Saudi Aramco has extended the submission deadline to 29 June for the contract to build a 60,000 seat stadium at its King Abdullah Sports City development near Jeddah.

The original submission date was 14 April. UK-based Arup is the consultant on the scheme.

When King Abdullah Sports City was approved by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in February 2009, it included a 100,000 seat stadium and a number of other sporting venues and structures. It was planned to cover an area of 9 square-kilometres, some 60km north of Jeddah alongside the Mecca-Medina highway.

However, the project has since been downsized and it is currently only the 60,000 stadium project that is being tendered.

Aramco was given the task of developing the scheme on behalf of the government in 2009. In 2010, it tendered road building and enabling works for the project. The enabling works involves earthworks, such as general site levelling and preparation. The 10-month road contract involves the construction of two interchanges and a perimeter road (MEED 21:1:11).