Saudi Arabia

With a population just shy of 26 million, Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East.  Home to the world’s largest oil reserves, Saudi has a key role within the international market.

Buro Happold has maintained a steady and growing presence in the Middle East for the past 30 years. Many of our finest projects are located in Saudi Arabia. Our knowledge and expertise gained over diverse projects allows us to apply new technologies, sensitive engineering and fresh thinking to all that we do working in a challenging climate often within arid landscapes. 

We learn from each project so that we give our clients -  many of whom we have worked with over many years - exceptional value. We respect and understand the protocols of working with distinguished clients on vast public and private sector exemplar projects that lead the world in design and engineering solutions. We seek to apply this understanding internationally.

Many of our finest projects are located in Saudi Arabia, including King Abdullah Financial District and International Gardens, the Diplomatic Club Tuwaiq Palace and the Al Faisaliah Center.

Find out more about our services by contacting the local office, or speak to one of our specialists.

King Khaled International Airport
Buro Happold

News

02/10/2013

Buro Happold is working alongside HOK architects and SADECO (the Saudi branch of NACO) to realise this ambitious development project for King Khaled International Airport which will see the amalgamation of Terminals 3 and 4 into...

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Sarah Prichard
Buro Happold

News

25/09/2013

We are delighted to announce that lead civil/structural associate director, Sarah Prichard, has been shortlisted for the...

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Atturaif mud blocks
Buro Happold

News

20/09/2013

After two years in production we are delighted to confirm that contractor Freyssinet Saudi Arabia has passed the 2,000,000 Adobe brick milestone on the Atturaif UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the UNESCO conditions of...

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Atturaif Living Museum

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Buro Happold

News

20/02/2014

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz were welcomed by the Buro Happold team in the historical city of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.   The Atturaif district in Riyadh and Diriyah w

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Haramain High Speed Rail
Buro Happold

News

19/02/2014

Buro Happold has been involved in nine of the 25 biggest construction projects across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. The multitude of Buro Happold projects featured on the list is testament to the Gulf region a

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WA100 2014
Buro Happold

News

03/01/2014

Buro Happold is delighted to announce that the consultancy has been voted the top service engineer and the number two structural engineer

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Buro Happold

News

11/12/2013

Buro Happold has announced strong financial results for 2012/13, demonstrated in a substantial increase in profitability and an improvement in liquidity and net asset value.Operating profit

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Y magazine - Issue two
Buro Happold

News

02/12/2013

What image do you conjure up in your mind if we say the word ‘engineer’ to you? Stereotypical responses cover anything from a backroom geek or hands-on practitioner, to dashing larger than life orchestrators of the great leaps...

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Rob Cooke
Buro Happold

Blog

06/11/2013

Dr Rob Cooke has just been awarded Engineer of the Year 2013 at the Middle East Architects awards. Despite only relocating to the Middle East three years ago this is the second award Rob has gained for his ground breaking work...

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Roger Nickells
Buro Happold

Blog

06/11/2013

We have always believed relationships form the basis of opportunity in the Middle East, and enable us to deliver exceptional work. We have significant and varied portfolios with Foster, SOM, Gensler, Zaha Hadid and HOK ranging...

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Middle East Architect Awards 2013
Buro Happold

News

06/11/2013

Once again Buro Happold has won GCC Engineering Company of the Year and Engineer of the Year at the sixth annual Middle East Architect Awards 2013. It is the third successive year  and fourth time overall that the company...

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Peter Stephenson
Buro Happold

Blog

27/09/2013

A fire strategy should provide information on the design basis for a project and can generally follow a prescriptive code-based approach or performance-based fire engineering approach. In order to ensure its inclusion at the...

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Jim Coleman
Happold Consulting

Blog

21/08/2013

When managed successfully, access to natural or mineral resources can drive a region’s economy. However, it is important to address some possible downsides. A number of economic and social problems can potentially arise if...

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Smart Cities
Buro Happold

Blog

12/08/2013

Successful implementation of technology based city systems requires municipalities and city leaders to develop a strategic framework and comprehensive business plan in order to assess and assimilate topics as varied...

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Buro Happold

Blog

08/08/2013

When I woke up today it was obvious that the Moon Sighting Committee had declared that they had seen the crescent moon and that Ramadan had ended. The call to prayer was in full swing from the many mosques around me with each...

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Construction work
Buro Happold

Blog

07/08/2013

A recent fire at the Al Hirma Tower, Dubai highlights once again the importance of fire safety on construction sites. International Planning Stages cover a building project from concept/preparation stages through to design,...

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Rob Whent
Buro Happold

Blog

06/08/2013

Who is Rob Whent? I’m a health & safety (H&S) and environmental management professional, an advanced driving instructor and if that’s not enough I can stand on one leg for two minutes whilst whistling the British national...

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Msheireb Downtown Doha Phase 2 and 3

Project

05/08/2013

Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Msheireb Downtown Doha project involves an ambitious plan to regenerate part of the city centre of Doha in Qatar in a sustainable way for the 21st century, and Buro Happold is working with client...

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SAMBA
Buro Happold

Project

18/07/2013

At the heart of the new King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh will stand the impressive SAMBA head office. A key marker in the district’s masterplan, the building will represent a benchmark in sustainable architecture and...

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Construction at sunset
Buro Happold

Blog

18/07/2013

The landscape is changing in the Middle East and not just the visible excavations, erections and refurbishments.  There is also a significant shift to incorporating green elements into design, to setting environmental...

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Buro Happold

Blog

12/07/2013

Ramadan started in the Middle East on Wednesday (10th July) after the moon sighting committee had spotted the crescent moon and it will last for 29 or...

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Xeritown 1

Project

17/06/2013

Xeritown is a dense residential development to be built on 59 hectares of the emerging urban district of Dubailand.

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Khan Shatyr thumbnail
Buro Happold

Project

08/02/2013

Rising majestically from the Kazakhastan steppe, the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre is thought to be the world’s largest tent. This vast, temperate oasis provides respite from the Kazakhstani capital city’s harsh extremes of climate, with temperature’s ranging from -40°C to + 40°C, and a much needed leisure focal point for the people of Astana.

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Al Shoail Plaza thumbnail
Buro Happold

Project

15/01/2013

When confronted with a need to adopt a new direction for their commercial bevelopment the Absal Group turned to Buro Happold to develop a fresh and exciting approach to their needs for a central Riyadh site.

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Rehabilitation Plan of the Environmental and Urban Status of South Riyadh thumbnail
Happold Consulting

Project

16/11/2012

Southern Riyadh provides services, amenities, jobs and homes for many of the city’s inhabitants, but over a number of years, it has suffered on a number of fronts.

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Ad’Diriyyah Comprehensive Development Plan thumbnail
Happold Consulting

Project

15/11/2012

Ad’Diriyyah represents a series of stunning historic oasis settlements situated in Wadi Hanifah, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The site is both the location for the founding of modern Saudi Arabia as well as the birth of the Wahab school of Islam (the “Oneness Movement”).

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Tuwaiq Diplomatic Club thumbnail
Buro Happold

Project

21/10/2011

Located in the Diplomatic Quarter on the northwest perimeter of Riyadh stands Tuwaiq Palace, a complex originally designed as a diplomatic club but now used by the Saudi government as a hospitality centre. The demands of the...

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Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City Thumbnail
Buro Happold

Project

26/05/2011

The site of the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City development is adjacent to the Arabian Gulf coastline, 85km south of Kuwait City. From two environmentally impoverished hyper saline creeks, an ecologically rich waterway city is growing....

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Wadi Hanifah Thumbnail
Buro Happold

Project

05/05/2011

Wadi Hanifah is a 120km long, 4500km2 watershed that passes through the capital city of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Located in the middle of the Najd Plateau it has been labelled the most significant natural feature in the region.

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Wadi Hannifah
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