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Old December 8th, 2008, 08:32 AM   #1
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SAUDI ARABIA | King Abdullah Economic City Development News

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emaar website
http://www.kingabdullahcity.com/en/

Overview
With a total development area of 173 km² (66.8 sq mi), the city is located along the coast of the Red Sea, around 100 km north of Jeddah, the commercial hub of the kingdom, the city is also going to be approximately an hour away from the holy Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina by car. And as reportedly an hour away of all Middle Eastern capital cities by plane. The total cost of the city is $80 billion (around SR 300 billion), with the project being built by Emaar, The Economic City. A Tadawul-listed company created from Emaar Properties, a Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company and one of the world’s largest real estate companies, and SAGIA (Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority) which is the main facilitator of the project.
The city, along with other five economic cities, is a part of an ambitious "10×10" program to place Saudi Arabia among the world’s top ten competitive investment destinations by the year 2010, planned by SAGIA. The first stage of the city is planned to be completed in 2010, while the whole city is going to be fully completed by 2020. The city will help diversify the oil-based economy of the kingdom by bringing direct foreign and domestic investments. The city also will help create up to one million jobs for the youthful population of the country, where 40% of the population are under 15.


City Components
Industrial Zone
The Industrial Zone is estimated to cover 63 million m². The 4,400 hectares of land will be dedicated to industrial and light manufacturing facilities - identified as key growth drivers for the Saudi economy - and can now host 2,700 industrial tenants. The jobs created estimated to be in industrial and light industries (330,000); research and development (150,000); business and office (200,000); services (115,000); hospitality (60,000) and education and community services (145,000). The "Plastics Valley" planned within the zone will use raw materials readily available in Saudi Arabia to produce high-end plastics used in automotive, biomedical, construction and food packaging industries.


Sea Port
The Sea Port is estimated to cover 13.8 million sq meters, it will be the largest in the region with a capacity of over 10 million*twenty-foot equivalent units*(TEU) of containers per year. The port will have facilities to handle cargo and dry bulk, and will be equipped to receive the world’s largest vessels. Another key component of the Port will be a custom-built Hajj Terminal with a capacity to handle up to 300,000 pilgrims on their way to Mecca and Medina, the holy Muslim cities.


Residential Areas
The residential area is planned to include 260,000 apartments and 56,000 villas. It will be divided into smaller residential, commercial, and recreational areas. Parks and green spaces will be used extensively throughout the residential area. The area is estimated to be home for around half a million residents, and another ten thousand tourists. Each district would feature its own public amenities, such as mosques, shops and recreational venues.


Sea Resort
The Resorts Area will be designed to feature services and amenities, hoping to draw both local and international tourists. Set to become a major destination on the map of Saudi Arabia and the map of the Middle East as a whole. It will include hotels, shopping centers and other recreational facilities. The number of hotel rooms and suites are proposed to be 25,000 hotel rooms in more than 120 hotels. Among the tourist draws at the resort is an 18-hole golf course, with training facilities and driving range. An equestrian club, yacht club and a range of water sports will also be constructed.


Educational Zone
The Educational Zone is a part of plan to bring the Saudis capabilities and aspirations in technology to globally competitive levels. The Educational Zone is planned to consist of multi-university campus flanked by two Research & Development parks. The multi-university campus is designed to accommodate 18,000 students, and a 7,500 faculty and staff members.


Central Business District
The Central Business District (CBD) is planned to offer 3.8 million m² of office space, hotels and mixed-use commercial space. The Financial Island, within the CBD, has now been doubled in area to cover 14 hectares of land, which will be the largest regional financial nerve center for the world’s leading banks, investment houses and insurance groups.





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Old December 8th, 2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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exciting projects, looks great
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Old December 8th, 2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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OK thats very clear we have DUBAI².


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Old December 8th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #4
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These massive projects baffle me. Who's gonna move there? Maybe me if they're offering jobs.
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Old December 9th, 2008, 04:30 AM   #5
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a lot of people are going to move there because of the great chance of finding work in an a new environment and business

Its the city of the future
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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:11 AM   #6
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Leetroy, are you in any of those pictures?
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Old December 9th, 2008, 06:42 PM   #7
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why
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Old December 9th, 2008, 07:09 PM   #8
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man... it is so gorgeous
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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:01 PM   #9
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Old and new Videos enjoy

The project

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=p4xj4SPOjtY

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=uhur1a_8eN

On Stage TelePresence demo to King of Saudi Arabia

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Old December 9th, 2008, 11:01 PM   #10
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Great project, I love it.
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good job leetory!
you should've told us about this in the Saudi Section!

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Old December 11th, 2008, 12:09 AM   #12
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thanx man
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Old December 11th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #13
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Fantastic. Urban planning wise its about a million times better than Dubai.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 02:12 AM   #14
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its certainly underrated
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Old December 12th, 2008, 02:50 AM   #16
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On Stage TelePresence demo to King of Saudi Arabia

am sorry there's no English trans but its all about Ciso showing the King the new tech in the city and its Telepresence the man is not real hes some where in the city and the boy is real and they use this tech mostly for teaching and stuff and by the way this city is going to have the fastest internet connection in the world and will be the first city in the world to use this kind of tech.


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Old December 12th, 2008, 04:24 AM   #17
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what happen to the 1000m building that was propose for this project ? they changed this project around alot, not as many tall buildings around it. but i do like seeing my favorite architect's work in this project.
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Nice Projects!
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Old December 12th, 2008, 04:47 AM   #19
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So pretty Ana abi an usafir ilas saudiyyah walakin ana mush muslim

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they will change all sands area with green area complete with CBD also commercial area..
will see 10 years later ....
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