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Esri and ROSHN to bring geospatial technology to Saudi Arabia


ROSHN, the national real estate developer of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, backed by the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), supports the government’s efforts to increase homeownership rates while providing a standard of living of high quality.

The Saudi developer is building communities that look both to the nation’s heritage and to the evolving aspirations of residents. To support its vision and ongoing projects in the region, ROSHN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Esri, the world leader in location intelligence.

Agreement enables ROSHN to adopt Esri’s suite of geographic information system (GIS) products and solutions to improve the planning and development of 200 million square meters of sustainable neighborhoods across Saudi Arabia .

“This is an incredibly exciting development for ROSHN and the wider real estate industry,” said Sabah Barakat, Chief Operating Officer of ROSHN. “In addition to deploying the latest GIS applications in the development of ROSHN’s new communities, we will also work with Esri to advance the concept of GIS in Saudi Arabia, including the design of commercial products for use in the domestic market.”

ROSHN’s first project, SEDRA, located just south of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, is a walkable community, with green spaces, bike paths, hospitals, medical centers, schools, mosques and points of sale.

Access to Esri’s GIS technology will allow ROSHN to better plan projects like this by allowing staff to geospatially analyze and visualize developments to see how projects impact the surrounding environment. , determine if they meet the needs of the community and build them more effectively.

“This is an opportunity to positively impact the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community by recommending best practices in geospatial technology and exposing the processes of the AEC industry to the latest geospatial tools and products in Saudi Arabia,” said Dr. Adel Bolbol Fernandez, Esri Regional Public Sector Lead.

“It will also support the transformation and development of geospatial practices and the adoption of data standards in the region,” he added.

This MOU also aims to further enrich the knowledge of local entrepreneurs on these GIS best practices, which play a key role in the country’s Vision 2030 for local business development. Barakat also added that “it will strengthen local supply chains and put the Kingdom at the forefront of crucial technology.”