Jubail and Yanbu constitute a unique experiment in development which has proved outstandingly successful. These are two cities which were conceived on the drawing board and were planned to provide a purpose-built and highly efficient environment for modern industrial production.
These industrial complexes, built at Jubail on the Arabian Gulf and Yanbu on the Red Sea by the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, are the key to the Kingdom's national industrialization plans. These two industrial cities provide the basis for the Kingdom's program to develop hydrocarbon-based and energy intensive industries. The massive investment in these industrial cities has as its major objective a reduction in the Kingdom's dependence on oil revenues by gaining access to the world's petrochemical markets. This route to industrialization exploits the Kingdom's natural advantages, in terms of cheap energy and cheap raw materials for petrochemical manufacture.