Podcast: Can Saudi cope with a tourism surge?

CW podcast explores if Saudi Arabia is ready for a tourism boom, after an expert told this site that the kingdom lacks the critical infrastructure needed to support its vision to become a tourism capital of the world

Could Saudi Arabia's tourism strategy hit a bump in the road?
Could Saudi Arabia's tourism strategy hit a bump in the road?

The latest Construction Week Viewpoint podcast asks one question: can Saudi Arabia build itself into a world-leading tourism destination?

The kingdom is spending more than half a trillion dollars on seaside resorts and entertainment complexes to attract more tourists to the country.

As the self-titled heart of the Islamic world, an investment powerhouse, and a vital business hub connecting three continents, Saudi has allocated vast swathes of coastal territory for these projects, but does it have the infrastructure to support its vision?

The CW editorial team takes a closer look at the billion-dollar entertainment and hospitality projects dazzling investors and market followers. The success of projects, such as the $500bn Neom megacity and the 334km² Qiddiya entertainment metropolis, go under the microscope after Maya Whiteley, partner, MENA real estate, hospitality, and construction sector at Earnest & Young, told Construction Week that Saudi Arabia lacked much of the critical infrastructure needed to support these projects.

Get up to speed on the tourism evolution inside Saudi Arabia by listening to the latest Construction Week Viewpoint podcast HERE.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast series providing insight and analysis on the biggest stories in the Middle East – from dispute resolution and the decline of fatalities on building sites, to solar energy projects, and smart city concepts.

You can listen to a new podcast episode every Monday at noon to learn more about the biggest issues in the business.  Legacy episodes of the podcast, have also looked at why Saudi Arabia is in a race against time to build more hospitals, and why saving the UAE's architectural heritage is more important that ever before.

The team has also examined the reasons behind the continued development of oil and gas megaprojects amid widespread energy diversification plans.

Don't miss last week's episode which asked whether it was finally time for drones to take flight in the GCC.

In addition to our weekly podcast series, a behind-the-scenes video of the podcast recording can be found on Construction Week's YouTube channel. 

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