Knowledge Economic City, Saudi Arabia, Asia
Year2006latitude: 24° 28'
longitude: 39° 36'
Initiator(s)Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)
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Target population150,000
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Masterplan for KEC

The “Economic Gateway” to Madinah
Knowledge Economic City (KEC) is aimed to serve Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification strategy and reviving Madinah’s role as a center for the Islamic knowledge and a global knowledge and culture center. Moreover, to elevate the quality of life and economic prosperity of Madina’s unique assets to create more jobs, improved visiting experiences, more businesses, and lifestyle opportunities.

The “Opportunities Gateway” to Madinah
KEC is a 4.8 million sqm zone located only 5 km from the holy mosque on the main axis connecting the airport, train station with the holy mosque providing numerous investment and development opportunities across all the sectors through commercial, residential, educational, and hospitality projects that will enable KEC to be a knowledge industries hub and enabler .

Accessibility and Uniqueness of Location
KEC enjoys a unique location on the eastern side of Madinah, and is within the holy zone. The site is split in the middle by King Abdulaziz road, a main 100m wide axis that links it directly to the underground parking and bus loading facilities of the holy mosque. KEC is also well connected to all the major highway and arterial road networks in Madinah such as the 2nd and 3rd ring-roads, the new airport road and Al-Jameaat road. The site is only 5km away from the holy mosque, 8km from the International Airport, while the Haramain high-speed railway station is conveniently located on the eastern side of KEC. In addition, the government is planning for a public transport solution that will connect the train station, KEC and the holy mosque- to become the most efficient access for visitors and residents alike.


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