The Jeddah Superdome has recently been in the spotlight, not just because of the events being hosted there, but also for breaking two Guinness World Records. The organization has officially recognized it as the world’s largest dome with a continuous roof and the largest geodesic dome.
With a diameter of 210 meters and over 300 tons of steel, the Jeddah Superdome stands as a testament to Saudi’s ambitious transformation. What makes it even more remarkable is the fact that it was built and unveiled, despite many challenges, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Constructed in less than two years by Germany-based company, Losberger De Boer, the dome is unique in many ways. As an adaptable, multi-purpose space, the Jeddah Superdome can be used for everything from small intimate gatherings – to huge local and international events, including exhibitions, conferences, brand activations, sports, concerts, and live shows. The dome is 46 meters high, covers over 34,000 square meters, and can house multiple-size audiences. Situated on Madinah Road in Western Saudi Arabia, the Jeddah Superdome also has a parking lot that can accommodate over 5,000 cars.
The Superdome has already opened its doors and hosted its first event. The week-long Makkah Region Projects Digital Exhibition was recently hosted at the venue. It was also one of the first exhibitions to be held in Jeddah since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The fact that it was held at the largest freestanding dome in the world complemented its theme of ‘Building Man and Developing Place’.
The Emirate of Makkah Province organized the exhibition, which showcased over 100 regional development projects. The projects focused on the use of technology to improve life in cities, safety, community development, and education. Digital transformation plans related to tourism, Hajj and Umrah, and advances in artificial intelligence were also discussed.
Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, along with his deputy, Prince Badr bin Sultan, inaugurated the Projects Digital Exhibition at Jeddah Superdome. They appreciated health workers for the role they played during the pandemic and honored the winners of the Makkah Excellence Awards.
The next event to be held at the Jeddah Superdome is a concert where, visitors will have to follow precautionary measures such as social distancing and frequent hand-sanitizing on account of Covid-19 protocols.
It’s important to keep in mind that the Jeddah Superdome should not be confused with the Jeddah Dome, which was constructed in 1978 and is located in the Sharafiya district. Compared to the Jeddah Superdome, the Jeddah Dome is significantly smaller in size and often hosts cultural events such as poetry recitations and art exhibitions.
The Kingdom is transforming itself under Vision 2030 and the Jeddah Superdome is expected to play a significant role in further developing many sectors like tourism, culture, and trade.