Experts from Currie & Brown, Emaar join new RICS Saudi group

RICS's seven-strong working group for Saudi Arabia's construction market also includes professionals from Systra, HKA, Taqeem, and KAUST

RICS' seven-person working group will support Saudi Arabia's construction market [representational image].
RICS' seven-person working group will support Saudi Arabia's construction market [representational image].

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has set up a seven-member working group for Saudi Arabia.

Mark Turner, from French engineering and consultancy service Systra, will chair the group.

David Chappell from Currie & Brown, was named vice-chair of the working group, which also includes his colleague, James Irvine.

They will be joined by Haroon Niazi, of construction consultancy HKA; Muhammed Abdul-Khaliq from Emaar; Haashiem Tayob from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); and Ahmed Yehia Sabry from Taqeem.

The organisation will promote the adoption and wider recognition of international construction standards and regulations in the country.

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The group will also forge ties with other professional associations, support qualified professionals in the market, and provide development opportunities.

Additionally, it will work alongside government and influencing bodies in Saudi Arabia to create "an environment that is conducive to attracting inward investment and growth", RICS said.

With its Vision 2030 plan to increase non-oil revenue to $160bn (SAR600bn) by 2020, Saudi Arabia is a "significant" regional market for RICS. Additionally, with billions of dollars' worth of projects in the planning and construction phase, RICS said its working group could help the industry thrive in the years to come.

Commenting on the organisation's formation, regional director of RICS, Robert Jackson, said: "By establishing the working group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we continue to grow our presence in the region and add significant value to the local market through our wide range of services, all of which are delivered under our independent ‘public interest’ mandate."

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