Railing Against The Machine

Just one week away from the largest event of the year so far for the Middle East. I make this statement not just from my perspective as Communications Consultant for a global systems integrator that worked on major infrastructure projects such as Dubai Metro. I was fortunate to attend a presentation last week hosted by MEED in association with Deloitte about the state of the Middle Eastern construction market, where many themes were touched upon. One takeaway for me was that transport, predominantly investment in the development around mega projects likes Al Maktoum Airport (DWC), was going to be the shining light according to MEED/Deloitte predictions for 2016.

The backdrop of uncertainty around oil and gas in the region, a situation almost entirely manufactured by the oil producing countries maintaining unnecessarily high rates of barrel-filling, other sectors are ushered in the spotlight in the hope of diversification. Dubai has led the way in tourism and hospitality for some time and with the Expo 2020 and Qatar FIFA World Cup on the horizon we can continue to exist in the region with something of a purpose and goal. Alongside these regional events and the ripple effect around them, there is a burgeoning population in need of sustainable means to live, both the basics of water, electricity and shelter, but also the “luxuries” of roads, rail, airports and air-conditioning.

I am working closely with companies operating across these areas, with the intention of working to develop the smarter sustainable living infrastructure the region demands and see growing demand just around the corner.

Learn more from Avanceon and Rockwell Automation about their vision of the future at Middle East Rail 2016, next week.

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