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CW's Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017: Full coverage

Delegates at <i>Construction Week</i>: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 explore the ways in which the Emirates’ construction community is adjusting to the new norm

For full coverage of of &lt;i&gt;CW&lt;/i&gt;: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017, check out the following links.
For full coverage of of <i>CW</i>: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017, check out the following links.

Delegates at Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017 explore the ways in which the Emirates’ construction community is adjusting to the new norm...

As ever, this year’s Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit provided a platform for expert discourse and lively debate. The eighth iteration of the event saw more than 200 construction professionals descend on Dubai for a day of senior-level discussions and networking.

Although panellists and attendees at last year’s event agreed that the challenges facing our market were significant, they also acknowledged the effective measures that policy-makers and business leaders were taking to ensure the long-term prosperity of our industry. The lacklustre oil price loomed large over the 2016 summit and, while the cost of crude hasn’t rallied in the 12 months since, the UAE’s construction sector appears to be gradually adapting to the new norm.

Indeed, the 2017 agenda was shot through with evidence of this proactive approach to wider economic challenges. Panellists discussed an array of pertinent topics, including the industry’s collective adjustment to shifting market conditions and the tools that are facilitating this transition; the ways in which the region is working to attract and retain its top talent; and preparatory measures for the 2018 implementation of value-added tax (VAT) in the GCC.

Encouragingly, this year’s summit also contained numerous reasons to be cheerful, chief among which was the news of the ever-increasing momentum of projects linked to Expo 2020 Dubai. While the world’s fair does not represent a silver bullet for the UAE’s construction sector, with site work now well underway, it is already delivering tangible benefits for regional contractors and consultants.

For a comprehensive update on the exhibition’s construction-related progress, check out our summary of the summit’s keynote address, which was delivered by Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president of real estate and delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai.

For full coverage of CW: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2017, including presentations related to the economy, the UAE’s updated fire code, 3D printing, and the role of technology in the delivery of public-private partnership (PPP) projects, check out the links below:

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