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
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:
- Leaders UAE 2017: Expo 2020 Dubai construction update
- Leaders UAE 2017: Economic review and outlook from Deloitte
- Leaders UAE 2017: Adapting to the 'new norm'
- Leaders UAE 2017: Facilitating the transition to the 'new norm'
- Leaders UAE 2017: How can the Gulf attract and retain top talent?
- Leaders UAE 2017: Understanding the Emirates’ updated fire code
- Leaders UAE 2017: How to develop projects in a tough market
- Leaders UAE 2017: Can 3D printing change how we build?
- Leaders UAE 2017: Is the UAE construction sector ready for VAT?
- Leaders UAE 2017: PPP and tech are key to GCC resource security
- Leaders UAE 2017: Adding value to the Gulf’s construction community