More than 60 international experts participated in the ‘Riyadh’s Sustainable City Symposium’ on Nov 12 and 13 to discuss projects that will transform the Saudi Arabian capital and the lives of its seven million citizens.
On Nov 12, the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC) had launched a two-day symposium to set out the next chapter in Riyadh’s development as a sustainable city, one that will enhance the lives of its citizens, while finding solutions to the difficult challenges facing all cities across the world today.
Over 60 international delegates, who came from academic and research institutions, contributed towards research and advise on climate change; sustainable urban development; conservation of the natural environment; critical resource management; energy conservation, production and management; legal frameworks and initiatives to support positive change; and transformative social activation. Diplomats and international media were also present on this occasion.
The two-day symposium on Riyadh focused on four of the capital’s most ambitious projects:
King Salman Park (www.riyadhksp.sa/en/) promises to be the largest green city park in the world, covering an area of 13.4 kilometers.
Sports Boulevard (www.riyadhalmasar.sa/en/), a state-of-the-art new health and wellness destination at the heart of the city. This 135km world professional level cycle track project that will completely transform Riyadh’s Hanifa and Sully valleys into Parkland.
Green Riyadh (www.riyadhgreen.sa/en/) will focus on planting 7.5 million trees and making Riyadh beautiful and attractive. This project will reduce the temperature in the city to 2C.
Riyadh Art (www.riyadhart.sa/en/) will delight art lovers with its 1,000 curated art pieces, iconic installations and annual arts festival, through its world-class interactive public arts programme.
The four projects are transformative and will help establish Riyadh as one of the most livable cities in the world.
The projects complement Saudi Vision 2030’s ‘Quality of Life’ Program and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.
These projects will transform Riyadh into a city that will enhance the lives of its seven million residents, while finding solutions to the unique challenges it faces, like harsh climatic conditions and resource scarcity, in addition to the urgent action against climate heating and other pressing environmental challenges faced by all other cities across the world today.