Attendees at the last week’s roundtable session, held by Middle East Architect, highlighted growing opportunities in the region.
Steven Miller, regional manager for Perkins Eastman, cited the need for social infrastructure in the wider Middle East, including Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
He said: “Our company is projecting a considerable growth this year. Everything was flat for a number of years but we see substantial growth because the wider region has an enormous need for social infrastructure like hospitals, government housing and schools.”
Nigel Craddock, design manager for Stride Treglow, agreed, adding that Abu Dhabi is a focus for his company. “We’re lucky at Stride Treglown because we are focused on the social infrastructure side and they are taking schools to the top level in Abu Dhabi.”
He continued: “Interior projects are rolling out in Dubai – people want to refresh their interiors – and that can keep us going. But we need to be smart and use this as a hub and filter to the greater region.”
Miller added: “If you have the ability to be in the region, to have offices, to get on that aeroplane and do what you’ve got to do, then my feeling is that business can only look up for the next year for all of us.”