Conceived as part of the overall economic diversification program and located north of Riyadh, King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) consists of a 3.5 million sq. m. site. The aim of KAFD is to create a new financial district in which business and recreational activities are integrated, and where Islamic traditions are combined with modern technology. The development includes offices, hotels, residential units, shops and cultural entertainment facilities, all centered on a “wadi”, a landscaped pedestrian route which weaves through and unifies the entire district.
The Master plan provided for a fully integrated public transport system which connects the 55,000 workplaces and various areas within the district by means of a six-station MONORAIL system. All buildings and stations are integrated with the public areas and remote parking facilities, and are linked by a self-sustained air-conditioned skywalk system above street level.