Pinsent Masons survey forecasts ten per cent increase in Gulf construction activity

01 Dec 2010 | 12:00 am |

International law firm Pinsent Masons’ third annual Gulf construction survey has revealed that 40 per cent of contractors surveyed in the region forecast a ten per cent increase in workload in the next year.

The firm’s research also found that a third of those surveyed believe market conditions will improve. This compares favourably to the same time last year, when 82 per cent of respondents reported problems with projects being held up by funding. The research identified power, water and wastewater as the sectors with the most opportunities for growth.

Countries that are delivering the strongest growth (Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) were also named as the “most challenging” to operate in. Opportunities in PPP projects seem set to rise - with an increase of six per cent (30 per cent to 36 per cent) in the number of companies who are involved in or anticipate being involved in PPP projects in 2011, since last year’s survey.

Sachin Kerur, head of Pinsent Masons’ UAE office said: “The survey findings suggest that cautious optimism is returning to the construction market in the Gulf, with predictions of an increased work load instilling confidence amongst construction professionals in the region.

“The opportunities in water and waste water in particular are marked – and follow recent statements from water and energy officials claiming that every UAE resident consumes an average of 970 litres of water every day – one of the highest rates of water use in the world, and demand is growing at a rate of ten per cent a year.”

Latest press releases

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons launches online tool to spot future home-working related litigation for financial services firms

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a new working-from home audit tool to help financial services organisations understand the hidden litigation and regulatory risks associated with staff increasingly working from home on a more permanent basis.

Pinsent Masons advises Seraphine Group PLC on its £150m main market IPO

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons is advising Seraphine Group plc, an international digitally-led maternity and nursing wear, on its IPO and premium listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

Pinsent Masons agrees MOU with Nepal International ADR Center

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nepal International ADR Center (NIAC), commencing an important collaborative relationship seeking to enhance NIAC’s international arbitration capabilities.

People who viewed this press release also viewed

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons advises Farra Marine on Ireland’s first next generation wind farm service craft

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised crew transfer vessel owner and operator Farra Marine on Ireland's first next generation wind farm service craft, the Farra Orla.

Pinsent Masons advises Clough Elecnor JV as successful contractor for Australia’s A$1.5 billion Project EnergyConnect

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised the Clough Elecnor JV, SecureEnergy, on its successful bid to deliver this significant interconnector project for TransGrid.

Race for heat decarbonisation would spur UK’s green economic recovery

A new report published by the Net Zero Infrastructure Industry Coalition explores the scale of infrastructure change needed to achieve net zero heat. The challenge is such that urgent action is required, but the transition to net zero heat offers tremendous opportunities and could lead to the development of completely new industries offering large scale employment and economic growth across the UK.

For all media enquiries, including arranging an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact the press office on

+44 (0)20 7418 8199 or 

Location contacts