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Saudi Arabia to build world’s first ‘non-profit city’

by Liam Turner
CGI rendering of Saudi Arabia's 'Non Profit City'

Saudi Arabia has laid out plans to create the first ‘non-profit city’ in the world.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, says Non Profit City will serve as a model for the development of the non-profit sector globally and an incubator for youth and volunteer groups – as well as local and international non-profit institutions.

It will be developed on land in the Irqah neighborhood, adjacent to Wadi Hanifa, on an area of around 3.4 sq km.

The city’s masterplan embodies a human-centered, advanced digital metropolis designed to be sustainable and pedestrian-friendly.

It will allocate more than 44% of the total area for green open spaces to promoting sustainable development.

Announcing the project, Prince Mohammed said: “This will be the first non-profit city of its kind, which will contribute to achieving the goals of Mohammed bin Salman Misk Foundation in supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, and qualifying future leaders by defining non-profit work in its internal operational concept and in terms of opportunities and youth training programmes it will provide.”

“In addition, the project will provide services that contribute to creating an attractive environment for all beneficiaries of the city’s offerings.”

Non Profit City is set to utilise digital twin technology and host academies, colleges, ‘Misk Schools’, a conference center, and a science museum.

It will also provide a creative centre offering a space to support the ambitions of innovators in sciences and new generation technology such as AI, IoT, and Robotics.

Further, the city will feature an arts academy and arts gallery, performing art theatre, play area, cooking academy, and an integrated residential complex.

Details surrounding development phases and progress of the new city are set to be announced in the coming months.

Image: CGI rendering of Saudi Arabia’s Non Profit City

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