URB launches Alnama Smart City project in Riyadh

WCN Editorial Team 1 Jul 2022 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

URB, a Dubai-based developer, has launched its 10km2 zero-carbon project, Alnama Smart City, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Alnama Smart City is expected to feature 11,000 residential units to accommodate about 44,000 people, reported Zawya.

This project is expected to create 10,000 jobs in various sectors including green-tech industries to ‘create a green circular economy’.

Alnama, which means thrive in Arabic, will operate on 100% renewable energy and feature water and waste recycling units.

It will also include residential, educational, commercial, tourism and medical hubs.

An autism village, wellness centre and clinics within the medical hub will support medical tourism.

The future smart city will have running, cycling, and equestrian tracks to promote a healthy lifestyle among residents.

URB chief executive Baharash Bagherian was quoted by TradeArabia as saying: "Alnama aims to be the next generation of self-sufficient city, producing all the city’s renewable energy needs, as well as the resident’s caloric food intake on site. Biosaline agriculture, productive gardens, wadis and carbon-rich habitats are key features of the development’s innovative and resilient landscape design."

Bagherian added: "The city was planned through the design of its landscape, rather than its buildings. This creates an urbanism that is more socially inclusive, more economically valuable, and more sensitive to the environment."

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Image: The future smart city will have running, cycling, and equestrian tracks to promote a healthy lifestyle among residents. Credit: renategranade0 from Pixabay.

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