Saudi Arabia road project to transform Aseer region

Saudi Arabia’s Aseer region is set to receive a major road infrastructure upgrade as part of the kingdom’s plan to transform the area into a top tourist destination. The Aseer Development Authority has partnered with the Public Transport Authority to launch the 321km project in 2024, connecting Greater Abha with other nearby cities, such as Abha, Khamis Mushait, and Ahad Rafidah. The project includes 13 routes, 196 stops, 55 buses, 150 drivers, and 18 hours of operation.

A working group has been established to carry out a feasibility study and ensure compatibility with the roads in Greater Abha city. The municipality of the region will be responsible for the project’s infrastructure, with operations overseen by the Transport Authority and ASDA. The aim is to improve connectivity in the region, making it easier for tourists to access popular destinations such as the Asir National Park and Abha Dam.

In line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the kingdom aims to emerge as a global tourism hub and the Aseer region is expected to play a significant role. In 2021, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a $13 billion tourism strategy aimed at attracting more than 10 million visitors by 2030. The region’s rich history and its location along the Red Sea make it a prime candidate for world-class tourism development.

Additionally, the King Abdulaziz Public Transport Project in Riyadh is set to begin operation in March 2023, offering metro lines, bus routes, and stops to the capital city’s residents and visitors. The ambitious project includes six metro lines, 84 metro stations, 80 bus routes, 2,860 bus stops, and 842 buses.

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