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
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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.


Saudi market regulator in talks with Aramco on IPO rules

Updated 18 September 2019

Saudi market regulator in talks with Aramco on IPO rules

  • Kingdom’s stock market regulator typically requires firms offer at least 20% to 30% of their shares when floating
  • Aramco’s primary listing will be on the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) is in talks with Saudi Aramco and its advisers about the regulatory requirements for listing on the domestic stock exchange, its chairman Mohammed bin Abdullah Elkuwaiz told Reuters.
“We continue to have discussions with the company and its advisers on both their readiness, as well as our regulatory requirements for the market,” Kuwaiz said on Wednesday.
Asked whether there will be any waivers or exemptions for the company’s listing, Kuwaiz told Reuters in an interview that the CMA is “still having those discussions.”
The Kingdom’s stock market regulator typically requires firms offer at least 20% to 30% of their shares when floating.
Aramco, whose chairman Yassir Al-Rumayyan said this week that the IPO would be ready within the next year and preparations were continuing despite Saturday’s attacks on its facilities, is yet to file its prospectus with the Saudi regulator.
“We receive waivers or exemption requests where needed and we review them on a case by case basis,” Kuwaiz said, in reference to those discussions.
Aramco’s primary listing will be on the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh, but the government is still considering a secondary listing overseas, Saudi finance minister, Mohammed Al-Jadaan told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.