Shortage of quality contractors in MEP sector

The MEP industry faces a shortage of experienced, quality contractors

Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi, one of the iconic projects Mace has been involved with.
Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi, one of the iconic projects Mace has been involved with.

The MEP industry currently faces a shortage of quality contractors who have significant experience in the local region, says Mace Group MEP project manager Mohammed Masadeh.

“This is mainly an effect of the exponential growth in demand in the MEP sector over the last few years, and the inability of existing firms to meet the market demand. In addition to that, the lack of skilled labour in the region is a big challenge to the development of the MEP sector.

“The current boom in the region’s construction sector has led to a widescale scarcity of materials, which could potentially cause delays in contract completion,” says Masadeh.

“Business isn’t easy right now, but some companies are still performing well – not only just surviving, but reaching a new level of performance.

“I believe those companies managed to deal with the risk by spreading it beyond the borders of the UAE and ensured that they have a foot, for example, in KSA, Qatar, Oman and other countries within MENA like Egypt.

“Some companies established independent functioning units focusing on infrastructure, civil contracting, water and power besides their core business of MEP. Moreover, cash control know-how, adding value for customers and flexibility are essentials to survive,” says Masadeh.

Read the full interview with Mohammed Masadeh in MEP Middle East magazine.

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