The construction sector may be the fastest growing one in the Saudi Arabia's economy by 2015, Arab News reported. In fact, over the next three years, the Saudi construction market has a projected growth rate of 35 percent.
"Driven by increasing private and public investments in 2013, we are witnessing a definitive surge in construction projects in Saudi Arabia - particularly in the fields of social and transport infrastructure," Zeyad Al-Rukban, deputy general manager of the Riyadh Exhibitions Company told the newspaper.
Saudi Arabia officials believe their driverless, electric rail system will be the world's largest public transit program, according to Al Arabiya News. The first metro rail system in Riyadh, the capital, will include six rail lines, and will require thousands of construction workers. Its construction started this past week, according to Arabian Business.The 176-kilometer project is expected to conclude in 2019.
Three foreign construction associations will design and build Saudi Arabia's $2.5 billion metro rail project. Not only will the system provide citizens with an innovative transit system, but it is also expected to serve individuals with lower incomes, offer commuters the opportunity to avoid traffic and support the growing population. Al Arabiya News indicated the country's population is expected grow by two million in the next decade. With more people, the public transit option will reduce congestion in the streets.
Women in the capital will also benefit significantly. It is illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, so the new system will allow women to travel around the city with ease, according to Al Arabiya News. The metro cars will include family sections to provide women have privacy.
In addition to this construction project, the Saudi government is updating its infrastructure from Riyadh to the Jordan, and anticipates the creation of another metro system in Makkah, Al Arabiya News added.