Riyadh’s downtown area to be made more attractive

Updated 10 July 2016

Riyadh’s downtown area to be made more attractive

RIYADH: The Supreme Council for the Development of Riyadh has adopted a number of strategies for the development of the downtown area to make it more attractive for citizens, according to an online newspaper.
As per the strategy, the council wants Saudi residents to move from the city’s outskirts to the downtown area because of poor social conditions, security problems and bad conditions of buildings, inadequate road network and traffic bottlenecks, less car parking as well as low standards of safety in facilities.
The council wants to make the downtown area, which is 15 square kilometers, more attractive to Saudis in terms of residential facilities and work. For this purpose, it is working with 15 public sector partners to transform the city into an administrative, economic, historical and cultural center by redeveloping residential areas. It is also working to improve its economic and environmental health.
The plan includes making 30 percent of the central city for the residential purposes; 28 percent for government and open space; 32 percent for roads; and 10 percent for commercial purposes.
The report of the Supreme Council for Development of Riyadh said that it was also trying to establish a company owned by the government to develop the downtown area. It would own the land and take care of its development and administration, and would develop infrastructure of roads, related facilities, parks and gardens.


Saudi ambassador joins high-level UN talks

Updated 5 min 28 sec ago

Saudi ambassador joins high-level UN talks

  • The meeting focused on political challenges facing Islamic countries

UNITED NATIONS: Political challenges facing Arab countries took center stage at a series of meetings attended by Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami.
A meeting of the UN Arab Group chaired by Algeria’s Permanent Representative, Sofiane Mimouni, focused on issues of common concern, including Palestine.
Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti’s foreign minister, briefed the meeting on the country’s candidacy for the UN Security Council nonpermanent seat for 2021-2022.
Al-Muallami also joined a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, chaired by Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Adela Raz.
The meeting focused on political challenges facing Islamic countries.
In a meeting with High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Moratinos, Al-Muallami discussed the alliance’s efforts to spread the message of peace, and promote a culture of dialogue, cooperation and coexistence while rejecting hate speech, racism and intolerance.