Sports Boulevard Project

Sports Boulevard project is one of Riyadh’s Four Megaprojects launched by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, on 19 March 2019. The project will be a milestone that contributes to fulfilling a key goal of the Saudi Vision 2030 to promote Riyadh’s position among the world’s top 100 most livable cities.

The Sports Boulevard extends for 135 kms, across the city of Riyadh, connecting Wadi Hanifah valley in the West with Wadi Al Sulai valley in the East through Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Road. The Sports Boulevard features green pedestrian pathways, special routes for professional and amateur cyclists (135 and 85 kms respectively), and horse riding routes (123 kms).

Sports Boulevard Elemtns

Sports Boulevard Elemtns

 

The project also includes green areas and open spaces covering over 3.5 million square kilometers and they are entirely irrigated using recycled water. There will be a 20 square kilometer desert park, with event venues, plazas, outdoor museums and movie theaters. There will also be areas for investment, recreational and commercial activities. As part of the project, there will also be many landmarks and public artworks across the city of Riyadh.

Project Elements

Sports Boulevard project has 8 key components:

Hanifah Valley Zone

  • A total length of 29.5 km from Al Elb Dam in Historical Diriyah (north), to Al Madina Al Monawara Road (south)
  • This route will be dedicated to professional and amateur cyclists. It will also feature green pathways for pedestrians and horse riders.
  • It will be connected to a cyclist training center near the Diplomatic Quarter
  • It will have 13 stops along the valley route for a bike maintenance center, various coffee shops and retail outlets.

Art Zone

  • This will extend 3 km from King Khalid Road (west) and will have cultural, art and recreational facilities
  • There will be pedestrian, cycling and horse-riding paths, as well as sitting areas
  • There will also be a group of museums, libraries, studios, art forums, conference halls and locations set aside for investment.

Al Yasen Zone

  • It extends for 3.5 kms alongside Al Aysen valley, from Suwaid Bin Harthah Road to King Fahad Road (west).
  • It will have a water canal.
  • An open park with pedestrian pathways, bike paths, seating and potential investment areas. Al Aysen Zone will also be connected to King Abdullah Financial District through an elevated road

Recreational Zone

  • Set between King Fahad Road (west) and Othman Bin Affan Road, for 4 km.
  • It will have a 40-km long viaduct for professional cyclists, in addition to a ground track for amateur cyclists.
  • This zone will have a indoor and outdoor theaters and cinemas.
  • Locations to host events and interactive audio-visual shows
  • Many parks, gardens and open spaces equipped with a cooling system during the summer seas
  • Those elements will overlook business, residential and commercial facilities in addition to potential investment areas.

Sports Zone

  • It will extend from Othman Bin Affan Road to the Airport Road (East) for 5 kilometers
  • It has 60 sports sites, including: 16 football playgrounds, 18 covered playgrounds, 12 outdoors courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball in addition to a skating circle.
  • At the end of this zone, the course of the project will be connected via a side road with Princess Nora Nint Abdulrahman University.

The Sport Tower

  • The sport tower – a high rise building located inside the sports zone.
  • There will be many courts and training halls for different sports such as: running, golf, boxing, basketball, tennis, badminton, swimming, archery and ice hockey.
  • Lower floors will have a velodrome, including one underground, next to the tower.

Environmental Zone

  • It runs for 14 kms, from the Airport Road to the Al Janadriyah Road, along the Al Sulai valley.
  • This zone has an elevated route for professional cyclists and a ground route for amateur cyclists.
  • It features tracks for pedestrians and runners that will be connected to the adjacent neighborhoods.
  • Several educational centers will be established to educate the city residents on environment sustainability.
  • Residential complexes will also be built, along with retail outlets, coffee shops and restaurants.
  • There will be nurseries for seed development, agriculture products and organic foods production.

Al Sulai Valley Zone

  • The 53-km course of this zone will extend along Al Sulai Valley, from King Fahad Stadium in the South to Binban Park in the North
  • It will feature routes for professional cyclists, horse riding, and green pedestrian pathways
  • It will have 15 stations along the valley including: different coffee shops, retails outlets, and a bike maintenance center
  • Picnic and camping areas

Sand Dunes Park Zone

  • It will be situated in the sandy areas to the southeast of King Khaled International Airport, and cover over 20,000 square kilometers.
  • This park will have professional cycling paths
  • An equestrian center and horse-riding trails• It will be situated in the sandy areas to the southeast of King Khaled International Airport, and cover over 20,000 square kilometers.
  • This park will have professional cycling paths
  • An equestrian center and horse-riding trails
  • It will feature a Visitor Center, rest areas and gathering points for cyclists
  • A rural resort and different residential facilities.
  • A zoo spread over 5 square kilometers.
  • It will have a distinctive landmark – a curved cycling track in the shape of a flower, gradually rising 50 meters above ground, to allow cyclists to enjoy the impressive view from the top.

The Sports Boulevard project will feature many public facilities, including mosques, car parks, police stations, healthcare outlets, and social centers. It will also be connected to the Riyadh Metro network via three lines (Yellow Line, Purple Line, and Blue Line) and four stations, including the King Abdullah Financial District Station.

Sports Boulevard Website