Users’ Satisfaction in CityWaterfront: The Case of Jeddah Corniche

Ghadeer Alawi, Lobna Mostafa

Recreational waterfront developments can be only superficially pleasant as they lack substantial design qualities needed for their user’s comfort. Enhancing the user’s comfort and satisfaction will encourage people to spend more time outdoors, with the potential to improve their physical health, enrich their social cohesion, and enhance the overall quality of life. The objective of this study is to investigate the extent to which the physical characteristics of open spaces can contribute to the user’s satisfaction with space. The study evaluates the user’s perception of satisfaction in the recent development of Jeddah North Corniche and provides solutions to enhance this issue. The methodologies applied in this study are structured questioner survey, which focuses on understanding the current user’s preference and their level of satisfaction regarding the present condition. This increase the emphasis on representative citizen participation, who are usually not consulted in planning issues. The findings of this research involve the development of urban management principles for the adoption of sustainable waterfronts with the consideration of culture. The outcome should contribute to the Saudi 2030 vision by: Enhancing livability of Saudi Cities through improving the landscape and facilities of Jeddah urban waterfronts, and to encourage citizens to exercise at least once per week through enhancing the microclimate condition of waterfronts open spaces.

Keywords

Urban design; Waterfront Development; Public Spaces; Jeddah corniche; users’ satisfaction

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