By Ranju Warrier
Deal signed with Shibh Al Jazira Contracting Company (SAJCO) to build stormwater drainage facilities, roads and bridges at the 334 kilometre square entertainment, sports and arts giga-project.
Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) has inked a major three-year construction contract worth SAR700 million ($186.5m) with Saudi Arabian contractor Shibh Al Jazira Contracting Company (SAJCO) to build stormwater drainage facilities, roads and bridges at the 334 kilometre square entertainment, sports and arts giga-project.
And despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, QIC chief executive Michael Reininger has insisted that it is business as usual at the site.
The stormwater drainage, roads and bridges will provide access to all facilities and assets on the lower plateau of Qiddiya’s site, which will make transportation of major construction materials to the various development sites within Qiddiya’s lower plateau feasible.
As part of the agreement, SAJCO will construct 45km of roads, seven bridges and grade-separated interchanges. The infrastructure facility will provide access from the main approach highway to Qiddiya’s Resort Core that will be home to theme parks and other attractions, towards the Motion Zone, featuring motor racing facilities, and to the Golf and Equestrian Community.
SAJCO will excavate 6.5 million cubic meters of earth to build the roads. Additionally, the company will use more than 80,000 cubic meters of concrete for the bridges and associated structures and 1.2m square metres of asphalt for the road surfaces.
QIC said that construction on the roads and bridges will begin this month, and will be completed by mid-May 2023.
Over 1,000 skilled workers will be deployed on the site to complete the infrastructure project.
Zyad W. Suleiman, CEO of SAJCO, said: “Qiddiya, as the giga project will change the entertainment and economic landscape of Saudi forever."
QIC, which will commence testing and commissioning in 2022, is planning to announce “even more major contracts later this year".