Caption: The 334 square km city will be built southwest of Riyadh - SPA

Manama: Saudi Arabia’ largest entertainment, cultural and sports city will be built in Al Qidiya, southwest of the Saudi capital Riyadh, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Investment Fund, announced on Saturday.

The city, the first of its kind in the world, will be built over an area of 334 square kilometres. It will also have a major safari area.

Prince Mohammad said that this city will become a prominent cultural landmark and an important centre for meeting the recreational, cultural and social needs of the future generations in the kingdom, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Prince Salman said the most ambitious project comes within the framework of plans to support Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 by creating quality and distinctive investments at home in order to serve the country and the citizens.

It will also contribute to diversify the sources of national income, boost Saudi economy and create more employment opportunities for young people.

Prince Salman said that the Public Investment Fund is the main investor in the project, along with a number of local and international investors. The project will boost the country’s position as an important international centre in attracting foreign investments.

The foundation stone of the project is scheduled to be laid early next year and its first phase will be opened in in 2022.

The city will make a qualitative leap in raising the standard of services in Riyadh and give it a major boost to become one of the top 100 cities for living in the world, Prince Mohammad said.

Prince Salman said the project will not only provide entertaiment, fun and joy to the visitors, it will also give them an opportunity live harmoniously in a city built according international standards.

An entertainment city likely to be built by the Six Flags to be one of the main attractions of the project.