Editor’s Letter: Change is only constant in the GCC

As the Greek philosopher - Heraclitus - quoted, change affects us all and we each deal with change differently

Image: ITP Media Group
Image: ITP Media Group

For many years, Construction Week has worked alongside the industry to share business insight in even the most difficult times, and we are certainly noticing a shift in how all stakeholders are operating as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are unprecedented times for all businesses, but the industry will come out the other side.

There are several positive stories from this. Businesses are witnessing the significant rise in e-commerce sales of construction products and materials, as well as plummeting emissions from social distancing and people staying at home igniting debates and conversations.

I was recently part of a webinar, which was kindly organised by Cosentino where we had Cundall’s managing director, Richard Stratton, AESG’s director of energy and sustainable development, Philippa Grant, and Killa Design’s partner and design principal, Benjamin Piper, coming together to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting sustainable construction.

Topics discussed included how COVID-19 is impacting businesses, and a generic debate on whether the industry’s focus will now shift from sustainable construction to recovering profits.

While all these debates and conversations are significant, and in fact very interesting, there was one thing that stuck out to me.

We are one community that is still contributing significantly for the industry.

Admittedly, I had felt deflated from the impact that COVID-19 has had on us, and I often pondered on how we could continue our excellent standard of coverage.

The panel discussion with Cosentino has re-ignited the spark that we can continue our coverage, and with this in mind, Construction Week will be bringing you weekly webinars through the applications Zoom or Microsoft Teams delivering the major topics with high-profile companies.

We’re also going to be bringing you exclusive video interviews with several commissioner-generals of country pavilions at Expo 2020 (or now inevitably 2021) Dubai to get their reactions on the postponement and how it may impact construction of the structures.

Will they slow down activities? Is there now a lack of excitement for the World Fair? You will find out through our one on one remote interviews from our excellent editorial team.

Reporting in your pyjamas in the comfort of your own home - What is not to love?

I say let’s embrace this change and as I’ve been told many times in my journalistic career: “Digital is the way forward”. This is now being put to the test more than ever.

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