By Lynne Roberts
Contrary to popular belief buildings in region cost less than in Europe and US, expert argues.
Construction costs in the Gulf are lower than in Europe, North America and some countries in Asia, a director of Hyder Consulting Middle East said on Monday.
Andy Davids, Hyder’s technical director for Ssructures, said that contrary to popular belief, low costs were maintained by relatively inexpensive imports of labour, building products and processes into the region.
Davids, responsible for some of the world’s tallest buildings, including Emirates Towers, Burj Dubai and Dubai Towers in Doha, said the efficiency of Gulf contractors and the quality of work in the region was on a par with the best available in the rest of the world.
Speaking at the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 8th World Congress in Dubai, Davids said construction materials and methods in the region, including concrete and high yield structural steel, also meet global standards.
The conference, which brings together experts from the fields of sustainability, tall buildings and urban design, also addressed energy issues in high-rise buildings.