Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Economic and Development Council, announced the launch of the “Revitalizing Historic Jeddah” project as part of the Jeddah Historic Development Program , which aims to develop the living space in the region to be an attractive center for businesses and projects, culture and a prime destination for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The project fits into the context of the Crown Prince’s enthusiasm and interest in preserving, preserving and rehabilitating historic sites, in order to achieve the Vision 2030 goals and reflect the Arab and Islamic depth of the Kingdom as one of the most important pillars of the vision.
The project will highlight the heritage landmarks in thearea, in what is an unparalleled historic site in the Kingdom, in what it contains: more than 600 historical buildings, 36 historical mosques, 5 main historical markets, together with ancient corridors and squares and sites with important historical significance. Like the old waterfront, which used to be an important route for pilgrims, and which the project will rebuild to tell visitors to historic Jeddah the great story of pilgrimage from the dawn of Islam, according to the Saudi news agency “SPA”.
The work on the project extends to 15 years, during which Historic Jeddah will develop according to several tracks, between infrastructures and services, developing natural and environmental fields, improving the quality of life and improving urban aspects, with the aim of making Historic Jeddah an inspiring site in the region and a global front for the Kingdom by investing its heritage sites and its unique cultural and urban elements to build aarea of vibrant life in where the possibilities of creativity are available to its residents and visitors, based on a modern vision of urban planning in to which the concept of natural conservation and the need to harmonize it with human needs and catalysts for the spontaneous growth of creativity, make it an incubator of creativity where Saudi entrepreneurs and artists meet within a creative creative community, in an environment in where elements of national heritage and nature shine with contemporary engineering projects.
The project aims to create an integrated environment in historic Jeddah that has multiple natural components, including 5km of developed waterfronts, green spaces and open gardens covering 15% of thearea total of Jeddah Al-Balad and within thearea 2.5 sq km project The project will benefit from these natural components by converting them in Elements that support a sustainable healthy environment in which the cause of environmental pollution are absent.
The new conception of historical Jeddah takes into account its value in the context of human history, as an important meeting point of people, trade and culture since it was founded in the third century BC as a fishing site, passing through pivotal growth centers that have given is a major presence in the history of the region, especially after the establishment of a major seaport during the reign of Caliph Othman bin Affan, which was transformed during the reign of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into the Islamic port of Jeddah in 1970 AD, giving historic Jeddah an opportunity to grow and develop outside the old city walls, eventually becoming eligible for registration on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014.
The “Revitalizing Historic Jeddah” project represents an important aspect of the efforts of the Jeddah Historical Development Program to invest the history, cultural and urban elements of the region and transform them in economic tributaries that contribute to the growth of the domestic product and achieve the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030, and also reflects part of the orientation of the Kingdom towards the achievement of sustainable development In all Saudi regions and cities, through urban development projects respectful of the environment, there are natural incubators for creative production and attractive places in to live and work, to contribute to economic growth.
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