Thanks to its diversification investments, Saudi Arabia has seen a selection of large-scale projects launched and progressing this year.
As the country looks to expand its existing economic sectors and create new ones, both the public and private sectors are driving major schemes in the kingdom.
The kingdom is second only to the UAE in terms of the number of contract awards expected in the region this year, with Saudi Arabia expected to achieve 27% of all regional construction contracts in 2018, according to a white paper published last month by Dubai research house, Ventures Onsite.
Construction Week rounds up the top 10 projects that are being constructed, or due to begin development, in the kingdom this year.
1. Riyadh Metro
Undoubtedly one of Saudi’s largest and most high-profile construction schemes, Riyadh Metro is recording steady progress in 2018.
This June, test runs began for Riyadh Metro's Line 4. French transport system provider Alstom revealed it has been conducting initial dynamic tests for the megaproject's Line 4 Depot Test Track, on which the FAST Consortium is working.
2. Qiddiya entertainment city
Earlier this year, a ceremony was held to lay the foundation stone for Saudi Arabia's entertainment megaproject, the Qiddiya city. The 334km2 project – to be built 40km from capital city, Riyadh – is 100 times the size of Central Park, and will attract 17 million visitors by 2030.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, patronised the project's foundation ceremony on 28 April, 2018.
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