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Innovative new events venue for Saudi
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Innovative new events venue for Saudi

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De Boer Middle East has won the contract to build a high-specification semi-permanent exhibition hall at King Abdullah Economic City, close to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

At 6,500 square metres, the King Abdullah Exhibition Centre will be one of the largest temporary structures for meetings and exhibitions to be built in the region.

Sustainability is a key feature of the building, which has an expected life span in its current location of between five to 10 years. Following this, it can be dismantled and reused in a new location as needed.

The turnkey venue combines the latest temporary structure technology to deliver the look and feel of a permanent building. The whole venue is designed with a high specification interior fit out encompassing adaptable conference rooms and retractable exhibition hall divides.

Another advantage of the De Boer temporary structure solution is the rapid build-times, with construction to be completed within two to three months.

Located in the King Abdullah Economic City project, situated 100 kilometres north of Jeddah, the King Abdullah Exhibition Centre is expected to be the centrepiece of the economic city and a major draw for visitors to the region.

Commenting on the contract win, Edward Gallagher, De Boer Middle East’s Business Development Director, stated: “We’re delighted to be partnering with one of the most innovative, forward-thinking organisations and cities in the Middle East in delivering this exhibition centre project. As a result of choosing De Boer Middle East, the city can expect to be delivering exhibitions and events by October – drawing thousands of people, driving tourism and bringing in revenue.

“With our continued developments in construction technology, De Boer can now deliver full, turnkey venues for any need, from temporary airport terminals to warehouses and sports facilities, to exhibition venues in weeks instead of years. These are facilities that will last at least 10 to 15 years without any maintenance overhaul.”