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Riyadh Sports Boulevard: The Longest Linear Park in The World Planned to Span 135km Across Riyadh
Riyadh Sports Boulevard_ The Longest Linear Park in The World Planned to Span 135km Across Riyadh

The Riyadh Sports Boulevard is planned to be the world’s longest linear park and aims to connect the Wadi Hanifa in the West of Riyadh to the Wadi Al Sulai in the far East of Riyadh along a total distance of 135km.

The Sports Boulevard aims to make Riyadh one of the most livable and healthy cities in the world. It is due to feature multiple walkways, cycle lanes, and horse riding trails spanning over 4.4 million square meters of green spaces.

The stunning project is set to feature 8 world-class districts, including an athletics district, an entertainment district, and an arts district.

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The Vision: The World’s Happiest, Healthiest City

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The Riyadh Sports Boulevard is a key component of Saudi Vision 2030, an ambitious initiative to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy and reduce its dependence on oil. 

One of the project’s primary goals is to encourage the citizens of Riyadh to adopt a healthier lifestyle through regular exercise and participation in various sporting activities.

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The vision for the Riyadh Sports Boulevard extends beyond just physical health. It also seeks to create a rich cultural, environmental, and recreational ambiance, aligning with the larger goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

A Paradigm Shift in Urban Design

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The Riyadh Sports Boulevard isn’t just a project; it’s a paradigm shift in urban design. The project extends for a staggering 135 kilometers, connecting the Wadi Hanifah in the West of Riyadh to the Wadi Al Sulai in the far East of Riyadh.

The project will feature 4.4 million square meters of green and open spaces, providing fresh air amidst the city’s metropolitan expanse. 

There will be special routes for professional and amateur cyclists, horse riding paths, and designated sites for sporting activities.

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One of the standout features of the Sports Boulevard is the Sports Tower – a high-rise building housing courts for different indoor sports. This tower will be an architectural marvel and a testament to Riyadh’s commitment to promoting sports and a healthy lifestyle.

The Lifestyle at Riyadh Sports Boulevard

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At the heart of Riyadh Sports Boulevard is a lifestyle revolution. Walking, cycling, and horse riding tracks will lace the landscape, beckoning residents to step out, get active, and embrace the great outdoors.

The Boulevard isn’t just about physical activity. At its heart is a 20-square-kilometer desert park with event venues, show piazzas, outdoor museums, and movie theaters. 

This entertainment and cultural enrichment hub promises to offer something for every family member, making the Boulevard a true community space.

Sports Boulevard: Boosting The Local Economy

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The Riyadh Sports Boulevard isn’t just a recreational space; it’s also a commercial powerhouse. The project will feature designated investment districts, offering opportunities for businesses to establish and grow. 

These districts will cater to the needs of both residents and visitors, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that boosts the local economy.

Riyadh Sports Boulevard Districts

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The Riyadh Sports Boulevard will be divided into eight distinctive districts, each offering unique experiences. These include:

  • The Wadi Hanifah Valley Zone
  • The Arts District
  • The Urban Wadi Zone
  • The Entertainment District
  • The Athletics District
  • The Environmental Zone
  • The Al Sulai Valley Zone
  • The Red Sand Park

Each district will have its unique features, such as green pathways, biking trails, horse riding routes, retail outlets, coffee shops, picnic and camping areas, and much more.

Wadi Hanifah Valley Zone

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The Hanifah Valley Zone is a significant part of the Sports Boulevard. It extends 30 kilometers, featuring routes for professional and amateur cyclists, pedestrian pathways, and horse-riding trails.

Arts District

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The Arts District will be a cultural hub within the Sports Boulevard. Extending for 3 kilometers, it will house museums, libraries, art forums, conference halls, and investment locations.

Urban Wadi Zone

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The Urban Wadi Zone is another integral part of the Sports Boulevard. It will have a water canal, pedestrian pathways, bike paths, seating, and potential investment areas.

Entertainment District

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The Entertainment District will be the hub of entertainment on the Sports Boulevard. It will feature a theater, cinema complexes, and an outdoor movie theater, among other attractions.

Athletics District

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The Athletics District will be a haven for sports enthusiasts. It will include 60 sports sites featuring football pitches, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a venue for skiing.

Environmental Zone

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The Environmental Zone will focus on promoting environmental sustainability. It will feature pedestrian and jogger tracks, education centers on planting flowers and organic food, and residential complexes.

Al Sulai Valley Zone

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The Al Sulai Valley Zone will feature routes for professional cycling, horse-riding, green pedestrian pathways, and picnic and camping areas. It has 11 service stations, including recreational areas and spaces for investment purposes.

Red Sand Park

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The Red Sand Park will be a rural resort featuring different residential facilities, a zoo, a distinctive cycling track, and an equestrian center.

The Impact of Riyadh Sports Boulevard

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The Riyadh Sports Boulevard is more than just a project; it’s a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Riyadh’s residents. The Boulevard will provide residents with opportunities to lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives by offering many recreational, sporting, and cultural activities.

The Future with Riyadh Sports Boulevard 

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Expectations are high, with the first phase of the Riyadh Sports Boulevard set to be unveiled in the coming months. The project promises a revolutionary shift in Riyadh’s landscape, blending elements of recreation, culture, and a commitment to healthier living.

As Riyadh gears up for this exciting new chapter, it’s clear that the Riyadh Sports Boulevard is more than just a project – it’s a vision for a healthier, happier, and more vibrant city.

Transforming Riyadh

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The Riyadh Sports Boulevard represents a significant step in Saudi Arabia’s journey towards realizing its Vision 2030 objectives. 

The project promises to transform Riyadh into one of the world’s most livable and active cities by encouraging healthier lifestyles and creating a rich cultural and recreational ambiance.

This commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents reflects a progressive outlook that is set to position Riyadh as a global leader in urban living. With the Riyadh Sports Boulevard, the future of Riyadh looks greener, healthier, and more vibrant than ever.

More Upcoming Projects in Riyadh

Riyadh Rise Tower

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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.

Riyadh’s New Murabba

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The New Murabba Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Public Investment Fund (PIF), has enlisted the services of AtkinsRéalis, a global project management firm, to design the upcoming New Murabba in Riyadh. 

Positioned to become the world’s largest contemporary downtown in Riyadh, this innovative initiative will feature the distinctive Mukaab building—a cube-shaped landmark designed to transform hospitality, retail, and luxury leisure experiences.

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.

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