King Salman launches $23 billion entertainment projects in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has launched four entertainment projects in the capital Riyadh, together worth $23 billion (86 billion riyals), state television reported on Tuesday.

The projects include a park, a sports track, and an art center.

Through establishing the largest urban garden in the world, the park project aims to increase the per capita share of green space in Riyadh by 16 times, where more than 7.5 million trees will be planted throughout the city of Riyadh.

The art center is set to include cultural and artistic institutions such as museums, theaters, and galleries, in hopes of transforming Riyadh into an “open exhibition” hosting the works of 1,000 local and international artists.

The sports track will connect the city from east to west, extending for 135 kilometers, and will include cycling and horseback riding tracks, in addition to jogging tracks and sports and cultural centers.

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