Designing the Madinah Convention Centre


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Middle East


The Ministry of Finance commissioned Dar to design and prepare the tender documents of the Madinah Convention Centre. In one year, we constructed a center that is modern and that comfortably accommodates the big number of people who frequent it. We also designed the center to fit the context of its construction as Al Madinah was chosen to be the capital of Islamic culture for 2013.

The project

We drew on Islamic historical buildings for inspiration when it comes to the centre’s massing, domes, elevations treatments, interior decoration, patterns, and furniture. We also equipped the centre with the latest technologies like a translation booth, an info center, a press lounge, a backstage, etc.

We developed the centre on 3 floors, and included a basement level as well. We also accommodated for the needs of the users by dedicating part of the basement to parking spaces, along with the ground level parking. In total, we have provided parking for 2, 100 cars. We also included:

  • A main convention theatre
  • Two large exhibition halls
  • Three multi-purpose halls
  • Meeting rooms
  • A business centre
  • An economic and media centre
  • Service areas.


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