Saudi Arabia is getting ready to launch eight significant initiatives to better the lives of Saudis and draw tourists, making headlines about how Vision 2030 will revolutionize and affect its economy.
The Eight mega-projects of Saudi Arabia
The historic city of Diriyah in the capital will offer heritage and educational experiences, shopping, entertainment, and dining.
At-Turaif, a district in Diriyah, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and outdoor museum of Saudi history.
Diriyah was once the meeting point of Asia, Africa, and Europe. There was also business and religious travel.
Salwa Palace is the largest building in the citadel that’s still standing. The project is popular with locals and foreign tourists during the end-of-year Riyadh Season.
Diriyah was the First Saudi State’s capital from 1727 to 1732, but the Al Saud left it. Now, Saudi Arabia wants to make it the cultural and heritage capital, “a landmark for Saudis and an icon for the world.”
The $50.6 billion heritage project aims to attract 27 million tourists by 2030.
The small Saudi satellite Shaheen Sat weighs 75 kg.
The Shaheen Sat has a camera telescope and a ship-finding system.
King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology has launched it. Between 2000 and 2021, it found 17 satellites and worked with Stanford and NASA.
Shaheen Sat gives public and private sector space images to help the kingdom grow.
Saudi Arabia hopes to contribute to space technologies and systems through partnerships.
Saudi Arabia wants to make public transit accessible, safer, and more comfortable.
The kingdom will add 8,000 km of new track to its 3,650 km on three lines this year tripling its train count.
Khalid Al Falih, head of investments, said, “We’ll build a new rail that goes across the kingdom.” He said the Gulf country’s new law would protect domestic and foreign investors.
The Line (Neom)
Saudi Arabia ia taking a big step toward oil-free Saudi Arabia as Neom will cost $500 billion and use only clean energy.
On The Line in Neom, nine million people will live in connected AI-run societies in harmony with nature. The Line’s exterior will reflect the personality and “blend in.” Five hundred meters tall and 170 km long.
It will be the first city to get all its power from hydrogen, the sun, and the wind.
According to scientists, rising sea levels and carbon dioxide emissions will force a billion people to move by 2050.
Giles Pendleton, executive director of development at The Line in Neom, says 120 Burj Khalifas’ worth of real estate will be built in the first phase.
Nine zones at Qiddiya will be named after animals and plants.
Qiddiya will be a center for entertainment, sports, and arts.
The project’s portfolio includes parks, attractions, sports, health, mobility, arts, culture, nature, and the environment. The 366-square-kilometer project will consist of a Six Flags theme park, water park, Formula One racing track, sports stadiums, and cultural events.
The first phase will include 60 projects and 300 activities in arts and culture, entertainment, hospitality, and sports. A planned metro line will connect Riyadh’s airport to the site.
Trojena will open in 2026 as part of Saudi Arabia’s future megacity, Neom.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled plans for the $500 billion high-tech city Neom in Trojena.
The mountain resort will be the first large GCC ski area.
Trojena will help Neom increase tourism and visitor numbers.
Vision 2030 aims to add 3 billion Saudi riyals to the economy and create 10,000 new jobs by 2030.
The year-round resort will have a ski village, a nature preserve, high-end hotels, shops, restaurants, ski slopes, and mountain biking trails.
The National Renewable Energy Programme
Vision 2030 and the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative aim to use as much renewable energy as possible in Saudi Arabia.
NREP aims to increase clean, renewable energy from all of the kingdom’s sources.
By 2030, the program hopes to have installed 58.7 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity and generated 50% of all electricity.
Amaala is a new beach resort that will be open all year and be in the northwestern province of Tabuk.
It will feature its own airport and cater to affluent vacationers looking to be inspired by the “purity of the Red Sea” and other holistic pursuits while on their trip. Amaala is Inside the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve, and it shares a border with the Neom city and the Red Sea Project.
Amaala will have 25 hotels, 3,000 rooms, 900 villas, 200 shops, and more.