King Abdullah Sports City set for 2014 completion
Mega project to consider city and Islamic style, said Makkah governor
King Abdullah Sports City is scheduled for completion in 2014, according to Makkah governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal yesterday.
The prince inspected the designs on the multi-use sports complex located 3km north of King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah in the south west of the kingdom.
The project will cover 9km2 and will contain a 60,000-seat stadium, a structure that will be designed and built by Six Construct and Al-Muhaidib Contracting Company for $552m.
It will include a Royal Suite Grandstand, an external independent facility for track and field sports with a 1,000 seat grandstand, a multipurpose hall with a capacity of 10,000 people, a mosque and parking for 45,000 cars.
Completion date is set for October 31, 2014.
The project is part of a drive by HH King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two holy Mosques, to develop world-class sports infrastructure and provide playing and viewing facilities for the football mad kingdom.
The prince said the projects should be viewed in context with the other major developments in the coastal city. Prince Faisal is overseeing the construction of 30,000 homes in the city.
"It should also consider the ongoing mega projects in the city such as projects for preventing floods, as well as traffic congestion," the governor told officials at oil company Saudi Aramco, which has been managing the project since its inception in 2009.
The prince adding that the stadium should be designed with influences from Islamic architecture.