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Title: Construction Opportunities in the GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL GCC

Construction Opportunities in the GULF
  • August 23, 2007
  • 100 200 p.m. (EDT)

  • Introduction
  • Infrastructure Construction Sector
  • EDC Chief Representative, GCC Jean-François
  • Canadas Strategy
  • DFAIT Trade Commissioner, Africa and Middle
    East Paul Bears
  • Questions
  • Conclusion

Overview - Economic
  • Total GCC GDP amounts to USD 725 billion in 2006
    and is forecasted to reach USD 790 billion in
  • Oil windfalls have strengthened performance,
    encouraged government spending, grown confidence
    and resulted in investment boom
  • Large external assets (USD1.1 trillion), falling
    debts (USD135 billion)
  • Planned and underway projects amounting to USD
    1.47 trillion

Announced Projects
Overview - Economic
  • The six GCC countries are all rated investment
    grade by Moodys and are all in OECD/EDC risk
    category 2
  • Ease of doing business in the GCC ranks better
    than India, China and Russia (IFC World Bank
  • Oil windfalls have produced robust economic
    growth, fiscal external surpluses and large
    external financial assets
  • Diversification from the OG sector Finance,
    Trade, Infrastructure Real Estate Construction,
    Tourism, Industrial sectors, Privatization
  • Stock markets have experienced corrections in
    2006 due to speculation

Ease of Doing Business
Investment Grades
Political Business Environment
  • Shared interest and ambitions for a common market
    but in a go slow approach
  • Expected to remain stable in the short to medium
  • Growing and demanding young population
  • Will have to deliver sufficient levels of
    economic development and employment
  • All countries are autocratic monarchies or
    sheikdoms with limited political participation
  • UAE acts as the leader in reforms
  • Region not very well understood in general and
    attracts bad publicity from headlines

Saudi Arabia
  • Highest level of proven oil reserves (22) ,and
    biggest oil producer (13,5)
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is a power of
    influence in the Arab world, a dominant and
    unique voice in the Islamic world and the Gulfs
    largest economy
  • A tremendous challenge for aging leaders and
    managers will be the promotion of a younger
    generation into decision-making positions
  • Planned investments in infrastructure, health,
    education and other areas of interest to Canadian
    business total over USD 1 trillion over the next
    10 years
  • KSA joined the World Trade Organization in
    December 2005
  • In 2006, KSA joined the new United Nations Human
    Rights Council and activated a national Human
    Rights Committee

United Arab Emirates
  • The UAE is a small, stable, tolerant,
    well-governed, economically booming federation of
    seven Emirates
  • UAEs economy is the most competitive among the
    Gulf states, ranking 32nd in the world in terms
    of global competitiveness, followed by Qatar,
    Kuwait and Bahrain in the Top 50
  • The UAE has almost 10 of the worlds oil
    reserves and is a major oil producer. These
    reserves are almost entirely concentrated in the
    Federal Capital, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • Surrounded by large, unstable neighbors, the UAE
    plays a balancing act of building regional
    security through the GCC and global security by
    building key strategic alliances with the US, UK
    and France

Infrastructure / Construction Sector
  • The Middle East is now an integral part of the
    global construction industry, fuelled by the GCC
  • The Gulf construction boom enters its sixth year,
    and there is little sign of any slowdown
  • Analysts forecast the boom to keep on for at
    least the next 2 years
  • Construction is the main engine of growth of
  • More than 20 of world cranes capacity is in
  • Dubai ranks second in the world after Moscow in
    terms of construction activity, with over 24
    million square feet of commercial office space
    currently under development
  • UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are investing heavily
    in the construction sector (Real Estate and
  • New born cities and economic cities, mass housing
    schemes, urban development programs, mixed-used
    developments, etc
  • Real estate developments require infrastructure
    (roads, sewerage, power, municipal services, etc)

Challenges for Developers Contractors
  • Building materials and construction equipment
  • Limited labour force and labour laws security on
    site is a challenge
  • Increase in building materials and specialist
    materials prices
  • Demand outstrips supply capacity constraint of
    contractors and MEP services providers
  • Nearly 30 of the construction costs of a project
    are MEP related
  • Competitive bidding has almost been eliminated
    and has been replaced by partnering agreements
    between clients (developers) and suppliers
  • GCC is a relationship driven market
  • Contractors are looking to enter longer-term
    agreement with material suppliers and equipment

  • Strong international presence of contractors,
    EPCers and material suppliers Japan, Korea,
    France, UK, US, Germany, China, India, Australia,
  • Full book of orders (possibilities to pick and
    choose projects) and operate at full capacity

Local Real Estate Projects
  • EMAAR Properties
  • 20,000 million Burj Dubai Downtown development
    Burj Dubai is soon to become the world tallest
  • Nakheel
  • 40,000 million Waterfront project and 20,000
    million Jebel Ali International Airport in Dubai
  • ALDAR Properties (Abu-Dhabi largest developer)
  • 14,700 million Al-Raha Beach development
  • Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company
  • Pearl Qatar, New Doha International Airport,
    5,000 million Lusail project (400 million
    Infrastructure package)
  • Dubai Properties
  • 1,600 million Jumeirah Beach Residence
    development the largest single-phase
    residential and commercial project in the world

Local Contractors
  • Al-Hamad Contracting (UAE (Sharjah)-based)
  • Arab Technical Construction Company - Arabtec
  • Al-Khaleej Development Company Tameer
  • Mushrif Trading Contracting company
  • Dubai Civil Engineering (UAE-based)
  • Al-Oula Development Company (UAE-based)
  • Saudi Bin Laden Group (Saudi-based)
  • International Contractors (other)
  • There are low technical barriers to entry into
    the general contracting sector

Major Investments
ITB Invitation to bid Source MEED Projects
Value of projects includes planned, feasibility
and ITB stages
Top Local Developers Major Projects (UAE)
Source MEED Magazine, MEED Projetcs
Canada GCC
  • CDN merchandise export volume to the GCC has been
    more than 1.1 billion in both 2004 and 2005
  • UAE and Saudi Arabia 79 in 2005
  • GCC has placed 3rd among all developing markets
    for the last 3 consecutive years in terms of
    total Canadian merchandise exports
  • In 2005, Canadian exports to the GCC are higher
    than CDN exports to Brazil, India and Russia
  • Ontario (CDN387mln), Quebec (CDN380mln) and
    Alberta (CDN197mln), have captured 84 of
    Canadas merchandise exports to the GCC in 2005
  • The number of Canadian entities doing business in
    the GCC has grown at a average of 10 yoy for the
    last 5 years
  • Of the BRICM countries, only China ranks higher
    than the GCC in terms of number of Canadian
    exporters doing business in the market
  • More than 100 Canadian companies have a physical
    presence in the UAE
  • There is almost a perfect match between Canadian
    capabilities and GCC needs

EDC Volume in the GCC - 2006
EDC's total business volume support in the GCC in
2006 is valued at CAD 622 million
CIB, 100,
FIN, 146 ,
376, 61
In 2006, EDC supported over CAD 171 mln of
transactions in the Infrastructure Environment
sector in the GCC
Canadian Exports to GCC (2005) Construction Sector
Canadian Companies in the UAE Infrastructure
Targeted Companies - GCC
Key Construction Dates - GCC
  • Cityscape Dubai (16-18 October 2007)
  • Attracts regional and international investors,
    property developers, governmental and development
    authorities, leading architects, designers,
    consultants and all senior professionals involved
    in the property industry. It provides an annual
    forum that celebrates the very best in real
    estate, architecture, urban planning and design
    from around the world.
  • Big 5 (25-29 November 2007)
  • The largest trade show for the Construction
    industry in the Arabian Gulf. A unique event,
    combining five major exhibitions under one roof
    (Building Construction Water technologies Air
    conditioning Cleaning Maintenance Glass
    Metal) . Featuring more than 2,000 companies from
    67 countries. 41,058 key buyers and
    decision-makers from the public and private
    sector attended the 2006 event, as well as
    architects, engineers, contractors and other
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Trade Mission
  • Organize a targeted Trade Mission in the
    Infrastructure Construction sector to the
  • Targeted dates are November 25 to 29, 2007
  • A select number of Canadian companies
  • Agenda of the Mission
  • Participation at the Big 5 Trade Show
  • Meetings with 3 top Real Estate developers
  • Emaar Properties
  • Nakheel
  • Aldar Properties
  • Technical Seminar with Contractors
  • Reception

We invite you to contact EDC if you are
interested in the Trade Mission and if you
require additional information
Thank you
Contact Information
  • International Business Development Group GCC
  • Jean-Francois Croft, Chief Representative
  • Tel (613) 597-7882 Fax (613) 598-2503
  • Email
  • Anne-Marie Gagnon, Associate
  • Tel (613) 597-8864/ Fax (613) 598-2503
  • Email
  • Infrastructure Environment Business
  • Marie-Claude Erian, Sector Advisor
  • Tel (613) 598-2969 Fax (613) 597-8667
  • Email
  • Natasha Lymburner, Associate
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