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Construction industry in the GCC - statistics & facts

Construction is a leading economic sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council region. A substantial share of companies in the region operates in this field. Furthermore, it is an important employment sector for the local, foreign, and expatriate workforce. The governments of the region use construction projects to curb the economic performance of their country to increase employment and as a defense against foreign companies investing and setting up their business in the region.

Construction projects in the GCC

The majority of construction investment in the Gulf Cooperation Council region is done in the establishment of buildings, followed by energy and infrastructure projects. Saudi Arabia was one of the leading investors in the construction sector in the region with over 82 billion U.S. dollars .

As of 2019, the major construction projects in the Gulf Cooperation Council region were the second stage of the Etihad Rail projects with over 5.6 billion U.S. dollars followed by the Gasoline and Aromatics projects at 3.2 billion U.S. dollars. Both projects were being executed in the United Arab Emirates. Through the work of those construction projects, the United Arab Emirates has emerged as an important player in the global construction industry.

Cement as a leading construction material

Saudi Arabia is one of the leading cement producers worldwide. Cement is an important construction material. Although it is one of the leading export goods of Saudi Arabia, it is a major component of the kingdom's construction industry and is mainly supplied for domestic use. Apart from Saudi Arabia, Qatar also produces a significant amount of cement in the region.

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