BNC report lists top Saudi development projects

New Jeddah Downtown — Phase 1
Updated 09 February 2018
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BNC report lists top Saudi development projects

A significant number of expansion and redevelopment projects are among the 10 highest value construction projects in Saudi Arabia, according to the latest “Top Projects in Saudi Arabia” report prepared by the BNC Network for The Big 5 Saudi. The multi-development expansion of Makkah’s Grand Mosque and the redevelopment of Jeddah’s downtown are included in the list.
The BNC report revealed that the expansion and redevelopment of existing structures and areas is a main theme.

1. Al-Faisaliya City
The $25 billion Al-Faisaliya City concept for the western coast of Makkah stands at the top of the BNC list in value. The development will spread across an area of 2,450 square kilometers and will provide 995,000 housing units to accommodate 6.5 million people.

2. Grand Mosque
With an estimated completion date of mid-2018, the $21.3 billion expansion project will be divided into three phases. The expansion will include the addition of a new seven-story building with 74 prayer halls, an ornate prayer hall spread over 250,000 square meters and a 5,000-square-meter central ceremonial area.

3. Dahiyat Al-Fursan
Valued at $20 billion and due for completion by 2020, the residential project involves the construction of 100,000 houses and infrastructure works.

4. Al-Ruwaid redevelopment
The Jeddah-based project is expected to be completed by 2030. It involves the redevelopment of Al-Ruwais district and transforming a slum area into an urban district.

5. King Abdullah Security Compounds — Phase 5
Phase 5 of the King Abdullah Security Compounds under development by the Ministry of Interior is valued at $8 billion and is expected to be completed this year. The entire project will involve the construction of 369 security compounds.

The other projects in the list include: Al-Shamiya and Mataf expansion, Mall of Saudi, New Jeddah Downtown — Phase 1, The Avenues — Al-Malqa, and Riyadh Medical Village.
Event Director for The Big 5 Saudi, Roni El-Haddad, said: “The call made by Saudi Vision 2030 to diversify KSA’s economy is driving construction activity across all markets; government plans to strengthen religious tourism anticipate an influx of pilgrims to the Grand Mosque and Mataf instigating its expansion, additionally there is increasing demand by young people for higher quality urban areas, the development of which currently makes up 70 percent of all construction activities in Saudi Arabia.”


Riyadh hotel hosts Chinese Food Festival

The festival is offering an assortment of Chinese food, such as kung pao, xiaomian, in addition to other famous dishes and beverages.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Riyadh hotel hosts Chinese Food Festival

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is currently hosting the Chinese Food Festival at its Aroma restaurant in Riyadh. The event, which runs until Oct. 27, is offering an assortment of Chinese food, such as kung pao, xiaomian, in addition to other famous dishes and beverages. 

Chef Ricky Hung, who flew to the Kingdom all the way from Kempinski Hotel Xiamen, China, for the Chinese Food Festival, said that he will accommodate Saudi dining tastes, and will introduce the Chinese cuisine to the hotel’s guests in an innovative way. He said he expects to attract the attention of all gourmet lovers and encourage them to attend the festival.

Chef Jackie Kwan, who also came from the Kempinski Hotel Xiamen in China, said that he would use his vast experience in preparing a Chinese buffet offering a variety of authentic Chinese cuisine, as well as the most famous desserts.

Last year’s Chinese festival at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski was a hit among the guests, who especially loved the live-cooking station, appetizers, main dishes, desserts and beverages. 

The hotel management said that it will continue to present many surprises for the guests.

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski comprises 23 floors and is a 25-minute drive from King Khaled International Airport. Guests can enjoy the best views of the city from its 349 luxury guest rooms and suites and a variety of dining experiences in its three restaurants and three cafés and lounges. Conference facilities and a ballroom can accommodate up to 2,000 guests.