Entrant: SAK Consultant
Project owner: Jeddah Municipality
Developer: Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives
EPC contractors: Al-Babtain Contracting Company and others
Consultants: SAK Consultant, Cracknell, Flint & Neill/Arup and others
Architect: SAK Consultant
Financier: Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives
The Kingdom Flagpole Project aimed to create a landmark for Saudi Arabia. As the gateway to the two Holy Mosques, the city of Jeddah was selected as the site for the flagpole.
The project received various accolades from the municipality of Jeddah for its health and safety performance, sustainability, time keeping, supply chain best practices, innovation and standout performance.
At 171.4 metres, it is the tallest flagpole in the world, and weighs 500 tonnes. The 570kg, 1,635-square-metre flag is visible from miles away. A landscaped cultural space was created around the pole, with 13 special lamp posts to reflect Saudi Arabias 13 governorates. The area includes a 26,000-square-metre representation of the two swords (each 75 metres long) and palm tree (85 metres tall) that make up the kingdoms emblem.
The design is inspired by ripples on sand and represents the countrys natural oil resource with a clear depiction of the Saudi emblem to reflect power and creativity.
The direction to Mecca is illustrated in the events plaza, which is sheltered by palm trees planted in a crescent shape, creating an oasis around the flag.
The design of the site minimises the heat island effect as 35 per cent of the land area is covered with plants and the remaining surface area with highly reflective paving material.