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Saudi Giga Projects 2024

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Saudi Giga Projects Summit where innovation, ambition and development converge on an unprecedented scale.



  • Crowne Plaza RDC – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Giga Projects & MENA Construction Summit - Highlights Video

Why attend?

What to expect ?

The first of a two-day conference providing attendees with a comprehensive overview and outlook of the Saudi giga project program and its contracting and supplier opportunities. Leading clients will share detailed package breakdowns, capex and budget plans, timeframes, material and supply requirements and shortlisting requirements.

Attendees will benefit from:

  1. Dynamic debate and networking session with industry leaders.
  2. High value insights and interactions to enable deep understanding of market.
  3. An opportunity for Q&A, to address challenges and perceptions head on
  4. A roadmap to Saudi’s future




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  • 14 May 2024
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8:30 AM

Registration Open & Networking Coffee

9:30 AM

Opening Welcome and Remarks by the Chairman

The opening welcome will also include a macroeconomic overview and data led update on the projects landscape of Saudi Arabia.


9:50 AM

Keynote Leaders Panel Discussion: Showcasing the successful delivery of Saudi giga projects

This keynote panel discussion will showcase how Saudi giga projects are developing the economy of Saudi in alignment with Vision 2030.
Discussion points will include:

  • Exploring giga project future requirements and long-term key development plans in delivering the 2030 Saudi vision
  • What specific initiatives are being used to create opportunities for the private sector – investment opportunities, investment incentives, developing capabilities of local suppliers & contractors, supporting development of local talent
  • Discussing key learnings from the progress of giga project developments over the last 12 months
  • Looking beyond Vision 2030 – how will developments progress and what is business critical?


10:30 AM

Fireside Chat: ROSHN

This 1-1 ‘fireside chat’ will provide a project update of one of the largest real estate developers in Saudi Arabia. The chat will outline its vision for developing modern, integrated, and sustainable communities, and the project ambitions for the future in line with Vision 2030’s target of 70% homeownership. The ‘fireside chat’ will additionally discuss the scope of work that is expected to be tendered over the next 18 months meeting both short-& long-term objectives, use of offsite / industrialised construction and how to get involved.


10:55 AM

Introduction and Project Showcase Presentation: Diriyah Project

An overview to Saudi Arabia’s cultural capital and the variety of projects set to transform the west of Riyadh. The presentation will also showcase the overall future opportunities available.


11:20 AM

Networking, Refreshment & Prayer Break (11.52)

12 PM

Project Showcase Presentation: Red Sea Global Projects

This presentation will deliver a high-level overview of the projects transforming tourism in Saudi Arabia, and will explore the vision, timeframes, and contribution to Vision 2030. The presentation will also examine the scope of packages / work that is expected to be tendered over the next 18 months

  • Providing an up-to-date outline of the material supply requirements to meet both the project’s short- & long-term objectives
  • The use of offsite / industrialised construction
  • Exploring longer term contracting requirements – the ‘what & need to know’
  • Detailing how to obtain pre-qualify & shortlisted status


12:30 PM

Project Showcase Presentation: Delivering the Comprehensive Regeneration of AlUla

This presentation will deliver an overview of how RCU brings the vision for AlUla to life from the planning stage to delivery and ongoing operations. This includes key infrastructure projects which underpin everything RCU is doing to sustainably regenerate AlUla for the benefit of visitors and the local community, while preserving its heritage. The presentation will also showcase the overall future opportunities for potential partners and investors.


12:50 PM

Project Showcase Presentation: King Salman Park Projects

This presentation will deliver an overview for the world’s biggest urban park known as Riyadh’s ‘green lung’ and will provide a practical summary of the affiliated projects. The presentation will also showcase the overall future opportunities available.


1:10 PM

Showcase Presentation: Riyadh Sports Boulevard Project

This presentation will deliver an introduction and practical overview of the 60 affiliated projects incorporating multidisciplinary sporting facilities and activity zones. The presentation will also showcase the overall future opportunities available.


1:30 PM

Fireside Chat: Project Showcase – The Boutique Group Projects

This 1-1 Fire Side Chat will deliver a complete overview on the Boutique Group Projects for developing historical and cultural palaces into ultra-luxury boutique hotels, which will provide a true reflection of the modern-day Saudi Arabia whilst contributing to local economic growth. The session will also showcase the overall future opportunities and ambitions of the project.


1:50 PM

Project Showcase Presentation: Rua Al Madinah Project

This exclusive presentation will outline key scope and contract packages on the 45,000-plus hotel room mega project including a focus on the details, scope and timeframes of major construction contracts to be tendered in H2 2023 and in 2024.


2:20 PM

Lunch, Networking & Prayer Break (15:15)

3:30 PM

Project Showcase Presentation: NEOM

This exclusive presentation will deliver a comprehensive overview of the world’s largest project and Saudi Arabia’s flagship giga project including The Line, Oxagon, Trojena, Sindalah Island and Bay Aqaba. It will include information surrounding individual construction contracts and packages, timeframes, scopes, and procurement pipeline.


4 PM

Project Showcase Presentation: Key other Saudi megaprojects 2023-2030

This presentation will summarise other key project programs, worth more than $250bn, under the Saudi 2030 Vision with details on spending and procurement plans on the clients including:

  • Jeddah Airports Company (Jedco)
  • National Housing Company
  • Ministry of Sports
  • Water Transmission & Technologies Company (WTTCO)
  • Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu (RCJY)
  • Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)


4:20 PM

Closing Remarks by the Chairman


4:30 PM

Close of Summit

2023 Speakers

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Mark DeCocinis
CEO, Boutique Group

As the Chief Executive Officer at Boutique Group, Mark De Cocinis leads the creation of the finest Saudi hospitality experience, turning historical and cultural palaces into ultra-luxury boutique hotels.

Before joining Boutique Group, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Resort Concepts, a boutique ultra-luxury hotel company based in Shanghai, China, overseeing boutique hotels in Asia.

He was President of DeMarcheli Hospitality Limited HK, an Asset Management company working with owners investing and developing prime real estate with luxury hotels and residences in Asia Pacific. Mark has dedicated his long career with over 40 years to the luxury hospitality segment, having worked for some of the most prestigious hotel brands across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including President & COO, One & Only Resorts, Kerzner International, Executive Vice President, Global, Shangri-La Group, and Regional Vice President Asia Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. De Cocinis received the prestigious Friendship Award in 2004 from President Hu Jintao, and Magnolia Award Silver and Gold in 2001 and 2003 from Mayor Han Zheng for his contribution to the business, people development, and establishing community support for The Children's Charity Foundation in Shanghai and China.

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Mohamed Saad
Vice President - DevCo, Diriyah Company
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Dale Chadwick
Chief Development Officer (CDO), King Salman Park Foundation

Dale Chadwick is the Chief Development Officer (CDO) of the King Salman Park Foundation (KSPF). Building on his extensive expertise in urban planning and project management, he is responsible for managing the masterplan and overseeing the project design and delivery of one of the largest urban parks in the world, King Salman Park.

Chadwick brings with him 25+ years of experience and an outstanding delivery track record in the construction and consulting industries. His successful career in managing large-scale construction projects across Asia includes some of the most iconic integrated resorts in the region. From conception through procurement to final handover and operation, he has delivered in excess of $17 billion of mixed-use resort and developments throughout his career.

Before joining KSPF, Chadwick was the Executive Project Officer at Macetpm where he successfully led teams in winning, managing, and delivering several high-profile projects in the Philippines. These include the largest and most advanced data center in the country, the PLDT Campus Headquarters Development in Makati, the SM-ASH Cebu arena and convention centre development, and the construction of the largest IKEA store at SM's Mall of Asia property. Chadwick also played a key role in The Estate residential and BDO’s banking headquarters towers, both being unique structures.

Prior to that, Chadwick served as Vice President Asia for Venetian Cotai Limited, managing the design and construction of several major integrated resorts in Macau and Singapore, including the Marina Bay Sands, Venetian Macau, Sands Cotai Central, The Parisian and the Four Seasons developments. Chadwick's expertise was also called upon for the design and construction documentation of two further Cotai Development parcels.

Previously, Chadwick oversaw the construction of two Disney-themed hotels in Hong Kong and was a Senior Project Manager for CMInternational overseeing the development of TVB’s Broadcasting Ltd television studio complex.

Chadwick began his career with Ove Arup and Partners HK, where he worked on major projects such as the KCRC West Rail and the Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminal Limited. Chadwick holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Exeter.

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Ed James
Head of Content & Research MEA, MEED

A well-known and respected thought leader in MENA affairs, Edward James has been with MEED for more than 19 years, working as a researcher, consultant and content director. Until September 2008 he was MEED’s Gulf Bureau Chief, after which he moved over to head up the consulting arm of the business. From 2015-2021 he was responsible for content and research at MEED Projects, the region’s leading projects tracking service. Today he heads up all content and research produced by the MEED group. His specific areas of expertise are construction, hydrocarbons, power and water, and the petrochemical market, and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the MENA projects market. He is a regular guest commentator on Middle East issues for news channels such as the BBC, CNN and ABC News and is a regular speaker at events in the region. He has an honours degree in Arabic and Middle East Politics.

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Colin Foreman
Editor, MEED

Colin Foreman is Editor and a Specialist Construction Journalist for news and analysis on and the MEED magazine. He has been reporting on the region since 2003, specialising in the construction sector and its impact on the broader economy. He has reported exclusively on a wide range of projects across the region including schemes such as Dubai Metro, the Burj Khalifa, Jeddah Airport, Doha Metro, Hamad International Airport, and Yas Island. Before joining MEED, Colin reported on the construction sector in the Middle East and Hong Kong. He has a bachelor’s degree from Newcastle University and a master’s degree from the University of Reading.

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Ben Edwards
Group Head of Cost, Commercial & Procurement, Red Sea Global

Ben Edwards is the Group Head of Cost, Commercial and Procurement of Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind The Red Sea and Amaala, two ambitious tourism projects set along the northwestern coast of Saudi Arabia. These destinations will play key roles in the realization of Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s blueprint for economic diversification and sustainable development.

Ben was appointed in August 2022, with over 25 years of experience gained with major contractors in the UK, Europe, Caribbean, Middle East and Far East. He has a proven record of delivering complex building and civil engineering projects across the globe prior to joining RSG.

Previously he was a Main Board Director of Tilbury Douglas in London, UK. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the business’ commercial strategy to undertake a greater proportion of lower risk projects blending the strengths of a strong regional business with public sector building and infrastructure frameworks, fit out and a selective presence in the commercial development market.

Ben has a bachelor's degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK.

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Nicholas King
Group Chief Development Officer, Red Sea Global

Nicholas King is the Group Chief Development Officer of Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind The Red Sea and Amaala, two ambitious tourism projects set along the northwestern coast of Saudi Arabia. These destinations will play key roles in the realization of Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s economic roadmap for the future.

Nicholas joined the organization in September 2020, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in successful International real estate development.

Prior to joining RSG, Nick was principal of SunCal, one of the largest private land developers in the United States. In that role he led urban development activity, as well as having a guiding hand across all projects including land developments on both coasts ranging from 2,000 to 55,000 acres. Nick had direct responsibility for the acquisition and development of numerous award-winning projects including, most recently, a three million square foot mixed-use development in the Arts District of Los Angeles designed by Herzog & De Meuron.

Before SunCal, Nick operated throughout the Asia Pacific region, developing and investing in luxury residential, integrated resort, and complex mixed-use urban projects, both through his own business as well as in a leadership capacity for organizations such as ING Real Estate, Shell Real Estate and Hillwood Asia.

He received his Master’s Degree in Urban Design, specializing in Real Estate Development, from Harvard University. He was awarded an MBA from the University of Chicago and completed the Global Leadership Program at IMD in Lausanne.

Nick brings with him a wealth of experience in global cutting-edge development and thinking, and is responsible for all Red Sea Global developments.

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David Grover

David Grover is Group Chief Executive Officer at ROSHN, a mixed-use community developer Giga Project powered by the Public Investments Fund. He is responsible for overseeing all the operations of ROSHN in Saudi Arabia.
Prior to joining ROSHN, David served as Group Board Director at Mace Group in the United Kingdom. With a turnover of more than $2.5bn, the firm employed 6,500 people and operated through five global hubs, across 65 countries. David also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Mace Developments. Joining the UK firm in 1992, David worked across most key aspects of the business, from consultancy to construction and development and played a key role in the successful growth of the company. David’s major achievements included setting up and driving the growth of the company’s development business, and delivering multiple infrastructure and mixed-use projects.
David holds a Master of Science in Construction Law from Kings College London and a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from the University of Birmingham.

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Anthony Aikenhead
Chief Delivery Officer, Sports Boulevard Foundation

Tony Aikenhead is Chief Delivery Officer at the Sports Boulevard Foundation where he is overseeing construction of the world’s longest park in Riyadh.

Tony has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, working in the UK, US, Australasia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. He is a highly accomplished construction and programme director with a specific focus on major project and programme delivery within schedule and budget.

Prior to joining the Sports Boulevard Foundation, Tony was most recently CDO of Dubai Expo 2020, a £17bn Design and Construction Programme. Before this role, he was CEO of a leading and highly reputable international construction company of 2000 staff, £1bn turnover. In this role, he led the restructuring to profitability and enhanced growth and resilience following a period of recession.

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Sultan AlKhuraissi
Chief Operations Officer, The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU)

Forward-thinking leader with a record of leading complex, multi-site operations at city scale, including facilities, utilities, and infrastructure.

Recognized for the ability to devise strategies that lead transformation of businesses and experienced in leading organizations to implement initiatives and deliver results.

Accomplishments include development, implementation and operationalization of infrastructure, and the development of built environment asset management frameworks that optimize cost and increase return on investment while improving efficiency and quantity in line with organizational goals.

Harvard Business School Alumnus with the following professional certifications:
- Certified Facilitator-Teams and Groups; Strategic Play (2021)
- Certified Professional Maintenance Manager (CPMM) from the Association of Facility Engineering (2009)
- Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (2007)
- Advanced Leadership and Communication from Toastmasters International (2011)

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Plan Your Visit

Saudi Giga Projects is an exciting event that brings together industry leaders, innovators, and investors to explore the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities in the Saudi Arabian construction and infrastructure sector. To make the most of your visit, we recommend following these simple steps:

  1. Choose Your Dates: Saudi Giga Projects is a multi-day event that takes place at the Crowne Plaza- RDC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.To know more details regarding each day, please visit the below websites:Day 1: 05 June – Saudi Giga Projects

    Day 2: 06 June – MENA Construction Summit

  2. Register Online: Once you have selected the date you plan to attend, purchase your pass on the respective event website. This will give you access to the event schedule, exhibitor list, and other important information.
  3. Book Your Travel: Make travel arrangements to attend the event. If you are traveling from outside the city or country, you may need to book flights, hotels, and transportation.
  4. Saudi Visa: You may require a visa to visit Saudi Arabia. The process is incredibly easy, typically taking 5-30mins. Our event team have got multiple entry visas via the online application system. E-visas have to be obtained prior to departure at httos://
  5. Plan Your Schedule: Review the event schedule and identify the sessions and speakers that are most relevant to your interests. Make a plan for which sessions you want to attend and when.
  6. Follow our social media handles: Follow our social media handles to stay up-to-date on the latest event information, schedule changes, and announcements.
  7. Network: Take advantage of the networking opportunities at the event. Connect with other attendees, exhibitors, and speakers to exchange ideas, learn about new technologies, and build relationships.
  8. Follow Up: After the event, follow up with the people you met and the exhibitors you spoke with. This will help you stay connected and potentially lead to new business opportunities or collaborations.

Attending Saudi Giga Projects is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the construction and infrastructure sector in Saudi Arabia. By following these simple steps, you can make the most of your visit and have a productive and enjoyable experience.


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Description upon hover: Launched in 2017, NEOM is positioned to transform Saudi Arabia into a futuristic city, powered by renewable energy. A hub for technology, innovation and tourism, NEOM is a new model for sustainable living and encapsulates the kingdom’s and the region’s future vision.

2. Qiddiya

Qiddiya aims at diversifying the country’s economy by transforming into one of the largest entertainment, sports and cultural destinations in the world. Along with a variety of real estate options, the city will feature family-friendly theme parks, world-class sports arenas along with prestigious art and sports academies.


Description upon hover: ROSHN is committed to advancing Saudi Arabia’s goal of achieving 70 per cent home ownership by 2030. Among its standout developments are SEDRA in northern Riyadh and the ALAROUS project in northern Jeddah. These vibrant communities are designed to enhance the quality of life for all residents by blending modern living with the rich heritage of the kingdom’s cities.

4. The Red Sea Project

Description upon hover: Gracing the west coast of Saudi Arabia, the project spans over 28,000 sq. km. and is one of the the world’s most luxurious tourism offerings. The site is expected to be home to over 90 pristine islands that will include stunning beaches, dormant volcanoes and sweeping desert dunes, all waiting to be explored. By 2030, the project is expected to offer 8,000 rooms across 50 hotels and 1,000 residential properties.

5. Diriyah

Description upon hover: Diriyah holds great significance in modern Saudi Arabia, both historically and culturally. With over 300 years of rich heritage experience, the project promises a unique blend of cultural immersion, world-class residential living and educational opportunities.


Description upon hover: The first phase of AMAALA’s development involves the construction of Triple Bay, a vibrant and progressive destination for recreation, wellness and celebration of the region’s rich cultural heritage. By 2027, AMAALA will have expanded to include 3,000 hotel rooms across 25 hotels and offer 943 luxury residential villas, high-end retail and dining establishments, a yacht club and wellness and recreational facilities.

7. AlUla

Description upon hover: The Royal Commission for AlUla is committed to adopting a sustainable and responsible approach for the UNESCO world heritage site’s urban, economic and heritage development. The site will feature an archaeological, cultural and tourist complex along with an open-air living museum showcasing the kingdom’s vast history.

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Contact Us

If you have any queries please contact us:

Sponsorship Enquiries​

Nishant Sehgal​

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Jennie Bishop​

Senior Conference Producer

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Sponsorship Enquiries

To enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Nishant Sehgal

Sponsorship Advisor

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Jennie Bishop

Senior Conference Producer