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Podcast: How the world's largest construction firms see Saudi Arabia

Latest episode of CW's weekly podcast series explores why companies such as Parsons and Arada are pivoting to Saudi

Construction companies are expanding to Saudi Arabia.
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Construction companies are expanding to Saudi Arabia.

The past 12 months have seen a string of high-profile project announcements from Saudi Arabia – from construction updates about entertainment megaproject Qiddiya to the $500bn (SAR1.9tn) future city Neom.

Projects are also being driven in Saudi Arabia as the kingdom plans to boost home-ownership as part of its Vision 2030 plan to reduce oil dependency.

In this episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, co-hosts Oscar Rousseau, deputy editor, and Jack Ball, senior reporter, discuss some key firms that have, or are looking to, set up offices in the kingdom.

They include American construction consultancy Parsons, which plans to grow its 1,300-strong workforce in Saudi Arabia to 1,800, as revealed in an interview with Construction Week earlier this month. 

UAE-based developers Arada and Binghatti have also made their intentions known to open in-country sales offices in a bid to court more investment from the kingdom.

Check out the full episode here and please share it with your colleagues as well. New episodes of Construction Week Viewpoint are published every Monday at midday.

Past episodes have welcomed expert guests such as Rizwan Sajan, founder of Dubai-headquartered building giant Danube Group, and Saaed Al Abbar, managing director of homegrown Emirati engineering consultancy AESG and chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council.

Check out the complete catalogue of Construction Week Viewpoint episodes on SoundCloud and iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe to stay up to date and please share the podcast with your friends and colleagues.

To volunteer yourself or a colleague as a guest speaker on Construction Week Viewpoint, please contact Jack Ball

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