Qiddiya inks five-year agreement with DETASAD as IT strategic partner

The scope of the deal comprises an integrated system, including IT infrastructure, ICT hardware, hybrid cloud, and connectivity

Qiddiya inks five-year agreement with DETASAD as IT strategic partner
Qiddiya inks five-year agreement with DETASAD as IT strategic partner

Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) – which is responsible for the 334km2 Qiddiya entertainment city gigaproject – has inked a five-year framework agreement with Detecon Al Saudia Co. Ltd. (DETASAD) during a virtual signing ceremony.

The scope of the agreement comprises a fully integrated system delivered by DETASAD, which includes all requirements and operation of the company’s IT infrastructure, managing ICT hardware, as well as providing hybrid cloud, connectivity, and manpower for Qiddya’s resources.

The chief executive officer of QIC, Michael Reininger; the IT director of QIC, Abdulaziz Al Qahtani; and the CEO of DETASAD, Felix Wass, were present at the virtual signing ceremony.

Commenting on the deal, Reininger said: “As Qiddiya is set to become the Kingdom’s Capital of Entertainment, Sports and the Arts, it is important that we have the right strategic partner that can provide IT solutions to support our rapid growth and development and we see this in DETASAD.

He added: “We are happy to be entering into this long-term agreement, especially because it’s an established Saudi company with access to the latest global IT know-how.”

Construction is continuing on site at Qiddiya, with large-scale mass grading works at the heart of Saudi's Qiddiya project, the Resort Core, reported in April 2020.

QIC is expected to announce several new partnerships as the year progresses.

The CEO of DETASAD, Felix Wass, said: “Over the last 38 years, DETASAD has had many cloud, connectivity, deployment, operation and maintenance contracts for leading financial institutions, ministries, and other governmental organizations across Saudi Arabia.

Wass added: “As a gigaproject and a major tourist destination, this strategic partnership with Qiddiya is a great opportunity for us to contribute to the development and evolution of the Kingdom’s entertainment sector within the IT field.”

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