“Our first job was in 1956 at Dharan airport, and we have been in Yanbu since the 1970s, so we have been in the kingdom for more than 65 years,” Martin Boson, general manager of Parsons Saudi Arabia, tells MEED. 

Today, Saudi Arabia is a significant part of Parsons’ business. “More importantly, it’s a great growth-oriented market. If a company is looking for organic growth, Saudi Arabia is a good place to be,” says Boson.  

The company’s most recent win is a five-year contract to provide project and construction management services at King Abdullah Financial District. The contract joins a roster of major projects that Parsons is working on across Saudi Arabia.  

The right jobs

Despite being engaged on most gigaprojects and major construction programmes in the kingdom, Parsons has the appetite for more work.

“We are focusing on the jobs where we think we have an advantage and can deliver for the customer,” says Boson. 

“If we do not think we’re the right company for a particular project, we will not pursue it. We want to go for the jobs we think we can successfully deliver. It is a great market, but not every job is for everybody.” 

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