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Report: 20+ architecture firms contracted for 334km2 Qiddiya

Bjarke Ingles Group-designed project said to feature 45 developments, including the Six Flags theme park

Saudi Arabia's Qiddiya gigaproject spans 334km2.
Saudi Arabia's Qiddiya gigaproject spans 334km2.

More than 20 architecture companies have reportedly been contracted to work on the Qiddiya entertainment city gigaproject – designed by Denmark-based architecture company Bjarke Ingles Group, with more than 500 professionals working with client Saudi Arabia's Qiddiya Investment Co (QIC) on the 334km2 development, for which additional masterplan details were recently revealed.

Speaking during a press conference at the Crowne Plaza in Riyadh on 24 July, QIC's chief executive officer, Mike Reininger, told Arab News that 17,000 new jobs would be created through the development of Qiddiya.

The report added that 45 projects would be developed as part of Qiddiya's first phase. 

The masterplan for Qiddiya was unveiled in June 2019. 

Qiddiya's Resorts Core, described as the “heart of Qiddiya”, would include four-gated attractions surrounding a central retail, dining, and entertainment precinct, along with a portfolio of resort hotels and a Six Flags theme park and water park, which will open in 2022.

Qiddiya's City Centre development will be home to a collection of sports venues, including a 20,000-seat cliff-top stadium, an 18,000-seat multi-purpose indoor arena, an aquatic centre, and a sports hub.

Also part of the gigaproject will be the Eco Zone, which is designed around a series of nature and wildlife encounters, a golf course, outdoor sporting adventures, and several hospitality offerings.

Qiddiya's Motion Zone will be home to events and experiences that are driven by the science and technology of people-flow, and its final component will be a golf and residential community which will comprise an 18-hole golf course and club house facilities, a resort hotel, and spa and equestrian facilities.

Developed in line with the Vision 2030 strategy, QIC said Qiddiya – located 45km from Riyadh – would become Saudi Arabia’s “capital of entertainment, sports, and the arts”.

“This project sets a new global standard for the seamless integration of visitor-focused experiences and an innovative mix of program pieces, delivering an unparalleled entertainment destination”, said Qiddiya Advisory Board chairman Bob Ward.

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