Saudi Build/Stone 2009, the biggest business-to-business construction and stone technology event in the region, has today concluded its four-day run at the Riyadh International Exhibition Centre, one of the region's most advanced exhibition facilities, setting a new record in participation. More than 18,000 visitors, including high-profile business leaders and government officials from Saudi Arabia and around the world, and over 650 exhibitors from 38 countries attended Saudi Build/Stone 2009, reflecting the strong growth of the local market and reaffirming the increasing global interest in the business potential of Saudi Arabia.
The trade event and exhibition also hosted national pavilions representing Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, UAE, UK and a large group of local specialised companies. The total participation eclipsed last year's record by 50 per cent, which has raised the profile of Saudi Build/Stone 2009 as a premier networking platform for all key players in the region's construction and stone markets.
Mohammed Al Hussaini, Deputy General Manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company, organisers of Saudi Build/Stone, said, "The exceptionally high number of visitors and exhibitors has been a positive indication of the gradual resurgence of the region's construction sector in the wake of the global economic downturn. It also underlined the important role of Saudi Arabia as a catalyst for growth, being home to some of the largest and most important construction and real estate projects in the region."
"It was certainly both a challenge and a privilege for Saudi Build/Stone 2009 exhibition to have gathered such a powerful assembly of influential private and public sector leaders and organisations as part of our strategy to help address the evolving challenges and satisfy the growing needs of the Kingdom's expanding construction sector," Al Hussaini added.
Saudi Arabia has been recognised for continuing to actively invest in various infrastructure, real estate and large development projects as the country has been projected to account for more than 50 per cent of regional infrastructure spending by 2013. Furthermore, a total of SAR 393.75 billion is poised to be invested in various projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, railways and airports in the country, according to latest estimates by Standard Chartered Bank. As such, Saudi Build/Stone 2009 served as the ideal gateway to access the latest construction and stone products, technologies and services to support the massive development efforts in the Kingdom.
Saudi Build/Stone 2009 featured two concurrent exhibitions: Saudi Build 2009 – The 21st International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition; and Saudi Stone 2009 – The 12th International Stone and Stone Technology Show.
Saudi Build gathered hundreds of exhibiting companies from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, offering various investment and business expansion opportunities through a dedicated trade and networking platform. Saudi Stone, on the other hand, showcased the latest trends in stone technology products, machinery and services, and featured cutting-edge stone products, including marble, granite, travertine and stone derivatives, as well as cutting, polishing and manufacturing machinery.
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