Saudi's King Salman Park awards $1bln construction contracts

The project, on the grounds of the old airport in Riyadh, aims to create the largest city park in the world

  
An Asian labourer looks up as he works at the construction site of a building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image used for illustrative purpose.

An Asian labourer looks up as he works at the construction site of a building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Saudi Arabia - The King Salman Park Foundation has awarded contracts worth SR3.847 billion ($1 billion) to a group of national companies to implement parts of the King Salman Park project, coinciding with the start of construction work, Al Eqtisadiah reported.

These contracts include site preparation works, and the construction of a number of tunnels and bridges on Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Road and Al Urubah Road. The project, on the grounds of the old airport in Riyadh, aims to create the largest city park in the world.

At 13.4 square kilometers, King Salman Park will be five times larger than London’s Hyde Park and four times larger than Central Park in New York. It aims to become a one-of-a-kind destination, with more than 160 features and attractions covering art, culture, sport and entertainment. Construction is expected to begin in the second half of this year.

The contracts also include infrastructure works and site preparation works for the Royal Complex for Arts.

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