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Qiddiya unveils master plan for Saudi Arabia’s entertainment city giga-project

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Qiddiya Investment Company has revealed the master plan for its entertainment and leisure destination, a giga-project located near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) said Qiddiya‘s master plan was created with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). QIC said it carried out an extensive design process to ensure the giga-project complements the natural landscape.

“The people of Saudi Arabia share the universal desire for enriching experiences, and our plan allows Qiddiya to unlock access to these experiences in a new and culturally relevant way, encouraging personal and professional pursuits that foster enrichment,” said Michael Reininger, CEO of QIC.

Located 45 km from Riyadh, the 334-square-kilometre site has been divided into five development nodes – Resort Core, City Centre, Eco Core, Motion Core, and the Golf and Residential Neighbourhood.

Qiddiya will be comprised of five development areas

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The Resort Core is a retail, dining and entertainment district with hotels. Adjacent to the 15-hectare area is an outdoor entertainment venue.

Opening in 2022, Resort Core will be home to Six Flags Qiddiya, as well as a water sports and entertainment attraction, which includes a hotel, and a motor sports facility called ‘Speed Park’.

The City Centre will feature various sports venues, including a 20,000-seat stadium, an 18,000-seat multi-purpose indoor arena, an aquatic centre, and a sports hub.

An arts centre will include a performing arts theatre and multiplex cinema. City Centre will also have a mosque, shopping, F&B, a private school, hospital and high street.

Six Flags Qiddiya will open in 2022 in the Resort Core

Saudi Arabia from the air at night entertainment city

Elsewhere, the Eco Core will house a golf course and outdoor sports offerings, while the Motion Core will put on events and experiences.

Finally, the Golf and Residential Neighbourhood will boast an 18-hole golf course, a luxury resort hotel and spa, and equestrian facilities.

“This project sets a new global standard for the seamless integration of visitor-focused experiences and an innovative mix of program pieces, delivering an unparalleled entertainment destination,” said Bob Ward, Chairman of the Qiddiya Advisory Board.

Giga-projects under construction in Saudi

There are 4 “giga-projects” currently being built in Saudi Arabia – Qiddiya, Al-Ula, Neom and the Red Sea Project. In September, the Public Investment Fund announced a new uber-luxury resort called Amaala.

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Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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