December 14th Issue

Wanted: Affordable Homes

Saudi Arabia seeks PPP to find a solution for its affordable housing shortage By Farha Abdelhaq The lack of affordable homes available to rent or purchase has been a major concern for Saudi’s burgeoning populace. Over the past 15 years, the population of the capital city, Riyadh, has increased by over 50 percent to 6.5 million people. However, only 500,000 new houses were built during that period, according to a report by property consultancy firm, Chestertons KSA. In this regard, the shortage in supply and the continuously increasing demand for affordable housing has created a crisis in the Kingdom. The extent of the shortage of affordable housing varies in each city. In major cities such as Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam, the shortage of affordable housing is in the tens of thousands, whereas in smaller towns, the shortage can be in the low hundreds of units. At present, Saudi Arabia needs over three million units in the next 10 years, according to the Saudi Hou (Read More)

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