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Podcast: HKA's Haroon Niazi on rebooting stalled projects in the GCC

HKA expert on how large stalled projects, such as parts of King Abdullah Financial District, can be efficiently restarted

Haroon Niazi of HKA outlines how stalled projects in the GCC can be rebooted [representational image].
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Haroon Niazi of HKA outlines how stalled projects in the GCC can be rebooted [representational image].

Haroon Niazi, partner for the Middle East and Africa at legal consultancy HKA, outlines his thoughts on the current dispute resolution and contracting challenges that he sees in the Gulf.

Niazi's thoughts on Saudi Arabia and the kingdom's moves towards public-private partnerships (PPP) are also discussed in this wide-ranging podcast interview with Construction Week’s deputy editor, Oscar Rousseau.

With the Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 strategy kicking into gear, Niazi said the market was starting to see the restarting of work in the kingdom. Commenting on what employers and contractors need to take into consideration when they are restarting large-scale programmes, he said: "For me, a key area of due diligence is a jointly-agreed conditions survey.”

Listen to the rest of the podcast for all of his advice.

Niazi also said HKA's engineering team may be an area of growth for the firm in the months to come. The business is currently working with a Riyadh client that is building a five-star hotel, which Niazi called a “great scheme” with “signature architecture”.  The client wants HKA to conduct an independent peer review of the design and comment upon its buildability.

“Small measures like that will help appease any issues on the project [and] help to reduce the risk of delay and disputes,” Niazi noted, adding that clients would benefit from this service.

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Haroon Niazi is a partner at HKA in the Middle East.

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