New Saudi city to house 6.5 million people

Saudi Arabian authorities have developed plans to build Al-Faisaliah city, a major economic center designed to expand the holy city of Makkah.

Makkah emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced that the project would develop 995,000 housing units and accommodate 6.5 million people by 2050. It will also create 1 million jobs in healthcare, education, technology and services sectors.

The project will reach 2,450 square kilometres, from the Makkah Haram boundary towards the coastline.

The current design will encompass a government complex, an Islamic centre, meeting and conference venues, schools, healthcare centres, mall entertainment venues, industrial facilities, an airport, seaport, train line, metro, tram and bus service.

The airport and seaport will be supervised by the respective authorities in Jeddah, while the Makkah Region Development Authority will oversee the remainder.

Similar to other projects in the Kingdom, Al-Faisaliah City is expected to help in diversifying the economy away from oil.

The project is expected to generate 9.5 GW of energy from renewable sources and facilitate 10 million Haj and Umrah pilgrims.


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