects in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is reshaping the city’s landscape. These ambitious ventures, aligned with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030, aim to diversify the city’s economy beyond its traditional reliance on oil. By creating jobs, attracting investment, and fostering innovation, these projects seek to propel Riyadh towards becoming a global hub for various sectors, including tourism, culture, and entertainment. 

Ranging from the construction of a state-of-the-art metro system to the development of massive green spaces and cultural landmarks, these mega projects in Saudi Arabia strive to enhance the quality of life for residents and solidify its position as a major player on the world stage. Here’s a glimpse into 10 of these mega-projects that are reshaping the landscape of Riyadh:

Sports Boulevard

Sports Boulevard is the world’s largest linear park, stretching over 135 kilometers. This ambitious project aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle by providing dedicated spaces for various sports activities, including cycling, running, and horse riding. 

The project is due to be completed in 2030. The boulevard also features green spaces, water features, and entertainment zones, making it a popular destination for families and individuals seeking leisure and recreation.

sports boulevard riyadh


Qiddiya is a mega-project under construction in Riyadh. Spanning over 334 square kilometers, Qiddiya aims to attract tourists and investors by offering a unique blend of experiences. The project encompasses several sub-projects, including a Six Flags theme park, a motorsports complex, a performing arts center, and various luxury resorts.

This multifaceted project is poised to become a major tourism hub and a significant contributor to Riyadh’s economic diversification efforts.

Diriyah Gate

Diriyah Gate is a cultural and heritage project that aims to revitalize the historic city of Diriyah, the former capital of the first Saudi state. The project involves the restoration of historical landmarks, the creation of museums and cultural centers, and the development of residential and commercial areas. 

Diriyah Gate is expected to become a major tourist destination, preserving the city’s rich history and cultural heritage for future generations.

King Salman Park

King Salman Park aims to be more than just a green space for the city. Spanning 16 square kilometers, it will offer a diverse array of experiences within its lush landscapes and natural ecosystems. Cultural and educational facilities like museums, libraries, and art centers will foster learning and community engagement. 

The park goes beyond its green haven, incorporating residential units, hotels, and a commercial complex, creating a vibrant hub within the city. 

King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is a transformative project in Riyadh, aiming to establish the city as a leading financial center in the region. Spanning over 1.6 million square meters, KAFD boasts modern skyscrapers, world-class infrastructure, and advanced business facilities. This development attracts major banks, financial institutions, and international corporations, playing a crucial role in driving economic growth and attracting foreign investment in Riyadh.

The project encompasses 42 plots of land, featuring a mix of commercial towers, retail spaces, and extensive landscaping for a vibrant atmosphere. 

Green Riyadh Project

Green Riyadh aims to make the Saudi capital a greener and more liveable city. Its ambitious goals involve planting a staggering 7.5 million trees across various city features, including neighborhood gardens, parks, educational institutions, and public spaces. This significant increase in greenery aims to enhance air quality, reduce temperatures, and create a more sustainable urban environment. 

The project leverages innovative solutions like using recycled wastewater for irrigation, demonstrating their commitment to environmental responsibility and resource management. As the project progresses, additional phases will be announced, further solidifying Green Riyadh’s position as a landmark environmental initiative.

The New Murabba

The New Murabba

The New Murabba project in Riyadh is transforming the city’s downtown landscape with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Envisioned as the world’s largest and most modern downtown area, this ambitious project will span 19 square kilometers. It aspires to be a vibrant and diverse community, offering a mix of residential and commercial spaces. Over 104,000 residential units, 9,000 hotel rooms, and over 980,000 square meters of retail space will cater to various needs. 

Sustainability is a key element of The project and it will incorporate green spaces throughout its development, ensuring a healthy balance between urban living and environmental consciousness. 

Banan City

Rising in Riyadh’s Dahiyat Al Fursan district, Banan City promises a sustainable and vibrant future. This massive 10 million square meter project will offer 27,750 residences, including villas and apartments, nestled amidst a remarkable 40% dedicated green space.
This commitment to sustainability, in line with “Green Riyadh,” fosters a healthy environment with parks, gardens, and improved air quality.Banan City has the potential to become a model for sustainable urban living in the region.

“Banan City, a planned megaproject in Riyadh, offers sustainable living with 40% green space”
Riyadh Metro

Riyadh Metro

The Riyadh Metro is a transformative project addressing the city’s growing transportation needs. This rapid transit system boasts six lines spanning over 170 kilometers, connecting various districts and key landmarks. The metro has significantly improved public transportation accessibility and reduced traffic congestion, making it a more convenient and sustainable travel option for residents and visitors alike.

The project, undertaken in phases, involved the construction of six light rail lines totaling 180 kilometers. Phase 1 focused on the development of the first line, stretching 25 kilometers north-south, and the construction of 23 stations. This initial phase laid the foundation for the extensive network that serves Riyadh today.

Wadi Hanifah

Wadi Hanifah

Wadi Hanifah, a historical valley northwest of Riyadh, is undergoing a remarkable transformation. This ambitious project aims to revitalize the area, promoting environmental conservation and recreational opportunities. This project’s core lies in ecological restoration, involving the revitalization of two square kilometers of unique palm groves, containing thousands of native trees.

Combining the efforts of environmental conservation and community engagement, Wadi Hanifah is poised to become a valuable ecological asset and a vibrant hub for cultural experiences, leisure activities, and enjoying the city’s natural beauty.

These mega-projects are not merely construction projects in Riyadh; they represent a bold vision for the city’s future. By focusing on sustainability, innovation and economic diversification, these initiatives aim to position Riyadh as a global leader in various sectors. The success of these projects has the potential to not only transform the city itself but also serve as a model for sustainable and innovative urban development in the region and beyond. As these projects continue to progress, the world will be watching with anticipation to see the future of Riyadh unfold.


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