Riyadh October 12 2023: Construction projects awarded during the first half of 2023 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region amounted to $101 billion, of which Saudi Arabia dominated with $44 billion and the UAE followed with $23 billion, JLL said in a recent report.
In its latest Construction Market Intelligence report, JLL said Saudi Arabia and the UAE recorded a year-on-year (YoY) leap in the value of construction projects awarded.
The Kingdom awarded construction contracts to the residential sector worth $5 billion during H1 2023, while the entertainment projects amounted to $2 billion.
The total estimated value of projects in the MENA region amounted to $3 trillion, with the Kingdom accounting for the largest share at about 35%, or nearly $1.3 trillion. Egypt and the UAE share amounted to $500 billion each, JLL added.
The report noted that the construction market in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4% between 2024 and 2027, driven by economic diversification efforts in line with Vision 2030.
The construction market value in the UAE is seen to grow at an average annual rate exceeding 3% between 2024 and 2027, supported mainly by increased investment in the infrastructure and real estate sectors, including residential, hospitality, mixed-use, and commercial properties.