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CH2M Olayan to Lead Saudia Innovation Project

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has selected CH2M Olayan to lead development of its smart technology hub in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), located about 100 kilometers north of Jeddah.

CH2M Olayan will serve as designer and program manager for the hub, known as Sinnovate (“Saudia” plus “innovate”). It will lead a team that includes Microsoft and Dimension Data, which will provide IT solutions and enterprise architecture, including hardware, software, and networking.

The greenfield technology hub will occupy approximately 41,000 square meters of land in KAEC, which aims to become a city of the future built from scratch across 186 square kilometers of land. The project was launched in 2005 and is scheduled for completion in 2029.

Importantly, the Sinnovate hub will provide training and certification for Saudi citizens to support growing demand for high-technology talent. It will include state-of-art enterprise and commercial data centers as well as an Innovation Center to house training academies for Saudi college graduates. The flagship building will include classrooms, laboratories, study space, three auditoriums, and meeting and video conferencing rooms.

CH2M Olayan is a partnership between The Olayan Group and CH2M Hill, a global consulting, design, construction, and operations firm based in Denver, Colorado.