Zaid Al-Hussein wins King Abdullah International Gardens contract
PICTURES: Riyadh project centred on interlocked crescents is key to Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, King Salman says at Neom
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (Momra) awarded a $427.4m (SAR1.6bn) contract to Zaid Al-Hussein & Brothers Group for the implementation of the 210ha King Abdullah International Gardens project in Riyadh, which under the recommendation of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman will be implemented without being split into multiple phases, acting as a key component of the Vision 2030 mandate, said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman during a Cabinet session at Neom.
The contract was signed in July 2019 by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al Qassabi.
Studies and designs for King Abdullah International Gardens – located on Jeddah Expressway in western Riyadh – were completed by Riyadh Municipality, and construction completion is expected in 30 months.
The project includes a main building designed in the shape of two huge overlapping crescents, which will comprise a botanical museum, water parks, and scientific parks.
Seven botanical gardens will be developed within King Abdullah International Gardens, which will also comprise restaurants, viewing towers, a banquet hall, and parking space for 5,000 cars, according to an Arabic-language report by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency, SPA.
Speaking during a Cabinet session on 23 July, King Salman said King Abdullah International Gardens was a significant project within Saudi Arabia’s Quality of Life programme, part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic sustainability mandate, SPA reported in a separate report.