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Video: Saeed Al Abbar on the UAE's sustainability evolution

In the second video of a five-part series, AESG director Saeed Al Abbar tells ConstructionWeekOnline about the long-term relevance of sustainability in construction

Sustainable construction and design markets have grown on the back of "regulation-driven mandates" in the UAE, AESG director Saeed Al Abbar told ConstructionWeekOnline.

Speaking exclusively to ConstructionWeekOnline, Al Abbar said the UAE's sustainability market "was in its infancy when we started [AESG]". 

He continued: "It wasn't being [implemented] across the board as it is now, and that's thanks to regulation-driven mandates by Dubai Municipality and Estidama in Abu Dhabi." 

AESG was established in 2010 and offers services across five core departments, namely sustainability, environment, fire and facades, energy, and commissioning. 

Al Abbar said projects that were the first to apply sustainable principles are now driving the sector even further. 

"We're looking at things that are really pushing the envelope in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability," he added. 

Scroll down to watch a video of Al Abbar in conversation with ConstructionWeekOnline.

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