The Waterfront Project will comprise a marina, open green spaces and pedestrian overpasses.

Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Jeddah Historic district’s Waterfront Project, which will see the construction of a marina for luxury yachts as well as creation of open green spaces and pedestrian overpasses.

To be implemented in three phases, the project is part of the larger Jeddah Historical Rejuvenation Project, launched in September 2021 by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

Lauding HRH the Crown Prince’s efforts to preserve, restore and rejuvenate historic sites, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud, the Minister of Culture, said the two-year project will reconnect the Red Sea with Al Balad – downtown Jeddah’s popular moniker – and vitalise the historic Al Bunt Port.

During Phase One, sections of the waterfront that had previously been filled decades prior to accommodate the city’s urban expansion would be carved out once more. In Phase Two, Lake Al Arbaeen’s water would be treated and purified, leading up to the final phase, which will see the development of a luxury yacht marina as well as public utilities to round off Al Balad’s sustainable urban structure.

“The redeveloped waterfront will be constructed in line with high and sustainable standards, and feature cultural, historical, and environmental themes from across Al Balad,” stated Prince Badr.

The project aims to transform Al Balad area into a world-class tourist and cultural destination, he added.