The paper discusses the problem of urban deterioration in Saudi cities that often stand at the stage of urban removal. The research aims to develop a strategy for urban upgrading based on the optimal utilization of existing urban structures to preserves economic resources, and in line with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 Vision. The paper began with reviewing literature and previous experiences in urban upgrading and determining the foundations of social urban upgrading. The study was applied to the Al Shumaisi neighborhood in Riyadh, which is part of the Central Riyadh Development Project (CRDP). The paper followed the descriptive and the theoretical approach. Questionnaire and field survey tools were used, as well as interviewing Al Shumaisi residents and expert in the field of urban planning. The research has found that there are urban structures in good condition at a rate of 33% of the total buildings, an urban fabric that can be exploited, as well as the integration of infrastructure, services and commercial activities that represent a source of income, which strengthens the principle of urban upgrading in the Al Shumaisi neighborhood. Finally, the paper recommends reviewing the demolition decision and using urban upgrading as a strategy to deal with degraded neighborhoods within the framework of community participation.
Alsulaim, Lulwah A. and Alzamil, Waleed S.
"Urban Upgrading as A Strategic Option To Deal With Urban Deterioration Case Study: Al Shumaisi Neighborhood in Riyadh,"
Emirates Journal for Engineering Research: Vol. 26:
4, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/ejer/vol26/iss4/3