About Future Landscape & Public Realm KSA conference

Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program (NTP) and vision 2030 demonstrate an intention to engage with the private sector and to invite investment in real estate, mixed use developments and tourism. The Kingdom seeks to position itself as a premium regional hub for business partnerships. To enable them to compete with other international cities it is essential for landscape and public realm investment to be prioritised.

Landscape project investment is being made in Riyadh and Jeddah with a combination of streetscaping, hardscaping, softscaping, irrigation and drainage initiatives. The Riyadh Metro ($22.5 billion), King Abdullah Economic City ($27 billion), Jeddah Tower (US$1.23 billion), Jeddah Economic City (US$20 billion), Mayasem, all require landscaping and public realm investment. Future Landscape & Public Realm KSA include landscape experts from Cracknell, Saudi Diyar Consultants, ARUP, Khatib & Alami who support development of landscape projects for these key projects.

Future Landscape & Public Realm KSA 2017 will provide a platform for government project owners, planners and policy makers to interact with developers, landscape designers, urban planners, contractors and solution providers to address challenges and identify opportunities for improvement in KSA’s public realm. Project insight and planned investment will be presented to highlight opportunities for cooperation, innovation, technology and best practice.

Project figures and industry spend

  • The Riyadh Metro: The project includes 6 main metro lines and 85 stations. US$ 22.5 billion will be invested to complete this project. It is scheduled to start operation in 2018. This project requires landscaping and public realm investment in and around the stations.
  • King Abdullah Economic City: The project is located in Rabigh near the red sea. This mega project will span 168 million sqm and US$ 27 billion will be invested by Emaar - The Economic City. This project is under construction with a completion date of 2020 This mega project requires street-scaping, landscaping, hardscaping and water feature investment.
  • Jeddah Tower: This skyscraper has a budget of US$1.23 billion (SR4.6 billion), the first phase of  US$ 20 billion (SR75 billion) is currently under construction. This project will form a part of the Jeddah Economic City. Kingdom Holding Company is the project owner and developer. This project has requirements for street-scaping, landscaping and water features around its public areas.
  • Mayasem - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:  This project is located in Obhur Creek and covers 160-hectares. This project is developed by Shamayel and is a mixed use development combining excellence in urban planning and architectural design. Landscaping investment is an essential part of this project achieving its lifestyle and high quality standards.

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Did you know?

Did you know?

  • More than 80 megaprojects, each worth at least $1 billion, are underway or planned for completion by 2030 in Saudi Arabia
  • Riyadh Metro to complete its SR85 billion ($22.5 billion) metro system within three years
  • Riyadh Municipality revealed that the number of current standing projects in the region has reached 141 projects, with a total estimated value of SR7.47 billion
  • Riyadh Walk Project is valued at $320 million and will be covering an area of 137,000sqm with a 650m façade
  • The number of roads, bridges and tunnels projects in Riyadh have reached 80 with a total value that exceed SR5 billion
  • 17 Municipal facilities projects in Riyadh are valued at SR1.45 billion
  • 31 parks, footpaths and municipal yards projects are being build, they are valued at more than SR900 million
  • Riyadh Municipality started 13 lighting projects valued at SR190 million
  • The High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh gave priority to preserve and rehabilitate Wadi Hanifah (Hanifah Valley) due to its strategic location
  • Wadi Hanifah Environmental Rehabilitation Project comprised establishment of six open parks
  • King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Security Forces Medical Complexes are estimated at $6.7bn
  • Mayasem is a 160-hectare project located in Obhur, Saudi Arabia. It combines intelligent urban planning and stunning architecture
  • Jubail II industrial project is getting an $80 billion expansion



  • NETWORK with Saudi’s key decision makers and landscape designers
  • UNDERSTAND the importance of early project collaboration in developing a sustainable public realm
  • HEAR updates on the projects shaping the future of Riyadh public realm
  • GAIN competitive advantage in KSA’s landscape market


2017 Advisory Board

Fady Khalife

Senior Director, Cracknell

Hrvoje Cindric

Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup

Dr. Hazem Sabbagh

Principal-Design Director, Saudi Diyar Consultants

Marlon van Maastricht

Principal Landscape Architect, Arcadis

2017 Speakers

  • Hrvoje Cindric

    Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader

  • Dr. Hazem Sabbagh

    Principal-Design Director
    Saudi Diyar Consultants

  • Hani Bisada

    Senior Associate

  • Abdullah Addas

    Assistant Professor / Department of Landscape Architecture
    King Abdulaziz University

  • Eyad M. Fadul

    Senior Landscape Architect
    Dr. Nabil Abbas Architects – Consultant Office

  • Kamal Shahat

    Lead Landscape Architect
    DAR Al Riyadh E&A.

  • Mohamed Emad

    Senior Architect
    Freyssinet SA

  • John Rice

    Associate Technical Director- Landscape Architecture

  • Daniel Smith

    Principal Landscape Architect

  • David Smith

    Vice President Sales
    Landscape Structures Inc

  • Adnan Ahmed

    Sr. Arch. Lighting Designer

  • Davide Corsini

    MIRAGE Granito Ceramico S.p.a

  • Ahmad El Sherbieny

    Utility Manager
    Zaid Alhussain Group

  • Abdulrahman Gazzaz


  • Muhammad Abdullah Quadri

    Senior Architect

2017 Sponsors, Media Partners and Supporters

Silver Sponsor
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The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

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