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GCC concrete firms can't afford to be reactive

GCC concrete firms can't afford to be reactive

Today’s construction market is as challenging as it is interesting for the Middle East’s concrete players. The firms that adopt proactive strategies today are most likely to thrive in the longer term


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A run-down of the new Qatari Arbitration Law

A run-down of the new Qatari Arbitration Law

The new Qatari Arbitration Law should serve to increase efficiency and transparency, thus significantly benefitting the country’s construction sector
 
Is Oman doing enough to diversify its economy?

Is Oman doing enough to diversify its economy?

The sultanate’s current construction landscape is not for the faint of heart, but the shortlist for the Construction Week Oman Awards 2017 offers cause for optimism
 
Nanotechnology is a step too far for surface care

Nanotechnology is a step too far for surface care

Nanotechnologies may be a hot topic in the surface treatment industry at present, but the jury is still out when it comes to their effectiveness and safety
 
Is the contracting market becoming less saturated?

Is the contracting market becoming less saturated?

If global construction firms continue to pare back their operations in the Gulf, opting instead to focus on traditional competencies, the market could become less saturated
 

 

A slow market is driving people-flow innovation

A slow market is driving people-flow innovation

Lower levels of demand from the residential tower sector have caused many of the Middle East’s people-flow experts to look towards novel markets – and technologies – to maintain growth
 
How truck scales benefit the construction sector

How truck scales benefit the construction sector

The construction industry deals with heavy materials on a daily basis. It is important for them to measure and transport the right amount of resources
 
Third party funding gains traction in construction

Third party funding gains traction in construction

Third party funding for arbitration is gaining traction as margins continue to decrease in the construction sector
 
Beware of unscrupulous recruitment companies

Beware of unscrupulous recruitment companies

Prospective employers that leave themselves open to the practices of our industry’s less scrupulous recruitment firms risk wasting both time and money
 
The GCC construction sector must remain malleable

The GCC construction sector must remain malleable

It’s all too easy to lament change within our industry; the construction firms that welcome and adapt to market shifts are those that tend to reap rewards in the long term
 
Let’s make some noise about construction in Oman

Let’s make some noise about construction in Oman

Despite ongoing diversification efforts and steady progress on key projects, Oman’s construction sector has been fairly quiet of late. The time has come to make some noise!
 
Comment: Never accept poorly drafted contracts

Comment: Never accept poorly drafted contracts

Tempting though it may be, it is vital that regional contractors do not fall into the trap of accepting poorly drafted legal documents for the sake of expediency
 
Will 2017 be a happy new year for construction?

Will 2017 be a happy new year for construction?

From improving oil prices to increasing non-oil activity, there are reasons to be cheerful in 2017 despite looming concerns over reduced cash flow and structural reforms
 
Long-term benefits of ethical business practices

Long-term benefits of ethical business practices

Following ethics in business has paid for itself in the long run, even if it meant losing out potential clients in the short to medium term
 
CW Awards 2016: “A real clash of the titans”

CW Awards 2016: “A real clash of the titans”

With so many industry giants going head to head at the CW Awards, it can be hard to keep pace with who won what, so – spoilers ahoy – here are a few of my personal highlights
 
Theme park development: A race to the finish

Theme park development: A race to the finish

It’s a game of wait-and-see for the upcoming theme park developments in the region, as even having all the right ingredients in place may not necessarily guarantee success
 



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