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 Arabia confirms 154 new coronavirus cases

Updated 31 March 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms 154 new coronavirus cases

  • Sixteen of the new cases had come from abroad

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly on Monday confirmed 154 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Kingdom. Sixteen of the new cases had come from abroad.

“Since their entry into Saudi Arabia, they have been placed in quarantine,” said Al-Aly at the daily press conference held to announce updates on COVID-19 in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia announced free treatment to all COVID-19 patients in both government and private health facilities in the Kingdom.

Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced the royal order and said it included citizens, residents and those in violation of residency laws.

Al-Aly said: “This gesture is undoubtedly — as the health minister stressed — customary in this country. It is a very important humanitarian step. It adds to all the previous steps that the country has taken to give this community the highest levels of protection and health security.”

Al-Aly provided a breakdown of the latest cases. The majority were recorded in Makkah, with 40 cases, followed by Dammam (34), Riyadh (22) and Madinah (22). Jeddah, Hofuf, Khobar, Qatif and Taif all recorded a low number of cases.

Tabuk, Buraidah, Yanbu, Al-Ras, Khamis Mushait, Dhahran, Samtah and Al-Duwadimi reported one case each.

“This brings the total number of registered cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom to 1,453. Most of the patients are in a stable condition and are showing uplifting results,” Al-Aly said.

He said 22 cases are still receiving intensive care, given their critical health conditions. “No additional deaths were recorded and 49 additional cases were treated, bringing the total number of recovering cases to 115,” he added.

The number of reported COVID-19 cases worldwide has reached 734,000. Around 34,000 people have died; 152,000 have recovered.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Talal Al-Shalhoub said that a number of neighborhoods in Makkah will be isolated as a further precautionary measure.

He said the restriction was introduced to limit the spread of the virus in the Kingdom and to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents.

Al-Shalhoub said the isolation measures would be implemented in Ajyad, Masafi,Misfalah, Al-Hujun, Al-Nakkasa and Hosh Bakr.

He added that the restrictions will be “preventing entry or exit … and preventing touring throughout the day for 24 hours, from 3 p.m. as of March 30 until further notice.”

Residents of the selected Makkah neighborhoods will be allowed to leave their homes for necessities such as health care and groceries “within the scope of the isolation between 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

The ministry said that all activities that have been allowed during curfew hours should be carried out in the strictest limits and in accordance with the procedures and controls determined by the concerned authority.

Saudi intensive care unit patient Moayad Qashqari encouraged all residents to seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms.

Commenting on the royal order, he said: “This is a call for all residents in our country; whether they are residence violators or those whose residency has expired. The hospital doors are opened for them, they will not be rejected if their residency has expired.”

He added: “They will be provided with treatment to go home fully recovered. All residents must take this step to look after their health and the well-being of their families. If it isn’t fatal to one person, it could be fatal to someone else.

“We advise everyone to be cooperative and take responsibility.”