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Al Faris Group is set to open a second rental depot in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia following an increase in demand for its services in the kingdom
Since the 2011 opening of its Jubail depot, Al Faris Equipment Rentals has received more than 60 Liebherr mobile cranes, with orders for a further 17 units to be delivered by March 2013.
Brian Green, technical director of Al Faris, said, "Saudi Arabia is a large market, but it does have considerable drawbacks due to slow governmental procedures and lack of infrastructure.
"There is however plenty of work, and we are continuously striving to cope with the demand from the regular customers and hence, the new orders," he added.
Despite the growth of business in Saudi Arabia, Dubai continues to be the company’s ‘hub’, with all new cranes passing through the emirate prior to delivery.
Among the cranes the company has made available for rental in the Saudi Arabian market are the LTM 11200-9.1, which can lift a maximum weight of 55 tonnes, and the LTM 1250-6.1, which is able to lift 33 tonnes.
"The Saudi market is beginning to become saturated with lifting equipment, however, new upcoming projects are cropping up in remote locations. Mobilisation of equipment to such areas is becoming increasingly difficult due to Saudi laws and infrastructure limitations," Green remarked.
"It’s very different to the boom in Dubai where cranes were in demand by the construction sector and short contracts – virtually as ‘taxi’ cranes, in and out; often completing two to three jobs a day."