Riyadh (/rɨˈjɑːd/; Arabic: الرياض ar-RiyāḍNajdi pronunciation: [er.rɪˈjɑːdˤ], is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Najd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to 5.7 million people, and the urban centre of a region with a population of close to 7.3million people.
The city is divided into 15 municipal districts, managed by Riyadh Municipality headed by the mayor of Riyadh, and the Riyadh Development Authority, chaired by the governor of Riyadh Province, Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud. The current mayor of Riyadh is Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Almogbel, appointed in 2012. Riyadh has the largest all-female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University. It has been designated a global city.
During the Pre-Islamic era the city at the site was called Hajr (Arabic:حجر), and was reportedly founded by the tribe of Banu Hanifa. Hajr served as the capital of the province of Al Yamamah, whose governors were responsible for most of central and eastern Arabia during the Umayyad and Abbasid eras. Al-Yamamah broke away from the Abbasid Empire in 866 and the area fell under the rule of the Ukhaydhirites, who moved the capital from Hajr to nearby Al Kharj. The city then went into a long period of decline. In the 14th century, North African traveller Ibn Battuta wrote of his visit to Hajr, describing it as "the main city of Al-Yamamah, and its name is Hajr". Ibn Battuta goes on to describe it as a city of canals and trees with most of its inhabitants belonging to Bani Hanifa, and reports that he continued on with their leader to Mecca to perform the Hajj.
RIYADH. At the first Future Investment Initiative (FII) forum in Riyadh in 2017, one of the attending billionaire entrepreneurs urged Saudi Arabia, then just embarking on the Vision 2030 strategy of transformation, to follow the example of Nike and “just do it.” ... The FII has “just done it,” and will do it again in Riyadh starting on Tuesday.
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RIYADH. Wa’ed, the entrepreneurship arm of Saudi Aramco, has boosted its investment in a digital mapping and indoor navigation startup in a bid to help it expand globally ... The company also won a SR1.2 million ($320,000) contract for digital mapping services at the SaudiMinistry of Education’s 200,000 square-meter headquarters in Riyadh.
"We look forward to breaking ground on this exciting project in Q4 this year, bringing us closer to ensuring Riyadh takes its position on the global map as a top 10 city destination and to unlocking future foreign direct investment by acting as a landmark global development.”.
"We look forward to breaking ground on this exciting project in Q4 this year, bringing us closer to ensuring Riyadh takes its position on the global map as a top 10 city destination and to unlocking future foreign direct investment by acting as a landmark global development," he added.
The crown prince’s vision did not neglect the development of Riyadh, but rather set a vision for it to become one of the ten largest economic cities in the world, and one of the forty largest global economies as a city, which will place it on the map of major global cities ...
The scale of the vision for the future development of Riyadh — unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman at last month’s Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference — is mind-boggling ... A Riyadh street in 1937 ... An image of Riyadh from last year ... A detailed road map for the transformation of Riyadh is currently being prepared.
The sovereign fund is central to Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification plans embodied in the Vision 2030 transformation road map. Riyadh plans to deposit proceeds from the kingdom’s privatisation of state assets, estimated to yield $200bn, and the eventual 5 per cent sale of Saudi Aramco that will generate about $100bn, into PIF's coffers.