Shaping the future of the construction industry in UAE, post-COVID

The construction industry, probably the biggest contributor to the UAE economy, is especially vulnerable to economic cycles. The pandemic has disturbed an industry that faces difficulties around the world and has a background marked by being delayed to change and resistant to embracing new technologies.

A 2020 McKinsey report found out that construction is the greatest industry in the world – but it isn’t performing admirably, even outside of emergencies. In numbers, the business speaks to 13 per cent of worldwide GDP and 14.5 percent of the UAE’s GDP starting in 2018. Notwithstanding, around the world, it has recorded just 1 per cent yearly development.

It is obvious that the business needs to adjust to fill productively in a post-COVID-19 world. However, four shifts can be predicted that will change the course of the UAE development industry, and they can empower the business to endure and flourish.


In the UAE, there are dreadfully numerous players, and a tidy up of the development business is required. We expect bothered players will leave leaving space for set up organizations to contend, team up and become together.

Governments around the globe, including the UAE, have been taking a step in implementing measures to relieve the effect of worldwide developments on the industry, while at the same time urging players to work in a more energy-productive and cost-efficient manner.

Regulation, for example, the new building code issued by the Dubai government, combined with new technologies will help smooth out in general expenses, improve benefit and ultimately add to another future for the business.

Disruption by tech

New advancements will play a crucial role in the new future of the construction business – empowering joint effort, information drove dynamic and more noteworthy control of the value chain. For instance, robots are gradually showing up in building destinations, leading to image capture or laser filtering work in spots that people can’t reach. There are robots that improve the speed and nature of regular construction work as well.

3D printing, Artificial Intelligence and drones have likewise shown up, improving courses of events and safety on construction sites. The utilization of these will encourage the move towards a sustainable future for contractors and designers.

Environmental change

Looking past the structures themselves, the danger of environmental change is expanding and can’t be disregarded by the construction industry. Sourcing the correct materials to make solid living spaces will likewise turn into a need.

Perceiving the genuine danger of environmental change, the UAE has executed various activities including the UAE Green Development Strategy. As a critical supporter of the UAE economy, the development business will be progressively mindful of their effect on the climate.

Organizations will progressively think about the carbon and general natural effect of sourcing development materials, floating towards materials that utilization less energy and water. Supply chains will be enhanced such that makes it conceivable to source fuel effective and manageable materials.

Shift in focus

As we move towards a post-COVID-19 world, it is obvious that needs in development and advancement will change, as clients will turn out to be progressively modern. The pandemic has made us re-assess the spaces we need to live and work in.

Residents will search for energy-effective, smart buildings that have great indoor air quality. Subsequently, such structures will turn into a higher need for engineers. Healthy buildings will be a key segment for future urban areas, and governments should work closely with construction workers to present guideline that guarantees all buildings, explicitly schools and clinics, are built to standards in a cost-efficient way. Like in different ventures, the pandemic has quickened changes that were at that point already under construction. The urban areas of things to come will be significantly more worried about the strength of occupants, settling on policies that advance better air quality, and energy proficiency.

New technology joined with the suitable regulation and utilized in a manner that prioritizes sustainable development will be the way to opening an important and sustainable future for the construction industry.

The Dubai Development Authority (DDA) has likewise found a way to relieve the effect of COVID-19 on the construction sector. These included:

  1. The making of a computerized gateway to handle all designing services.
  2. Moving much of its standard strategic policies as much as possible in the form of electronic methods, in order to decrease the physical, face to face processes that have recently been the norm. These include: (i) registration and licensing service requests to be completed on the service portal; (ii) endorsements and documents issued by the DDA to be in electronic arrangement instead of paper duplicates; and (iii) where original notarised and attested documents are required, these are now allowed to be submitted within 60 days of the fulfilment of the service.
  3. The presentation of virtual inspections of construction sites. Sites can now be reviewed at different phases of a project via either a Zoom or Microsoft Teams video call, without inspectors being physically present nearby.
Anosua Chakraborty
A writer and a life-long learner are what describe Anosua the best. She holds immense educational experience with her Mass Communication (M.A) degree and ongoing PhD in Media & Communication. Professionally, Anosua has 5 years of experience in curating and strategizing corporate and academic content, which is the result of her passion for writing and creativity. Her expertise as a writer includes copywriting, content designing, content strategy, and developing e-learning modules & course curriculum.

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