Built to inform

Sign up for the daily newsletters

No, Thank you

Saudi to begin eleven stadium projects in January

Anger at decision to deny local consultants bidding opportunities

Saudi Aramco oversaw the building of the 60,000-seater King Abdullah Football Stadium and Sports City.
Saudi Aramco oversaw the building of the 60,000-seater King Abdullah Football Stadium and Sports City.

Saudi Aramco has announced that a programme to build eleven 45,000-capacity stadiums across Saudi Arabia will begin in January 2015.

In June, King Abdullah ordered the oil company to carry out the projects after it had successfully delivered the 60,000-seater King Abdullah Football Stadium and Sports City.

Saudi Aramco sources said the 11 stadiums, which are to be built in a similar fashion to King Abdullah Football Stadium, would be completed within two years and no later than 2017.

Aramco is expected to release details of bidding conditions for local and international companies to qualify for the project today (Wednesday 6 August).

However, Saudi consulting firms will not be involved in the design of the stadiums as Aramco has decided to exclusively employ international consultants.

The decision has attracted criticism from The Saudi Council of Engineers which said that local consultants were more than capable of delivering the designs required.

“Saudi architects should have a role in building their country’s stadiums,” Hamad Al-Shaqawi, president of the organisation, told Al-Eqtisadiah business daily.

“At least 200 Saudi engineers should benefit from these projects,” he added.

Eleven of Saudi Arabia’s 13 regions will benefit from the projects including Madinah, Eastern Province, Northern Border Province, Hail, Tabuk, Al-Jouf, Baha, Najran, Jazan, Asir and Qassim.

The governorates of these regions have not yet handed over plots to Aramco for building the stadiums, one source said, adding that it would delay implementation of the projects.

Dammam Mayor Fahd Al-Jubeir said his organisation has allocated two million m² of land south of Dhahran Airbase to build the Eastern Province stadium.

Most popular

Awards

CW Oman Awards 2019: Countdown begins for gala event in Muscat
The winners and highly commended entries of the eighth CW Oman Awards will be named

Conferences

Leaders Kuwait 2018: New Kuwait 2035 needs smart city-led contracts
Localisation and contract modernisation are essential for Kuwait's diversification strategy
Construction Week's Leaders Kuwait 2018 summit opens
Speakers from Kuwait's Supreme Council for Planning and Development and CSCEC ME are at today's

Latest Issue

Construction Week - Issue 734
Mar 21, 2019