The show attracted 22,500 visitors.

The show attracted 22,500 visitors.

700 exhibitors drive Saudi Build’s success

November 2011

MORE than 22,500 trade visitors participated in Saudi Build 2011 and Saudi Stone-Tech 2011, the biggest business-to-business construction and stone technology event in the region.

About 700 exhibitors from 34 countries took part in the four-day showcase last month at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Held under the patronage of Dr Mansour bin Miteb Bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the show also featured national pavilions from 14 countries.

“The participating Austrian companies at Saudi Build have expressed their serious interest in the Saudi construction market, stressing on the excellent outcome of the event in terms of the number and quality of the trade visitors. It gives us the opportunity to access this emerging market and display our advanced and modern products and technologies,” said a representative from the Embassy of Austria in Saudi Arabia. “The growing volume of Austria’s building material exports, which amounted to SR340 million ($90 million) in the first half of 2011, is a key driver for local private companies, given that the kingdom accounts for a major percentage of this figure.”

“Austria exports various types of building materials to the kingdom, including pipes, railway building materials, wood, furniture and other distinctive building tools and products,” he added.

Meanwhile, a representative from the Embassy of Belgium in Saudi Arabia revealed that Belgium’s exports to Saudi Arabia have increased by 25 per cent in 2011 amid the ongoing growth in the Saudi market, pointing out to the significant cooperation of Belgian and Saudi companies to provide building materials and technologies for the current projects in the kingdom.

He also highlighted the importance of Saudi Build and its role in gathering industry leaders from all over the world, while also providing the opportunity to access the promising Saudi market.

Mohammed Al Hussaini, deputy general manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company, said: “The remarkable success of Saudi Build 2011 has reaffirmed its position as the premier platform that supports the sustainable growth of the region’s construction industry. Inaugurated by Prince Dr Abdul-Aziz bin Mohammed bin Ayaf, mayor of Riyadh City, the show witnessed major interest and attendance from special guests, and saw the participation of Yamama Cement as the diamond sponsor.

“Moreover, the visit of Khaled bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Turki, board member of Yamama Cement, as well as the attendance of major local and international representatives from the sector reconfirmed the leading role of Saudi Build in providing an interactive platform for local, regional and global industry players, who are now looking to take advantage of excellent business networking opportunities.”

Saudi Build 2011 provided a dedicated platform to showcase the latest offerings in building materials and equipment, architectural finishing products, construction tools and technology, engineering services, infrastructure materials, security and safety systems, among others.

The event gathered high-profile business leaders from the kingdom and around the world, diplomats and high-ranking Saudi government officials. It also attracted hundreds of exhibiting companies from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, collectively offering a comprehensive collection of the latest construction products and services.

Saudi Stone-Tech 2011 catered to evolving requirements and changing trends in stone technology products, machinery and services. Held in collaboration with VeronaFiere (Verona Trade Fair Company), Italy’s top trade show organiser, and the Italian Marmomacchine Association, a technical and promotional organisation for Italy’s stone and allied industries, Saudi Stone-Tech featured designers and landscapers showcasing cutting-edge stone products, including marble, granite, travertine and stone derivatives, as well as cutting, polishing and manufacturing machinery.

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