The Al Aredh National Park is a government-backed initiative to address the growing demand for open space and leisure opportunities in Riyadh. The proposal seeks to build on the ongoing success of the Wadi Hanifah development to create a protected landscape covering 4,100 sqkm.
The park is extremely rich in biodiversity, with 10% of the total number of plant species in Saudi Arabia contained within its boundaries. It also possesses an area of escarpment where dry and tropical weather acacia trees meet – believed to be the only place in the world where this occurs.
- The creation of a 4,100 sqkm protected landscape
- features 10% of the total number of plant species in Saudi Arabia
Al Aredh National Park is being created to celebrate the unique and little-explored natural landscape on the city of Riyadh’s doorstep. The park will welcome visitors from across Saudi Arabia and beyond, offering a wealth of opportunities to discover, enjoy and learn about the spectacular environment and the rich cultural history it holds.
The park is expected to boost local tourism and employment as well as to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of those living in and around Riyadh. Visitors will be encouraged to camp and picnic in the park and take part in a wealth of outdoor leisure activities including hiking, rock climbing and camel riding.