HR&A advises on new city development in Saudi Arabia


As a subcontractor to Atkins, one of the largest international engineering firms, HR&A is advising the Saudia Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and its affiliated Economic Cities Authority (ECA) on the development of four new cities in Saudi Arabia. These include King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), a new mixed-use development about 90 km north of the major Red Sea port city of Jeddah. The master plan includes a new deep-water port, a major central business district, and numerous residential, commercial and industrial components, to meet the Kingdom’s goals for creating jobs and catalyzing foreign investment, global trade, commerce and industry. When complete, the 168 million square meter development will be home to 2 million residents. The project is being developed by Emaar, one of the world’s largest international construction and development companies.


HR&A is assisting SAGIA and ECA to design and implement an orgnizational structure for efficiently managing governmental development review and permit process for KAEC and the other three Economic Cities, and advising on various KAEC master plan implementation issues, including coastal resource and coastal access protection strategies.