The $23-billion government investment, along with an estimated $15-billion of private sector contribution in the four projects, will help transform the capital and enhance the wellbeing of its 7 million citizens.
Engineer Ibrahim Al Shayeh, General Manager of Strategic Urban Planning at RCRC and chairman of the symposium, said: “Cities are at the forefront of global efforts to stabilize climate heating, while providing a quality of life to growing populations.”
“Through events like the ‘Riyadh: The Sustainable City’ Symposium, and many more to come, our aim is to plan and implement a future for Riyadh that is smart, resilient and sustainable, working in harmony with the environment, while at the same time enhancing the wellbeing of citizens,” he noted.
Dr David Griggs, a Professor at the Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University, who led the discussion groups, said: “Every one of these Wellbeing Projects is quite extraordinary. Riyadh will be transformed in ways that you and I can’t fully understand. They will transform this city not just in its infrastructure and facilities, but will transform health, culture and the very way citizens live their lives.”
“Collectively, these 4 projects will make Riyadh a phenomenally attractive city in which to live, to work and to visit”, he added.
Maria Vassilakou, former Vice-Mayor and Deputy Governor of Vienna, said: “The 4 Wellbeing Projects will provide a huge opportunity for local job creation, particularly those jobs for young people and women in Riyadh City.”
Prof Michael Koh, Executive Fellow at the Centre for Livable Cities in Singapore, who was a delegate at the event, stated that the event had been a successful opportunity to share knowledge.
Source: Trade Arabia