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Saudi Arabia Integrated Transportation Urban Plan

Reflecting the aims of Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Plan, IBI Group will assist local ministries in implementing a select number of pilot projects to strengthen transportation, land use planning and traffic management strategies across the country.

Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MoMRA)
National, Saudi Arabia
Ongoing Status

With rising urban populations and concerns about Saudi’s environmental and social stability, the government is implementing a National Transformation Program, part of which includes a number of pilot projects to demonstrate and implement best practice transportation, land use planning and traffic management strategies. IBI Group will assist local ministries in implementing these pilot projects, which together form the Integrated Transportation Urban Plan (ITUP).

While a number of plans already exist in key urban areas, there are significant inconsistencies in the way transportation facilities are planned, programmed and delivered. The key objective of this plan is to identify critical actions, including institutional reforms, that will result in closer integration between urban and transport planning functions across Saudi Arabia.

IBI Group developed the following Five Pillars that will serve as the basis for this ITUP:

  • National Growth Centres – Confirming the respective roles of five main cities as mobility hubs, national gateways and ensuring connections between them are appropriate.
  • Regional Connectivity – The next spatial level down addresses connections at the regional level, ensuring efficiency and equity through strengthened links between cities, towns and villages.
  • Urban Form – Reinforcing that a city’s size, shape, density and existing infrastructure play a critical role in achieving balanced transportation and urban planning outcomes.
  • Resilient Communities – At the finest spatial level, the neighbourhood, the main aim is to encourage resilient communities, prioritizing physical space for the most efficient travel modes, providing people-centric public realm, and embedding smart city technology throughout major urban areas.
  • Function – Knowing all design solutions need to be context-sensitive and fit within the needs of the community at hand.

The ITUP is concerned with improving the level of integration between urban planning, human activities, the transport systems connecting those locations, and the management of those systems at the city level.

A new mobile ecosystem is changing the way we interact with and move throughout our cities. Bringing IBI’s 45+ years of global experience in transportation and land use planning, we are helping Saudi Arabia implement best practices to connect, unite and grow the country.

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Dr. Muhammad A. Mustafa

Director, MENA (Middle East Northern Africa)
Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

Dr. Muhammad A. Mustafa has steadily grown his reputation at IBI Group over the last 18 years. He is the Project Manager for the cities of Jeddah and Al Madinah travel model and Public Transport systems design, the Arriyadh comprehensive public transport plan and the electronic tolling for Attiki Odos the ring road in Athens, Greece and led the integration of multi-application smart card systems project in Europe, under the e-Europe program.

Mustafa has provided consulting services to the European Commission on funding ITS projects and proposals since 1998 and is the Technical Manager of the IMS Project, a Canadian initiative funded by the Federal government for the implementation of multi-modal and multi-application smart card systems since 1999.

Zain Ali

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Transportation Engineering
Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

Zain Ali has over ten years of experience specializing in the areas transportation planning, traffic engineering, safety and geometric design combined with extensive experience in urban and landscape planning. He has managed and led a wide variety of long-range and multi-modal transportation projects related to public transit planning, transportation master planning, travel demand modelling, traffic simulation modelling, transportation assessments and parking, both in Canada and in the Middle East. Zain brings a keen eye for devising ‘balanced’ transportation solution considering transportation-land use integration to create attractive, liveable and sustainable built-environments. Being an avid supporter of active transportation modes, Zain is actively involved in a wide-range of multi-modal mega development projects promoting context-sensitive design solutions across the Middle East region. Zain is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada as well as in UAE and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).