Saudi Arabia Transport

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Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector is undergoing a period of robust year-on-year growth, as well as expansions and potential airport privatisations that could significantly alter the aviation sector in the years to come. The Kingdom’s two largest international airports, King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah and King Khalid...

Chapter | Transport from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2016

Since 2008 the Saudi authorities have invested heavily in transport infrastructure projects as part of efforts to expand and diversify the economy as well as reduce automotive transport for both passengers and cargo. Ports have been built, airports expanded and upgraded, and railway and metro projects initiated – and in some cases already completed. Tens of billions of dollars have already...

2016 witnessed the launch of the Kingdom’s historic Vision 2030 and the accompanying National Transformation Programme, both of which call for a major overhaul of the state’s economic apparatus and envision a more open market framework and more dynamic, private sector-led growth moving ahead.

Plans for the privatisation of Saudi Arabia’s airports and aviation services are advancing, with the state aiming for full private sector ownership by 2020.


Since the global slowdown of 2008, the Saudi authorities have committed huge sums in infrastructure spending to spur demand in the economy. The government’s strategy has focused on improving transport infrastructure, with unprecedented levels of investment in rail, aviation and port facilities. With oil prices falling, the government is once...


How are Saudi Arabia’s airport projects coping with the growing air traffic in the country?

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