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26th February 2024

Where Innovation Meets Arena: Stadiums of the Future

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh, KSA

Supporting Partners

About the Event

Recognizing the strategic significance of sports, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is actively pursuing the expansion of this sector as a pivotal driver of economic diversification. To this end, the government has made a firm commitment to invest $2 billion in sports-related initiatives by the year 2024. This proactive investment strategy is projected to propel the sector's contribution to the non-oil Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to exceed $22 billion by 2030. However, to realize this ambitious goal, an additional $5 billion in private sector investments will be requisite, offering substantial prospects for international investors.

Remarkably, the sports sector's economic contribution has undergone significant growth, surging from $640 million in 2016 to $1.7 billion in 2019. As of 2022, it constitutes approximately 0.2% of the Kingdom's overall GDP. Under the aegis of the Ministry of Sports, an ambitious aspiration has been articulated to elevate this contribution to a notable 1% of the GDP by the year 2030.

The infusion of private sector capital has already reached $320 million, primarily allocated to club sponsorships until 2023. Furthermore, an additional $670 million has been earmarked to foster the financial maturity and privatization of sports clubs.

Industry Insights & News Updates

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Saudi Arabia announces new stadiums ahead of 2027 Asian Cup

Riyadh backs World Cup bid with $2.7bn of stadiums

Event Launch Video

Stadium Innovation Conference

Event In Numbers


Superstar Speakers


Prequalified Attendees


Case Studies Showcase


Stadium Stakeholders

Official Government Speakers

Saudi Pro League

Public Investment Fund (PIF)

Saudi Ministry of Sport

Union of Arab Football Federation

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VIP Speakers

Mr. Helmut Spahn

Director Safety, Security and Access
FIFA, Switzerland

Mr. Alexey Milovanov

Former Technical Services Director
for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Mr. Francesco Aurelio Bongiorno

Stadiums - Design Project Manager
Ministry of Sports / Mace - Saudi Arabia

Mr. Bulent Dogan

Project Manager
Nesma & Partners

Mr. Hussein Mahran

Head of PMO
NAGA Architects

Mrs Špela Videčnik

OFIS Architects

Mr. Zakria Osman

Corporate Engineering Manager
El Seif Engineering Contracting

Mr. Moen Azmi

Executive Director
Arab Engineering Bureau

Mr. Jacobo Bernaola

Section Chief for the Middle East

Mr. George Berbari

Founder & CEO
DC Pro Engineering

Mr. Christian Linthaler

Sales Director – National/International

Mr. Stephen Tibber

Regional Vice-President

Mr. Toufic Mansour

Managing Director

Mr. Christian Heidegger

Head of Business Unit
Axess AG

Mr. Danilo Arba

PMO Director

Mr. Dino Drimakis

Commercial Director
NMK Electronics

Mr. Johannes Hoffmann

Zaha Hadid Architects

Mr. Wolfgang Berger

Head of Engineering for Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific

Mr. Denis Steiner

Group CEO
GSM Sella GmbH

Mr. Joseph Aliloom

Technical Director
Nesma & Partners

Mr. Amer Alzaiem

Vice President Middle East, Turkey, Africa & India

Dr. Nabil El-Harazi

DSC International

Mr. Luca Paolellai

Ambassador & Vice President Applied Technologies

Mr. Omer Khan

Senior Product Engineer
Johnson Controls Arabia

Mr. Omar Al-Wakil

Business and Operations Manager-Products Management
Johnson Controls Arabia

Sponsors & Partners

Platinum Sponsors

Strategic HVAC Partner

Smart Stadiums Strategic Partner

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Why Sponsor

Currently, Saudi Arabia boasts a robust sports infrastructure comprising six major stadiums, five indoor arenas, eleven public sports squares, and twelve sports cities. In anticipation of hosting the Asian Football Cup (AFC) in 2027 across Riyadh, Al-Khobar, and Dammam, the nation is poised to construct three new state-of-the-art stadiums: the Riyadh Stadium, the Qiddiya Stadium, and the Dammam Stadium. Simultaneously, plans are underway to enhance the capacity and modernize four existing stadiums, including the King Fahad Stadium and Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Stadium in Riyadh, the Prince Saud Bin Jalawi City Stadium in Khobar, and the Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam, positioning them for a prominent role in this prestigious sporting event.

26th February 2024

Where Innovation Meets Arena: Stadiums of the Future

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh, KSA

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