Construction costs lower in Gulf

DUBAI — Construction costs in the Gulf countries is lower compared to those in Europe, North America and parts of Asia because of lower import, labour and processes costs in the region.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 4 Mar 2008, 9:15 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:16 PM

“At the same time, the efficiency of Gulf contractors and the quality of their work is on a par with the best available in the rest of the world,” said Dr Andy Davids, technical director of Hyder Consulting Middle East.

He explained at the 8th World Congress of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) yesterday that construction materials and methods used in the Gulf, such as conventional and post-tensioned concrete, high-yield structural steel, precast floor panels and composite construction beams and decking, match global standards.

An international body in the field of tall buildings, CTBUH opened its three-day conference in Dubai yesterday. This year’s theme is “Tall and Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future”, Hyder said in a Press statement.

The conference has addressed, among other things, energy issues in high-rises such as harvesting wind power from tall buildings, making use of solar power and innovations in sustainable development.

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