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AECOM signs partnership to map out infrastructure of AlUla

Phase 1 of the $15-billion masterplan will focus on AlUla’s historic centre

American infrastructure consulting firm AECOM has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) that will accelerate the regeneration of AlUla as it moves from the planning stage to implementation, following the launch of its masterplan in April 2021.

The agreement sets out a comprehensive development timeline based around three phases leading up to 2035, with the $15-billion Phase 1 development focused on AlUla’s 20km core historical area. It incorporates social, economic and sustainability projects in five unique hubs with a focus on infrastructure, hospitality, arts and culture, as well as social and community development.

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Creating opportunities for the local community is a core aspect of AlUla’s development plan and AECOM’s approach. AECOM has invested in training 400 AlUla residents to achieve professional vocational qualifications and will provide additional professional skills development and knowledge transfer opportunities both for residents and those relocating to AlUla for work.

Both AECOM and RCU share a commitment to sustainability. AlUla’s Sustainability Charter aligns with AECOM’s Sustainable Legacies strategy, which ensures the work the company does in partnership with clients leaves a positive impact for years to come.

RCU chief executive officer Amr AlMadani said: “This new long-term strategic partnership with AECOM is critical to realising our ambition of creating a global benchmark for sustainable tourism. As we establish AlUla as an exciting business hub servicing the northwest Arabia region, we require world-class partners such as AECOM who share our desire to benefit the people of AlUla while creating unforgettable experiences for visitors.”

For more information, visit www.aecom.com

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