3 huge construction projects in Saudi Arabia
When it comes to major construction projects, Saudi Arabia can claim to have the most ambitious plans for the coming decade. Not only are there plans for some of the world’s largest commercial developments, but they are also undergoing several projects to update historical monuments.
Huge projects boost the Saudi economy
According to Brogan, a Saudi Arabia scaffolding company with a history of major projects throughout Saudi Arabia and the UAE, these are undoubtedly some of the most ambitious projects ever. Brogan has solutions for medium to large construction projects.
When you understand just how large these projects are and how many hectares are involved, you will see just how many Saudi nationals will be employed in the undertaking. Not only will the construction itself be a major boost to the economy but so, too, will each of these commercial sites add billions to the national annual economy. To get an idea as to just how ambitious their plans are, let’s look at just 3 of the huge construction projects in various stages of development today.
1. Jabal Omar
Located in a city the rest of the world calls Mecca, this Makkah development covers an immense area of over 40 hectares. The ultimate cost will be over $4.4 billion, and it will be a commercial complex consisting of residential buildings and hotels. Once completed, there will be a capacity to host more than 16,000 annual guests but during the season of Hajj, it is estimated that more than 100,000 guests can be accommodated. There will be two 5-star luxury hotels that will overlook the Holy Mosque of Makkah. With at least 40 towers when completed, imagine the sheer amount of scaffolding that will be required!
2. Al Widyan
Al Widyan is being dubbed a “city within a city” as it will consist of more than 7 million square metres in the capital city of Riyadh. It will be split into 12 distinct districts of mixed-use real estate. At least 50% of the land will be dedicated to open spaces for leisure activities, with one Central Park that will be built around Al Widyan’s natural wadis, a system of valleys and ravines that are dry except during the rainy season. The entire project is currently budgeted at $2.7 billion, much of which will be areas that can be traversed on foot. There are planned to be at least 20,000 high and mid-rise residential buildings that will house business professionals, families, and students. The goal is to become a major cosmopolitan district within the capital.
3. Jeddah Tower
This is an interesting bit of architecture in that it is set to be the tallest structure in the world. Imagine the sheer magnitude of a project like this in which the building will be approximately 1 kilometre in height once completed. There will be at least 250 floors consisting of hotels, serviced apartments, residential apartments, and a Four Seasons luxury hotel is anticipated to open there as well.
After a couple of delays due to stalling of construction, the project is currently at the 60th level and at a height of 248 metres. This is perhaps going to be the crowning achievement of Saudi’s Vision for 2030.