Saudi Arabia’s Construction Boom: $1.5 Trillion in Projects Ahead of Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia Leads MENA with 39% of $3.9 Trillion Pipeline

Saudi Arabia is witnessing an unprecedented surge in construction activities, boasting a pipeline of unawarded projects worth $1.5 trillion. This growth is a key part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030, focusing on giga projects and infrastructure development in preparation for Expo 2030, according to a recent JLL report.


Key Highlights:

  • Saudi Arabia’s construction sector accounts for $950 billion, or 62% of the kingdom’s total pipeline.
  • The transportation, infrastructure, and utilities sectors make up the remaining $582 billion (38%).


Optimistic Outlook Despite Challenges

Despite facing challenges like persistent inflation, high interest rates, and geopolitical tensions in Q1 2024, JLL remains optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s construction sector. The kingdom reported the highest value of awarded projects in 2023, reaching $97 billion, compared to $60 billion in 2022. This represents only 6% of the potential pipeline, highlighting significant opportunities for growth aligned with Vision 2030’s economic diversification and investment goals.


Key Drivers of Growth:

  1. Economic Growth and Population Expansion: Saudi Arabia has become the most active construction market in the Middle East, driven by robust economic growth, a burgeoning population, and modernization efforts.
  2. Resilient Real Estate Sector: The real estate sector led the kingdom’s projects market in 2023, demonstrating resilience despite global uncertainties. However, rising construction costs, skilled labor shortages, and resource availability remain challenges.


Riyad Bank’s Insights on Economic Growth

Riyad Bank attributes the kingdom’s growth in Q1 2024 to strong domestic demand and increased business activity, fueled by new orders and improvements in the non-oil economy. In a significant milestone, non-oil activities accounted for 50% of Saudi Arabia’s GDP in 2023, surpassing the 33% contribution from oil activities.


Tourism and Construction Sector Performance

The tourism sector, contributing 7% to the non-oil GDP, performed robustly in 2023, with domestic and international tourists generating $66 billion in expenditure. In the construction sector, leisure and hospitality projects dominated, representing $4 billion, or 23%, of the total value of projects awarded as of Q1 2024.


Market Trends and Future Outlook

Riyad Bank’s Purchasing Managers’ Index, which tracks economic trends in manufacturing and services, slightly declined to 57.0 in March 2024 from 57.2 in the previous month. Additionally, a decrease in employment levels was noted as construction companies sought to manage costs and cash flow in Q1 2024.



Saudi Arabia’s construction sector is poised for substantial growth, driven by Vision 2030’s ambitious projects and economic diversification efforts. Despite challenges, the kingdom’s focus on modernization and infrastructure development positions it as a leading player in the MENA construction market. Stay updated with the latest developments in Saudi Arabia’s construction boom and explore the opportunities within this dynamic sector.


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