Jeddah’s Old Airport to Become New City
P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News
JEDDAH, 19 October 2006 — A multipurpose world-class city is
coming up in the Old Airport of Jeddah. Designs for the project is
being prepared by an American consultancy firm and the work will
take off within six months, says Abdul Qader Othman Ameer, assistant
mayor of Jeddah.
multibillion-dollar project includes educational institutions,
hotels, residential apartments, recreational centers, conference
halls, museums, mosques, playgrounds, government offices and a
The project will be
carried out on a vast area of 12 million square meters. “The private
sector will participate with the municipality in carrying out the
project,” Al-Madinah Arabic daily quoted Ameer as saying. The
municipality owns five million square meters of the land required
for the project.
Jeddah Mayor Adel
Faqeeh has signed an agreement with Hawk International, which was
selected from 30 well-known global consultancy firms, to design the
project. Ameer said the new world city would change Jeddah’s face.
“We’ll cooperate with
real estate owners at old airport, especially Emaar Middle East and
Inmaiya Co. to carry out the project,” Ameer said.
Jeddah’s history, he said Caliph Othman established the city in 25H,
about 1422 years ago to become the main gateway of the two holy
mosques, considering the important geographical position of the
During the past 40
years, Jeddah made tremendous progress, especially after the
construction of the first airport in Sharafiya. This led to
development of residential areas around the airport.
During the past years
new residential districts sprouted as the city expanded 50 km to
north, 25 km to south and 15 km to east, Ameer pointed out.
He said the Old
Airport where the new project is planned is an ideal site as it is
close to King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah Islamic Port
and cultural and commercial centers as well as to Makkah.
Ameer said Mayor
Faqeeh has offered his full support to the project, adding that he
would coordinate with government departments to make the project a
reality. “The project offers a model plan for the development of Old
Airport,” Ameer said.
He said the project
would also include public parks, public utility services and parking
facilities, adding that it would help attract billions of riyals in
domestic and foreign investment and enhance cultural and
He said Hawk
International would design the project within four months. In March
last year, Al-Oula Development Company held a major auction in
Jeddah to sell 888 plots spread on an area of 1.2 million square
meters at Old Jeddah Airport. The prices per square meter doubled
from SR1,500 to SR3,200 as a result of the big demand.
chooses Amana Contracting to build an extension to its logistics
FZE, a leading logistics company in the Middle East has awarded a
contract to Amana Contracting and Steel Buildings, to design and
build an extension of their logistics facilities in JAFZA. The
extension of the facility comprises building of a warehousing
facility, with an additional built up area of 5440 sq meters, on a
plot of over 40,412 sq meters. The new facility will expand the
existing capacity of the warehouse by over 20 %.
Transworld FZE has contracted Amana to design and construct the
warehouse on a fast track basis in just 240 days. Approximately 210
tonnes of steel will be used for this project.
are delighted to award this contract to Amana due to their proven
expertise in providing comprehensive design-build solutions from
conception through construction and completion,” Said Rajesh
Mukherjee, General Manager, Transworld FZE
“Amana's ability to provide a cost-effective and fast-track solution
to the construction of its projects – without sacrificing build
quality – was, we believe, a key factor in their selection.” He
Commenting on the project, Jihad Bsaibes, General Manager, Amana
Contracting and Steel Buildings, Dubai said “This is a unique
project as it involves the building of an additional mezzanine area
in the existing facility. The new system can bear additional load of
racking as well as accommodate the installation of an in-rack fire
fighting system which is a critical safety feature of the warehouse.
"Amana constructed the existing logistics facilities of Transworld
on a design-build basis in January 2005. The recurrence of work with
the same client is a testament to our service culture and product",
Amana’s success is the direct result of employing a regional
design-build contractor concept with a decentralized model. This
means actively involving design engineers in the process so the
sales team ensures delivery of custom designed and cost-effective
solutions to its clients. Construction on this project has already
begun, and the overall project will be completed in just 240 days.