KSA: Group of Investors Briefed on 100 Privatization Opportunities

KSA: Group of Investors Briefed on 100 Privatization Opportunities
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KSA: Group of Investors Briefed on 100 Privatization Opportunities

KSA: Group of Investors Briefed on 100 Privatization Opportunities

Saudi Arabia has hosted a huge banking and investment group in Riyadh, including 67 banks and financial companies that were briefed on up to 100 potential privatization opportunities in the Saudi public sector.

Spokesman of the National Center For Privatization (NCP) Hani al-Sayegh noted that the center is exploring more opportunities that can be privatized in government institutions.

There is a list of 100 current opportunities, he added, saying that the access of giant investment firms to privatization and the public-private partnership has been facilitated.

The gathering encompassed a number of executive managers of local and international banks as well as financial companies operating in the kingdom. Representatives of 67 commercial and investment banks and financial firms also attended.

This meeting showcased current investment opportunities to be issued from sectors targeted with privatization. It also shed light on the features and components of these sectors and presented the NCP’s plans to attract international and local investors to take part in the privatization opportunities.

Sayegh affirmed that convening with banks and financial companies is vital because of their role as partners in boosting privatization and public-private partnership via funding, consultations, and producing innovative financial products.

He stressed that banks play a positive role in stimulating international and local investments, introducing new prospects in the national economy, and upgrading services provided to citizens and residents.

Sayegh said this was the third meeting for NCP with the business sector since the beginning of the year. The first was with businessmen in a number of commercial chambers in the kingdom and then with businessmen in Eastern Province.

The center aims to hold meetings with various business sectors to establish a knowledge base for the private sector and to support public-private partnerships, in addition to supporting privatization opportunities.



Saudi Real Estate Activities Record Deals Worth $170Bn Since Beginning of 2024

The Al-Qasr project, one of the projects of Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company in Riyadh (Reuters)
The Al-Qasr project, one of the projects of Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company in Riyadh (Reuters)
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Saudi Real Estate Activities Record Deals Worth $170Bn Since Beginning of 2024

The Al-Qasr project, one of the projects of Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company in Riyadh (Reuters)
The Al-Qasr project, one of the projects of Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company in Riyadh (Reuters)

Real estate activities in Saudi Arabia continued to grow since the beginning of 2024, recording more than 280,000 transactions worth more than $170 billion (SAR 636 billion), and extending over a total area of more than two billion square meters.

The sector’s contribution to the Saudi GDP reached 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2023.

During the last week ending June 22, the real estate stock exchange witnessed 518 deals, with a transaction value exceeding SAR 331.7 million, and a trading area of about 900,000 square meters. The highest recorded price per square meter reached about SAR 15,000, while the average price was SAR 371 riyals.

Al-Wisam area in Jeddah topped the list of the most traded neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia on the real estate stock exchange during a week, with a value of transactions exceeding SAR 89.3 million, followed by the Arid district in Riyadh, with a value reached SAR 6.35 million.

The list included Al-Rimal neighborhood in Riyadh, with a value of SAR 5.59 million, followed by Jawharat Al-Arous in Jeddah, with a value of SAR 3.98 million, and the northwestern Al-Bukayriyah district, with transactions reaching SAR 700,000.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, real estate expert Eng. Ahmed Al-Faqih said the sector is seen as the safest option in light of the changes and fluctuations of the stock and gold markets and their impact on rising interest rates.

He added that the real estate market has shown stable and steady growth in all its sectors, thanks to the investors’ confidence in the government’s policies and the injection of large capital by launching huge real estate projects such as Qiddiya, NEOM, the Red Sea, and others.

In addition, the market has witnessed in recent years a package of legislation and regulations that have increased confidence and further attracted capital and real estate investments, he underlined.

He added that since the third quarter of 2023, the Saudi market has seen a remarkable increase in the number and value of real estate deals compared to the previous quarter, which indicates a change in the general mood of investors and their shift from a state of anticipation to seizing real estate opportunities.

Another real estate expert, Saqr Al-Zahrani, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the performance of the Saudi market reflected the remarkable growth and sustainability of demand for real estate, adding that the numbers and sizes of transactions registered through the real estate stock exchange highlighted the confidence of investors, thanks to government efforts and the economic reforms implemented within Vision 2030.

Al-Zahrani stressed that the real estate sector represents one of the basic pillars of the Saudi economy and contributes significantly to supporting the gross domestic product through huge investments and large development projects.

He also noted that government initiatives to regulate and promote investments in the real estate sector have revitalized the economy and created broad job opportunities for citizens and a variety of new skills in the real estate sector, thus reducing unemployment rates and achieving sustainable development.

He identified several reasons that supported the continued growth and sustainability of the Saudi real estate sector, including economic reforms and policies for investment, in addition to the government’s efforts to improve the business environment by facilitating procedures.

Al-Zahrani pointed to the mega projects taking place in the Kingdom and their role in attracting investments, as well as the increasing demand for housing and associated services as a result of urbanization.

In addition, political and economic stability played a vital role in enhancing investor confidence and encouraging long-term investment in real estate, he stated.