Construction will begin on the 334km2 Qiddiya entertainment city in Saudi Arabia – the country’s first project of its kind – in 2019, senior officials confirmed in January. The PIF-backed scheme’s planning and design work was completed in 2018, according to chief executive officer of its development company, Mike Reininger.
Reininger added, according to Arab News: “Planning and design were completed in 2018 and will be implemented this year.”
Qiddiya is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme to diversify the kingdom’s economy, and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud oversaw the project’s groundbreaking ceremony on 28 April, 2018.
Located 40km from Riyadh, Qiddiya will be more than twice the size of Walt Disney World Orlando in Florida, US, and will feature a Six Flags-branded theme park, hotels, and amusement and leisure facilities. Closed joint-stock firm Qiddiya Investment Company is developing Qiddiya, for which Losberger De Boer announced completing 15 semi-permanent structures in September 2018.