The group will be dedicated to promoting the adoption and recognition of international standards
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is pleased to announce the introduction of the RICS Working Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Chaired by Mark Turner, the board consists of seven members from diverse backgrounds, who are committed to building on the success of RICS in the region and strengthening the brand in the marketplace.
The group will be dedicated to promoting the adoption and recognition of international standards, forging links with other professional associations, encouraging growth in the number of qualified professionals and supporting professional development of existing members. In doing so we will also be working with government and key influencing bodies in KSA to help create an environment which is conducive to attracting inward investment and growth.
“Having seen huge advancements in the region since the 1985, I am excited to Chair the KSA Working Group to advance the RICS global vision and support the Kingdom as they diversify and sustain growth” – Mark R. Turner, Chair of RICS KSA Working Group
The new working group members include:
- Mark Turner – Chair, SYSTRA
- David Chappell – Vice Chair, Currie & Brown
- James Irvine, Currie & Brown
- Haroon Niazi, HKA
- Muhammed Abdul-Khaliq, Emaar
- Haashiem Tayob, KAUST
- Ahmed Yehia Sabry, Taqeem
With Saudi Arabia’s long-term development plan, Vision 2030 aiming to boost non-oil revenue to $160 billion by 2020 and $266 billion by 2030, multiple sectors are benefiting from increased growth, specially the construction and real estate industries. With billions of dollars’ worth of projects currently in the planning or construction phase, and with the rapid growth in both commercial and residential markets over the last several years, it is a significant market for RICS in the region.
“By establishing the Working Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we continue to grow our presence in the region and add significant value to the local market through our wide range of services, all of which are delivered under our independent ‘public interest’ mandate. Through the dedication of the Working Group members to promote the adoption and recognition of international standards and forge links with other professional associations, we aim to ensure the Kingdom’s real estate, construction and infrastructure continue to thrive.” – Robert Jackson, RICS Regional Director
With over 300 RICS members in the Kingdom, we intend to improve interaction, encourage membership and support member development through a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and social events.