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FIDIC denies Saudi construction counterfeit claims

Case study says 40% of materials are fake

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The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has vehemently denied a claim that 40% of construction materials in Saudi Arabia are fake.

The revelation was attributed to a case study, which was linked to the federation.

But Nabeel Abbas, a consultant engineer and FIDIC representative in Saudi Arabia, told Arab News: “FIDIC did not come up with these statistics. In fact, it did not make such study.”

He said the federation’s announcement came as a comment to a report released by the committee on construction materials in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

And he said the report had claimed that 40% of the construction materials were not genuine. “It seems that some confusion happened between the study and our comment in its regard,” he said.

Abbas, who also heads the Union of Arab Arbitration Engineering, added: “The Arab engineers federation will publish a guide to raise awareness among consumers and to help contractors choose genuine products in the market."

Nabil called for the introduction of new techniques that would help combat the menace of fake products.

FIDIC was set up in 1913 in Switzerland. Its main objective revolves around building the base and pillars for the best practices in construction and the resolution of architect related dispute.

FIDIC’s contracts are considered the most reliable and famous contracts in the industry. 

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