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Saudi Budget Sees $6.53 Billion Marked for Roads and Bridges

Saudi Arabia : 31 January 2011

The 2011 budget for Saudi Arabia has $6.53 billion (or SR 24.5 billion) set aside for municipal services such as intercity road and bridge construction, according to official data.

Currently the major projects that target infrastructure include a bridge measuring 800 metres and spanning the space between the intersection of King Abdullah Road and King Abdulaziz Road and the Al Amal and Madina Roads intersection. This information was stated by the Bridges Saudi Arabia conference director Jamie Dowswell in association with the IQPC (or International Quality and Productivity Centre).

The conference is being held at Jeddah’s Crowne Plaza, running between March 27 and March 30, and showcasing both the existing and the planned for bridge infrastructures within the Kingdom.

Dowsell noted that this event has become a way for leading developers, decision makers and those is authority to meet with the aim of assessing the landscape of road and bridge construction with Saudi Arabia, discuss methods of best practice and work on solutions to existing challenges.

In Saudi the focus is on the engagement of all partners, including international, regional and local organizations, with the goal of creating infrastructure that’s adequate to meet the needs of both today and tomorrow.

Dowsell added that the maintenance and development of bridges have been a noted priority due to their integral position in the maturity of Saudi infrastructure.

The conference’s patron is Jeddah’s mayor, Dr Hani Bin Mohamed Bin Almed Abu Ras. There will also be exclusive insight given into the inner workings and tendering procedures that happen within Jeddah.

The IQPC has organized Bridges Saudi Arabia as a part of the worldwide series of Bridge-focused conferences that occur within Europe, Asia and America.

In his keynote speech, Dr Abu Ras highlighted the commitment his government holds to both improve the efficiency levels and monitor the development of these infrastructure projects closely.

Doswell noted that the event also includes case studies focusing on existing roads and bridges, as well as those soon to be built. This important aspect keeps those participating current with the views and methods of transportation within Saudi Arabia, as well as getting them involved in the unique strategic management and planning the global experts are involved in to reach optimal development.

The leading contractors at the event include Acrow Misr, Archirodon, CCL, CPC Holding, Doka, Earth Tech, ECO, GTI, Inspectech, MK4MEPS, Maurer Sohne, Pitchmastic PmB, PERI, QACS, Shibh Al Jazira, Stirling Lloyd, Ulma, Volkman and Rossbach and VSL. These firms will be showcasing the latest industry products and technology at the event.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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