Al Widyan is a future smart city and integrated lifestyle community promoting Saudi culture a new Urban Development Model for creating and replicating large scale modern communities that are financially sustainable. Al Widyan will be Riyadh’s leading, world-class destination for living, working and recreation, integrating green sustainability initiatives, high quality of life with walkability and parklands and a tourist and entertainment destination.
The Al Widyan project site is located in the Northwest growth corridor of ‘New Riyadh’, within 25 minutes of Riyadh’s central business district, and in close proximity to Riyadh airport and the rapidly developing new middle, upper middle and premium residential areas. The new community project is a 7 million sqm land site owned 100% by Al Akaria and is currently being master-planned as a ‘mixed us – whole living’ community.
The daily on-site population is estimated to be up to 100,000 people consisting of residents, workers, tourists, health and business visitors, and students. Over 50% of the land area will be committed to public open space, plazas, parks, schools and community facilities and anchored by ‘Central Park’, Riyadh’s largest public park built around Al Widyan’s natural wadi’s.
The Project is estimated to generate more than 140,000 new jobs (155,000 including construction jobs) as well as usher in KSA’s first world class theme park and integrated urban entertainment district. The development plan incorporates institutions such as hospitals, schools, innovation hubs, cultural and civic facilities to create a comprehensive program of urban life. A broad mix of low- and high-rise housing (over 20,000 units) will attract new families, young creatives and entrepreneurs, students and workers, providing the energy and optimism for this city of the future.