KAFD projects left hanging due to manpower shortage

Updated 23 July 2014
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KAFD projects left hanging due to manpower shortage

Contractors working on the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), worth an estimated SR29 billion ($7.8 billion), will not be able to complete their projects on time due to a lack of manpower and logistics, according to one source.
“Some contractors do not have enough manpower and cannot afford to hire as many people as they need thanks to rising visa costs,” said the source, a construction sub-contractor.
“Their projects should have been completed by the end of 2015,” he said.
“Contractors who are in need of up to 10 workers can apply for visas via the Passport Department. Contractors in need of 50 visas or more, however, must approach what is known as a ‘mega house,’ where a single visa can cost SR8,000.”
Many contractors, however, cannot afford such costs. This, coupled with the fact that companies were forced to send home hundreds of former workers during the legalization campaign, has left many establishments crippled.
“A few contractors were able to continue implementation of their projects at the KAFD,” he said. “Several workers could still be seen at the site, but this figure has greatly diminished.”
“These remaining contractors had either documented workers before the crackdown or have incurred huge overheads in terms of visa costs.”
“The entire project could not have been completed on time as it is,” he said.
The KAFD, which is located in Asahafa area along the King Fahd Road, is being undertaken by the Rayadah Investment Corporation on behalf of the Pension Authority.
It consists of 34 towers spanning an area of 1.6 million sqm. It will also provide more than three million sqm of space for various purposes, 62,000 parking spaces and accommodation for 12,000 residents.
It was the largest project in the world seeking green building accreditation in 2011. Bombardier won a $241 million contract to build an automated monorail for its development.


Houthis imposed war on Arab coalition: Al-Jubeir

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Houthis imposed war on Arab coalition: Al-Jubeir

  • Efforts to promote Saudi-UAE ties at ‘unprecedented’ level praised
  • In June 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan chaired the first meeting of the council
JEDDAH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government did not want the war in that country, said the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs.
The coalition’s priority is Yemen’s security and stability, and the war was imposed on it by the Houthi coup, said Adel Al-Jubeir, who is also a Cabinet member.
During a visit to the UAE, he toured the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, where he met with its staff and students, and was briefed on the programs taught there.
Al-Jubeir praised Saudi and Emirati efforts to ensure the success of Sweden’s consultations between Yemeni parties and the resulting agreement reached. He said he looks forward to its implementation.
He described Saudi-Emirati ties as strong and unique, and stressed both sides’ efforts to promote their relations to an unprecedented level, especially as the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council is working to enhance ties in various fields.
In June 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan chaired the first meeting of the council.
The council seeks to develop a joint vision to deepen bilateral relations in line with the objectives set by the GCC to strengthen economic integration between the two sides and develop innovative solutions for optimum use of resources.
Earlier, KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, said that humanitarian aspect of the Yemeni conflict is the top priority of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Arab coalition.