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Saudi set to build 11 new stadiums in 2 years

Company overseeing the enormous project says all stadiums will be ready by 2017, despite land not yet being allocated

Saudi set to build 11 new stadiums in 2 years

Eleven new stadiums planned for Saudi Arabia will all be constructed by 2017, the company overseeing the project has said.

Saudi Aramco, which built the kingdom’s recently opened King Abdullah Sports Centre near Jeddah, said it would release criteria for firms to tender for the stadiums, which will be located in different regions across the country and each have a capacity of 45,000 spectators.

Construction would begin early 2015 and be completed by 2017.

However, a source told Arab News plots of land had not yet been allocated and would likely delay implementation of the stadiums.

Saudi Aramco also has come under fire for not hiring any local consulting firms for the projects.

The Saudi Council of Engineers has protested against the use of only foreign design teams.

“Saudi architects should have a role in building their country’s stadiums,” the council’s president Hamad Al Shaqawi was quoted as saying.

Saudi Arabia will be competing against neighbouring Qatar in the tender process as well as for materials, with the later Gulf state also building eight new stadiums in preparation to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

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