Saudi Arabia will soon begin work on a mega airport city in Jeddah, which will house at least two events venues, dedicated business centre, three- to five-star hotels, a retail zone, residential sector, parklands and other recreational amenities.
Located adjacent to the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), the mixed-used project is expected to attract national and international tourism and transform Jeddah into the first-ever transit gate in Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah Airport City District has two venues dedicated to MICE and events — the 20,000-seat Jeddah Arena, and the International Convention Centre Jeddah (ICC Jeddah) set to open in December 2025.
ASM Global, which manages convention centres in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, is driving design and venue management for both venues. The company will also launch the new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre — the largest venue of its kind in the Middle East — next year.
Developer SARH Real Estate Investment (SARH) will begin work by end of 2021, and once ready, Jeddah Airport City District will connect by train to KAIA and Jeddah city when it opens in 2025 as the ultimate ‘live-work-play’ lifestyle destination.
SARH chairman, Sultan Al-Harbi said that the "landmark project" would serve as a dynamic addition to the regional corporate and tourism industry, that will ultimately contribute to the Saudi Vision 2030 — a strategic framework to diversify its economy.
The Kingdom has been pushing ahead with its ambition to become a global hub for transport, splashing billions of dollars on new aviation and tourism infrastructure.
Source: M&C Asia