The Big 5 Saudi explores what it takes to build a home of Vision 2030 design

Updated 11 March 2018
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The Big 5 Saudi explores what it takes to build a home of Vision 2030 design

Demand for new housing and enhanced urban living will peak in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 pushes to raise real estate’s contribution to the GDP from five percent to 10 percent. The Big 5 Saudi, which ran from Monday to Thursday, showed innovation in building design and the construction technology needed to accelerate urban growth.
“Housing development in 2018 will show an increase of 30-40 percent compared with last year and the total projected residential projects will reach more than 250,000 square meters. This number will incrementally grow over the next five years on a 25-40 percent rate annually,” said Mohammed S. Al-Surf, regional manager of market development at the Green Building Certification Institute.
Speaking at The Big 5 Saudi, Al-Surf updated visitors on the current urban market and explored how green building incorporates factors of energy reduction and healthy living.
Aside from the education on offer at Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, The Big 5 Saudi showcased the latest solutions and materials in construction from 400 local and international exhibitors.
“Fully aligned and in full support of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, we believe that The Big 5 Saudi is of great advantage to introduce our products to the potential Saudi Arabian market,” said Omar Khayal, business development manager at special solutions exhibitor RIVA GmbH Engineering.
The RIVA Umbrella promotes usage of promenades and parks by providing shade. Solar powered, it can be controlled via cell phone for custom results.
Other brands to bring residents outdoors are Beka Sport with their artificial floor solutions to create activities such as outdoor chess and city golf, and Eibi with their durable playground equipment.
Filling the gap between outside and inside the home, exhibitor Edgetech showed their Super Spacer at The Big 5 Saudi and discussed how preventing thermal bridges is the key to an energy-efficient room.
Looking to advance the quality and health of home life, GROHE’s award-winning Sensia Arena is an innovative merging of both toilet and bidet that brings a new level of cleaning options to the WC unit.
“The Big 5 Saudi has become one of the most important construction events for the region and the industry as a whole,” said Antoine Khalife, vice president, GROHE Levant and Saudi Arabia.


AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Updated 16 January 2019
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AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Al-Habtoor Group (AHG) has clarified that the group and all its divisions, including Habtoor Hospitality (Habtoor Hotels) have no link or relationship of any kind with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) and its owner Rashid Al-Habtoor.

This is following news released in major Indian and Middle Eastern media about a potential acquisition of the Leela Group of Hotels in India (Hotel Leela venture) by Rashid Al-Habtoor, founder and owner of Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises.

A spokesperson for Al-Habtoor Group said: “We feel obligated to clarify that Al-Habtoor Group in all its divisions and Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises are two separate entities. Habtoor Hospitality, commonly known as Habtoor Hotels, is owned solely by Al-Habtoor Group in the UAE and overseas.”

“... Any actions or business decisions taken by Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises or any of their associates are their sole responsibility, and Al-Habtoor Group is not liable under any circumstance for any damages or liabilities arising directly or indirectly from Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises business ventures.”