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ROSHN Lays The Foundation Stone for Jeddah’s New MARAFY Waterfront Project
ROSHN Lays The Foundation Stone for Jeddahs New MARAFY Waterfront Project

The PIF owned Real estate developer ROSHN has laid the foundation stone for its groundbreaking MARAFY project in Jeddah.

The much anticipated MARAFY development is due to feature an 11km artificial canal that connects directly to the Red Sea.

MARAFY’s waterside districts are due to be connected to each other and the rest of Jeddah by water taxis, ferries, and a dedicated metro station. 

It is also planned to have direct a canal link to Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport.

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The Foundation Stone Ceremony

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On the day of February 15, 2024, under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the foundation stone for the project was laid, marking a pivotal moment in Saudi Arabia’s real estate sector. 

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Numerous dignitaries attended the grand ceremony, including Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Mishal and Jeddah Gov. Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Jalawi.

“MARAFAY is not just a project; it’s a vision for a sustainable urban future.” – ROSHN Group

Blending Modern Lifestyle with Cultural Heritage

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MARAFY, spearheaded by ROSHN Group, is a visionary project that aims to transform Jeddah into a vibrant and modern city while honoring its rich cultural heritage. The project aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which seeks to diversify the economy and enhance the quality of life for its residents. 

David Grover, the Group CEO of ROSHN, envisions MARAFY as a monumental project that will redefine Jeddah’s position on the global map, creating a thriving economy and vibrant community and boosting the overall quality of life in the region.

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The architectural designs of MARAFY will pay homage to Jeddah’s rich historical plans while infusing them with a modern reinterpretation. This approach strengthens Jeddah’s position as a regional hub and serves as a testament to its architectural heritage. 

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The project aims to set new standards for sustainable development in Saudi Arabia’s real estate sector, with a strong focus on incorporating green building practices and advanced waste management systems to minimize the environmental impact.

MARAFY: A Waterfront Experience Like No Other

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One of the highlights of the MARAFY project is the introduction of an 11-kilometer-long, 100-meter-wide navigable canal, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. This artificial marvel will resemble a horseshoe in shape, connecting to Obhur Creek and ultimately flowing into the Red Sea. 

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The waterfront experience at MARAFY will rival global cities like Chicago, Hamburg, and central London, bringing the marine environment into the city’s heart. It will offer residents and visitors a unique and picturesque setting, creating a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere.

Seamless Connectivity and Transportation

MARAFY is designed to offer seamless connectivity within the project and to the rest of Jeddah. An intermodal transport system, including water taxis, bus lines, and a dedicated Metro Red Line station, will ensure efficient transportation for residents and visitors. 

The project will also feature a direct canal link to the King Abdulaziz International Airport, enhancing accessibility and facilitating travel between MARAFY and various destinations.

Economic and Social Impacts

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The gigaproject is expected to have significant economic implications, creating thousands of jobs during construction and post-completion as businesses and services within the development become operational. 

Furthermore, MARAFY aims to foster community among its residents and visitors by creating public spaces, parks, and cultural venues. This holistic approach to development is set to enhance the social fabric of Jeddah, making it a more vibrant and inclusive city.

Gateway to the Holy Cities

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Situated in Jeddah, MARAFY benefits from its strategic location as a gateway to the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah. Its proximity to major transportation hubs, including the King Abdulaziz International Airport, enhances its appeal to international investors and tourists. 

The prime location of MARAFY is expected to drive significant interest and contribute to the growth and development of the project.

Leading the Way in Urban Development

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The foundation stone laying ceremony for the MARAFY gigaproject marks a significant milestone for the Saudi real estate sector. It signifies Saudi Arabia’s ambitious urban development plans and commitment to creating sustainable communities. 

As the project progresses, it is poised to attract attention from around the globe, further cementing Saudi Arabia’s role as a leader in real estate development.

A New Era for Jeddah

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The MARAFY gigaproject spearheaded by ROSHN Group heralds a new era for Jeddah. With its innovative design, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and commitment to sustainability, MARAFY is set to redefine the city’s urban landscape. 

The project’s blend of modern lifestyle experiences with Jeddah’s rich cultural heritage promises to create an iconic destination that offers a high quality of life for residents and visitors alike. 

As construction progresses, the world eagerly watches the transformation of Jeddah into a global hub for business, tourism, and modern living.

More Projects by ROSHN Group

Elie Saab Branded Residences

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Dar Al Arkan, a prominent real estate company in Saudi Arabia, has recently introduced the inaugural Elie Saab Branded Residences in Riyadh. 

These residences, known as Etoile by Elie Saab, are situated within the SEDRA community in northern Riyadh, in close proximity to King Khalid International Airport.

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SEDRA stands out as one of Riyadh’s highly sought-after developments, spanning an expansive 20 million square kilometers.

It is an integral part of the ROSHN Giga project, fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). ROSHN has a strategic goal of increasing the homeownership rate among Saudi citizens to 70% by the year 2030.

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