Giant oil company Saudi Aramco will help build 11 new sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia.
King Abdullah announced the stadia would be “world-class” and each would have capacity for 45,000 spectators.
The figure is three more than Qatar is constructing for the football World Cup in 2022.
Petroleum and mineral resources minister Ali Al Naimi said King Abdullah has ordered Saudi Aramco to help run the project, which will see the stadiums built in various cities across the kingdom.
“Aramco has already begun forming specialised teams to take initial steps in implementing, planning and supervising the stadium system across the kingdom’s regions in accordance with the most modern international standards,” he was quoted as saying by regional media.
The kingdom already has 23 stadiums and King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh has one of the largest stadium roofs in the world and was a venue for the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989, including the final.