AMAALA awards construction supervision contract of Triple Bay to Saudi Arabian Parsons

AMAALA, the ultra-luxury destination located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast, appointed Saudi Arabian Parsons Limited (Parsons), who, following a competitive tender, was awarded the construction supervision contract. The digitally enabled solutions provider is taking on the role of engineer, supervising the execution of works currently underway across Phase I of Triple Bay.

Binyah, a Saudi Real Estate Infrastructure Company, joins Parsons onsite carrying out the excavation, backfilling, and earthworks required to achieve the formation levels and grading of Phase I of the Triple Bay masterplan.

Chief Executive Officer of AMAALA, Nicholas Naples said: ‘We are delighted to work with two prestigious firms on a project of this scale. We are very pleased with the progress to date and have welcomed the expertise and experience both Parsons and Binyah have brought to the development of the destination. We celebrated a milestone moment in our history when work on onsite began, and we are looking forward to working closely together to bring our vision for Triple Bay to life. Together we will deliver an ultra-luxury destination for future generations around the globe, nested in the long-term vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.’

AMAALA’s environmental team is guiding Parsons and Binyah on the AMAALA site to oversee all stages of development, ensuring work is being carried out within its sustainability and environmental guidelines.

Commenting on the signing, Managing Director of Saudi Arabian Parsons Limited, Ken Murray, said: ’As an iconic development in the Kingdom, AMAALA is set to become a preeminent destination for travellers from the world over. Parsons is thrilled to join the delivery team, and we look forward to supporting the Triple Bay development and continue our proud participation in the delivery of Vision 2030 for Saudi Arabia.’

Chief Executive Officer of Binyah, Eng. Fahad Al-Mesfir stated: ‘The agreement marked a strategic turning point for the company, given it’s the first business agreement with AMAALA to implement the preparatory works. Binyah is working to provide the highest quality standards in the implementation of the project, which will contribute to achieving the ambitions of the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.’

Set in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve across three unique communities, AMAALA will bring to life the desires and ambitions of a community passionate about shaping and living transformative moments. AMAALA’s trio of communities – Triple Bay, The Coastal Development, and The Island – will showcase three different sets of experiences for guests.

  • Triple Bay will offer a fully holistic wellness retreat, state-of-the-art diagnostic medical facilities and authentic treatments designed to feature the local environment. Triple Bay will also be home to a fully integrated sports and entertainment community.
  • The Costal Development is set to become the defining hub of contemporary art in the Middle East, playing host to a dynamic programme of exciting events from the global arts and cultural calendar.
  • The Island will be the tranquil home of an exclusive art community, and an Arabic botanical garden bestrewn with sculptural pieces.

With a focus on creating transformative personal journeys inspired by arts, wellness and the purity of the Red Sea, AMAALA will allow travellers to immerse themselves in the finest wellness, arts, culture, sports and fitness offerings, redefining the luxury tourism experience.

Source: www.cbnme.com

Construction begins on Saudi Arabia’s $17.1bn Diriyah Gate

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has revealed that construction on Saudi Arabia’s gigaproject, Diriyah Gate, has commenced after ground broke on one of the development’s foremost areas Bujairi Square.

The developer claims that this is one of the first gigaprojects in Saudi Arabia that has broken ground.

Diriyah Gate will comprise a mixed use area of dining, Diriyah Art Oasis – an arts centre designed to support and inspire the production of contemporary Saudi art and international emerging artists, as well as At-Turaif – the original home of the Al Saud Royal family.

The Diriyah province, north-west of Riyadh, is being touted as one of the largest habitable mud cities, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif.

DGDA laid the foundation stone on the Diriyah Gate gigaproject in November 2019.

On completion, Diriyah Gate will feature an array of cultural, leisure, hospitality and residential areas, including more than 20 hotels, several museums and more than 100 places to dine.

The development will be home to a population of 100,000 residents and hospitality guests as well as professional, hospitality and retail workers, as well as aiming to attract 25 million visitors annually.

Source: www.constructionweekonline.com

Work forges ahead on Saudi megaproject despite pandemic

To ensure the tourism project has been able to remain on track, Qiddiya Investment Co. obtained the necessary permits to carry on with construction on the site while closely monitoring health and safety measures outlined by the authorities
RIYADH: Work on Saudi Arabia’s epic Qiddiya entertainment megaproject has been forging ahead despite a global economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

While many countries have been forced to stall or scale down similar construction schemes due to the pandemic, it has been business as usual in the Kingdom for the building of the ambitious visitor destination.

To ensure the tourism project has been able to remain on track, Qiddiya Investment Co. (QIC) — which is driving the development — obtained the necessary permits to carry on with construction on the site while closely monitoring health and safety measures outlined by the authorities.

Qiddiya, an initiative born from the Vision 2030 reform plan and supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, is located southwest of Riyadh, and is set to become the Kingdom’s capital of entertainment, sports, and the arts.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, Arab News spoke to QIC officials about the project’s latest developments and the company’s plans to continue with construction.

Preliminary construction — to prepare the site for the subsequent phases of development — commenced at the end of 2019 and is due to be completed next year.

QIC Chief Executive Officer Michael Reininger said: “After taking the necessary precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and contractors, we obtained the necessary work permits to continue work on the site.

“Qiddiya is set to become the Kingdom’s capital of entertainment, sports and the arts, and the only way to achieve this is to remain on track with the development of the project and carry on working, come what may.”

A key tenet of Vision 2030 is to enable local businesses to contribute and play an important role in the Kingdom’s transformation, and in this context, QIC has awarded three key construction contracts to Saudi companies.

Shibh Al-Jazira Contracting Co. (SAJCO) secured a deal to begin construction of the first phase of the roads network to provide easy access to the site and enable future building work.

The first contract for 2020 was awarded to Abdul Ali Al-Ajmi Co. to start work on preparing site foundations for Qiddiya’s first major zones, the Resort Core, and the City Center.

A second 2020 contract has gone to Saudi Pan Kingdom Co. (SAPAC) to build security fencing around the entire premises as the first step toward allowing the commencement of multiple construction projects scheduled to begin this year.

Kareem Shamma, Qiddiya’s chief development officer, said: “In compliance with the Kingdom’s regulations, we are proud to bring you this major construction update showing how Qiddiya is moving forward with some of its key infrastructure projects.

“We are also grateful to our partners for their commitment and support in delivering only the best during these challenging circumstances. Collectively, we continue to take all the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the community.”

In addition to the ongoing progress, QIC is committed to the preservation of the site’s natural resources and ecosystem.

By focusing on biodiversity and creating improved microclimates, it aims to encourage comfortable pedestrian movement in attractive surroundings, while promoting well-being, cutting carbon fuel consumption, reducing, reusing and recycling waste, and managing valuable water resources in the most efficient way possible.

In coordination with the Saudi Electricity Co. and National Grid SA, Qiddiya has also carried out a major transfer of high- and medium-voltage overhead power lines between existing and new towers on site.

Salman Al-Hubeis, the executive director of project development, said: “We are proud to be on schedule with some of our key infrastructure projects at Qiddiya.

“We are thankful to our development partners for their support during this difficult time as we continue site preparation and security projects as well as power lines relocation projects.”

Source: www.zawya.com

US $500m Al Khobar 2 desalination plant to be constructed in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi publicly-owned company Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded ACCIONA and its partner RTCC a US $500m contract for the construction of the Al Khobar 2 desalination plant at Khobar, on the east coast of Saudi Arabia around 400km from Riyadh.

The project

The facility will be equipped with reverse osmosis technology and a daily capacity of more than 600,000 m³, making it one of the biggest in the country and the largest RO plant under EPC scheme awarded in a single shot in KSA. It will provide a service to three million people in the area. ACCIONA thus consolidates its presence in the water treatment sector in Saudi Arabia, a country in which it currently has three projects under way.

Last year, a contract of about US $813.8m was awarded for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance (for 25 years) of the Shuqaiq3 desalination plant. Located in the south-west of the country on the Red Sea coast, it is expected to be completed sometime in 2021 and will have a treatment capacity of 450,000 m³ per day to provide a service to a population equivalent of two million. It will also be equipped with a photovoltaic plant to reduce internal energy consumption.

In July 2018, a contract was also awarded for around US $217m to build and commission the Al Khobar 1 desalination plant (capacity: 210,000 m³ per day). It is located close to the Al Khobar 2 plant and serves a population of 1,000,000.

The company has also designed and built the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant in the east of the country for the utility Marafiq. With a capacity of 100,000 m³ per day, it serves both the city and the nearby industrial complex.

Source: www.constructionreviewonline.com

Saudi’s Red Sea Project reaches key milestone

Key sites identified for villas, hotels and restaurants on Sheybarah South and Ummahat Al Shaykh islands

Work to identify locations for villas, restaurants and hotel arrival points for two hyper-luxury hotels and one luxury hotel on Sheybarah South and Ummahat Al Shaykh islands, as part of the multi-billion-dollar Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia.

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the ambitious tourism project, marked the key sites in line with the master plan, over a three-week period.

“The marking of locations for our overwater assets is another milestone reached for the project, and is indicative of the progress being made at the site,” said John Pagano, CEO, TRSDC.

“This activity was an essential step in the identification of suitable locations which will allow our hotels and other assets to coexist in harmony with their surroundings while providing our visitors with an immersive experience and stunning views.”

The work was carried out in order to minimise the impact on the existing environment, particularly invaluable coral reefs.

The placing of buoys required careful coordination by the teams, which included local experienced boat captains to navigate among the coral reefs, along with the TRSDC construction team.

The process also required an on-boat crew handling the buoys and concrete blocks, working with the surveyors, as well as snorkelers and scuba divers, to ensure no corals were damaged in the process.

“It has provided an essential visual aid for the TRSDC executive management team and our global design teams to get a feel for the resort planning, proximity to the near shore islands and the customer experience” said Ian Williamson, chief development officer, TRSDC.

Buoys were secured by divers, using concrete blocks carefully placed to avoid the coral communities on the seabed. Following the placement of the marker buoys, the site team deployed drones to take footage and mark their location using global positioning system (GPS) coordinates to enable the company’s executives, designers, and engineers to refine and conclude the master planning process.

The Red Sea Project will welcome its first guests by the end of 2022. The first phase of the development will include 14 luxury hotels offering 3,000 rooms across five islands and two inland locations. It will also include entertainment facilities, an airport, and the necessary supporting logistics and utilities infrastructure.

Work is already underway at the destination with the development of key supporting infrastructure and accommodation for the workforce and company employees deployed to manage construction.

Upon completion in 2030, the destination will deliver up to 8,000 hotel rooms across 22 islands and six inland sites.

Source: www.arabianbusiness.com

Red Sea Project breaks the ground on a coastal village

RIYADH — The developer behind Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project has begun phase one of its operations breaking ground on the construction of a 1.5 million sq. meter coastal village area which will house workers, staff and management of the mega-city project.

The construction of the coastal village is being done in partnership with HUTA Hegerfield and Saudconsult and hss begun with infilling of the land and ground improvement several days ago.

“Teams on the site are currently raising the ground level to 3.5m above sea level. Every day, we transfer some 10,000m3 of earth and compact about 7,000m2 of land. The Coastal Village will be home to 14,000 employees from The Red Sea Project community when the first phase of the destination opens and we will provide the highest quality accommodation and a wide range of facilities, whilst meeting our own stringent environmental standards,” according to a press release.

The Red Sea Project is a planned megacity on Saud Arabia’s western coast and will cover 28,000 sq. km in total area including 200 km of coastline. The city will welcome its first visitors by the end of 2022 and will be fully completed by 2030.

The project is one of Saudi Arabia’s three mega-projects aimed at boosting its tourism sector announced in October 2017, along with the megacity NEOM and Amaala, another resort on the Red Sea.

Source: live.saudigazette.com.sa

Spanish company to build second largest desalination plant in Saudi Arabia

Spanish company Abengoa, in consortium with SEPCOIII is set to construct a 600,000m3 / day desalination plant in Saudi Arabia; the second largest plant with reverse osmosis technology in the country. Specifically, the company will be responsible for the engineering, supply and construction of the Jubail 3A reverse osmosis desalination plant, located to the south of the city of the same name, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, in the northeast of the country.

The plant will have the same capacity as the Rabigh III plant already under construction and will guarantee the supply of drinking water to the Eastern provinces, Riyadh and Qassim throughout the year. The project contemplates the construction of tanks for the storage of treated water with a capacity of one day of production, as well as a photovoltaic solar field, which will reduce, in a sustainable way, the energy consumption of the desalination plant network.

Scope of the project

The scope of the project includes the capture of seawater, pumping, pre-treatment, reverse osmosis system with energy recovery, post-treatment, pumping station, product water storage, effluent treatment, discharge through outfall and photovoltaic solar field, as well as associated electrical installations that include the construction of a 380/33 kV electrical substation.

The project is part of the Saudi government’s program to promote private participation in the country’s water sector. The developer consortium consists of ACWA Power, Gulf Investment Corporation and Al Bawani Water & Power Company. Desalinated water will be supplied to the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company, promoter of this project.

Jubail’s will be Abengoa’s third desalination plant to be built in Saudi Arabia and the seventh in the Middle East. With it, it consolidates its leadership position in the desalination sector worldwide, with an installed capacity of 1.7 million m 3 / day, which will expand to 4.3 million when the portfolio in execution is completed.

In the Middle East, Abengoa is currently building the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant, located in the Taweelah power and water generation complex, with a production capacity of 909,000 m 3 / day, and the desalination plant in the Emirates Global Aluminiun (EGA) of more than 41,000 m 3 / day, both in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the 600,000 m Rabigh III desalination plants3 / day also in Saudi Arabia and the 114,000 m 3 / day Salalah desalination plant in Oman.

Source: www.constructionreviewonline.com

Saudi’s Sakani starts two projects, provides 8,083 housing units

The Obhur Park project will provide 8,000 apartment units, while the Mogan Village project will offer 83 villa units

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing-led Sakani programme has launched two under-construction housing projects in the Jeddah governorate, in partnership with the private sector, which will provide 8,083 housing units to eligible citizens.

This raises the number of projects under construction to 14 in the Makkah’s Al-Mukarramah region, which will provide a total of approximately 63,000 housing units.

The initiative is in line with kingdom’s vision to help Saudi families find and own homes through simple and affordable electronic procedures, with immediate entitlement without waiting.

The Sakani programme has called on Saudi nationals wishing to own property in the Jeddah governorate to visit the Sakani website; view the details of the units; and book the residential units electronically, or call the unified call centre (199-090) for inquiries about the two projects.

The Obhur Park project – which is located in the northern part of the Jeddah governorate at the intersection of King Saud and Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Street – will provide 8,000 apartment-type residential units under construction, on a total area exceeding 1,145km2.

The built-up area of the residential units will range from 125m2 to 256m2, with total price of the units starting from $108,000 (SAR406,000) and monthly instalments starting at $360 (SAR1,355).

The Mogan Village project – which is also located in the northern part of Jeddah on a total area of ​​28,300m2 – will include 83 villa-type residential units under construction, with prices starting from $253,000 (SAR950,160), and monthly instalments starting at $843 (SAR3,167)

The projects will be characterised by the integration of infrastructure and services such as electricity, water, and sewage, as well as sidewalks, lighting, a torrential drainage system, and the availability of services and public facilities.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing aims to increase residential ownership among its citizens to 70% by 2030. More than 57 housing projects at various stages of construction are being developed in various regions of the kingdom, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The Sakani programme provides Saudi nationals with access to residential plots, self-construction residential housing, prefabricated housing units, and under construction housing units, among other options.

Source: www.constructionweekonline.com

Giant Projects in Saudi Arabia Unaffected by Coronavirus

A joint Saudi-US report expected smooth flow of giant projects in Saudi Arabia, despite the challenges imposed by the coronavirus outbreak and the implications of falling oil prices in global markets.

According to the report, published by the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) and a copy of which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, the volume of construction contracts awarded in the past year amounted to 197.1 billion riyals ($ 52 billion).

More so, the Red Sea Development Company is bent on raising the value of the contracts it is awarding to more than double in 2020, from 2.3 billion riyals ($ 613 million) in 2019 to 6.8 billion riyals ($ 1.8 billion) in 2020.

The report also added that the Qiddiya Investment Company recently disclosed plans to accelerate its activities to meet the big opening date scheduled in 2023. This comes with spending estimated at about 19 billion riyals ($ 5 billion). The initial statement of the 2020 budget expected the doubling of spending in 2020 compared to 2019.

The construction sector’s contribution to GDP is another sign of the sector’s revival. In real terms, the construction sector grew by 1.28 percent quarter-on-quarter in the second quarter and by an impressive 4.4 percent year-on-year. As the awarded contracts enter the implementation phase coupled with the Ministry of Finance’s expectation that mega projects will double in 2020, the construction sector will return to being a significant contributor to the Kingdom’s economy.

Despite the major challenges, the USSABC index showed that contract awards were ready to continue moving above the 200-point threshold during the year 2020.

“The value of contracts awarded during the year 2019 witnessed a remarkable increase after years of spending cuts,” USSABC Economist Albaraa al-Wazeer told Asharq Al-Awsat, noting that despite the slight slowdown in awarding contracts during the fourth quarter of 2019, the focus on improving the infrastructure in the Kingdom, and the accompanying boost in private sector participation, the total value of awarded contracts was recorded at 197.1 billion riyals ($ 52.6 billion), the highest annual value since 2015.

Source: www.aawsat.com

Saudi’s construction deals soar to record $52.6bln in 2019

Value of awarded contracts highest in four years, up 95% over a year earlier

The construction sector in Saudi Arabia staged a strong rebound during 2019 as the government unveiled a series of reforms, with awarded contracts for numerous projects hitting their highest value in four years.

Approximately 197.1 billion Saudi riyals ($52.6 billion) in deals were awarded last year, the highest amount since 2015 and marking an impressive 95 percent increase over 2018, according to the US-Saudi Business Council.

Real estate firms emerged as a clear winner, bagging numerous deals throughout 2019, followed by those in the oil and gas sector.

As of the fourth quarter of 2019, the real estate sector captured approximately 12.1 billion riyals ($3.2 billion) in contracts, the majority of which (94 percent) are for the construction of residential projects.

The oil and gas sector recorded the second-highest value of awarded contracts during the same period, with 7.7 billion riyals ($2 billion) in deals.

The water sector landed the third spot, with approximately 6.3 billion riyals ($1.7 billion) in contracts.

According to the US-Saudi Business Council, the numerous initiatives and reforms in the kingdom fueled the growth in the construction sector last year.

“The kingdom’s drive to enhance both physical and social infrastructure capabilities through numerous vision realisation programmes was evident this past year,” the council said.

“These positive developments, which came to fruition in 2019, are expected to expand in the coming years to achieve the kingdom’s medium to long-term Vision 2030 targets,” it added.

Saudi Arabia has recently unveiled a series of reforms and initiatives in line with its economic diversification agenda and objective to open up the market to foreign investors.

Among the largest deal closed last year was the construction of more than 21,000 homes on a 1.41 million-square-metre site in Jeddah, which was awarded by the Ministry of Housing to Laseef Alfajar

The ministry also awarded last year the construction of a housing complex in Riyadh, which will consist of more than 5,000 townhouses and close to 600 apartments, as well as 14 mosques, eight schools and over a dozen gardens in Riyadh.

Source: www.zawya.com

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