Construction Week looks back at 15 years of engineering news
Special coverage kicks off to celebrate 15th anniversary of Middle East construction's premier news outlet
Facts and figures about the Middle East’s most impressive buildings – such as the world’s tallest tower, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and the planned 1km-tall Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia – are not hard to find. However, details of implementers behind such projects are rarer to come by. For the last 15 years, industry-watchers from the Middle East and beyond have consistently received these exclusive insights from Construction Week.
November 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of Construction Week, the first issue of which was published on 29 November, 2003. What started off as a 32-page weekly newspaper is now a vast, cross-platform intelligence outlet for the Middle East’s construction industry. Today, Construction Week’s umbrella includes 15 products across print, digital, and networking platforms. This includes a news website frequented by top leaders from the Middle East’s construction industry, and a YouTube channel with more than 2,000 subscribers.
Fifteen years is a long time to spend in an industry as dynamic as ours, and Construction Week is one of the few publications in the world to have reported on the Middle Eastern built environment’s evolution over the years. We were there when foundation works commenced for Dubai Festival City, which is now a mixed-use magnet for Dubai’s tourists and residents alike. We’ve seen Emaar outline plans to build Dubai Mall and lay the foundations for Burj Dubai (now known as Burj Khalifa) – two developments that, since their respective inaugurations, have rewritten the rules for the global real estate and engineering sectors. We even know how fast Burj Khalifa’s lifts go – and the machines that built the 828m tower.
And that’s just our reportage from Dubai. Over the years, we’ve committed ourselves to all of hubs of construction activity within the GCC and wider Middle East. Construction Week’s knowledge of the regional engineering sector means we have had the rare opportunity of watching the Middle East’s icons take shape: be it the UAE’s Louvre Abu Dhabi and Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant; Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower and Riyadh Metro; Oman’s Muscat International Airport and The Wave, Muscat; or Kuwait’s Jahra Road and National Bank of Kuwait HQ. The Construction Week team has even ventured into the Empty Quarter – also known as Rub’ al Khali, the world’s largest continuous sand desert – for a cracking news story.
IN PICTURES: Construction of the 828m Burj Khalifa | 2007-2008
These articles are only part of the in-depth market intelligence compiled by the current and past editorial staff of Construction Week. Audiences across all our platforms can expect more of these insights as the Middle East builds trillion-dollar megaprojects – such as Expo 2020 Dubai and Neom, among countless others – to fulfil its long-term economic diversification goals. As has been the case for the last 15 years, the socio-economic contributions of the Middle East’s engineering sector will always have a place at Construction Week.