Qiddiya's Kareem Shamma on construction during COVID19

The Qiddiya CDO talks about sustainability, rehabilitating reserves, and focusing on the region’s flora and fauna

In this episode of CW Expert InterviewsConstruction Week's deputy editor Anup Oommen talks to Kareem Shamma, the chief development officer at Qiddiya Investment Company, about constructing Saudi Arabia's 366km2 "capital of entertainment, sports, and arts" while curbing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Shamma shares insights into the entertainment city -- which is more than half the size of the island city-state of Singapore -- while curbing COVID-19, supporting sustainability, rehabilitating reserves, and focusing on the region’s flora and fauna.

Located across a 200m-high steep mountain slope on the edge of plateaus 40km west of Riyadh, Qiddiya will offer "unparalleled entertainment experiences, programmes, and events to all audiences" across its topography of lower and upper plateaus.

Qiddiya has already awarded two key contracts to Saudi companies in 2020. The first contract was awarded to Riyadh-based AbdulAli Al Ajmi Company to begin the site preparation and mass grading for the development of two of its anchor development zones: The Resort Core and the City Center.

“This should take around 12 months and will include the sculpting of 7 million cubic metres of earth to ensure the site preparation of a combined area of more than 4km2,” Shamma explains.

The second contract in 2020 was awarded to Saudi Pan Kingdom (SAPAC) to develop secured access around the entire premises of Qiddiya. As part of the contract, the firm will install 20km of chain link fence, and 23km of low-height tensioned cable barriers.

“We are aiming to award two major road contracts – one each for our upper and lower plateaus – to local companies in the next few weeks and months, as well as some major bridge contracts, but our focus at the moment is on completing the mass grading and site preparation.”

For more details, watch the video on Construction Week’s YouTube channel.

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