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Construction progress made at Saudi's Qiddiya entertainment city

Losberger De Boer has built 15 semi-permanent structures for the 334sqkm entertainment metropolis in the kingdom

Fireworks mark the launch of Qiddiya [image: Executive Visions].
Fireworks mark the launch of Qiddiya [image: Executive Visions].

Fifteen temporary buildings have been erected in 60 days to accelerate progress on Saudi Arabia's entertainment city, Qiddiya.

Temporary offices, visitor centres, and exhibition halls that can be dismantled and re-purposed have been built by Losberger De Boer for the development.

By using semi-permanent buildings, Qiddiya has received 15 units in around two months, when traditional buildings could take up to two years to be completed.

Among the buildings was the circular Panorama Dome, the only one in the kingdom, which was used to welcome King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the launch of Qiddiya in April 2018. 

READ: Saudi Arabia incorporates Qiddiya as standalone company 

Losberger De Boer was contracted by UAE-based event management firm Duvent to deploy the semi-permanent structures in a quick turnaround.

The onsite crew worked for 9,360 hours over 36 days, in addition to internal fit-out time, to complete the project in a total of 60 days, Waleed Khaled, sales director of Losberger De Boer Middle East, said.

The buildings have insulation technology that can lead to a 40% reduction in power used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning when compared to similar permanent buildings. Khaled said sustainability was extremely important for the developer, which wanted to minimise the environmental impact of the one of Saudi's biggest construction projects.

Currently under development, Qiddiya is a 334km² entertainment city located approximately 40km from the kingdom's capital city and economic hub, Riyadh.

Once complete, Qiddiya will be more than two times the size of  Disney World in Florida, US, and will include a Six Flags-branded theme park, dozens of hotels and a cluster of amusement and entertainment facilities unparalleled in the region.

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