Interest mounts over Riyadh exhibition centre

16 August 2002

At least 18 local and international contractors have submitted expressions of interest for the estimated SR 200 million ($53 million) Riyadh International Exhibition Centre, project sources say. First announced in 1994, plans for the complex were revived in January with the award of the design contract to the local Al-Issa Consulting Engineers.The client, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is expected to announce prequalified contractors by the end of August (MEED 1:2:01).

The successful contractor will be responsible for the construction of four central exhibition halls covering a total of 16,000 square metres. Located on the Prince Abdullah Road in eastern Riyadh, the 192,000-square-metre site will also contain a 5,000-square-metre display centre for Saudi goods, an auditorium, offices, conference facilities and parking for 3,000 cars.

A tender for the second phase, which involves the construction of a hotel and a 15,000-square-metre extension to the main exhibition area, will be released at a later date. The project manager is Saudi Projacs, a subsidiary of Kuwait-based Project Analysis & Control Systems (Projacs).

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