Big projects boost stone demand in Mena

Big projects boost stone demand in Mena
Delegates at Middle East Stone in Dubai.

Dubai - Need for natural stone materials to be driven by Expo 2020


Rohma Sadaqat

Published: Fri 7 Sep 2018, 8:55 PM

Last updated: Fri 7 Sep 2018, 10:57 PM

A surge in the number of mega projects under development in the UAE, ranging from hotels to entertainment venues, has lead to Dubai cementing its position as a hub for the stone industry, experts at Middle East Stone noted.
According to BNC, a raft of new mega projects valued at $29.19 billion were launched in the Mena's residential, hospitality, retail, healthcare and commercial sectors over the last 12 months. Leading the way is the UAE with projects worth $11.57 billion.
"Over the next two years, demand for natural stone materials will continue to be driven by projects surrounding Expo 2020," said Avin Gidwani, CEO of BNC.
"The huge level of urban growth and infrastructure development we are witnessing in the Middle East makes this market an enormously lucrative one for stone suppliers globally. The GCC alone accounts for 20 per cent of the global stone market, creating a regional market worth an estimated $5 billion a year, which is expected to create a demand for 19.6 billion metric tons of stone by 2020," said Yan Wang, event director of Middle East Stone.
Gianpaolo Bruno, trade commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan for the Italian Trade Agency, believes that the perception of stone as a luxury material and recent association with sustainability has secured its position as a desired product. "Stone is the world's oldest building material... nowadays the use of natural stone is more and more associated with sustainable and environmentally-friendly building concepts."

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