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Strategic Plan for the Arriyadh Region (Arabie Saoudite)

Arabie Saoudite

Pays : Saudi Arabia

Lead executing agency : Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA)

Commissioned by : Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA)

Financier : Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA)

Overall term : August 2004 - December 2009


The number of people living in Riyadh, the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has risen from 500,000 in the year 1970 to more than four million today. This enormous growth rate has led to the virtually uncontrollable urbanisation of the surrounding areas and to a much greater volume of traffic. It has also heralded an increase in infrastructural costs, coupled with ongoing migration to the city from the surrounding regions. Although formerly well disposed towards the city’s growth - a process planned well in the initial stages - the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), which is responsible for the metropolitan region of Riyadh, is adopting an increasingly critical stance today, one that prompted it to commission GTZ International Services (GTZ IS) with the development of a new spatial and structural plan.


The project objective is to elaborate a spatial and structural plan for the metropolitan region of Riyadh that will counteract the unbalanced development of urban and rural regions within Riyadh Province.


The first step within the scope of the three-year project is to identify the problems and development potential that exist in Riyadh Province. Taking this as a basis, GTZ IS will then work out various scenarios and approaches, culminating in the design and implementation of a spatial and structural plan. A special task of GTZ IS consists in involving all the regional and local actors in the process.
Above all, GTZ’s strategic plan takes account of the region’s central location and of the need to network activities with the surrounding regions and with the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), thereby ensuring an ongoing exchange of information. At the same time, the strategy aims to counteract any uncontrolled settlement or business activities. The complex planning measures tie in with an extensive process of institutional re-organisation whose chief objective is to transfer planning competence from the national level down to the regional level.

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