Report: Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) to be Renamed and Resized after Rough Decade, Graft Allegations

A construction worker in Saudi Arabia speaks on his mobile phone at a construction site in Riyadh. Photo by Lucien Zeigler for SUSTG.
The one time leader in Saudi Arabia's construction market, Saudi Binladin Group, will be slimmed down and renamed, according to an exclusive Reuters report, which cited six sources familiar with the matter.

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