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Building into the unknown: What is the business model behind Jeddah's plans for the world's tallest tower?

Building into the unknown: What is the business model behind Jeddah's plans for the world's tallest tower?

New York’s Empire State Building, London’s Shard and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa all had specific reasons to build their record-breaking towers, but faced difficult times making them a financial success. As Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower rises out of the ground, Mounib Hammoud, CEO of developer Jeddah Economic Company, is sticking fast to the age-old ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy

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The woman aiming to help 75% of Emiratis own their own home by 2021

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Mannil Thomas Mathews, director and CEO of Almoayyed Contracting Group, explains how his company’s MEP division has become a major player in the Bahraini market and why other GCC markets are now in its sights

Digging deep: Hill International

Digging deep: Hill International

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Eastern promise

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