Saudi Arabia’s sports revolution will spark the creation of a supercity, named the Qiddiya project.
The supercity is hoped to become the world’s largest tourist destination.
It will feature 43 sports facilities, an F1 track, and 12 theme parks.
The urban design was unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammad bin Salman in December.
It will form a “city wholly dedicated to play, an epicentre of entertainment, sports and culture that will welcome Saudi nationals, residents and tourists alike, exemplified by its promise of ‘Play Life’,” per Populous.
Saudi Arabia’s sports revolution was sparked by the announcement that they’d host the 2034 World Cup.
The supercity project will be funded by significant investment to construct a landmark $315 million stadium.
However, those behind the project expect it to generate over 325,000 jobs and yield a nominal GDP of over $35.997 billion annually.
The Qiddiya project is expected to boost Saudi Arabia’s presents on the global sports and esports stage.
The National Gaming and Esports Strategy and Saudi Vision 2030 is hoped to attract up to 10 million visitors by 2030.
Saudi Arabia’s sports revolution is part of a broader strategy of diversifying the economy.
It’s hoped that this supercity will also boost the nation’s cultural and entertainment offering.
And it’s not the only ongoing project for Saudi Arabia, with mega-project, The Cube skyscraper, set to become one of the largest structures in the world.
Populous, the company behind the Qiddiya project, is already at the forefront of cutting-edge venue design for the ever-expanding live gaming experience.
The striking Qiddiya City Esports Arena will combine the largest combined total video screen area of any esports arena in the world – its the sports equivalent of the Las Vegas Sphere in the US.
The 5,155-seat multifunctional venue will feature 4D haptic seats where visitors can enjoy a fully immersive and ever-changing experience of sense, feel and even smells.
Extensive sightline studies will optimise seating in the main auditorium for the best views.
The combination of screen size and 4D haptic seats, together with specifications for the most advanced AV systems available, ensures visitors will enjoy.
The “fantasy world for fans” will have breakout zones for gaming, a food ‘souk’, retail and an immersive entertainment zone.