Qiddiya Investment Company plans to award $2.66bn in contracts this year to speed up construction of its entertainment and sports project in Riyadh. Once complete, Qiddiya is to become the capital of entertainment, sports, and the arts in the Kingdom. The Giga project will directly employ approximately 17,000 people by 2023, the statement said. It will be developed over a 334sqkm site close to Riyadh and will feature facilities for sports, arts, and entertainment activities. We have awarded well over $266m in contracts so far and that figure is going to jump, maybe 10 times to $2.66bn, which will be construction-related contracts. HRH Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and of the Public Investment Fund, announced the project in April 2017. The ground-breaking took place in April 2018 and the Qiddiya Investment Company was incorporated as a closed joint-stock company wholly-owned by PIF the following month.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, construction at the site, and work is ongoing, Reininger added.