Saudi to begin eleven stadium projects in January

Saudi to begin eleven stadium projects in January

Saudi Aramco has announced that a programme to build eleven 45,000-capacity stadiums across Saudi Arabia will begin in January 2015.

In June, King Abdullah ordered the oil company to carry out the projects after it had successfully delivered the 60,000-seater King Abdullah Football Stadium and Sports City.

Saudi Aramco sources said the 11 stadiums, which are to be built in a similar fashion to King Abdullah Football Stadium, would be completed within two years and no later than 2017.

Aramco is expected to release details of bidding conditions for local and international companies to qualify for the project today (Wednesday 6 August).

However, Saudi consulting firms will not be involved in the design of the stadiums as Aramco has decided to exclusively employ international consultants.

The decision has attracted criticism from The Saudi Council of Engineers which said that local consultants were more than capable of delivering the designs required.

"Saudi architects should have a role in building their country's stadiums," Hamad Al-Shaqawi, president of the organisation, told Al-Eqtisadiah business daily.

"At least 200 Saudi engineers should benefit from these projects," he added.

Eleven of Saudi Arabia's 13 regions will benefit from the projects including Madinah, Eastern Province, Northern Border Province, Hail, Tabuk, Al-Jouf, Baha, Najran, Jazan, Asir and Qassim.

The governorates of these regions have not yet handed over plots to Aramco for building the stadiums, one source said, adding that it would delay implementation of the projects.

Dammam Mayor Fahd Al-Jubeir said his organisation has allocated two million m² of land south of Dhahran Airbase to build the Eastern Province stadium.


Search Jobs

Lechley Associates are a leading provider of people solutions to the construction industry

  • Scott is currently providing a service to me regarding placement into the UAE (senior management - environmental/conservation related projects). Scott has attention to detail - and always performs… more
    Dean Morgan
    Senior environmental consultant/scientist/ecologist
  • Scott is a well respected professional in his field. He has provided services to by providing the website with accurate detailed information for our visitors wishing to… more
    Susanne Ingham
  • I have been working for several years now with Scott as one of our preferred suppliers for various delicate recruitment missions. Every time, Scott shows a high level of dedication, thoroughness… more
    Michael Horvat - 迈克.奥赫瓦特
    HR Director, Legal Counsel
  • Worked very closely with Scott of Lechley Associates HR and Recruitment specialists in the UK, Abu Dhabi and recently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I found his firm to honest and forthright, commercially… more
    David Pryor MA MIPM
    International Trade, New Project & Development Opportunities