Saudi Focus

Saudi Arabia will launch its longest passenger train service in December, marking the completion of the 2,750-km North-South Railway, built at a cost of $2.6 billion.

Saudi Arabia is likely to begin the process to find a vendor to build the country’s first nuclear reactors as early as this month, said a report, citing nuclear industry sources. The kingdom seeks to build two plants that could generate up to 2.8 gigawatts (GW) of energy, three industry sources told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) has qualified 25 firms to bid for the 400-MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project in the Al Jouf region. The project is the first utility-scale wind power scheme within the National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP) of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

Millennium takes over hotels Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Africa has taken over the operations of two landmark hotels in the holy city of Makkah.

Haulotte’s innovative articulated and telescopic big booms have been put to good use at Saudi Aramco’s Jazan Refinery and Terminal project. The models in use include the articulated boom lifts HA41PX-NT and HA41RTJ PRO, the HT43RTJ PRO telescopic boom lift, and the new HT28RTJ PRO.

UAE-based Duplays, an organiser of private sports tournaments, will join hands with top Saudi developer Al Hokair Group to break ground on the first of its three privately owned football sports complexes in Jeddah.

Construction contract awards in Saudi Arabia for hotel and leisure projects are likely to hit $2.5 billion by the end of the year on the back of a boom in this sector, a report has revealed. The report from Venture Onsite was released ahead of The Big 5 Outdoor Design & Build Show in Dubai, which ran from September 25 to 27.