Saudi Review

THERE is much buzz in Saudi Arabia’s construction sector, where a volley of mega infrastructure projects has been unleashed over the past year. Among the most significant of these is the launch of the Riyadh Metro scheme last year, under a series of contracts worth a whopping $22.

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WORK on the new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) is in full swing with thousands of workers and an extensive fleet of machinery working round the clock on the 105-sq-km site in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in a race against time to beat the deadline for its completion.

SAUDI Arabia’s iconic King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is gearing up for a soft opening later this year, marking the completion of the first phase of this ambitious project that aims to transform the wadi Hanifa area of the capital Riyadh into a financial hub and an integrated city.

CONSTRUCTION is gathering pace on Saudi Arabia’s first monorail at King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh, that will link the financial hub with the city through the Riyadh metro, work on which has just been launched. The 3.

WITH the Riyadh Metro project having just broken ground, the capital’s estimated five million residents will be introduced to a novel way of getting around the city within a span for some four years. The 176-km metro system, being built at a cost of $22.

ZAMIL Steel Holding Company has evolved over the years into a one-stop shop for the industrial and energy sectors, supplying not just the buildings to house the facilities but also the structural steel fabrications and process equipment required by some of the massive ventures taking shape in Saudi Arabia.

GIVEN the boom in the Saudi construction sector, Reynaers Middle East is targeting the largest economy in the region in a more focused way, armed with a number of luxury systems designed to meet the needs of the market.

SIGMA Paints Middle East has seen steady and sustainable growth in 2013 compared to 2012, a trend that it says has continued into this year thanks to its portfolio of new products, its reputation in the market and the success of its marketing strategy.

KICE Construction Equipment has grown immensely over the past two decades, becoming a virtual one-stop shop for machinery required in all stages of readymix concrete production including coolers, mixers and pumps.

SAUDI Preinsulated Pipes Industries (SPPI), which manufactures various piping systems, is in the process of setting up automated welding machinery for the accessories used in the pre-insulated piping systems.

TECHNAL Middle East (TME), part of the France-based international architectural aluminium systems supplier Technal, is reaping the benefits of the long presence of the Technal brand in the regional markets.

PI MACHINERY of Turkey is looking to reinforce its presence in the Saudi market, where it has had a presence for about two decades.

FOLLOWING another pivotal year in its history, Bahrain-headquartered Arabian International Mechanical Contracting Establishment (AIMC) is looking at spreading its wings further in the region by establishing a full-fledged office in Saudi Arabia before the end of the year.

SAUDI BASF, part of the global giant company BASF, continues to be the leading supplier of construction chemicals to striking projects in Saudi Arabia, such as the expansion of the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Abdullah Economic City, and Maaden aluminium smelter in Ras Al Khair, while

ALSTOM Grid, a global leader in high-voltage transmission systems and equipment, recently commissioned the new main control centre for the Gulf Cooperation Council International Authority (GCCIA) power grid network in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The new centre replaces the old one in Guhnan which is now used for back-up control.

CONSTRUCTION work is nearing completion in Riyadh on two prestigious projects that have been designed by Omrania and Associates, a leading architectural and engineering consulting practice in the region.

CONSTRUCTION work on the superstructure of the world’s tallest tower was due to commence last month, over an 85,000-sq-m site in Obhor north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, following the recent completion of the foundation works. The $1.