The building and construction sector is facing new challenges represented by the demand for smart and low-cost buildings with a limited impact on the environment.
The building and construction technology sector in Saudi Arabia has been improving in recent decades, as modern architecture, engineering and reinforced concrete frame structures replaced the traditional construction methods of mud and stone. In addition, the continuous improvement of technical development has helped promote the construction sector, which is considered second only to the oil sector in exploiting the abundant natural resources of the Kingdom for the production of a wide range of building materials including cement, concrete, bricks, ceramics, and glass, as well as composite materials.
This sector also provides a large number of jobs, with 35% of work permits accredited by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, related to building and construction. The building and construction sector is a major drive to productivity and economic growth in many countries around the world including Saudi Arabia. The contribution of the construction sector in the gross domestic product ratio is approximately 13% of all other non-oil sectors, and enhances the competitive ability of the Kingdom towards sustainable development serving the community.