Royal Commission for AlUla shows design of first neighbourhood

Making AlUla a great place to live, work, and do business is at the core of our urban development plan for sustainable growth, a spokesperson said

Designs for the first model neighbourhood in AlUla have been unveiled by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU). The move is said to be part of the RCU’s efforts to sustainably develop AlUla County for residents.

As part of its vision, the RCU will provide over 700 units for residents to create an unrivaled destination for residents and visitors, providing a harmonious environment that connects people with nature and heritage, while supplying the vital services and facilities of daily life.

Designs for the new, integrated, model neighbourhood reflect the surrounding natural and cultural environment and creates a community lifestyle through use of available spaces between buildings, providing pedestrian paths, creating public areas, and increasing green spaces across interconnected sites, said the statement from the RCU.

In April 2021, the RCU confirmed $15bn worth of masterplan opportunities for PPPs and, in October 2021, the RCU signed masterplan partnerships with an AECOM and Egis-led consortium.

“Making AlUla a great place to live, work, and do business is at the core of our urban development plan for sustainable growth, which oversees the construction of green spaces, landscaped areas, retail zones as well as schools, medical centres and family homes that benefit the whole community. Lush green spaces and places to exercise and play are a key part of our urban development plan as we transform AlUla, enhance its livability and help to connect residents and visitors with the stunning natural surroundings,” said Moataz Kurdi, Chief of County Operations at RCU.

The commission promotes comprehensive sustainable development in a unique cultural and natural environment in the Kingdom’s north-west, transforming the region into a leading global destination as well as a great place to live and work as it continues to achieve its vision for AlUla in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, the statement said.

In recent weeks, the RCU said it received applications for building permits, as part of its ongoing sustainable urban development scheme in AlUla’s Sadr and AlUla Central. To date, the scheme is active in AlMahash and AlManshiah – key visitor hubs in AlUla.

In October 2022, AECOM opened a new office to support projects by the Royal Commission for AlUla.

The RCU said property owners who obtain building permits can access the AlUla Design Studio, which provides a range of new community services that will have a fundamental role in the urban development scheme.

The studio will provide models of architectural designs, enabling residents to choose the most appropriate for them as they build their properties in line with AlUla’s history, heritage, and unique aesthetics, the statement concluded.

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