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Middle East opts for timber construction instead of concrete and steel

 Monday, May 20, 2024

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Middle East opts for timber construction

The Middle East is shifting from concrete-and-steel-based construction to timber, with the UAE and Saudi Arabia spearheading the regional green transition. Although the number of timber buildings currently constructed is limited, Wood Central reports that imports of plywood and other timber products to Dubai and Riyadh have tripled over the past 12 months.

“We’re in 16 international markets,” Mr O’Hagan said, adding that Weathertex is now working with Ranjit Dhody, the owner of Beautex Wood, to sell the high-value engineered wood products throughout the Middle East and Asia.

Undoubtedly, Weathertex’s most ambitious project to date is Saudi Arabia’s NEOM development, as featured by Wood Central last month. According to Mr. O’Hagan, this project is creating opportunities in a region eager to decarbonize and adopt sustainable building practices.

“We’ve been in Dubai for a long time, but NEOM is something else,” – with Weathertex kitting out 1500 residencies with Australian weatherboards, wall panels and cladding.

This development aligns with the world’s largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, pledging to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2060. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has confirmed that the Gulf state will invest over US $180 billion in decarbonization efforts, including the use of greener construction materials.

“Sustainability is at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030,” Mr Dhody said, who said the region’s green shift is encouraging Beautex Wood “to spearhead real and sustainable wood solutions, ultimately achieving futuristic, innovative, and modular designs.” Dhody added further.

Known as the “Vision 2030 Framework,” the plan will see the Kingdom invest heavily in reforestation in mountain, valley, and mangrove forests. While Saudi Arabia is known for its vast desert landscapes, it is also home to unique forest ecosystems in the mountains, valleys, and coastlines.

Source: Wood Central

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