The King Abdullah Financial District monorail

For over 50 years, Saudi Arabia has depended on oil to power its economy. But in recent years, the kingdom has looked for new ways to diversify away from petroleum and create jobs.

The Saudi Arabian government has been working in recent years to transform hundreds of square miles of desert into new cities.

One of the developments under construction is the King Abdullah Financial District.

Below, take a look at the plans.

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Saudi Arabia is building the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) north of Riyadh.

Source: Henning Larsen

Designed by architecture firm Henning Larsen, the 17.2 million-square-foot master plan calls for over 60 residential, office, and retail towers, several schools and parking garages, a medical clinic, civic buildings, and three hotels.

It will be able to house 50,000 residents when complete.

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