Pressing need for more providers in Middle East: Shortage of hospitals and schools
The key driver behind this is the region’s demographics
Click here to add Abu Dhabi as an alert
Disable alert for Abu Dhabi,
Click here to add Consolidated Contractors Company as an alert
Disable alert for Consolidated Contractors C ...,
Click here to add Drake & Scull International as an alert
Disable alert for Drake & Scull International,
Click here to add Dubai as an alert
Disable alert for Dubai,
Click here to add Khaldoun Tabari as an alert
Disable alert for Khaldoun Tabari,
Click here to add Matthew Green as an alert
Disable alert for Matthew Green,
Click here to add Richard Ellis as an alert
Disable alert for Richard Ellis,
Click here to add Samer Khoury as an alert
Disable alert for Samer Khoury,
Click here to add Shady Shaher as an alert
Disable alert for Shady Shaher,
Click here to add Standard Chartered Bank as an alert
Disable alert for Standard Chartered Bank
Construction activities in healthcare and education will spur many projects in the GCC and Middle East, industry officials say.
The key driver behind this is the region’s demographics. In Saudi Arabia, for example, the population is expected to grow by almost 50 per cent to about 28 million by 2020, said Shady Shaher, Senior Economist for the Middle East and North Africa at Standard Chartered Bank.
In Saudi Arabia, 750 new schools are being built and another 3,200 to begin construction, he said. “There’s a backlog of 32,000 kilometres of roads ... they’re building another 4,000 kilometres of roads. They’re building 17 new hospitals this year.”
Samer Khoury, President of Engineering and Construction at the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), told a conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday that the company will be looking more aggressively at the healthcare sector in the future.
Similarly, Khaldoun Tabari, Chief Executive Officer of Drake & Scull International, said that there’s much potential for jobs in that sector. “There are 12 hospitals announced in Kuwait. Twenty to 30 hospitals in Saudi Arabia, and plenty of hospitals coming up in Abu Dhabi.”
Dubai, for instance, has allocated 29 per cent of its Dh32.26 billion budget to social development, which includes healthcare, education, housing and culture, making these sectors the second highest recipients after infrastructure, transportation and economic development.
Matthew Green, Head of Research and Consultancy at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) in the UAE, said that the move for the industry is a very positive one. “You will see more and more of thisâ¦ it’s important for the overall progression of these countries,” he said.
In countries where there are big stimulus packages, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a large portion of the budget is going into social infrastructure and into the improvement of schooling facilities and training for locals, Green explained.
One of the key drivers of this is the fact that the social infrastructure has not kept up with the rapidly growing population. “It’s also one [a region] that has regional health issues,” he said.
Green said that the players in this industry will be looking at the potential gaps within the market from which they can create value. “They’re trying to source new ways to generate income when the normal sources of demand are not there,” he said.
In Saudi Arabia there are 750 new schools being built with another 3,200 under construction. They’re building 17 new hospitals this year. ”
- Manpower Shortage Biggest Concern as Regional Hospitality Expands, May Need over 2 million Staff to Sustain Growth by 2020
- Canadian Specialist Hospital encourages healthy eating habits
- 45 million people lack access to fresh water in the Middle East, says DuPont
- Quality shortfall in Middle East hospitals to be addressed at Hospital Build conference
- Saudis prioritize school construction projects