Neom issues Gulf of Aqaba infrastructure tender

19 March 2024
The scheme involves developing coastal resorts along a 120-kilometre stretch of coastline extending south from the Jordanian border

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Saudi Arabia’s Neom has issued a tender inviting companies to bid for a contract to develop the basic infrastructure for its Gulf of Aqaba development.

The tender for the infrastructure works for District Six, also called Southern Gateway, was issued on 27 February.

The deadline for bid submission is 19 March.

The scope of the contract involves the road works for a 20-kilometre coastal road and Wadi culverts.

The Southern Gateway district is further divided into three zones (zone 14, zone 15 and zone 16).

The district has a coastline of approximately 24km with a total land area of about 65 sq km.

US-based engineering firm Aecom is the Gulf of Aqaba project consultant.

Last week, MEED reported that Neom had issued a tender for the infrastructure works on District Four, also called Jungle Club.

Neom is implementing a series of projects as part of its infrastructure development programme for the region, including the existing coastal road network comprising the Gulf of Aqaba coastal road from Ras El Sheikh, Ras El Sheikh road, Magna road, Al Bada road and Highway 5.

These roads play a vital role in serving future Neom assets along the Gulf of Aqaba coast, including recently announced schemes such as Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, Norlana, AquellumZardun and Gidori.

Gulf of Aqaba progress

Neom has already made progress on the development of its Gulf of Aqaba destination.

In September last year, MEED reported that Neom had selected a joint venture of the local Al-Ayuni Investment Company and Turkish contractor Limak Holding to deliver the early works for the Cube mountain resort at the Gulf of Aqaba in Neom.

The scope of work includes enabling works, drilling of vertical and inclined boreholes, a drill-and-blast construction access tunnel, excavation works at the top of the mountain and other associated works.

The Cube will be built on top of a mountain overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba. Each side of the Cube building will be about 100 metres.

The Gulf of Aqaba is a 120km-long coastal strip at Neom with an average width of 3.5km. The total land area is about 430 square kilometres.

MEED's April 2024 special report on Saudi Arabia includes:

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> UPSTREAM: Aramco spending drawdown to jolt oil projects
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> WATER: Growth inevitable for the Saudi water sector
> CONSTRUCTION: Saudi gigaprojects propel construction sector
> TRANSPORT: Saudi Arabia’s transport sector offers prospects


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