Saudi and the UAE may be the region's largest investors in clean energy, but they are not the only ones in the Middle East bringing solar energy projects to the fore.

In the third episode of the Construction Week Viewpoint SoundCloud podcast, the rise of solar projects, and the need to facilitate these developments with infrastructure investment is discussed in the latest on-the-go podcast.

One of the biggest projects underway is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, a central pillar of Dubai’s long-term renewable energy strategy.

When completed in 2030, the park will occupy 214km², generate 5,000 MW and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 5.8 million tonnes.

Away from the UAE, we're seeing more cross-country collaboration in solar energy projects. Saudi’s ACWA Power secured three solar photovoltaic power plant contracts in Egypt worth $190m. And Abu Dhabi’s Masdar completed the financing of Jordan’s largest solar power plant in January 2018.

The podcast is hosted by Construction Week’s deputy editor, Oscar Rousseau, and ConstructionWeekOnline’s editor, Jumana Abdel-Razzaq.  

Listeners can tune in from their phone, desktop, or tablets at noon every Monday to learn more about the biggest issues in the business.

All episodes are tailored to the schedules of the Middle East’s construction professionals, providing an insightful, bite-sized podcast free to listen to on SoundCloud.

The first two episodes of Construction Week Viewpoint's covered dispute resolution in the UAE and Abu Dhabi's tourism growth respectively.