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Saudi Real Estate Co. Eyeballing $1.3 Billion in Development

By Phil Butler | March 13, 2013
  • The CEO of Saudi Real Estate Co. (SRECO) told Bloomberg recently his firm is intent on building a housing development in Riyadh estimated to be worth $1.3 billion. According to reports from news outlets and the company, Saudi Real Estate is refocusing on middle-income buyers who can leverage a home shortage there.

    Al Akaria Residences
    Al Akaria Residences - from the brochure

    Seeking governmental approval of the construction of some 7,000 homes, Saudi Real Estate will also be committed to building the connective community elements of office, hotels, shopping, and other developments as well. Dr. Fahad A.M Al-Said, CEO of Saudi Real Estate Co. Al-Akaria, addressed the Future Housing Summit last week concerning issues facing his country where the availability of housing is concerned.

    Finally, to cement the idea of Saudi Real Estate's leadership where jump starting the youth of Saudi Arabia is considered  their chairman's confidence in the young community there was highlighted late last year in an interview with Arab News, and I quote describing Saudi Arabia for the coming decades:

    "I can describe the Kingdom using the words — flourishing continuous development. I do have strong trust in Saudi youth. I can say that every student is more intelligent than the older student generation. Our future is for the youth, and I strongly have trust on them."

    Saudi Arabia is largely a youthful country possessed of a very well educated younger set. Clearly the focus of future investment there will be attuned to not only satisfying the needs of this population, but taking advantage of the pluses excellent and youthful contributions can foster. Fahad A.M Al-Said and his company are fairly notorious in their revamped focus toward Saudi's taking advantage of global job opportunities too.

    Finally, the residential property market there in Saudi Arabia creates something of a demand vacuum not only for Saudi investment, but with the potential transformation of the country's bank regulations and foreign investment allowances of late, a potential investment boom for outside investors too. A growing population and other factors made the country a big target for speculation where investments go.

    The Plaza
    The Plaza development by Al Akaria
    Phil Butler is a former engineer, contractor, and telecommunications professional who is editor of several influential online media outlets. Phil began his digital ramblings via several of the world’s most noted tech blogs, at the advent of blogging as a form of journalistic license.
    A graduate of The College of Charleston, Phil also served in the United States Navy, and has worked for any number of Fortune 500 companies. Together with his wife and partner Mihaela Lica Butler, Phil also helped forge Pamil Visions PR into one of the most successful online PR companies in the world. His greatest accomplishments however involves being the best husband, father, and friend he can be.
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