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Middle East's top three consultancy trends to watch in 2018

by Neha Bhatia on Jan 5, 2018


Consultancy trends will evolve in the Middle East's construction sector this year [representational image].
Consultancy trends will evolve in the Middle East's construction sector this year [representational image].
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As construction activity increases in the run up to Expo 2020 Dubai, construction consulting is likely to witness changes in 2018. 

The GCC alone has 22,680 active construction projects, worth $2.43tn, figures revealed by a report this November showed. 

BNC Network's GCC Construction Analytics report revealed that the urban construction sector has the highest number of projects (17,912), with their value estimated at $1.21tn. 

READ: GCC construction market records 30% growth in 2017

Government mandates such as UAE Vision 2021 and Saudi Vision 2030 are also supporting the steady uptick in regional construction activity. 

These developments are likely to affect the regional construction industry's consultancy sector, according to Ermis Marques, regional director for Aurecon's Middle East operation. 

In the following pages, Marques talks to Construction Week about the top three trends that he expects the regional consulting sector will witness in 2018. 



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