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AL-QUN­FU­DAH AIR­PORT FOUN­DA­TION SET IN SAUDI ARA­BIA

The foun­da­tion stone for Saudi Ara­bia’s Al- Qun­fu­dah Air­port was laid by Makkah Gover­nor Prince Khaled AlFaisal ear­lier this month. Nine com­pa­nies are com­pet­ing to work on the project, which is due to com­ple­tion within two years, and is ex­pected to serve seven coastal prov­inces.

A com­mit­tee was formed to in­spect sev­eral sites for the project, with Gen­eral Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity de­ter­min­ing ap­pro­pri­ate con­trols for air traf­fic safety, and Pres­i­dency of Me­te­o­rol­ogy and En­vi­ron­ment car­ry­ing out stud­ies on cli­matic con­di­tions and their im­pact on air traf­fic.

Ac­cord­ing to a an Ara­bic-lan­guage re­port by Saudi Press Agency ( SPA), the king­dom’s state-run news out­let, nu­mer­ous sites were stud­ied within Al- Qun­fu­dah for a pe­riod of 10 months, and a spot was picked north of the gov­er­norate. How­ever, this rec­om­men­da­tion was dropped due to en­vi­ron­men­tal rea­sons, and even­tu­ally, a site 25km north of Qun­fu­dah, span­ning around 2,400ha, has been picked for the project, ac­cord­ing to the re­port that has been trans­lated to English.

Plans are also in place for project im­ple­men­ta­tion, with fi­nal de­signs for the scheme car­ried out by Saudi pro­fes­sion­als. Ac­cord­ing to its project page on ProTen­ders, Al- Qun­fu­dah Air­port has Zuhair Fayez Part­ner­ship en­gaged as its de­sign con­sul­tant.

Upon com­ple­tion, the air­port will serve 500,000 pas­sen­gers per year. Al- Qun­fu­dah Air­port’s de­sign plans in­clude three halls, a run­way, a road net­work, a five-air­craft

hangar, an air con­trol tower, and car park spa­ces.

With of­fices in Riyadh, Makkah, Dam­man, and Mad­i­nah, Zuhair Fayez Part­ner­ship is one of Saudi Ara­bia’s big­gest ar­chi­tec­ture firms. The firm has a slew of ma­jor com­pleted projects un­der its belt. One such lo­cal project are the High Tech­nol­ogy Park Build­ings for Pen­sion Fund in Riyadh.

Avi­a­tion is a key area of fo­cus for Saudi Ara­bia as part of its Vi­sion 2030 eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme. For in­stance, this May, Dam­mam Air­ports Com­pany signed agree­ments with Van­der­lande and Serco Mid­dle East for the coun­try’s pop­u­lar King Fahd In­ter­na­tional Air­port. As part of the deals, Van­der­lande will build an au­to­mated bag­gage han­dling sys­tem at the air­port, while Serco Mid­dle East will boost the air­port’s fire and res­cue ser­vices. Both con­tracts were signed at Dubai Air­port Show.

In Au­gust 2017, Gaca an­nounced that Riyadh’s King Khalid In­ter­na­tional Air­port (RUH) was to re­ceive mod­erni­sa­tion works fol­low­ing the sea­son of Hajj that year. All four of RUH’s ter­mi­nals were slated for ren­o­va­tion work, with new ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs planned for im­ple­men­ta­tion at the fa­cil­i­ties.

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The foun­da­tion stone for Saudi Ara­bia’s Al-Qun­fu­dah Air­port, for which nine com­pa­nies are com­pet­ing, was laid by the Gover­nor of Makkah last week [im­age: SPA].

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