Saudi companies win contracts for workers’ housing in NEOM

Contracts have been awarded to two national companies to build, finance and operate three residential complexes, in one of the first investment opportunities offered to construction companies to work on the NEOM project. (Courtesy of NEOM)
Updated 09 September 2019

Saudi companies win contracts for workers’ housing in NEOM

  • Contracts have been awarded to two national companies
  • The contract allows the companies to operate the housing for 10 years

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have started building accommodation in certain areas in NEOM that will house workers helping to build the new megacity.
Contracts have been awarded to two national companies to build, finance and operate three residential complexes, in one of the first investment opportunities offered to construction companies to work on the NEOM project.
Two Saudi companies, Al-Tamimi Group and Saudi Arabian Trading & Construction Co. (SATCO) won contracts for the construction of the complexes, with a capacity to house 30,000 workers.
The contract allows the companies to operate the housing for 10 years.
The areas will be part of a “Construction Village,” which NEOM plans to expand to accommodate more than 100,000 workers, the statement said. NEOM did not say how much the contracts were worth.
“The awarding of these contracts is another milestone in our journey to turn the NEOM dream into a reality,” NEOM chief executive Nadhmi Al-Nasr said. A project of this scale “requires manpower to settle there for years to come,” Al-Nasr said.
The $500 billion NEOM project will be developed over an area of 26,500 km2 in the north-west of the Kingdom.
It aims to be one of the pillars of the Kingdom’s economic transformation.


Struggling WeWork mulls bailout deals with SoftBank, JP Morgan

Updated 14 October 2019

Struggling WeWork mulls bailout deals with SoftBank, JP Morgan

TOKYO: Under-pressure start-up WeWork is considering two huge bailout plans including a cash injection that could see Japanese investment titan SoftBank take control of the firm, according to reports.
The office-sharing giant had been on course for a massive initial public offering until last month when questions began to be asked over its governance and profit outlook.
The firm’s valuation plunged from $47 billion in January to less than $20 billion in September and the listing plans have been dropped, while co-founder Adam Neumann stepped down as chief executive.
With New York-based parent company We Co. not expected to push for the IPO this year, the cash-strapped firm is looking for a financial lifeline.
The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Bloomberg News cited unnamed sources close to the talks as saying SoftBank — the US firm’s biggest shareholder — had drawn up a proposal that gives it full control of WeWork.
The move would dilute the voting power of Neumann, who remains as chairman of the company he started in 2010 and also currently maintains control a majority of voting shares.
They also reported that WeWork is looking at a deal with Wall Street giant JP Morgan to raise $5 billion in debt, with the Times saying directors of We would be meeting as soon as Monday afternoon to discuss that.
“WeWork has retained a major Wall Street financial institution to arrange financing,” the Journal reported a company spokesman as saying.
“Approximately 60 financing sources have signed confidentiality agreements and are meeting with the company’s management and its bankers over the course of this past week and this coming week.”
The New York-based startup that launched in 2010 has touted itself as revolutionizing commercial real estate by offering shared, flexible workspace arrangements, and has operations in 111 cities in 29 countries.
However, the company, which lost $1.9 billion last year, has faced skepticism over its ability to make money, especially if the global economy slows significantly.