Inauguration of Saudi's 334sqkm Qiddiya entertainment city delayed

Inauguration of Saudi's 334sqkm Qiddiya entertainment city delayed
The project, Phase 1of which is expected to be completed in 2022, will be developed in Al-Qiddiya, located some 40km west of Riyadh [representational image].
Published: 25 April 2018 - 9:12 a.m.
By: Fatima De La Cerna

The inauguration of Saudi Arabia’s 334km2 Qiddiya entertainment city has been moved to Saturday, 28 April, 2018.

The launch of the project, to be presided by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was originally scheduled to take place today.

“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will inaugurate next Saturday [the] Qiddiya Project, which is the new entertainment, sports, and cultural destination in the Kingdom,” Saudi Press Agency (SPA) stated.

The project, Phase 1 of which is expected to be completed in 2022, will be developed in Al-Qiddiya, located some 40km west of Riyadh.  

In a statement to SPA, Dr Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, secretary general of the Foundation Council of Qiddiya Project at the Public Investment Fund (PIF), said: “About two-thirds of the Kingdom's population are under the age of 35.

“There is a great need for the Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30bn (SAR112.5bn), which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths.”


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