Saudi shortlists 4 groups for Jeddah Airport project

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AIRPORT SHORTLIST: Saudi Arabia has shortlisted four groups to bid for a $2.4bn project to build and operate an airport in Jeddah. (Getty Images)

AIRPORT SHORTLIST: Saudi Arabia has shortlisted four groups to bid for a $2.4bn project to build and operate an airport in Jeddah. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia has shortlisted four groups, including Houston based Hines, for a $2.4 billion project to build and operate facilities linked to an airport in Jeddah, an official at the kingdom’s aviation authority said.

The so called Airport City project, which will take about 10 years to complete, is part of a plan to attract about $5.86 billion in investments to build, own and operate one airport and terminal related facilities, Alaa Samman, director of business development for domestic airports at the General Authority of Civil Aviation, said in an interview yesterday.

Saudi Binladin Group, Australia’s Land Lease Group and local companies comprise the bidders for the contracts. The winning bids would be announced in August, Samman said.

The plan also envisages building an airport in Medina, home to Islam’s second holiest site at an estimated cost of $1.6 billion, Samman said.

The Medina airport would be the first to be fully owned by the private sector at the city visited by millions of Muslims every year.

The two other Airport Cities would also be built in Riyadh, and Dammam. The regulator has appointed the International Finance Corp, a unit of World Bank, as the lead adviser to assist in the implementation of the Jeddah project.

Samman said: “We will also award the tender of Riyadh’s airport city this year and next year we will award that of Dammam."

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