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New GCC building deals set to hit $85.6bn in 2017

Figure would represent an increase of about 7% as UAE tops regional ranking

New GCC building deals set to hit $85.6bn in 2017
The value of new GCC building contracts is likely to hit $85.6bn in 2017, according to Ventures Onsite. (Image: Walter Bibikow/Corbis)

The overall value of new building contracts awarded in the GCC in 2017 is expected to hit $85.6bn.

This is the conclusion of the GCC Building Construction Market Report, which was created by Ventures Onsite on behalf of The Big 5 Heavy.

If accurate, the figure would represent an increase of approximately 7 percent, compared to the $79.5bn of new construction contracts awarded in the GCC in 2016.

The UAE tops the regional ranking, with an estimated $40.5bn (AED148.8bn) of building contractor awards predicted during 2017. Qatar is in second place with $16.7bn (QR60.8bn), and Saudi Arabia is in third with $16bn (SR60bn).

The UAE also topped the GCC league table in 2016, with $32.6bn worth of project awards – the highest figure since 2008.

Approximately 45% of building projects in the GCC are in the pre-construction phase, while 32 percent are at the tendering stage, according to Ventures Onsite.

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