Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has announced that it has completed a study on land use in the capital city Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted with the help of satellite images, focused on the size of unused land, land under development as well as unexplored land and rest houses, which accounted for half of the total land area in and around the capital.
According to the study, land used in the city’s developed areas accounted for 29 percent, followed by agricultural land at 19 percent. Recreational use came in third at 10 percent, while land for government services accounted for one percent. Land designated for commercial use and professional services increased to 21 percent while land for cultural, health and cemetery use had decreased, according to the study.
The study indicated that the built area of land in Riyadh, particularly in the north of the city, had reached 176 sq km, up 16.8 percent compared to 2005. The study was conducted to update records on the extent of land used in planning. It also aims to determine architectural trends in the city last year.
Source: Arab News