Friday, April 10, 2009

Top 10 KSA projects you should be involved in

Saudi Arabia is determined not to give in to the doom and gloom enveloping the rest of the global economy. The government confirmed in January that it plans to spend heavily this year, despite the recent drop in oil prices.

It has announced a budget of US $129 billion for 2009 (roughly in line with 2008 expenditure) and has promised to allocate significant funds to transportation and utilities infrastructure.

In February, it was confirmed that around $3 billion has been allocated for road construction projects this year. The news was announced by the Minister of Transport, who said the length of roads to be constructed this year would total 8250km.

This makes Saudi Arabia a market that no construction supplier can afford to ignore, even in these challenging economic times. Construction Week presents ten projects that every supplier should know about. The projects are not in order of the ten most valuable in the country, but those that are vital to the country’s development.

1- King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Client: Emaar Properties

Estimated value: US $50 billion

Schedule: Construction started in 2006.The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2009. The overall project will be completed in stages.

Scope: KAEC is a massive development located in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. The master plan of the city shows the city will be divided into: Industrial Zone, Residential Zone, Sea Resort and Sea Port.
The industrial zone covers an area of 63 million m2. The zone will include facilities to operate and build plants and factories. The residential zone covers an area of 51 million m2 and will include low, mid- and high-rise structures. The sea resort provides a built-up area exceeding 3.5 million m2 for hotels, residential apartments, golf resorts, spas and water sports facilities.
The sea port provides 14 million m2 to build a world-class port on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. The port will include 30 berths to serve global trade routes between Asia, Europe and Africa.

2- Sudair City Development

Client: Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon)

Estimated value: US $40 billion

Schedule: Modon, Saudi Arabia’s industrial development agency has short listed 10 developers for Sudair City. The winning bidder will be responsible for hiring sub-contractors for the project.

Scope: Sudair City is a mixed use development that includes residential, commercial, entertainment and educational facilities. Sudair City will span an area of 258 million m2 north of Riyadh.

3- Princess Noura bint AbdulRahman University for Women in Riyadh

Client: Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Higher Education

Estimated value: US $11.5 billion

Schedule: Work will begin soon and is due for completion by the first quarter of 2012. Saudi Binladin Group was the lowest bidder for the buildings package and associated works. El-Seif was the lowest bidder for the infrastructure package.

Scope: The project calls for construction of a new university for women. The university is expected to cover 8 millions m2 and will be located on King Khalid International Airport Road north of Riyadh. The total built up area is around 3 million m2. The university will include administration buildings, 13 faculties, a 700-bed student hospital, laboratories, research centres and a residential area that includes accommodation for students and staff. The capacity of the university is around 26,000 students.

4- Landbridge Project

Client: Saudi Railway Organisation (SRO)

Estimated value: US $10 billion

Schedule: Four consortiums applied for the Build, Operate and Transfer contract. The deadline for submitting bids was January 31, 2009. The consortiums were: Trabot, Saudi Oger, Binladen Group, and Al-Mada.

Scope: The Landbridge is a 950km railway network. The railway will connect Jeddah on the Red Sea with Dammam city in the Arabian Gulf. The project will also include a 115km railway to connect King Fahd Industrial Port with Jubail Industrial City.

5- Prince Abdulaziz bin Mousaed Economic City

Client: Rakiza Holding Company; Al-Mal Investment Company

Estimated value: US $8 billion

Schedule: Work in scheduled to begin in 2010 and will be completed in phases by 2022.

Scope: The project calls for construction of Prince Abdulaziz bin Mousaed Economic City in Hail. The city will cover 156 million m2 and will have 12 distinct components for trade and services in sectors such as agriculture and food processing, mining, education, housing, and entertainment.
The developers aim to use the strategic location of Hail to build transportation infrastructure consisting of an international airport, a dry port, a supply chain centre and a multi-modal passenger station.

6- Knowledge Economic City (KEC)

Client: Knowledge Economic City Developers

Estimated value: US $8 billion

Schedule: Knowledge Economic City Developers is in negotiation with consultants for the project. Construction is expected to begin by the second quarter of 2009. Knowledge Economic City will be built in phases. The project duration is expected to be ten years.

Scope: The project calls for construction of Knowledge Economic City (KEC) in Madina, Saudi Arabia. The project’s land area is around 5 million m2 and the total built up area is 9 million m2.
The city is designed to help establish a catalyst for knowledge-based industries in Madina; the developer claims it will generate 20,000 new job opportunities.

7- North-South Railway

Client: Public Investment Fund (PIF) & Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO)

Estimated value: US $3.5 billion

Schedule: The project is under construction and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Scope: North-South Railway is a 2400km-long railway project. The primary objective of the railway will be to connect bauxite and phosphate mines at Az Zubairah and Al Jalamid to processing facilities located at Ras Azur port.
The railway will be used for the transportation of minerals and passengers in Saudi Arabia.

8- Jizan Economic City (JEC)

Client: MMC Group; Saudi Binladin Group

Estimated value: US $3 billion

Schedule: Construction of the city is due to start now and will be completed in phases by the end of 2020. Phase one will take an estimated 30 months to complete.
In November 2007, Aluminum Corporation of China (Chalco) signed an agreement with Malaysia’s MMC Corporation and the local Saudi Binladen Group to develop a 1 million tonne a year aluminum smelter in the city.

Scope: The project calls for construction of Jizan Economic City located 725km south of Jeddah by the Red Sea. The city comprises residential, commercial and industrial zones.

9- Haramain High Speed Rail Project

Client: Saudi Railway Organisation (SRO)

Estimated value: US $1.9 billion

Schedule: Al Rajhi consortium won the civil works contract for Haramain High Speed Rail Project in January 2009. Construction is expected to start in April 2009 and is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Scope: Haramain High Speed Rail Project (HHR) is a rail link project connecting Makkah and Madina via Jeddah. The railway will be a high speed electrified passenger double line between Makkah, Jeddah and Madina.
The speed of the train is around 360km/h. The design, construction, operation and maintenance of HHR will be executed in two phases.

10- Jeddah Gate Development

Client: Emaar Properties

Estimated value: US $1.6 billion

Schedule: The project is under construction and will be built in several phases. The expected development time is ten years.

Scope: Jeddah Gate is a big development in the heart of Jeddah, located on two sites. The first is spread over 413,000m2 and is located along King Abdullah Street and the second is spread over 140,000m2 along Abdullah Al Suleiman Street close to the main railroad linking the cities of Makkah and Madina to Jeddah. The project will comprise 6000 residential units, 230,000m2 of commercial space and 75,000m2 of gross rentable area for retailers.

Nazri Aziz - The Joker that Najib cannot do without

Here we are again, year 2009, a brand new administration with a fresh new cabinet.

Well, some recycled old faces are being reappointed even though the slogan has also been changed again to represent a rakyat cabinet of performance now, bulshit later with KPIs to be tagged along the way.

There is one man that the new PM cannot do without to take charge of law and parliament toilets. A joker that we need to cheer us up with his antics.

There are some famous quotes from the joker of parliament.

In a democracy, the minority cannot control the majority. The minority does not speak for the majority.

"If he continue to remain in the party, he would be like the opposition. It’s better for him to be a ‘jantan’ (man) and leave the party,” said Nazri in a heated 45-minute press conference.

Nazri also defended Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s influential and ambitious son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin (left), who is Umno Youth deputy chief.

“An 81-year-old man wants to quarrel with a 31-year-old young man. Better to pick someone his own size.”

Mohamed Nazri claimed that the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah did not contribute to any social ills or disrupt the economy to the Sabahan people.

Malaysia’s law minister on Friday defended two ruling coalition legislators who were accused of being sexist for making a remark about a female opposition lawmaker’s menstrual cycle.

On Thursday, Parliament Speaker Ramli Ngah Talib also rejected an opposition motion for disciplinary action to be taken against the two legislators, Bung
Mokhtar Radin and Mohammed Said Yusof, from the ruling National Front coalition.

Law Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz told The Associated Press that such remarks were “part and parcel of parliamentary debate,” and women should not be
treated with more sensitivity than men.

“This is a debate. People play with words,” he said. “As long as there is no ill intention, we should allow for it. Otherwise parliament will be very boring.”


"I’d rather spend my time to do things that are constructive; that go down directly to the people who are really in need of the help of the government. Our bloggers are really not up to standard. When they put up something, it’s not something that they want to discuss in a very intellectual way. It’s more because of their anger - the language they use. Why should I read all this rubbish? When the standard of our bloggers is upgraded, then probably I will look at what is written. But anyway, they are a minority. My concern is for the majority."

He said the whole episode was a “comedy” because the decision by Sivakumar was “very ridiculous”.
“The Speaker took it upon himself to become judge and jury when he has no jurisdiction at all. This is really a joke and a mockery of the whole episode,” Nazri told a press conference at the Parliament building, here today.

"Because some of the states are controlled by the opposition, it would be tough to establish the councils as the opposition will be more into politicking the issue rather then working with us to overcome the problem," Nazri said in reply to a question from Senator Ahmad Hussin.

After weeks of verbal gymnastics and doublespeak, Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Nazri Aziz succumbed to pressure and admitted the judges in the 1988 judicial crisis, headed by former Lord President Tun Salleh Abbas, were indeed sacked.

Nazri proclaimed that comparisons to Singapore were invalid because they just don't have enough opportunities for corruption, and hey, they're just an island, not a country!

About Malay rulers

"The leaders have warned the rulers many times about ethics and told them that they could not continue doing certain things. It is not necessary to talk further.

constitutional crisis power of sultan and king 060309 utusan malaysia dated 30111990 nazri azizWe have talked with the rulers many times before and it is now time for action." – Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Umno Youth deputy and senator in New Straits Times, Dec 29, 1992.

"If rulers interfere in politics and it is proven, we want the Parliament to declare the election is illegal and cancelled.

"In business, if rulers’ involvement is proven, we should assume the business is illegal." – Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Umno executive council member in Utusan Malaysia, Dec 3, 1990.

"I would like to ask, how insulted do you feel when the Sultan of Kelantan does not invite our menteri besar to give a speech on behalf of the people each time His Majesty celebrates his coronation day whereas the people had chosen the menteri besar through their rights." - Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Umno Youth exco in Utusan Malaysia, Nov, 30, 1990

Job Seekers: Start Doing Things Differently

Do you love the job your in?
Abridged: Best-interview-strategies Blog

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- To be happier in your work life you need to start doing things differently. If you don't, you're practicing the definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. It might be worthwhile to start changing your attitude towards your job.

Instead of thinking, "Oh no" when the alarm goes off consider, "I'm going to make the best of this day". It's a small change, but it's a start! What else can you start doing? Look on the Internet for a new position or course to add to your skills. Start thinking about what you really enjoy doing and explore how you can turn that into paid work.

Maybe you can start clearing some of the circumstances in your life that keep you stuck: do the children really have to go to private school, do you need the latest model car? Keeping up with the Joneses is what keeps us suffering. When I was in a job I loathed, I always felt better when I started applying for other positions. It felt good to do something other than just moan about it.

Education can be the key to your success
Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- If you think that the only way to earn a degree is to spend gobs of money and traverse across a complicated college campus, taking anywhere from two to eight years to get your Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's or even doctorate degree...think again. With advances in technology, you can now get your degree online, from an accredited university in your spare time and from the comfort of your own home.

Jennifer Day, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau says, "In 1999, average annual earnings ranged from $19,000 for high school dropouts, to $26,000 for high school graduates, and $45,000 for college graduates and $99,000 for the holders of professional degrees. That includes medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians and lawyers.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the difference in lifetime earnings between a high school diploma and bachelor's degree is a million dollars. Add on a master's degree and you can expect to earn an additional half a million dollars in earnings. Those with professional degrees earn much more - about 4.4 million dollars during their working life. To learn more about available schools & programs, and instantly request complimentary course catalogs of the ones you like, go to Find-The-Right-School.

Recession leaves many in employment limbo
Abridged: MSNBC

ONTARIO, CA -- Patty Powers, went to work for weeks expecting to be laid off at any time. The morning after she lost her job, she expected to wake up with that feeling of dread you get when you realize that something bad has happened, like a death in the family. Instead, she felt relief. "I almost felt like a new opportunity had opened up for me," she said. "I really felt worse when I was waiting."

The economic recession has pushed many Americans into an employment limbo. They're still holding on to a job but worried that they might lose it any day. It can often take months for companies to complete a massive layoff, leading to a nerve-racking period in which workers are left to wonder whether they will be targeted. Of course, no one relishes the thought of the unemployment line, and the nation's soaring jobless rate has left many laid-off workers unable to find a new job at all, let alone one that is comparable to their old one.

Still, for some the most stressful part is the ambiguity of not knowing. The condition of uncertainty is sometimes worse than actually knowing that you're going to get laid off. The widespread fear of layoffs, combined with an absence of concrete information, also can have a deep impact on both morale and productivity, as workers find it hard to keep their minds on their jobs amid rumors about who could be next to get the pink slip.

Speeding up the job search process
Abridged: Bureau of Labor Statistics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Job hunters who are only using traditional methods in their quest for a new job are often finding themselves frustrated due to the lack of positive response. Searching through traditional methods alone can take hundreds of hours and produce a small response. The biggest challenge with traditional job search methods is that only a fraction of the jobs available are advertised.

Almost every job hunter is chasing these limited number of advertised job openings at the same time as everyone else. All this becomes quite frustrating. The employer is overwhelmed with all of the responses and the job hunter is lost in the shuffle. People looking for jobs start to feel desperate, frustrated, and even hopeless. When job seekers reach this point, they are ready to simply give up while others will try anything that offers a glimmer of hope.

In hard times, finding a job can take months of time and effort. But you can speed up the process by using online search tools to save time and organize your efforts. It's recommended that you use multiple methods to find job opportunities that you are interested in. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that people who use many job search methods find jobs faster than people who use only one or two.

Search online jobs from one place - and easily apply!
Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- With a new service called MyJobHunter, you can search all top career sites at once & apply to all matching jobs with one click. Just enter your search criteria, review the matching jobs and select the ones you want. Then, click a single button and you'll instantly apply to all selected jobs with your resume and cover letter (without having to log into each job site separately).

Click another button and you can automate the whole process! MyJobHunter can remember what you searched for, search for it again each day, and AUTOMATICALLY APPLY FOR YOU to new jobs matching your criteria. Review jobs in advance or put searching & applying on auto-pilot. The choice is yours.

You'll also get an application history report that makes follow-up a breeze! It shows the jobs you were applied to, full job descriptions, employer contact info, and application dates. You can even add personal notes to each job! This service is proven to reduce hours of job searching and resume submitting to just minutes. Simply upload your resume, enter your job search criteria and let MyJobHunter take it from there. For more information visit MyJobHunter.

Cover letter 'Rules of Engagement'
Abridged: The Ladders

NEW YORK, NY -- In a world where one-line text messages are routine forms of communication, is there still a place in the job search for the cover letter? According to, an online platform for the $100K+ job market, the cover letter is still a useful tool in differentiating yourself from other candidates applying for the same position. Here are a few tips for writing the perfect cover letter.

  1. Get Their Attention: A cover letter must grab a reader's attention with a succinct message that convinces them to read further.
  2. Less is More: A good cover letter is a teaser. It should clearly convey the "who," "what," "when," "where," "why" in the first paragraph.
  3. Prove Relevance: Mine the job posting and company website for the specific words and clues to what the employer is looking for and use those words in the cover letter.
In the current market, many job seekers are dealing with situations that are difficult to explain in a resume. The cover letter is where you can explain these situations. Always turn negatives into positives. Embrace cover letters as a way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Easily crank out a killer cover letter in 3.5 minutes flat
Staff Writer, The Career News

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As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.

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