Qiddiya announces early readiness of new offices complex

The first batch of offices is located on the lower side of the Qiddiya project. (Photo: Qiddiya)
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Updated 17 December 2019

Qiddiya announces early readiness of new offices complex

  • The complex will expand over an area of 21,000 square meters
  • They will include a backyard with outdoor seating, a shaded parking and a range of service facilities

RIYADH: The Qiddiya Development Co., the developmental branch of Qiddiya Investment Co., announced the readiness of the first part of its new offices ahead of schedule. 

The new offices complex, expanding over an area of 21,000 square meters, will hire approximately 150 employees working on the completion of the first phase of the Qiddiya project, scheduled for 2023.

It was developed by Dubox, an Amana company subsidiary. It will be the first batch of offices to be built on the Qiddiya project site, which is expected to become the capital of entertainment, sports and arts in Saudi Arabia.

The new offices complex, located near the visitors’ center at the Qiddiya project, will include a backyard with outdoor seating, a shaded parking and a range of service facilities. The offices’ interior design embodies a wonderful masterpiece designed by Saudi people and inspired by the cultural and creative spirit that characterizes the company’s main offices in the heart of Riyadh. 

Saudi artists Sarah Al-Juhani and Nou Ghamshi were chosen to supervise the design in a contemporary style.

The office was officially inaugurated during a ceremony held specifically for the occasion on Dec. 11, where 12 Qiddiya employees were honored for their efforts in establishing the complex. 

During the ceremony, Kareem Shamma, chief development officer of the entertainment, sports and cultural destination of the Qiddiya Investment Co., delivered a speech before employees went on a tour inside the offices.

Shamma said: “These offices are not only important because they reflect the cultural and creative spirit of Qiddiya, but also because they represent a distinct work environment in which all the elements are available to enable the employees accomplish their tasks in preparation for the launch of the first phase of the project. We are proud of our leadership in providing an ideal working environment and opening the new office ahead of time.”

The staff will gradually move from the company’s headquarters in Riyadh to the new complex at the project site to ensure a smooth transition.

The first batch of offices is located on the lower side of the Qiddiya project, and a second complex will be established on the upper side and is scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2020.

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Updated 13 August 2020

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

  • Saudi Green Building Forum granted accreditation as an observer to UNEP governing body

RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs.
Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitments and engagements of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the nonprofit organization has been granted accreditation as an observer at the governing body of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). SGBF will play a role as an observer at all public meetings and sessions of the UNEP and its subsidiary organs.
Speaking to Arab News, Faisal Al-Fadl, founder of the nonprofit organization, said that the forum’s mission has been developing for the past 10 years and this accreditation was considered an important step in strengthening the role of Saudi civil society institutions, locally and internationally. This was in line with Vision 2030, which has not only played an integral role in the NGO’s mission but also paved the way for the Kingdom’s people to go the extra mile in building an advanced and resilient society.
SGBF was initiated in 2010 and established in 2014. In 2017, it became the first professional body from Saudi Arabia in consultative status with the UN.
“The Saudi Forum was an advocacy group with an honest voice to bridge the gap; through UNEP we now have the tools to become the policymakers,” Al-Fadl said. It is a challenge that the group founder says will be met by providing communities with the proper tools to implement commitments.
As the observing body on the environmental framework at the UNEP, SGBF’s role will include promoting its concepts and goals to be reflected within the community of change. For change to happen, people of a community at a grassroots level who have committed to the preservation of moral codes of conduct are key to changing mentality and behavior to guarantee a future for the next generations, Al-Fadl said.
“As an open platform, our role is being the honest voice of bridging the gap. Economic and social progress accompanied by environmental degradation and pandemics are endangering the very systems on which our future development and our survival depends,” he said.
SGBF represents the Kingdom and its call to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to build on the principles of volunteering, advocacy and sustainable development.
For the NGO, their next step is increasing the engagement of civil society, finding solutions to the problem of volunteer integration in societies, and to prioritize and address social challenges for women, youth and the elderly, calling on member states to increase their role in building and developing practices that minimize the negative impact on the planet.
Al-Fadl added that protecting the planet and building resilience was not easy. Without bolstering local action, including volunteers to accelerate the implementation, it would be a long time until goals were met and result seen, he said.
“UN member countries have the responsibility in confronting the human crisis of inestimable proportions, which impose its heaviest tolls on the supply chain for those marginalized and
most vulnerable in cities and communities around the world,” Al-Fadl said.