CEO Michael Reininger says, QIC began with the “mass grading and site preparation” of the Resort Core and the City Centre

In its first construction contract of 2020, Saudi Arabia’s HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud-chaired Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) has awarded a 12-month site preparation contract to Riyadh-based Abdul Ali Al Ajmi Company.

Chief executive officer of QIC, Michael Reininger said, QIC — which is developing the 334km2 Qiddiya gigaproject — has begun with “the mass grading and site preparation” of its two anchor development nodes: the Resort Core and the City Centre.

“This is the first of many announcements for 2020,” Reininger added.

Abdul Ali Al Ajmi Company will landscape seven million cubic metres of earth to prepare the site with a combined area of more than 4km2. For the site preparation work, the company will deploy more than 500 pieces of major earthmoving equipment to grade and develop the plots.

The contractor will also use 3628.7 tonnes (t) of steel and 30,000m2 of concrete for storm water management to prepare the area for the next stage of development.

Speaking about the project, chairman of the Abdul Ali Al Ajmi Company, Ali Abdul Ali Al-Ajmi, said that the company will use its expertise in excavation, material transport, site preparation, and development works for the entertainment project.

In December 2019, the team from Qiddiya mobilised to its two site offices — built by Dubox, a part of Amana Group — that were completed by Qiddiya Development Company (QDC).

Phase 1 of the 334km2 gigaproject, which includes Six Flags Qiddiya theme park, will open in 2023.