Saudi Arabia Construction Articles & Analysis

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Raising employment levels has been a core concern for the Saudi government for several years now. As the Kingdom looks to develop a more sustainable economy, based on higher-value products and strong productivity, it is also looking to deal with the unemployment rate and place more Saudi nationals in the labour market.

Chapter | Construction & Engineering from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2014

Buoyed by prolonged government stimulus, Saudi Arabia’s construction industry, the second-largest sector in the economy after oil, is experiencing rapid expansion, with no shortage of contracts in any segment. From housing and utilities to transport infrastructure, public spending is driving the contracting industry forward. While operational challenges remain, including concerns over the...

Home to an estimated 15.9% of the world’s proven oil reserves, Saudi Arabia is the single largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa. According to the Ministry of Finance, real GDP grew by 3.8% to $746bn in 2013. While oil income is expected to continue to account for the majority of government revenues for the foreseeable future, the non-oil sector has expanded significantly in recent decades growing 9.3% in 2013.

Major infrastructure projects and extensive plans to galvanise residential construction have fuelled demand for building materials in Saudi Arabia, prompting the government to intervene in the cement market for the second time in as many years. Steel, another vital building material, is also experiencing consistently high demand in the Kingdom.

The country may be a new entrant to the international construction industry, however, it has had several well-established firms for many years. Both developers and contractors, such as the Kingdom Holding Company and Saudi Binladin Group, have grown into some of the best-known names in the country. With the country continuing to experience...

While the construction industry in many countries may still be in the doldrums, in Saudi Arabia, it is proving to be the driving force behind economic growth. Indeed, the Kingdom is the envy of the region, eyed covetously by contractors elsewhere. All the parts are in place for construction to remain a growing industry over the coming decade....