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Riyadh’s Mayor issues directive for KSA captial’s commercial centres and compounds to go green

Compounds and commercial centres in the Saudi capital told to plant trees in their parking areas as part of a move aimed to increase green areas in the city

Riyadh’s Mayor Prince Faisal bin Abdul Aziz bin Ayyaf has instructed compounds and commercial centres in the Saudi capital to plant trees in their parking areas as part of a move aimed to increase green areas in the city, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and National Transformation Programme.

According to a report by the Saudi Gazette, Prince Faisal said that the new regulation for planting trees in parking lots would be issued within two weeks. He also stated that a massive plan has been initiated, under which Riyadh will go absolutely green, with the planting of 7.5 million trees in the coming years, allowing the Saudi capital to rank amongst the top 100 cities of the world.

Last year, King Salman, Saudi Arabia’s monarch, launched the Green Riyadh project, one of four grand projects chaired by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. The Green Riyadh project will contribute towards increasing the per capita share of green space and raise total green spaces through planting trees around all city facilities as well as in all its governorates.

“There should be an emphasis on the plantation of the trees that provide wide-spreading canopies, consume minimum water and are suitable to climatic conditions of the capital,” said Riyadh’s mayor.

He also emphasised that the private sector is a strategic partner in implementing the qualitative initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life and services provided to the residents of the city.

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