CITIES FROM THE ARABIAN DESERT
The Building of Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia
Andrea H. Pampanini
ddv verlag, Heidelberg, 2005
About the book:
"During the past thirty years the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has
built and managed the largest public works projects in history -
the creation of the two industrial cities of Jubail, on Gulf, and
Yanbu, on the Red Sea, home to huge petroleum-based industries which
claim almost ten percent of the world market.
Beginning with the discovery of oil in the 1930´s and the
economic development initiatives of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud and
his successors, this book emphasizes the Saudi´s determination
to marshal their oil wealth productively. It exemines the evolution
of Saudi capacity to plan and design very large projects, the establishment
of the Royal Commission Jubail and Yanbu, an independent super-agency
with the power to cut through red tape and make multi-billion dollar
moves on its own, and the roles of entities such as Aramco and SABIC.
The factories and refineries are up and running, now almost entirely
managed by the Saudis themselves. Saudi Arabia, underdeveloped and
pastoral until a few decades ago, has achieved in less than 35 years
what required the better part of a century in Europe and America."
About the author:
Mr. Andrea Pampanini, a dual national residing in New York, is author
of Cities of the Desert: The Building of Jubail and Yanbu
and co-author of One Hundred Years of Unification and Development
in Saudi Arabia, and is an internationally recognized expert
on Saudi Arabia. He has had a long and distinguished career in management
and consulting, learning his profession at McKinsey & Co. and
Booz Allen & Hamilton. He began his work in the Middle East
in 1969, as head of a water resources engineering and regional development
firm based in Tehran, where he supervised a major irrigation and
agricultural production project in the Khuzestan. He now runs his
own company, Turnaround Associates Inc., which specializes in the
restructuring of medium-sized companies. He is fluent in four languages,
holds an MA degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge
and an MBA from the Harvard School of Business Administration.
Mr. Pampanini has observed and participated firsthand in Saudi Arabia´s
economic development over the past 27 years. During this period
he served as consultant and advisor to the Royal Commission for
Jubail and Yanbu, helping create the early bases for a management
infrastructure in the two industrial cities. He played a role in
the initial policy discussions and negotiations related to the creation
of Marafiq, the model for privatization in the power and water sectors.
He was a senior counselor to SAGIA (the Saudi Arabian General Investment
Authority) and KFF (the King Faisal Foundation). He has just completed
a third book on economic development in the Kingdom, documenting
the move towards privatized industry and services in Saudi Arabia.
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