On November 14, 2021, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Mohammed bin Salman Misk Foundation, announced the launch of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Non Profit City, the first such city in the world.
The city will be a model for the development of the non-profit sector globally and an incubator for youth and volunteer groups as well as local and international non-profit institutions.
The Saudi Crown Prince said: “This will be the first non-profit city of its kind which will contribute to achieving the goals of Mohammed bin Salman Misk Foundation in supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and qualifying future leaders by defining non-profit work in its internal operational concept and in terms of opportunities and youth training programs it will provide. In addition, the project will provide services that contribute to creating an attractive environment for all beneficiaries of the city’s offerings.”
He added: “Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Non Profit City which implements the Digital Twin model, will host academies, colleges, ‘Misk Schools,’ a conference center, a science museum, a creative center offering a space to support the ambitions of innovators in sciences and new generation technology such as AI, IoT, and Robotics. It will also feature an arts academy and art gallery, performing art theatre, play area, a cooking academy, and an integrated residential complex. In addition, the city will host venture capital firms and investors to support and incubate innovative enterprises to drive community contributions from around the world.”
Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Non Profit City is located in Irqah neighborhood, adjacent to Wadi Hanifa, on an area of around 3.4 square kilometers.
The city’s masterplan embodies a human-centered, advanced digital metropolis designed to be sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, and will allocate more than 44% of the total area for green open spaces to promote sustainable development.
The announcement is led by the goal of creating a vibrant Saudi youth talent system to shape the future of the Kingdom and the world, by encouraging learning and developing leadership skills among youth. Details surrounding development phases and progress will be announced in the coming months.