KAFD may cause office space glut

Updated 16 October 2015
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KAFD may cause office space glut

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is too big for the local market, and will cause a glut in office space and accommodations once it becomes operational and tenants start moving in.
“In fact, some of the buildings at the northern portion of the $11.6 billion financial district have been canceled,” said a source working for one of the companies involved in the project.
He said that this is expected because many of the 112 multi-storey buildings that have been constructed were not part of the original plan.
A foreign magazine earlier critisized the project, saying that KAFD is a “sober alternative to Dubai’s exuberant international financial center.”
But oversupply in office space and accommodation is not the only problem facing the sprawling project which is located in a 1.6 million sq. meter area in the northern part of the Saudi capital.
“The rent is also exorbitant. This is probably because of the huge capital that has been invested to develop and construct the project,” said the general manager of a construction and landscaping firm.
He added that the rent per sq. meter is estimated at SR3,000 to SR4,000, “which is quite high for many local firms which are interested to have their offices at KAFD.”
Because of the high rent, the rent outside the financial district has also doubled.
But despite the exorbitant cost, there are companies which intend to establish their head offices inside the financial district. For this purpose, the head of an investment bank in the UAE visited the Saudi capital sometime back.
“If you’re not inside the financial district, you’ll be left behind by the competitors who are already established in the market. They will likely move in at the opportune time,” he added.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.