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Leaders in Construction UAE 2017: Sponsors speak

Meet the partners of this year’s Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit, which will take place in Dubai on 19 September

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The Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 is set to be hosted in Dubai this week.  Now in its eighth year, the summit has firmly established itself as the region’s leading high-level conference that brings together the captains of the UAE’s construction industry.

Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 will see more than 200 senior construction professionals participate in high-level strategic debates on the state of the industry.

Key speakers lined up for the event include Ahmed Al Khatib, senior vice president of real estate and delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai; Cynthia Corby, audit partner and Middle East construction industry leader at Deloitte & Touche Middle East; Riad Nashif, Aecom’s executive vice-president for the Middle East and managing director for the UAE and Oman; and Yu Tao president and chief executive officer of China State Construction Engineering Corp Middle East. Speakers and delegates at the event will discuss major themes currently impacting the UAE’s construction market.

A detailed event agenda can be found in Construction Week #667 (9 September, 2017).

The following pages outline what the partners of the Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 are looking forward to at this year’s event.

Sponsors' views...

Craig Beeson
CEO, Sanctum Consult

“The Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 is the highlight of the regional construction industry’s networking and knowledge-sharing events,” Beeson says. “It is important for us to continuously reach out and connect with our existing and potential clients, suppliers, and other actors in the industry, to ensure that we continue to evolve in line with market trends and deliver the best services to assist the regional industry.”

Andy Glyde
EMEA director – P&C, Bentley Systems 

“This event provides an avenue for the stalwarts of the regional construction industry to come together and discuss the common challenges they face, as well as throw light on upcoming opportunities,” Glyde, the firm’s EMEA director for project delivery and construction (P&C), says. “We are committed to advancing infrastructure and we share the optimism and importance of this event to promote progress in the field of construction.”

Emad Jaber 
Managing partner, Lacasa 

“Lacasa is a strong advocate of the transference of knowledge across all construction-related industries,” Jaber says. “Having partaken in the summit in 2015, we saw a great value in the event in terms of the diverse topics discussed as well as the valuable insights provided by the prominent industry leaders.” Jaber says he will look out for discussions about residential over-supply and value-added tax (VAT) at this year’s event.

Kostas Dimitros 
Area director – Middle East, Salfo 

“The Leaders in Construction UAE Summit is an important event for the construction industry, because it helps develop a network between market stakeholders, build new connections, and present our company’s capabilities in the industry,” Dimitros says. “It also gives us the opportunity to discuss important market challenges in high-level strategic debates by listening to different stakeholders’ views.”

Kareem Farah

“ECC recognises the Leaders in Construction UAE Summit as a leading conference for this industry,” Farah says. “ECC is pleased to be a part of this event and is committed to supporting the construction sector as it moves towards a new era of success.” Farah says he expects VAT, fire and life safety practices, and the impact of oil prices to be key topics of discussion at the summit this year.

Ahmed Alkhoshaibi 
Group CEO, KBW Investments 

“The Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 is a great way for companies like ours not only to attend and understand more about the most pressing issues facing the industry, but also – through supporting the event – to showcase our expertise and engage with other sector stakeholders and peers,” according to Alkhoshaibi, who will represent Arada at this year’s event.

Robert Jackson
Regional director, RICS 

“It is important to discuss the adversities and challenges of the UAE market openly amongst construction leaders in an effort to highlight risks, transfer knowledge, and seek resolution to the hot topics facing the industry today,” Jackson says. “Events like Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 are pivotal in bringing together the industry to discuss challenges and potential collaborations and opportunities within the region.” Professional development will be a key theme at this year’s event, he adds.

Sachin Kerur
Partner, Pinsent Masons 

According to Kerur, partner and head of Middle East at Pinsent Masons, the Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 is “a great initiative” that brings key stakeholders in the construction industry together on an annual basis. “The event is a great forum to hear, discuss, and share ideas on the latest developments in the industry across the region,” he adds. Kerur says topics such as VAT implementation, Expo 2020 Dubai, talent retention and acquisition, public-private partnerships (PPP), and technology will be the main topics to look out for at this year’s iteration of the summit.

Shaddy Gaad 
Marcomms specialist, Kone 

“We are interested in hearing about the current and expected future market conditions, as well as the latest innovations in the construction industry, at the Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017,” says Gaad, the marketing and communications specialist of elevator company Kone’s Middle East operation. “We are interested to see industry experts discussing their expectations of the industry in the short and long term, the challenges they faced in the first half of 2017, and the best ways they can think of to overcome these challenges.”

Ian Hauptfleisch
General manager, CCS Gulf 

“An initiative to gather the leading construction and business minds – and their practical ‘been there, done that’ proficiency – at a collaborative forum is invaluable for everyone in this challenging yet ultimately rewarding industry,” says Hauptfleisch, general manager of Construction Computer Software (CCS) Gulf, and the head of CCS Pty Ltd’s Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Central, North, and South Asia operation. “The one constant in construction is change, and it is one of – if not the most – affected industries when it comes to [external] changes. However, it is also one of the most resilient.”

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