The Riyadh Metro Project: DSI develops watertight Special Solutions for Qasr Al Hokom Station

In 2012, the city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia had a population of 5.7 million. This figure is expected to increase to 8 million by 2030. Therefore, the infrastructure needs to be adapted to the expected growth in population.

In order to reduce traffic congestion and improve the city’s air quality, the decision was made to construct a new rapid transit system: The Riyadh Metro. Construction work on this major project started in April 2014, and the project is expected to be completed by 2018.

The project will have a total length of 178km and includes 6 new metro lines with 85 underground, elevated and at grade stations. The ArRiyadh New Mobility (ANM) joint venture has been awarded the contract to build Line 3 as well as the Qasr Al Hokom and Western Stations.

Line 3 is the longest line of the metro project and will have a length of 41.58km. It runs from west to east and will have 22 stations in total. At the surface, the new Qasr Al Hokom Station has an innovative concave design resembling a bowl. Underground, the blue Line 1 runs above the orange Line 3 at this station. A deep, completely impermeable pit that was excavated step by step in 3m deep sections was required for the new station.

The excavation walls were stabilized with waler beams that were tied back into the stable soil using an untensioned, passive anchor system. Since the final building also had to be stabilized by the passive anchor system, the system had two functions.

On the one hand, it served to stabilize the excavation, and on the other hand, it served as buoyancy control for the building. For this purpose, DSI Construction Germany produced and supplied 1,183 double corrosion protected, 63.5mm Ø GEWI®Plus Tension Piles. In addition, to prevent uplift, 997 double corrosion protected, 75mm Ø GEWI®Plus Micropiles were used in the station floor slab.

Due to the fact that the station had to be completely impermeable, DSI developed watertight special solutions for both systems in cooperation with the contractor.

DSI engineers continuously supervised and checked the correct installation of the systems.


Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), Saudi-Arabia

General Contractor

ArRiyadh New Mobility (ANM) Joint Venture, consisting of Ansaldo STS S.p.A. and Salini Impregilo S.p.A., both Italy, Larsen & Toubro Limited and Nesma and Partners Contracting Co. Ltd., both Saudi- Arabia and Bombardier Inc., Canada


Nesma and Partners Contracting Co. Ltd., Saudi-Arabia


Sonar Sondaj, Turkey


One Works S.p.A., Italy

DSI Unit

DYWIDAG-Systems International GmbH, BU Geotechnics, Germany

DSI Scope

Development, production, supply, engineering services, technical support, supervision

DYWIDAG Products

1,183 63.5mm Ø GEWI®Plus Tension Piles, 997 75mm Ø GEWI®Plus Micropiles

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