Future Saudi Cities Programme

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Problem Statement

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing a rapidly growing urbanization due to demographic, social and economic growth in the country that resulted in an increase in the number of cities to reach 285 Cities in the year 2014.

Support provided by UN-Habitat

The Future Saudi Cities Program (FSCP) contributes to developing a new vision and a strategic planning framework for a sustainable urban future in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that follows international standards and fully aligned with the Municipalities New Strategy. The improvement of urban planning and design as well as the effective implementation of urban plans’ outcomes by local authorities and coordinated line ministries is the focus of the FSCP. This will be achieved through a three pronged approach building on i) the promotion of high quality urban design supported by practical implementation strategies incorporating, ii) economic and financial tools and iii) effective legal and institutional structures. The goal is to have prosperous cities that are productive, equitable, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable, with adequate efficient infrastructure and providing a high quality of life.


As of end 2017, Buraydah, Riyadh and Damman cities prepared detailed city economic and financial profiles. These profiles cover urban development pattern and trend, productive economic activities, municipal finance, legal and legislative framework, and underlying socio-political trend that cuts across all the Kingdom. Each city profile contains a set of recommendations to direct the ongoing urban development to become more productive, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.

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