Even though it has more sand than it has oil, Saudi Arabia has implemented a ban on exporting sand. It has strict border checks to enforce the ban. Apparently, there is a fear the construction industry will suck up much of its sand.
Iraq will need more sand when reconstruction increases its pace. Bahrain needs sand to regain land the sea has swept away. Domestic demand is high too and cement factories in Saudi Arabia have expanded production.
Despite these demands for sand, many are skeptical about the export ban. Bagging and transporting sand is a very expensive process. Some say they should focus on reducing the costs to create a valuable industry in a land where sand is plentiful.