Sustainability

Qiddiya proudly embraces the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, a key tenant of which is achieving environmental sustainability. Qiddiya recognizes our connection to the natural systems we depend on, and we honor our responsibility to protect and preserve what has traditionally been formative to the lives of Saudis.

Positioned at the heart of the Tuwaiq Escarpment Environmental Reserve, Qiddiya is majestically surrounded by the beauty, strength and fragility of its unique environment. Qiddiya sustainability is deeply rooted in the stewardship of our site’s stunning natural systems and native habitat.

Qiddiya fosters an ethic of environmental sustainability. We believe that responsible asset design, construction and operational management will improve the quality of life and well-being for both present and future generations of Qiddiya’s guests and residents.

To facilitate achievement of Saudi Vision 2030 environmental sustainability compliance Qiddiya will:

  • Ensure compliance with all Kingdom of Saudi Arabia environmental sustainability regulations, policies and the international conventions and protocols that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has adopted.

  • Optimize our water consumption through the use of treated water sources, using best in class water efficiency systems and technologies.

  • Encourage ownership in meeting Vision 2030 environmental sustainability goals at all levels of the organization.

  • Use best-practice sustainability strategies for minimization and mitigation of pollutant emissions to land, water and air.

  • Minimize land degradation, enhance biodiversity, and engage in resource conservation management.

  • Encourage selection of sustainable materials that conserve natural resources, preserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental conditions throughout the community’s constructed facilities.

  • Develop a comprehensive waste management plan with a focus on optimized recycling practices during design, construction and future operations.

  • Incorporate Qiddiya minimum requirements into our Master Community Charter to inform developers, operators and other stakeholders of their responsibilities for achieving Qiddiya Vision 2030 Environmental Sustainability.

Qiddiya Environmental Sustainability Focus

Beyond the remit of Saudi Vision 2030 and its incumbent obligations, Qiddiya will leverage our responsibility as enlightened corporate citizens to take advantage of positive environmental opportunities that are inherently beneficial to our guests and residents and to the unique aspects of Qiddiya that make it an attractive destination for them. Qiddiya’s environmental sustainability management practices will have special focus on the following areas:

BIODIVERSITY

Abundant, healthy site biodiversity increases our guests’ and residents’ recreational experience, their sense of mental well-being, and appreciation of the natural environment. Qiddiya will, wherever possible, promote and emphasize the ethical use of water-efficient, saline tolerant, native vegetation and adaptive plant species. Qiddiya will also endeavor to create and maintain the right environment to attract indigenous animals, insects and birds. Qiddiya will steward our soil health and productivity, conserving water, preventing erosion, and reducing the need for fertilizers. This, in turn, will further help to preserve the site’s unique biodiversity.

MICROCLIMATE
CREATION

Through creation of an optimized microclimate, Qiddiya will feature an enhanced pedestrian experience, enabling and encouraging walking and cycling. This will minimize the use of mechanical transportation and its related energy consumption. Qiddiya aims to maximize thermal comfort without consuming excessive energy for the public realm, buildings, and infrastructure components of our project. To enhance a pleasant microclimate, we will make practical use of vegetation and sustainable design strategies such as shading devices, strategic building massing and orientation, and the use of materials with high solar reflectance.

WASTE
MANAGEMENT

At Qiddiya waste materials have potential value. We will endeavor to create an ethos of minimizing wastage and maximizing reuse with such efforts as implementing lean design, construction and operational waste reduction strategies, material reuse and recycling. Where materials cannot be reused or recycled, they will be given legal disposal to a government-approved municipal solid waste facility.

WATER RESOURCE
OPTIMIZATION

Through creation of an optimized microclimate, Qiddiya will feature an enhanced pedestrian experience, enabling and encouraging walking and cycling. This will minimize the use of mechanical transportation and its related energy consumption. Qiddiya aims to maximize thermal comfort without consuming excessive energy for the public realm, buildings, and infrastructure components of our project. To enhance a pleasant microclimate, we will make practical use of vegetation and sustainable design strategies such as shading devices, strategic building massing and orientation, and the use of materials with high solar reflectance.