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Saudi Arabia National Spatial Strategy & Planning Act

IBI Group has been retained by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MoMRA) to review the current planning regulations and standards, and develop a National Spatial Strategy (NSS) and Planning Act for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As part of the National Transformation Program, the NSS will guide a fully-fledged strategy for all of its urban policies across the country.

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

Supporting Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s Vision 2030, the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) & Planning Act will help Saudi Arabia move away from oil and towards modernization and diversification as part of its National Transformation Program. This spatial framework is an ambitious, yet achievable, blueprint that will reshape the entire country, border to border, and guide all of its future growth.

Part of the plan will involve and integrate key Saudi agencies, strengthening the coordination between urban development and transportation planning groups on all levels. Led by IBI Group, the Strategy was built through five months of stakeholder engagement, including 50 meetings and 20 workshops. Its policy objectives include creating a high quality of life by creating livable, safe and walkable communities through preserving natural and cultural heritage, while supporting growth and development in all regions and rural areas.

The NSS outlines new methods for a global context, understanding Saudi Arabia’s governance model & opportunities for dialogue, enabling the transition, guiding spatial development by investment & delivery, and finally monitoring this change and evaluating the process.

In addition to the National Spatial Strategy & Planning Act, IBI Group has also been retained to develop a sister study for Saudi Arabia’s Integrated Transportation Urban Plan (ITUP) to further support the National Transformation Program and Vision 2030.

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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.

Trevor McIntyre

Global Director - Placemaking + International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.

Stelios Pelantakis

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Land Engineering
Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE

Stelios Pelantakis counts over 22 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Since joining IBI Group in 2000 he has worked for projects in Greece, UK, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Stelios is Practice Lead for Land Engineering projects in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

Walid Bakhos

Associate | Manager, Planning
Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE