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1 Apr 2018

Mariam Bhacker (BHRRC), David Segall (NYU Stern School of Business) & Rola Abimourched (Humanity United)

Gulf Construction Tracker: 2017 Trends in Contract Awards

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The Trend Analysis delves deeper into the data collected, identifying the companies awarding and receiving contracts and the country-level trends and priority areas in construction spending. The initial analysis identifies Saudi Arabia and the UAE as the most active construction markets in the GCC and therefore likely to employ larger numbers of low-income migrant workers. Much like the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has galvanized advocacy on migrant workers’ rights in the country, the 2020 World Expo in Dubai and Saudi’s development ambitions under Vision 2030 could provide similar leverage.