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New plan revealed for Downtown Riyadh

Riyadh Development Higher Commission plans historic, administrative, economic and cultural districts

New plan revealed for Downtown Riyadh
(Bloomberg - for illustrative purposes only)

The Riyadh Development Higher Commission (RDHC) has approved a new plan for the development of the city's downtown area containing new historic, administrative, economic and cultural districts.

According to local daily Arab News, the decision was taken to approve a plan to redevelop the area and create different zones at a meeting last week.

It will include the creation of new residential districts, parks, recreation centres, green areas and space for the city's new metro and rapid bus networks - including the new main downtown metro station, which has been designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta.

"We plan to create a new cultural heritage and tourism route, beginning from the King Abdulaziz Historical Center to the Government Palace (Qasr Al-Hukm)," said the RDHC's head of projects and planning, Mohammed Al-Sultan.

According to the commission, more than 3,000 development projects are currently being carried out in different parts of the Riyadh region by 62 different agencies. They have a combined value of over $74bn.

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