Saudi Arabia’s Defence Ministry has extended the bid deadline for contractors to submit prices to build the first phase of its planned Military Medical City on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The ministry has set a new bid deadline of 7 July for the construction contract. The bid deadline has now been extended a number of times, with bids originally due in mid-March.

The first phase of the hospital will contain 1,500 beds, as well as laboratories, warehouses and administrative buildings. The construction contract will include providing infrastructure and utilities.

The hospital will contain 3,500 beds when completed. The medical city will be built on the Riyadh Airport highway, and will be located near Princess Noura University.

As one of several medical cities the Saudi government is planning, the project is part of an expansion of healthcare infrastructure to cope with rapid population growth.

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry has invited contractors to submit bids for the contract to build two major hospitals in the north and south of the kingdom.

The ministry has invited contractors to submit bids by 11 August for the contracts to build the second phases of the Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz Medical City, located in the north of the kingdom, and the King Faisal Medical City, located in the south.

The contract for the second phase of the Prince Mohamed bin Abdulaziz Medical City will involve building hospital buildings and other facilities, which will add 500 beds to the 50-bed facility’s first phase, currently under construction.

The second phase of the King Faisal Medical City will also involve building hospital buildings and other facilities, which will add 850 beds to the 500-bed facility currently under development.