EXCLUSIVE: Talks on with nine contractors for 12km Qiddiya roads

Nine contractors in race for roadworks procurement; expansion plans also being mulled for Riyadh Metro, Mike Reininger tells CW

Qiddiya is Saudi Arabia's 334km2 entertainment city.
Qiddiya is Saudi Arabia's 334km2 entertainment city.

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), the wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman-led Public Investment Fund (PIF), is set to implement additional roadworks leading towards its 334km2 Qiddiya entertainment city megaproject, chief executive officer Mike Reininger said in conversation with Construction Week at the Qiddiya Six Flags theme park reveal event in Riyadh.

Talks are under way with nine contractors to extend roads leading to Qiddiya by 12km, with Reininger adding that plans may also be implemented to extend Riyadh Metro lines.

Commenting on the road extension, Reininger told Construction Week in Saudi Arabia: “We’re working on the finalisation of alignments and design of the Riyadh road systems.

"We’re talking about 12km of brand new connector roads, but this doesn’t count road systems onsite. There will also be another 6-8km of improved road to make the connections into the heart of the city.

“We probably have 10 incendiary contracts that are active on the entire 334ha site right now, but that number is going to swell pretty dramatically at a regular pace now as a result of having concluded the masterplan about a month ago.

"That’s letting us move the engineering work much more rapidly and you’ll start to see some of the parts and pieces of the Six Flags Qiddiya project get out into the construction world here pretty quickly.”

Reininger said Qiddiya’s 334km2 site contained around 100km of roads to distribute people around the entertainment city, adding that works on the Saudi Arabian theme park would be the largest investment that Six Flags has made across its entire global portfolio.

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