Urban Planning and Management


What is the project about

This project has been designed to develop national capacities in delivering the objectives and priorities of the Saudi National Urban Spatial Strategy (NSS) as part of the mandate of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MOMRA). The overall national directions dictated by the Ninth Development Plan (2010-2014) and further policies in the Tenth Development Plan (2015-2019), with specific emphasis on balanced regional development among regions, diversification of the economic base and enhancement of the competitive capacities, are taken into consideration in the formulation of the outputs to be achieved by the completion of the project.

In 2001, and with substantive and technical assistance of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UNDESA), Saudi Arabia formulated its National Urban Spatial Strategy (NSS) as an effective tool to planning and managing urbanization over a time horizon of 25 years (2000-2025) with greater focus on sustainable development boosted by balanced regional planning and well-distributed corridors of growth for integrated growth centres (National, Regional, and Local).

The Government recognizes that updating the NSS to incorporate recent changes in the socio-economic development would certainly yield an optimal benefit if taken in a participatory process involving all sectors of the economy, including the private sector and the Civil Society Organizations.

This process of updating the NSS will create a balanced regional planning platform. The 13 regions of Saudi Arabia will contribute to the overall management of urbanization within the Kingdom.  


Project outcomes

The present 2-year project (for 2015-2016) is expected to deliver the following five outputs:

  1. Capacity development programmes designed and delivered for full implementation of the NSS objectives and priorities across sectors
  2. Measurements of progress in the achievement of the NSS objectives designed, applied and updated by all sectors through a sophisticated KPIs platform;
  3. The Spatial/Sectoral coordination with ministries and public agencies improved;
  4. Sectoral projects evaluated to check achievement of the NSS objectives and recommendations; and
  5. Advisory services provided to the Government in conducting relevant urban planning studies.


What have we accomplished so far

The national special strategy (NSS) has been fully updated to incorporate the recent socioeconomic development objectives as expressed in the recent national development plan.


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Project start date:

January 2015

Estimated end date:

December 2020

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Saudi Arabia

    Implementing partner:

    National Execution

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of Saudi Arabia
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $0

    2019 $607,728

    2018 $595,673

    2017 $823,763

    2016 $422,907

    2015 $139,651

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