UAE construction bullish on retail, residential projects

UAE construction bullish on retail, residential projects
James Mowat, manager international, MEP building services recruitment consultant, Energi People.
Published: 15 February 2018 - 1 a.m.
By: Rajiv Ravindran Pillai

The UAE design and construction sector is far from slowing down, said James Mowat, manager – international, MEP building services recruitment consultant, Energi People. 

Mowat told MEP Middle East that many new developments are currently in the early stages of design or currently being tendered.

He said: "Dozens are being planned, many are focused around retail, residential communities as well as a wealth of hospitality shown into the mix. This is key to keep the governments aspirations on track with regard to year on year significantly increasing tourism numbers."

READ: Expert: There are recruitment challenges in UAE's MEP sector

Talking about the current demand for certain skills, Mowat said: "We have seen a huge demand and need for consultancies to appoint UPDA Grade A MEP engineers, that either have the Grade A status, or those that check all the boxes for eligibility. This is also a mandatory requirement for consultants from a licensing perspective as well. 

"ELV (extra low voltage) and security engineers of all levels are being sought by many consultancies, being such a niche skillset. MEP engineers from principal level and above across the region are highly sought after; those who are technically strong, with leadership and business development skills to enable the consultants ultimately to win new work."

To read Mowat's entire views, check out #1303 of MEP Middle East, which will be out on the first week of March.

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