UAE: Abu Dhabi Construction

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Currently, the construction industry is the largest employer by sector in Abu Dhabi, accounting for 29.5% of the employed population in the emirate in 2014 according to the Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD), up from 22% in 2013.

Chapter | Real Estate & Construction from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2016

Real estate development in Abu Dhabi is dominated by large, mostly local government-backed companies, several of which are responsible for the master development of various emerging areas of the city including Yas Island, Al Maryah Island and Zayed Sports City. Meanwhile, the value of construction sector activity in Abu Dhabi increased to $24.9bn in 2014 from $23.3bn a year earlier. Sector...

Thanks to business-friendly government policies implemented over the past 10 years Abu Dhabi is now home to a rapidly diversifying economy that is among the largest in the region, with GDP reaching a total of Dh952.68bn ($259.32bn) at current prices in 2014.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) segment in Abu Dhabi is dominated by oil and gas. The largest EPC project currently under way in the emirate is the development of the offshore Upper Zakum oilfield, which was awarded to Petrofac Emirates – a joint venture between Petrofac and Abu Dhabi government investment firm Mubadala Development Company – and its...

Are developers now looking to restart schemes that were placed on hold after the market downturn?

The residential segment was the first in Abu Dhabi’s real estate market to experience recovery from the sustained post-2008 downturn. Prices in the segment have been rising since the end of 2012, when, according to Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) data, asking prices for residential units in investment zones (areas where expatriates are allowed to buy apartments) in the emirate...

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