Published on 02nd August 2022
Qiddiya or Qiddiya Project is a mega entertainment project to be established in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Owned and developed by the Qiddiya Investment Company (a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund), the project is slated to be the largest tourism destination in the world by 2030, covering an area of 334 km², larger than the Disney world. The groundbreaking ceremony to officially start the Qiddiya project was done by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on April 28, 2018, in front of a global audience.
Along with NEOM and the Red Sea Project, Qiddiya mega project is one of the flagship projects announced under Saudi Vision 2030. The Saudi Crown Prince wishes to enhance the GDP contribution from tourism from the current 3% to 10% and make Riyadh a competing force along with Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The project owners aim to cater to the young Saudis who form more than two third of the Saudi population. Therefore, the construction of the first phase of the new Qiddiya entertainment city will open new opportunities and horizons in fields such as:
Once completed, Qiddiya will be the largest hub of Entertainment, Sports, and the Arts, not just in the middle east but also in the whole world. It will have the largest water theme park in the middle east. However, the key entertainment attraction will be the 4 km Falcon’s Flight roller coaster - the fastest, tallest, and longest roller coaster ride in the world and the largest Six Flags theme park (the first Six Flag Park outside the United States & North America).
Qiddiya is strategically located 40 km away from downtown Riyadh. It’s a one-hour drive from King Khaled International Airport. Due to accessible highways, one can reach Qiddiya in 20 minutes from Riyadh city. The future plans include connecting Qiddiya to Riyadh metro lines.
The Qiddiya project site has unique geographical characteristics with mountainous terrains - perfect for adventurous sports and outdoor activities. Moreover, the 200m high Arabian peak in the area overlooks the grand development of the whole project site.
The world’s largest theme park - Six Flags Park, will be built at a cost of USD 1 billion. The project operator, Qiddiya Investment Company, awarded the contract to a Joint Venture (JV) between Saudi Almabani General Contractors and Bouygues Bâtiment International (a subsidiary of French construction major Bouygues Construction).
The theme park will include the City of Thrills, Steam Town, Discovery Springs, Valley of Fortune, Twilight Gardens, and Grand Exposition. Furthermore, 28 world-class rides and attractions will highlight the Qiddiya experience center with features designed exclusively for Saudi Arabian culture.
A USD 750 million contract was awarded to a JV between Alec Saudi Arabia Engineering and Contracting and El Seif Engineering Contracting to develop the largest water theme park in the middle east region. The Water Park will spread across 22.5 hectares with 22 rides, offering an immersive family entertainment experience and first-of-its-kind attractions.
As part of the grand plan for Qiddiya city, a motorsport racing circuit has been built with an FIA Grade 1 standard. The circuit is expected to hold a Formula One or MotoGP race as early as 2023. Apart from organizing racing events, the circuit will be used for training and driving experiences.
To promote sports and games in the kingdom and train aspiring Saudi athletes, a stadium with 20,000 Seats and a Gaming Arena with 18,000 seats will be developed. Moreover, a multi-sports Hall & Sports Hub with 5,000 seating capacity each will be developed under Qiddiya’s sporting infrastructure development plans. The plans also include developing a Female Sports Center and an Aquatic Center, and an Ice Rink with 3,000 Seats each will also be developed.
RDE (Retail, Dining, and Entertainment) spaces with resorts, hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers are slated to be developed, offering specialty experiences to the visitors.
Plans to catalyze the development of art and culture in Saudi Arabia have been devised in the Qiddiya project. As per these plans, World-class Facilities like Indoor venues, The Arts Complex & The Performing Arts Center, and Outdoor venues like The Festival Grounds, courtyards, and plazas will be developed to promote Arts and cultural festivities in the region.
Under the real estate expansion plan, various portfolios in Hospitality, Retail, Commercial and Residential segments will be developed to provide an integrated lifestyle to the residents, especially people associated with the creative industry.
Qiddiya Investment Company awarded various construction contracts to some of the world's leading construction companies, including the French company Bouygues Construction, Saudi Almabani General Contractors, and El Seif Engineering Contracting.
Qiddiya Investment Company (wholly owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund) is the owner and operator of the Qiddiya Project.
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