An incredible seven-mile-long canal will be the urban oasis for 130,000 people in Saudi Arabia.
Marafy is the kingdom’s latest megalomaniacal project, promising an iconic waterfront promenade similar to that of central London.
ROSHN Group announced the project in August, which will be developed in the city of Jeddah.
Marafy will be the first artificial canal to be built in Saudi Arabia.
The developers promise it will create a waterfront promenade comparable in size to those of Chicago, Stockholm, Hamburg and central London.
The idea is to bring the marine environment into the heart of a historic city that has welcomed traders, travelers and pilgrims for centuries. Al Arabiya Reports.
The seven-mile-long, 328-foot-wide urban waterway will connect and expand Obhur Creek and be surrounded by several unique districts.
The project aims to breathe new life into Jeddah and create an urban water corridor connecting homes and communities with nature and commerce.
The project’s facades will be inspired by the historical designs of the Jeddah region, but with a contemporary twist.
The various waterfront districts will be connected to each other and to the rest of Jeddah through an intermodal transportation system including water taxis, buses and subways.
It will also include a direct canal connection to King Abdulaziz International Airport.
“Marafy will transform the real estate development sector, raising the bar for development in the region, improving quality of life and having a huge impact on Jeddah,” said David Grover, CEO of ROSHN Group.
“It is one of the iconic projects that will put Jeddah on the map as a world-class tourist destination and is one of the contributions to achieving the VISION 2030 goals of creating a vibrant community and a thriving economy.”
Saudi Vision 2030 is a government program launched by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2016.
The aim is to achieve the goal of greater economic, social and cultural diversification in line with the vision of Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman.
How much the project will cost is not yet known.
Elsewhere in Saudi Arabia, the $1 trillion futuristic megacity Neom has announced its latest groundbreaking development.
Project leaders say they plan to build a stunning hotel complex called Leyja, carved into the walls of a vast gorge.
Leyja will be part of Neom – a plan launched by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the desert kingdom.
The project’s directors claim that it will open its doors to tourists in 2024 – although it has not yet been built.
The ambitious project – based in Saudi Arabia – aims to end the country’s dependence on oil wealth and pave the way to a more sustainable future.
The city will stretch across 170 kilometers of desert and will be called “The Line” because it will be “land-saving” just 200 meters wide.
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According to the designers, the city’s exciting features will include an artificial moon, flying taxis and robotic security – to name just a few of the amazing aspects.