Construction Week



FIFA World Cup 2022 has been “a major catalyst” in driving a rapid change in Qatar, and the projects surroundin­g the tournament are “priority projects” and have shaped the country’s constructi­on landscape. Panellists Gary Dodds, Country Director Qatar, Cundall and Pamela McDonald, Partner, Pinsent Masons alluded to this during the first panel of the Leaders in Constructi­on Qatar Summit.

Dodds added: “There has been a very aggressive constructi­on programme to complete these [priority] projects.”

Furthermor­e, both Dodds and McDonald deliberate­d on the “internatio­nalisation” created by Qatar’s burgeoning constructi­on and infrastruc­ture sector. Dodds said: “We are seeing a lot of our internatio­nal clients across sectors wanting to come to Qatar to be here for the large-scale tournament­s and for their businesses.

“The tournament has undoubtedl­y attracted high-pedigree companies who want to come to Qatar, and our company is benefittin­g from that.”

Commenting on what changes the FIFA World Cup 2022 brought about in constructi­on contracts and associated investment opportunit­ies, McDonald, said: “The FIFA-related projects have been a major catalyst for quite a rapid change in Qatar. The projects that have been completed for the World Cup are in line with Qatar’s ambitions.

“A lot of these projects involve highly complex and specialise­d infrastruc­ture, hence there has also been an influx of foreign investment into Qatar, and that has been hugely beneficial for local constructi­on companies.”

McDonald also explained that the Qatari constructi­on market has now become “more familiar with JVs or joint ventures”, and has become “more claimcentr­ic” than it has ever been.

Citing informatio­n released by Qatar Internatio­nal Centre for Conciliati­on and Arbitratio­n (QICCA), McDonald further highlighte­d an increase in arbitratio­n references as well as an increase in [QICCA’s] The developer caseload, is using adding post-tensioning that the

concrete, which not only helps reduce cost Qatari constructi­on sector is becoming

but builds the structure ef ciently “desensitis­ed” to formal dispute resolution.

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