New exhibition centre for Riyadh

01 February 2002

Long-standing plans to build a new international exhibition centre in the Saudi capital were revived in late January with the award of the design contract to the local Al-Issa Consulting Engineers. The company won first place in a design competition held by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 1994, but the scheme was later put on hold. Architectural designs and a financial feasibility study will take eight months to complete, and an international tender for the construction package is expected to be issued in the third quarter of this year.

A 200,000-square-metre site has been allocated for the complex on Prince Abdullah Road in eastern Riyadh. The successful contractor will be responsible for the construction of four central exhibition areas covering a total of 16,000 square metres, and a detached 5,000-square-metre display centre for Saudi products. The Riyadh International Exhibition Centre will also contain an auditorium, offices, conference facilities and parking for 3,000 cars.

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

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