A celebration of the unique natural landscape on the doorstep of Riyadh
- Location Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Client Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA)
- Area 4350 km²
- Credits Situ, supported by CMEP and Buro Happold
A concept and management plan for the Al Aredh National Park, a 4,350 km² land holding to the west of the City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Al Aredh National Park is a government-backed initiative to address the growing demand for open space and leisure opportunities in Riyadh. The proposal seeks to build on the on-going success of the Wadi Hanifah development to create a protected landscape covering 4,350 km².
The park is extremely rich in biodiversity, with 10% of the total number of plant species in Saudi Arabia contained within its boundaries. It also possesses an area of escarpment where dry and tropical weather acacia trees meet – believed to be the only place in the world where this occurs.
Al Aredh National Park is being created to celebrate the unique and little-explored natural landscape on the city of Riyadh’s doorstep. The park will welcome visitors from across Saudi Arabia, and beyond, offering a wealth of opportunities to discover, enjoy and learn about our spectacular environment and the rich cultural history it holds.
The park is expected to boost local tourism and employment as well as to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of those living in and around Riyadh. Visitors will be encouraged to camp and picnic in the park and take part in a wealth of outdoor leisure activities including hiking, rock climbing and camel riding.