Opinion

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    How will VAT affect the construction sector in the GCC?

    United Arab Emirates | January 08, 2017

    H.E. Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs of the UAE, announced early last year that a GCC-wide resolution covering the tax will come into effect in 2018, with countries given until the 1st of January 2019 to be fully implemented....

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    Adaptive Architecture: convertible structures

    December 30, 2016

    Mustafa Rasch, Managing Director of SL-RaschOne, a company that creates unique convertible structures and lightweight architecture, explains this technology that has been revolutionising the business of adaptive architecture.

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    The changing face of façade engineering

    United Arab Emirates | December 22, 2016

    Exclusive industry insights on the façade sector and how it continues to change for the better, by Renato Cilento, Senior Engineer, Façade Engineering, Arup.

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    Furthering the Region’s Green Agenda

    United Arab Emirates | August 23, 2016

    H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, MD and CEO of Dubai Water and Electricity Authority and Chairman of World Green Economy Summit expresses his pride on Dubai's green initiatives and exactly why it is imperative...

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    Building the next ‘Smart City’ powered by the Internet of Things

    United Arab Emirates | May 11, 2016

    As the UAE ushers in a new era of advancement, much has been predicted and promised about the integration of ICT into every aspect of the completed city developments. By Gamal Emara, Country Manager - UAE, HPE Aruba

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    Construction in the Middle East will continue to grow in 2016...

    December 15, 2015

    The Big 5 Hub Editor Gary Wright looks back at 2015 and, despite the negative effect of tumbling oil prices on government spending across the construction sector, believes 2016 will still see growth.

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    Why new Fifa corruption allegations threaten Qatar's World Cup

    Qatar | September 27, 2015

    Swiss authorities have started criminal proceedings against Fifa President Sepp Blatter. The man seen as most likely to succeed him was UEFA's Michel Platini a firm supporter of Qatar. But he's just admitted pocketing two million Swiss francs in 2011. A fresh...

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    EXPERT INSIGHT: Heavy loads need big feet

    United Kingdom | August 23, 2015

    Mechanical services installations can have a huge effect on roof design. Joe Rose of Big Foot Systems, explains the challenges and suggests how non-penetrative supports can overcome them

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    What the construction sector needs to do next as house prices...

    United Arab Emirates | July 30, 2015

    This week the full effects of government mortgage controls and lower oil prices were seen in Dubai where 66 per cent fewer home retail sales took place in the first six months of the year compared with 2014. Gary Wright considers what is next for the...

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    Why UAE hospital closures are good news for the region

    United Arab Emirates | July 26, 2015

    Healthcare investment in the region is currently around $40 billion which will ensure the finest facilities in the world. But you need great management too and today the Abu Dhabi government showed it will accept only the best by closing five facilities. Gary...

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