A four-day event showcasing the urban, environmental, transportation, social and economic development of Saudi Arabia’s capital city.


                          H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz

                          Chairman, Arriyadh Development Authority


Riyadh was the starting point for late King Abdulaziz’s journey to unify the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and lead it towards tremendous growth. This is how Riyadh became the capital city of a modern nation, and a witness of a new era. An era where the Kingdom not only established a new government structure, but underwent massive growth. Today, the Kingdom continues to progress –thanks to Almighty Allah- achieving great developments across many sectors.

For six decades, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, led the city of Riyadh through a developmental journey. He, with Allah’ support, led a futuristic vision depending on highly-competent and capable institutions and strategic plans to transform Riyadh into a global metropolis; keeping in pace with the Kingdom’s political and economic status in the world.

Riyadh became a meeting ground, where people from different cultures work harmoniously together and interact with the city’s true identity and tolerant Islamic culture.  As the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is a global player and an international trade center. In addition, it is a young city, where half of its residents are ambitious young people aspiring to contribute to their society, while maintaining their values and principles.

Riyadh is an urban experiment that has accomplished a significant number of achievements, thanks to Almighty Allah, and aspires to benefit from global knowledge-based exchange and the expertise of its multicultural residents.  As a model for urban development in a limited resources environment, the Arriyadh Development Authority is pleased to share the insights and successes of Riyadh’s development during this unique series of events at the United Nations (UN) called A Day in Riaydh.

The A Day in Riyadh workshops and interactive exhibit at the UN will allow attendees to truly experience how Riyadh has become one of the world’s most attractive cities for investment, while preserving its heritage and culture.



Riyadh: Planning for People
Tuesday, September 27

Lyndsey Neilson discusses MEDSTAR, the city's strategic plan for the future

The first workshop for A Day in Riyadh was on Planning for the People. Dr. Ahmad Alsaif, Former Deputy Minister of Higher Education, served as the workshop's moderator. Dr. Faisal Al Mubarak, the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at King Faisal University, gave the keynote speech on Riyadh's history of planning, their current MEDSTAR strategic plan & their focus on representative urban planning for the people.

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Riyadh: A Sustainable and People-Friendly City
Wednesday, September 28

More than ever before, it is now recognized that urban environments must have green space and places for residents to go beyond the streets where they live and work in order to have a full, enjoyable life. That was one of the issues explored at “A Sustainable and People Friendly City,” Wednesday’s workshop at A Day in Riyadh.

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Riyadh: On the Move
Thursday, September 29

Workshop attendees an experience a day in Riyadh for themselves with our virtual reality goggles.

A city is often judged by its transportation since it's one of the first things a visitor experiences. With this in mind, the panel of experts on Thursday's workshop explored the topic of public transportation in Riyadh. The panel, moderated by Eng. Khalid Al Hogail, the CEO of the Saudi Public Transport Company, focused on Riyadh's ambitious public transportation project, the King Abdulaziz Project for Riyadh Public Transport.

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Riyadh: Development of Civilizations & Social Partnerships
Friday, September 30

The last workshop of A Day in Riyadh was a special two-part session focusing on the development of civilization and social & intellectual partnerships in the city.  Dr. Ihsan A. Bu-Hulaiga, an economist & former member of Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, served as the moderator. The first half of the workshop focused on the city's architectural growth.

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