Atkins awarded lead design contract for Six Flags Qiddiya theme park in Riyadh

The park will stretch across 32 hectares

Rendering of Cliff Edge Plaza and Performing Arts Centre that forms part of Saudi Arabia's ambitious Qiddiya project. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Rendering of Cliff Edge Plaza and Performing Arts Centre that forms part of Saudi Arabia's ambitious Qiddiya project. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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RIYADH — SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been awarded the lead design consultant services contract from Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) for the Six Flags Qiddiya theme park project — located within Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh.

Under the three-year contract, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, will provide integrated lead design consultant, construction supervision, and cost management services.

The scope of work includes public realm and necessary infrastructure within the plot area along with validation of the pre-concept design, as well as the development of sustainability and environmental assessment methods, design criteria, and standards of the project.

Six Flags Qiddiya is scheduled for opening during the first phase of Qiddiya — the Kingdom’s Capital of Entertainment, Sports and the Arts.

The park will stretch across 32 hectares (79 acres) and feature 28 uniquely themed rides and attractions across six lands: The City of Thrills, Discovery Springs, Steam Town, Twilight Gardens, Valley of Fortune and Grand Exposition.

The theme park will provide both recreational and professional opportunities to the Saudi population and boast a number of record-breaking attractions including The Falcon’s Flight, the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world.

“This win is a testament to our proven track record for delivering flagship projects worldwide, and market-focused approach to a dynamic and sustainable business growth in the Middle East,” said Cris Dedigama, CEO of Atkins Middle East & Africa, Engineering, Design and Project Management, SNC-Lavalin.

“We are proud to work with Qiddiya on this one-of-a-kind project that supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and the acceleration of the country’s economic diversification agenda.”

“With over 50 years’ presence in the Middle East, Atkins has delivered some of the region’s most iconic amusement parks,“ said Ian Redmayne, managing director of Atkins KSA, engineering, design and project management, SNC-Lavalin.

“We are proud to support the Six Flags Qiddiya project that is set to redefine the entertainment industry not only in the region, but also globally. We look forward to delivering this project to the highest quality, safety and sustainability standards.”

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) is driving the development of Qiddiya — home of the most innovative and disruptive experiences in Entertainment, Sports and the Arts in Saudi Arabia.

As a core tenet of Vision 2030, Qiddiya has a dual economic and social purpose: to advance economic diversification and unlock new professional pathways while enriching lives of the youth in the Kingdom.

The company’s relationship with Qiddiya started in 2019 when the firm began providing master planning and infrastructure engineering services for the destination-resort community. — AETOSWire


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