With an aim to position Riyadh as a world-class city, Saudi Crown Prince MBS is building the world’s tallest sports tower. The 130-meter-tall building will have the world’s highest running track and the world’s tallest climbing wall.

Saudi Arabia’s Sports Boulevard Foundation has approved design plans for the Global Sports Tower, which is being touted as the world’s tallest sports tower with facilities for ice hockey, tennis, basketball, indoor sky-diving, and many other sporting activities. Chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the project’s directors announced that the designs for Sports Tower had been approved, per the Saudi Press Agency. The Global Sports Tower is a key landmark of the Sports Boulevard project and will play a significant role in achieving the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030, which commits to creating a sustainable, regenerative environment that enhances the quality of life.

Standing 130 meters tall, the Global Sports Tower is set to be the tallest sports tower in the world. According to the design plan, the gigantic building will have a total internal area of 84,000 square meters. It will include more than 30 different sports facilities along with the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, which will measure 98 meters high. Additionally, the tower will be home to the world’s highest running track. The 250-meter fully digitized circuit will offer athletes of all caliber a unique training experience while presenting some of the best views of Riyadh.

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Located on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road, the Global Sports Tower will be distinguished by its unique architectural design. It adheres to the Sports Boulevard Design Code, which is driven by the principles of Salmani architecture, which is based on originality and modernity. The aim behind building the tower is to achieve the goals of the Sports Boulevard project and improve the quality of life in Riyadh by promoting sports and enabling the community by providing world-class facilities that contribute to promoting a sports culture among all members of society.

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Saudi prince MBS and King Salman. Image – Saudi Press agency.

Riyadh’s Sports Foundation Project is an ambitious initiative that was launched by King Salman bin Abdulaziz in 2019. The mega project is an important part of the broader Vision 2030 plan. It seeks to diversify the country’s economy and reduce its dependence on oil by promoting various sectors, including sports and entertainment. It extends for more than 135km on Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Road, connecting Wadi Hanifah in the West with Wadi Al Sulai in the East through a grid of safe green pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, athletes, and horse riders. The Sports Foundation project is envisioned as a bridge to a futuristic urban environment for Riyadh, promising to positively influence the Kingdom’s economy and elevate its international standing.

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