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Podcast: Is the Middle East's drainage infrastructure ready for rain?

Bad weather and flooding caused devastation to areas in Kuwait recently – does the region need to rethink its drainage strategy?

Do we need to rethink urban planning if rain becomes more common in the Gulf?
Do we need to rethink urban planning if rain becomes more common in the Gulf?

Construction Week Viewpoint tackles drainage infrastructure in the Middle East, following the death of one person, the resignation of a government minister, and Kuwait's decision to blacklist six companies from state projects after flooding damaged Sabah Al Ahmad City

Deputy editor Oscar Rousseau and senior reporter Jack Ball discuss whether urban planners must urgently rethink public drainage infrastructure as heavy rainfall-related damage becomes more common in the Middle East.

This comes after heavy rainfall battered Kuwait during November, leading to six companies and one engineering office being banned from bidding on government tenders due to damage sustained at the Sabah Al-Ahmad City project.

Infrastructure in Dubai also tackled pressure when rain lashed the UAE on 25 November, causing travel disruption, school closures, and waterlogging. 

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast series produced Construction Week's editorial staff. The series is regularly joined by special guests, such as Ciaran McCormack, of construction consultancy Linesight, Greg Ward from Transguard, and Chris Seymour from Mott MacDonald

Is there an issue you would like Construction Week Viewpoint to delve into? If so, please get in touch by emailing Oscar Rousseau.

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