Talks called to debate growth in UAE construction

Seminar on Dec. 24 will assess impact of global financial crisis on vital industry.
Talks called to debate growth in UAE construction
By Andy Sambidge
Thu 27 Nov 2008 07:07 AM

The impact of the global financial crisis on the economically vital construction sector in the UAE is to be assessed at a federal government level seminar next month.

Details of the special seminar in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE minister of Public Works, emerged on the sidelines of The Big 5, the region’s biggest trade fair in Dubai.

“The whole industry will welcome this high level review of a sector which has such a vitally important role in the economy of the UAE,” said Simon Mellor, vice president Construction for show organisers dmg world media.

“It comes at a time when UAE authorities are providing solid support for the sector."

Six percent growth is expected in the UAE construction industry next year despite the global economic downturn.

“Global recession is forcing international companies to increasingly seek work outside of their home countries providing Middle East companies with greater competition in a region where governments remain committed to maintaining strong infrastructure growth in the face of the slowdown,” Mellor added.

The special seminar to be held on December 24 is being supported by the UAE Contractors Association – a voluntary body consisting of 730 member companies – which describes the construction sector as “one of the mainstays” of the UAE economy over recent decades.

Commenting on the impact of the global financial crisis on the construction sector in the UAE, Khalfan Al Ka'abi, head of the Contractors Committee of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, said: “Everyone expects that construction projects underway will continue as planned. The UAE economy remains strong and we will continue working with all contractors to help achieve their goals.”

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