S&P Global Ratings, a major US credit rating agency, has forecast sustained market growth for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as $1 trillion is set to be pumped into infrastructure and real estate projects over the coming decade.
As well as a young and growing population, expanding urbanization is a significant reason for S&P’s promising predictions, with at least eight new cities being planned along the Red Sea coast by 2030. During the Distinguished Cities Projects Exhibition in Riyadh, nine agreements worth $533 million were signed by the National Housing Company and other national strategic partners.
Saudi Arabia’s large-scale real estate programs will provide 1.3 million new homes overall, invigorating the business and financial sectors, and pumping money into both commercial and residential building via investments.
Saudi Arabia’s economy has also benefited from government initiatives to attract multinational companies, with tech startups, in particular, gravitating to the Kingdom and boosting the occupancy rates of commercial and office real estate across the region.
S&P also noted that many new programs had been initiated to scale up local housing and revitalize the financial sector, potentially benefiting commercial real estate across the country. As the tourism sector continues to grow rapidly, even more real estate investment opportunities will present themselves as companies and private individuals seek to relocate to Saudi Arabia.
As well as experiencing a dramatic flourishing of the commercial and residential real estate sectors, Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision is also bringing a boost to energy, healthcare and the wider digital economy.
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.