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King Salman Park: Riyadh’s Mega Park to Open in 2024
King Salman Park_ Riyadhs Mega Park to Open in 2024

King Salman Park, the largest urban park in the world, is scheduled to open in Riyadh during 2024. 

The mega park development will be spread over 16 square kilometers, including 11 square kilometers of greenery and water features in the heart of the capital.

King Salman Park is due to feature a Royal Arts Complex, an equestrian center, an 850,000 square meter Royal golf course, and the city’s first sky diving center. 

The park, which will also feature over 2,000 hotel rooms, aims to improve the quality of life in the city, raising Riyadh’s global ranking in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

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King Salman Park: More Than Just A Park

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King Salman Park promises to be more than just a park. It is an iconic destination that redefines urban living by integrating nature and city life. 

King Salman Park will be located in the renamed neighbourhood, King Salman Neighbourhood, also known as the Al Waha and Salahuddin neighbourhoods previously.

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This ambitious project demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental conservation, further bolstering the nation’s position as a global leader.

Green Spaces at King Salman Park

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The park will feature sprawling green areas and open spaces, including an Islamic-style garden, vertical gardens, a maze garden, and a bird and butterfly sanctuary. The park will also have a circular pedestrian walkway extending 7.2 kilometers and a valley area of over 800,000 square meters.

Royal Art Complex

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The $2 billion Royal Art Complex, the largest building in King Salman Park ,will be a major attraction covering more than 400,000 square meters and 1.2 km long. 

It will house a national theatre with a seating capacity of 2,500 and 5 museums of different sizes. In 2022, Modern Building Leaders was selected to build the Royal Art Complex

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Additionally, an outdoor theatre accommodates 8,000 audience members, a complex with three cinema halls, four art academies, and an educational center for children.

Visitor Center 

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A sprawling 80,000 square meter facility serving as an environmental, cultural, and educational hub will include interactive exhibits, versatile halls, a conference room, a plant nursery, as well as various coffee shops and restaurants.

King Salman Park’s Cultural Facilities

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The park will host seven different museums, including the Aviation Museum, Astronomy and Space Museum, Science Museum, Museum of Plants, Virtual Reality Museum, and Architecture Museum. Furthermore, plazas will host different events, art installations, and landmarks to explore.

Sports at King Salman Park

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For sports and entertainment enthusiasts, the park will feature a Royal Golf Course, a sports complex, a virtual reality court, a sky diving center, an equestrian center, running and biking routes, an amusement park, an aquapark, a family amusement center, and a tower with a skybridge.

Hospitality and Commercial Spaces at King Salman Park

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The park will house residential compounds providing 12,000 housing units, 16 hotels with 2,300 rooms, 390 square meters of office space, and retail spaces spanning 500,000 square meters. 

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There will also be public facilities like mosques, healthcare centers, educational and social facilities, public libraries, parking spaces, main and service roads, walkways, and pathways.

King Salman Park’s Impact on Climate

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The park is expected to impact the region’s climate and environment. With increased vegetation and per capita green spaces, the park will directly influence the quality of the environment and climate.

Vision 2030: The Catalyst

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Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious journey, charting its way toward a future that is not solely dependent on oil. The King Salman Park project is a significant milestone in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, aiming to transform the economic and social fabric of the country. 

The park’s development underscores the Kingdom’s commitment to fostering a vibrant, healthy society and elevating Riyadh’s global standing.

A Green Resolution

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The park’s unique blend of nature, culture, sports, and entertainment facilities and residential, commercial, and hospitality spaces will offer a cosmopolitan living experience like no other. 

With the opening of King Salman Park in 2024, Riyadh is set to welcome a green revolution that will significantly enhance the city’s liveability and global ranking. 

Upcoming Transformative Developments in Riyadh

Al-Uraba Park

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The Royal Commission for Riyadh City has recently announced the construction of one of the biggest parks in the city, [Al-Uruba Park]. 

This park, spanning over 754,000 square meters, will include a 3-kilometer long panoramic path, standing at 12 meters high, that has been specifically designed to offer breathtaking views of Riyadh City. 

The park’s landscape will be adorned with more than 600,000 trees and shrubs, covering 65% of its total area. 

Al-Uraba Park is a significant part of the Green Riyadh Program, which has set a goal to plant 7.5 million trees in the city of Riyadh, with the aim of reducing the city’s temperature and air pollution levels, ultimately making it one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

New Murabba

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The New Murabba Development Company and the Tourism Development Fund of Saudi Arabia have partnered to create the New Murabba, which is set to become the biggest central area in Riyadh. 

The iconic project, highlighted by the iconic Mukaab tower at its heart, will encompass 2 million square meters of floor space and include retail sections, tourist destinations, and hotels

The project is projected to contribute $48 billion to the Saudi economy and generate approximately 334,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly.

Riyadh Sports Boulevard

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The Riyadh Sports Boulevard has been designed to be the longest linear park in the world, with the purpose of connecting the Wadi Hanifa in the western part of Riyadh to the Wadi Al Sulai in the eastern part of the city, spanning a total distance of 135km. 

This project aims to transform Riyadh into one of the world’s most livable and healthy cities. The development plans to include various pathways, bike lanes, and horse riding trails, covering a vast area of 4.4 million square meters of green spaces. 

The impressive initiative will also consist of 8 exceptional districts, such as an athletics district, an entertainment district, and an arts district.

Ritz-Carlton Residences in Riyadh

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Diriyah Company, in collaboration with Ritz-Carlton, has unveiled plans to debut premium branded residences in the Kingdom. These exclusive Ritz-Carlton Residences will be situated in Riyadh’s vibrant center of the $63 Billion Diriyah Giga project.

These villas have three unique luxury interior styles, from traditional Najdi to modern contemporary designs, and promise a distinctive living experience. Upon its entirety, the Diriyah Project aims to encompass 20,000 residential units alongside upscale hotels and dining establishments.

Riyadh Rise Tower

King Salman Park_ Riyadhs Mega Park to Open in 2024
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Saudi Arabia Holding Co. has unveiled its plans for the Rise Tower, which is set to become the world’s tallest skyscraper in Riyadh, surpassing even the renowned Burj Khalifa. The unveiling of Rise Tower’s plans is a significant component of the broader North Pole Project in Riyadh.

To outshine the Burj Khalifa, Rise Tower is anticipated to exceed a height of 828 meters. There are speculations that Rise Tower might ascend to a staggering 2 kilometers, doubling the Burj Khalifa’s current height.

Keep Reading: [Construction Begins on Al-Uraba Park Project in Riyadh]

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