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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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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
 
GCC construction firms need liquidity, pronto

GCC construction firms need liquidity, pronto

Certain aspects of Construction Week’s 2016 Salary Survey make for uncomfortable reading, and liquidity appears to be the root cause of many of the problems being faced
 
Contra-charge controversy cleared

Contra-charge controversy cleared

On what basis are contra-charges and set-off sums permitted?
 
FM leaders can learn from Trump's election victory

FM leaders can learn from Trump's election victory

Do not underestimate the promise of change
 
Big 5: GCC construction firms are on the offensive

Big 5: GCC construction firms are on the offensive

After attending this year’s surprisingly upbeat The Big 5 in Dubai, I’m pleased to report that many within the regional construction sector are firmly on the front foot
 
The Big 5 2016 is growing with the market

The Big 5 2016 is growing with the market

The 37th edition of The Big 5 will build on the exhibition’s historic successes, but with a few changes to reflect the construction industry’s evolving needs
 
Contractors: Think twice before offering discounts

Contractors: Think twice before offering discounts

It may be tempting for contractors operating in the GCC to offer discounts, but it is equally important that they consider the longer-term ramifications for their businesses
 
Delay and disruption in GCC construction contracts

Delay and disruption in GCC construction contracts

English law, the English language, and a protocol with English roots are influencing delays and disruptions within the Middle East’s construction market
 
Could UK procurement initiatives benefit the UAE?

Could UK procurement initiatives benefit the UAE?

Could the UAE benefit from the implementation of construction procurement initiatives that have been tried and tested in the UK market?
 
The GCC is not exclusively an importer of skills

The GCC is not exclusively an importer of skills

The GCC may have benefitted from the input of international construction outfits, but its own pool of local talent is also being leveraged to facilitate development in other regions
 








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