Cities from the Arabian Desert: The Building of Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia
Over the last two decades, at a cost of about $60 billion, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has constructed the largest public works projects in history - the new industrial cities of Jubail, on the Gulf, and Yanbu, on the Red Sea, the home of a huge and sophisticated petrochemical industry that claims almost ten percent of the world market. This important work examines the evolution of the Saudis' capacity to plan such large projects; their creation of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, an independent super-agency with the power to cut through red tape and make multi-billion dollar moves on its own; their partnership with Bechtel Corporation and the Ralph M. Parsons Co. in the design and construction of the modern Saudi cities; the roles of entities such as Aramco and the SABIC; and the effects of the Gulf War.
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