By Colin Foreman
The Building and civil construction group will work with the government to resolve pressing industry issues
Promoting best practices for construction in Dubai|~|Khalfan,-Saeed-body.jpg|~||~|Recognising the significant role that construction plays in Dubai’s growing economy, the Chamber of Commerce established the Building and Civil Construction Group to deal with the specific issues that the industry has to deal with. Construction Week spoke to chairman Saeed Khalfan, about how the group plans to help the industry move forward.
What is the Building and Civil Construction Group?
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recognised the importance of the construction industry in Dubai and decided to facilitate the formation of a specific group within the chamber dedicated to the issues and concerns of the construction industry.
They convened a general meeting of all the building and civil construction related companies registered with the Chamber and asked them to form a representative committee.
Who are the Committee representatives?
The Committee represents the broad spectrum of the Dubai construction market and comprises 11 people, 10 of which are from member companies and one from the UAE Contractors’ Association.
At present the Committee members are: Emad Azmy, Al Abbar General Contracting, as vice – chairman; Grahame McCaig, Dutco Balfour Beatty Group, as general secretary; Majed Al Kazim, ACT Construction Co.; Tariq Khansaheb, Khansaheb Civil Engineering; Sherif Bogdady, Al Hudaiba Contracting; Hosam Najeeb, Arvan Saman; Abdulla Al Arif, Naresco Contracting; Ali Nasser bin Jarsh, Bin Jarsh Contracting; Hassan Al Amir, Luzan Building Contractors; and Gayath Mohd.Gayath, UAE Contractors Association.
Is this Group independent of the UAE Contractors’ Association?
Yes and No. This group was formed to represent the specific and in many cases unique issues associated with the Industry here in Dubai.
We felt though it was necessary to retain close links with the UAE Contractors’ Association and hence the reason for guaranteeing a place from that organisation on our committee.
What are your specific goals and objectives?
The committee spent a long time debating this issue in our initial meetings and after much discussion developed our mission statement.
Our specific mission is “to establish, develop and strengthen relationships between all our members; review and improve the product we supply; and enhance the image of our industry both locally and internationally”.
In order to accomplish our mission we identified four main objectives, which are: to promote, encourage and acknowledge “best practice” within our industry; to establish a forum whereby relevant issues tabled by our members can be discussed openly with the relevant authorities to seek a resolution; to facilitate the gathering and sharing of industry specific information; and to respect the natural environment and uphold the cultures and values of the people who work in our industry.
What kind of events is the organisation planning to hold?
The group is working on a lot of ideas at the moment, all of which are aimed at fulfilling our mission and objectives.
One thing on the agenda is an annual construction industry “Gala” dinner to bring all the members together and possibly recognise some of the outstanding achievements that the industry has made.
We want to arrange for regular presentations to members on the latest technology, equipment and methods available throughout the world.
We are currently canvassing members on the most pressing issues that they feel are inhibiting their ability to function efficiently.
We will then aim to address and discuss these issues with the relevant authorities to investigate whether there are better ways of doing things.
Where do you see the construction industry in five years time?
The construction industry has been charged with delivering the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai.
This is an enormous responsibility, which I am sure we will still be working on in five years time. Dubai’s economic growth will continue to accelerate and with that acceleration will be big opportunities to construct interesting and challenging projects. Dubai is and will remain a very exciting
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