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Top 12 Saudi Arabian construction contractors

CW and Ventures look at the 12 largest construction contractors in KSA

The under construction Mecca Royal Clock Tower hotel complex in the holy Saudi city of Mecca is being built by the Saudi Binladin Group.
The under construction Mecca Royal Clock Tower hotel complex in the holy Saudi city of Mecca is being built by the Saudi Binladin Group.
The Al Faisaliya Tower is another Riyadh landmark built by the Saudi Binladin Group.
The Al Faisaliya Tower is another Riyadh landmark built by the Saudi Binladin Group.
Al Arrab has US$3.9 billion worth of building contracts.
Al Arrab has US$3.9 billion worth of building contracts.
Saudi Oger is the main contractor on the construction of KAUST.
Saudi Oger is the main contractor on the construction of KAUST.
Al Redwan has US$1.1 billion worth of building contracts.
Al Redwan has US$1.1 billion worth of building contracts.
Recently Saudi Constructioneers has been involved in project in King Abdullah Financial District.
Recently Saudi Constructioneers has been involved in project in King Abdullah Financial District.
Al Latifia was recently awarded a SR1.5 billion contract for the construction of a business and residential complex for the GOSI.
Al Latifia was recently awarded a SR1.5 billion contract for the construction of a business and residential complex for the GOSI.
Almabani is in the bidding for two huge tenders for King Abdulaziz airport at Jeddah valued at $5 billion to $6 billion.
Almabani is in the bidding for two huge tenders for King Abdulaziz airport at Jeddah valued at $5 billion to $6 billion.
Huta Hegerfeld has been involved in projects for King Abdullah Economic City, Jizan Economic City and King Fahd Port in Yanbu.
Huta Hegerfeld has been involved in projects for King Abdullah Economic City, Jizan Economic City and King Fahd Port in Yanbu.
In partnership with Germany?s EADS, RTCC secured one of the most high-profile but sensitive projects to be tendered in Saudi Arabia in years.
In partnership with Germany?s EADS, RTCC secured one of the most high-profile but sensitive projects to be tendered in Saudi Arabia in years.
Freyssinet won a US $191.98 million contract to build commercial buildings in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
Freyssinet won a US $191.98 million contract to build commercial buildings in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
With over 8000 employees, El Seif has successfully partaken in a number of iconic projects, including the symbolic Kingdom Tower in Riyadh.
With over 8000 employees, El Seif has successfully partaken in a number of iconic projects, including the symbolic Kingdom Tower in Riyadh.
Al Khodari is the main EPC contractor on staff housing for Taibah University.
Al Khodari is the main EPC contractor on staff housing for Taibah University.
Al Harbi is involved in a number of governor residences for the Interior Ministry at Baha, Mecca and Najran.
Al Harbi is involved in a number of governor residences for the Interior Ministry at Baha, Mecca and Najran.

ConstructionWeek has worked with research company Ventures Middle East, to bring you a list of the top 12 construction contractors operating in the kingdom today. The ranking is based on the value of current contracts for building work, but we also include overall figures for current work under contract across all sectors.

The list is dominated by local Saudi family-run firms. The big two, Saudi Oger and Saudi Binladin Group have ruled the market for decades and consistently secure the biggest projects through a combination of resources – both personnel and material – and extent of capital backing. Al Arrab Trading & Contracting scores well in building contracts, but is not as strong as the big two in other sectors.

While the global economic crisis has brought irrepressible pressure on the region’s construction sector, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shown itself to be less affected than most economies in the GCC. Unsurprisingly, contractors in the kingdom, while cautious, have not seen work dry up, buoyed by the government’s latest budget, which emphasised spending on new projects.

1. Saudi Bin Ladin Group
2. Al Arrab Trading & Contracting
3. Saudi Oger
4. Al Redwan Contracting
5. Al Latifia Trading & Contracting
6. Saudi Constructioneers
7. Al Mabani General Contractors
8. Huta-Hegerfeld & Huta-Marine
9. Al Rashid Trading & Contracting
10. Freyssinet Saudi Arabia
11. El Seif Engineering & Contacting
12. Al Harbi Trading & Contracting

Note: Al Khodari has been removed from the list at the request of the company. The company felt the figures reported were inaccurate but declined to supply updated information.


1. Saudi Binladin Group
US $29947 million in building contracts
US $41033 million in all contracts (including JVs)

The kingdom’s largest construction firm has subsidiaries across the region including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the UAE.

Following its inception in 1931, the firm’s reputation was secured when close links between King Abdulaziz Al Saud – the founder of Saudi Arabia – and SBG’s chairman Mohammed Binladin saw the firm work on the extension of the holy mosques in Mecca and Medina. In 1964 it was commissioned to reclad the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Since that time the firm has grown to work on some of the country’s major infrastructure and real estate projects including the North-South railway project, the $36 billion King Abdullah Economic City, Abraj Al Bait residential scheme in Mecca and the Jabal Omar scheme, also in Mecca. Away from construction, it also acts as developer on a number of projects.

It is jointly-developing the $30 billion Jizan Economic City with Malaysia’s MMC Group. In 2007 the firm won contracts valued at approximately $4 billion.



2. Al Arrab Trading & Contracting (ACC)
US $3998 million in building contracts
US $4159 million in all contracts (including JVs)

Having been established in 1983, the Riyadh-based Al Arrab Trading & Contracting has expanded from simple contracts into one of the kingdom’s major contractors. Consisting of 16 subsidiaries it has a workforce of 12,000 and saw a turnover of just over $500 million in 2007.

In 2004, the Mada Group for Industrial & Commercial Investment acquired a majority stake in ACC, which saw the firm expand through acquisition and growth. Subsequently, the company won the first-phase of the $6 billion Haramain high-speed rail line between Mecca and Medina. The firm has a presence in Asia, African and Europe.



3. Saudi Oger
US $2247 million in building contracts
US $16939 million in all contracts (including JVs)

Saudi Binladin’s main rival, Saudi Oger occupies a similar sphere of influence within the kingdom’s construction sector. Since its inception in 1978 by former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri – when he took over the French firm Oger – the family firm has become a multi-divisional giant with subsidiaries in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UK.

In 2007 the firm won work valued at approximately $5 billion and consistently operates on the grandest schemes in Saudi Arabia. Unsurprisingly they mirror those of Saudi Binladin; KAEC, the $2.7 billion Jabal Omar, which is being jointly constructed between the two firms, and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University for Women.



4. Al Redwan Contracting
US $1160 million in building contracts
US $1160 million in all contracts

Jeddah-based Redwan Contracting enjoys a strong position within the market despite not retaining the highest profile. It secured a $120 million contract on KAEC, the biggest project underway in the kingdom to build 134 villas within the Resort Cove district of the new city.

One of the firms bigger projects is the construction of the Le Meridien Hotel Towers in Mecca, which will form one of the components to the regeneration of Islam’s holiest city. The Al Redwan Group, the company has offices in London, Montreal, Cairo and Singapore.



5. Al Latifia Trading & Contracting
US $989 million in building contracts

Founded in 1987, Al-Latifia has grown into a large scale construction company operating throughout the kingdom. Over the years Al-Latifia has developed extensive experience in the various functional areas of construction. The company encourages the use of value engineering practices and techniques and provides engineering, procurement, and building construction services to clients in a variety of industry sectors. It was recently awarded a SR1.5 billion contract for the construction of a business and residential complex for the General Organisation for Social Insurance, in Riyadh. The project includes the building of six high-rise towers, a large underground parking facility, a business center, and other buildings and amenities. Riyadh based Omrania & Associates has been awarded the engineering consultancy duties.



6. Saudi Constructioneers
US $700 million in building contracts

Saudi Constructioneers was first established in 1972 and the company’s largest area of activity is its construction division, with more than one thousand employees. Employed for a wide range of projects, the company has developed much of its own plant to supply essential materials, including tiles and aluminium doors and windows. Recently the company has been involved in project in King Abdullah Financial District. The project consisted of four towers interconnecting with each other on two plots. The towers are being built above ground floor level for commercial, residential and offices, with a total built-up area will be 156,000m².



7. Almabani General Contractors
US $678 million in building contracts
US $1912 million in all contracts

Established in Jeddah in 1972, it has since expanded to become one of the kingdom’s largest contractors with offices in Khobar, Riyadh, Jubail, Beirut and Qatar. The firm has established a niche in the kingdom for infrastructure projects, in particular aviation-led schemes.

It is carrying out the modernisation and redevelopment of seven regional airport runways, as well as bidding for two huge tenders for King Abdulaziz airport at Jeddah valued at $5 billion to $6 billion. It is also carrying out a road tunnel project under Riyadh airbase, which will alleviate traffic in the capital.



8. Huta-Hegerfeld & Huta-Marine
US $589 million in building contracts

Huta Hegerfeld Saudia is a construction contractor with more than US $3.5 billion worth of work under its belt for the past 30 years. The company has been involved in the development of both Jeddah and Riyadh, completing a variety of civil engineering and building projects. In the last decade the company has expanded to take advantage of emerging construction opportunities, acquiring expertise in marine works. Huta Marine has been dealing with dredging, reclamation works, port construction, and other marine civil related works. This part of the company currently employs about 2000 people and owns its own fleet of dredging and floating construction equipment. The company has been involved in projects for King Abdullah Economic City, Jizan Economic City, King Fahd Port in Yanbu, King Abdul Aziz Port Dammam and the Port of Jeddah.



9. Al Rashid Trading & Contracting
US $550 million in building contracts
US $2495 million in all contracts

Abdullah Al Rashid & Brothers was established in 1957 in Al Hufof city. Upon relocating its headquarters to the Saudi Arabian capital city of Riyadh, the company merged with Rashid Abdulrahman Al Rashid Company to form Al Rashid Trading & Contracting Company.
In partnership with Germany’s EADS, RTCC secured one of the most high-profile but sensitive projects to be tendered in Saudi Arabia in years.

The kingdom’s $3 billion border fence project covers a distance of about 6000km to detect incursions along its border with Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar. In 2009 it also won a $427 million contract to build residences for staff at King Saud University in Riyadh.



10. Freyssinet Saudi Arabia
US $440 million in building contracts
US $440 million in all contracts

Founded by the late Shiekh Kamal Adham in 1978, the company commenced operations in the specialised fields of pre-fabricated and pre-stressed concrete.

The firm evolved and grew into general contracting including building complexes, hospitals, industrial projects and other civil projects. Possibly one of the lower profile firms, Saudi Freyssinet nonetheless consistently secures major residential and real estate projects in the kingdom.

Notably, it won a US $191.98 million contract to build commercial buildings in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), a $85.3 million contract for work with Saudi Binladin Group on the light railway in Riyadh’s Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University for women and the $193.3 million Corniche Tower in the city of Jeddah.



11. El Seif Engineering & Contacting
US $4 billion in building contracts

One of the kingdom’s oldest contracting firms, El Seif has been operating since the 1950’s. Initially dealing in commerce and transport sectors where it comprised a large vehicle fleet, El Seif expanded in the 1970s into general contracting with branch offices in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Beirut.

With over 15,000 employees, the firm has successfully partaken in a number of iconic projects, including the symbolic Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, the Jewels Twin Towers project in Dubai Marina and Qatar’s Silhouette Tower.

Its chairman, Khaled Al Seif is also chairman of the Saudi-British Joint Business Council. In 2008 it also secured one of three initial packages for the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman



12. Al Harbi Trading & Contracting
US $111 million in building contracts
US $1876 million in all contracts

The firm established itself in the kingdom in 1965 with offices in Riyadh, Lebanon, Kuwait and the UAE. It has experience across a range of projects, from heavy civil works and highways to residential villas and palaces.

At present, it is involved in a number of governor residences for the Interior Ministry at Baha, Mecca and Najran. It also is involved in a number of education projects. These include the Taibah University expansion and the headquarters of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education, which is due to be completed in Q2, 2010.

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