Much-Awaited Saudi Construction Projects Slated To Be Completed In 2017

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With Vision 2030 acting as a guidance force, many new construction projects have been announced in recent months and ones that are long due are now closer than ever to completion.

While 2016 may not be counted amongst the best years for the construction industry, 2017, on the other hand, has many things to look up to with many mega construction projects slated to be completed. Here are a few of them.

 Jeddah New Airport

The first phase of the new KAIA airport is expected to open in mid-2017. The airport expansion project is part of GACA’s 2020 strategy, which seeks to develop the Kingdom’s 27 domestic, regional and international airports.  The strategy aims to raise the capacity of Saudi Arabia’s airports to more than 100 million travelers by 2020.

The project is being developed in 3 phases, the cost of the 1st phase alone is said to be over a whopping 7 Billion Dollars. Sprawling over an area of 670,000 square meters, the airport will be one of the largest travel hubs in the world. In addition to that, the control tower in the new airport is said to be the tallest in the world standing at a height of 136 meters.

Haramain High-Speed Rail

The 449-kilometer railway is one of the most keenly watched projects in the Middle East. Upon completion, the railway will connect the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with Jeddah and KAEC. The trains will run at speeds of 300 km/h making the journey from Jeddah to Makkah in less than half an hour. Operations are expected to commence by the end of 2017.

King Abdulaziz Center For World Culture

The first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, the center is all set to become a thriving hub of knowledge and cross-cultural engagement. Backed with iconic architectural design and state-of-the-art technologies, it will give a much-needed push to innovation and creativity across various streams of knowledge. At the heart of the center is the Knowledge Tower that is made up of 18 floors and will host around 2,000 workshops in STEM ((Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects on an annual basis.

Things to watch out for in the center include the Energy Exhibit, multimedia theater, performing arts theater and the library that will house over a massive 220,000 books. Though the center has already been inaugurated it is expected to open in the 2nd half of 2017.

King Abdullah Port Expansion

The port has been a success story for the Kingdom. The expansion project will add an additional 2 berths to the port. Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, the expansion works will see the port’s annual capacity rise to 4 million TEUs (twenty feet container equivalents).  This will boost its standing in the maritime industry and will bring it a step closer to its vision of becoming one of the largest seaports in the world.

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