Saudi Arabia General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is responsible for constructing, managing, operating, and maintaining airports and air navigation infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
The city lacked adequate water production and distribution systems around the airport. GACA's objective was to increase water production to meet projected growth in demand, and wanted to outsource to a private investor the setting up of the desalination plant for the production and provision of potable water. Qatarat Saqiya was formed as the entity that would construct the plant and in turn supply water to the Authority of Civil Aviation. Aquatech along with the local consortium partners were successful in the competitive bidding process for setting up the SWRO plant.