The largest civil engineering project in the world
Jubail consists of the old town, Jubail Balad. This used to be a fishing and pearling village. In 1975, the Jubail Industrial City emerged as the world’s largest civil engineering project. It was a whole new massive city that rose from the sand. Jubail saw massive growth as industrialization started gaining momentum. Today, it contributes approximately 7% of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Saudi Arabia.
Bechtel, a company based in the United States continues to work on the expansion and development of Jubail Industrial City. Major highways and roads link Jubail to other cities. Two of the major highways are the Dhahran-Jubail Highway and Abu Hadriyah Highway. The city is served by two major seaports, the Jubail Commercial Sea Port and the King Fahd Industrial Sea Port. It is also connected to the nearby King Fahd International airport in Dammam.