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The Saudi Arabian contracting sector has delivered mixed fortunes for local companies. The country’s construction industry is evolving in tandem with its national programmes that aim to diversify the economy and reduce oil dependence.

Some contractors have found the right balance for their operations, while others have not been quite as successful. Al-Bawani Construction, led by chief executive officer, Eng Fakher Al-Shawaf, is part of the former group.

The Riyadh-headquartered company’s portfolio in the city includes projects for clients such as the kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as projects for the Financial Plaza, the new Riyadh Bank Data Centre, and Arriyadh Development Authority’s Arabsat building, which was designed by BuroHappold.

Other Al-Bawani projects in the capital include Al Raidah Investment Company’s King Abdullah Financial District Museum, and the Information Technology and Communications Complex.

According to tender listings website ProTenders, Al-Bawani is also providing general, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services for a multipurpose community hall within the billion-dollar mega-city, Neom.

Over in Jeddah, Al-Bawani’s name is part of high-profile schemes such as Midad Real Estate Development and Investment Company’s Four Seasons-branded hotel.
Recently, Al-Shawaf signed an agreement to build Saudia Cargo’s new cargo handling facility at the King Abdulaziz International Airport.

According to a Saudi Gazette report, Al-Bawani will be tasked with the facility’s construction and implementation. Siemens will deliver mechanical equipment and cargo handling systems for the 75,000m2 project, while AECOM will supervise engineering works.