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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


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Global to glocal: a trend to be aware of in 2017

Global to glocal: a trend to be aware of in 2017

As the West enters an ideological state where naysaying globalisation is all the rage, the Gulf and the equipment industry present a contrary argument
 
Global weakness and the shift to rental in cranes

Global weakness and the shift to rental in cranes

Softness in global markets and technological developments are driving a renaissance in Middle East mobile and crawler crane activity, while the increasing dominance of rental in the heavy lift segment is good for all
 
OEMs need to invest in their GCC operations now

OEMs need to invest in their GCC operations now

By focussing on simple models and investing in aftersales support, off-highway truck manufacturers will be well placed for growth once the oil prices recover
 
Wide-angle business: On the need to diversify

Wide-angle business: On the need to diversify

While centralised government investment is a comforting and currently viable raft to cling onto, don’t let it distract from the broader imperative to diversify
 

 

Market maturity: the GCC turns to look ahead

Market maturity: the GCC turns to look ahead

Despite the economic and political turmoil in the region, the industry is suddenly exhibiting an extraordinary sense of resilience, optimism and general positivity
 
Recovery or rivalry? Tracking trends in FDI

Recovery or rivalry? Tracking trends in FDI

A recent spate of foreign direct investment in the region begs the question of whether we are witnessing market recovery or a harbinger of rising competition
 








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