Reem Bunyan, Saudi consultant neurologist

Reem Bunyan
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Updated 25 June 2020

Reem Bunyan, Saudi consultant neurologist

Reem Bunyan is a consultant neurologist and the co-chair of the G20 Health Working Group.
At a recently held virtual T20 conference titled “Policy recommendations for a post-COVID-19 world,” she stressed the need for health care systems to learn from innovations that were applied in response to the pandemic and to prepare for changes in health priorities.
“Strong and resilient health systems that focus on outcomes, efficiency, user-responsiveness, and equity are critical for preparedness and response to pandemics,” Bunyan said.
She is also the CEO of the Center for Improving Value in Health (CiV) at the Saudi Ministry of Health.
 Bunyan is an American Board Certified Neurologist who is super-specialized in multiple sclerosis with rare expertise in pediatric multiple sclerosis.
She is credited with the establishment of the first clinical neuroimmunology program at the King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, in addition to establishing a modern department for clinical neurophysiology.
Bunyan is the president of the Saudi Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Group and a member of the founding board of the Healthcare Administration Club.
Bunyan attended medical school at King Faisal University, graduating with honors and receiving the Prince Mohammed bin Fahd award for academic excellence.
She then went on to residency training in neurology at the University of Louisville, followed by an initial fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders.

$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

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$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

  • Saudi capital’s planning chief unveils ambitious strategy ahead of G20 urban development summit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is launching a SR3 trillion ($800 billion) plan to double the size of Riyadh in the next decade and transform it into an economic, social and cultural hub for the region.

The ambitious strategy for the capital city was unveiled by Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh, ahead of key meetings of the U20, the arm of the G20 leaders’ summit that deals with urban development and strategy.

“Riyadh is already a very important economic engine for the Kingdom, and although it’s already very successful, the plan now, under Vision 2030, is to actually take that way further, to double the population to 15 million people,” he told Arab News.

“We’ve already launched 18 megaprojects in the city, worth over SR1 trillion, over $250 billion, to both improve livability and deliver much higher economic growth so we can create jobs and double the population in 10 years. It’s a significant plan and the whole city is working to make sure this happens.”

About $250 billion in investment is expected from the private sector, with the same amount generated by increased economic activity from population growth, finance and banking, cultural and desert tourism, and leisure events.

“We must also ensure the growth is managed properly, so there will be a focus on transport and logistics, including the Riyadh metro which will open at the beginning of next year. The aim is to increase productivity,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plan involves the creation of a “mega industrial zone” focusing on advanced technology such as renewables and automation, and biotechnology and aquaponics. Another key feature is sustainability, with energy conservation, the circular carbon economy with its emphasis on reducing emissions, and water management, all priorities.

“You will see 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years, and King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London,” Al-Rasheed said.


  • 18 megaprojects have already been launched worth over $250 billion.
  • 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years.
  • King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London.

The city also aims to be a Middle East artistic and cultural hub. An opera house is being considered, as well as public art shows with 1,000 works commissioned from around the world. “We have not seen anything like it since Renaissance Florence,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plans will be discussed this week during online meetings of the U20 linking Riyadh with Houston. The Texas oil capital is suffering a new spike in coronavirus cases and pandemics will be on the agenda. “We want to deal with this one, but also be ready for the next one,” Al-Rasheed said.