Support to Riyadh Urban Observatory

This project (2016-2018) has been designed to lend technical and substantive assistance to Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) in maintaining the services of the Riyadh Urban Observatory and extending its products and services to all sectors of the economy in the Riyadh city.  In the previous phase of this project (2012-2015), ADA had established a comprehensive database, collating data from 75 sectors in Riyadh city, to ultimately produce 80 urban indicators (out of which, 42 are the global UN-Habitat; and the remaining 38 are Riyadh-specific).

In the next 2 years, the project is expected to achieve three key outputs: 1) Institutional and individual capacity developed for sustained updating of the Riyadh Urban Observatory database; 2) Consensus built around policy implications of urban indicators across sectors of the economy; and 3) Advisory services provided to enable ADA to expand urban indicators from the city-level to the region-level. These outputs are conceived to pave the way for a paradigm shift in promotion of the evidence-based decision-making at the sectoral level. In this respect, the urban observatory database will be boosted by the GIS. Meanwhile, ADA will get prepared for the measurement of the City Prosperity Index (CPI) of Riyadh within the framework of a national program, which is presently in implementation by MOMRA, UN-Habitat and UNDP.

Support to Riyadh Urban Observatory Project Document



Project start date:

July 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Saudi Arabia

    Implementing partner:

    National Execution

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of Saudi Arabia
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $0

    2020 $120,865

    2019 $57,084

    2018 $60,790

    2017 $216,010

    2016 $0

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