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Author: STC
Article Date: 01.04.2017

Pictured: Leading figures from the likes of the Saudi Binladin Group, Flour Arabia and Opeco will attend next week's inaugural Stone & Surface Saudi to meet the stone suppliers required to fulfil the Kingdom's vast portfolio of planned residential, commercial, retail and infrastructure developments (centre). Saudi Binladen architect Fawaz Mohammed Alashri (right) is using the exhibition to find LEED-certified building materials
● Saudi government is ploughing US$44billion into infrastructure projects as they seek to achieve Vision 2030 
● Middle East's biggest construction firms taking advantage of reduced red tape to make big moves in the Kingdom ● Key companies attending Stone & Surface Saudi exhibition in Jeddah next week to discover latest technologies and materials
Stakeholders from the Middle East's most influential construction and engineering companies will descend on Jeddah next week for Stone & Surface Saudi - the Kingdom's dedicated trade show for the marble, granite and natural stone industry. 
Leading figures from the likes of the Saudi Binladin Group, Flour Arabia and Opeco are set to attend the inaugural event where they will look to discover the very latest material and technological innovations breaking ground in the stone industry.
Responsible for many of the world's biggest building projects, the multi-national firms view the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a booming market for construction. With ambitious plans to make Saudi the leading Arab nation by 2030, the government is ploughing an enormous US$ 44 billion into infrastructure projects - the pace of which are being heightened by the loosening of previously strict building laws and red tape.
By attending Stone & Surface Saudi - taking place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events between April 4th and 6th and featuring big name suppliers such as Dar Ceramics, Saudi Ceramics, MAPEI, Eymer Ic Ve Dis Tic Ltd and Australian Stone Design - the multi-billion dollar firms seek to meet the stone providers required to fulfil Saudi's vast portfolio of planned residential, commercial, retail and infrastructure developments; more than 4,000 of which are already under construction, at a cost of US$725.8 bn.
Anas Pallippath, Procurement Manager at hotel specialists Optimum Engineering Company (OPECO), said: "There is huge scope in the country leading up to Saudi Vision 2030. Shows like Stone & Surface Saudi make it easier for experts to connect with buyers, manufacturers, suppliers and more. Attending is also a great way to source information about the latest trends in construction, finishings, surfaces, stones and other products and materials."
Mustafa Abdulrahman Mustafa is the Chief Engineer at Fluor Arabia, EPC giants who have completed more than 600 GCC-based projects worth more than US$150 billion. He said: "I am attending Stone & Surface Saudi to get more information on new stones and surface materials in the market, and to discover innovative ideas regarding stone use, both internally and externally.
"It will give designers and contractors an opportunity to sample a variety of stones as finishing items, in either internal or external capacities, for residential, commercial and even industrial buildings."
Featuring exhibitors from Turkey - world leaders in the supply of stone - the US, UAE, Italy, KSA, India, Oman, Belgium, Lebanon, Germany, Australia and China, the three-day trade show will offer a direct gateway to construction firms looking to meet with suppliers offering the very latest in stone and surface materials and manipulating technologies.
This is an area of construction Saudi Binladin Group architect Fawaz Mohammed Alashri is keen to explore. He said: "Building material products are being vastly developed. Manufacturers are starting to follow scientific and international standards even more than before, so I think the market is set to mature and flourish. At Stone & Surface Saudi, I'm hoping to find a variety of new tools and equipment for cutting stones and other raw materials. I am also keen on viewing new methods of installation as well as innovative products that can assist with the construction of LEED-compliant buildings.
"The future of the industry looks set to be competitive. If you take the leadership's vision of the future for 2030 into account, I think the country should be able to compete with a variety of industries globally, including construction and raw materials."
Stone & Surface Saudi will facilitate the procurement of the stone, marble and contract flooring provided by both domestic and international suppliers to the Saudi-based designers, architects and project managers responsible for the Kingdom's huge ongoing projects. It will showcase varied options for contract flooring, wall covering solutions, natural stone and ceramics.