United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2022 - Opportunities and Challenges as the UAE Rebounds from COVID-19 and Delivers its Vision for the Next Fifty Years - MEED Insights

United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2022 - Opportunities and Challenges as the UAE Rebounds from COVID-19 and Delivers its Vision for the Next Fifty Years - MEED Insights

Summary

The UAE is one of the best-placed countries in the world to lead the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. While sectors such as aviation and tourism remain deeply impacted, other key areas such as Dubai real estate and Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas projects sector are already returning to growth.

The UAE boasts the highest sovereign credit rating of any country in the region and has made the most progress on Covid-19 vaccination. It led the world throughout the pandemic in terms of the scaling-up of its testing infrastructure.

In October, the country will be further boosted when it opens the gates on Expo 2020 Dubai, which is set to symbolise the world’s return to business in the wake of the pandemic. The IMF forecasts that the UAE’s GDP will rebound to 3.1 per cent real growth in 2021, after crashing by -5.9 per cent in 2020. And it projects 2.6 per cent real GDP growth in 2022.

Outlook for projects

The main caveat to the optimistic outlook for the UAE is the current weakness in projects market activity, which fell off markedly in 2020 and has remained subdued despite high expectations at the start of the year.

The slow return to project spending is to be expected. As a hub for travel, trade and business, as well as being one of the world’s biggest exporters of oil and gas, the UAE was doubly exposed to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The strain on government finances from the fall in oil revenues and tourism receipts, as well as the focus on supporting the healthcare sector, had a dramatic impact on the UAE’s projects industry as spending was shut off to all but the most important projects.

As a result, the value of project contract awards slumped 37 per cent to about $19bn of awards in 2020, compared to $30.5bn in 2019, and an average annual spend of $34bn a year every year since 2011.

Companies can expect to see a recovery in projects spending in the UAE in the final quarter of 2021 and throughout 2022 as confidence returns. The UAE has a pipeline of more than $500bn of planned projects, and many of them are strategically vital if the country is to achieve the diversification, investment and job creation objectives of its national visions. They must go ahead.

New approach, new opportunities

The challenge is finance. While the UAE is well-positioned to increase borrowing, or to draw from its national reserves, the fiscal legacy of the pandemic will force the authorities to keep a tight rein on spending. This will accelerate the shift to alternative models such as public private partnership (PPP).

Spending will be spurred by a number of new oil and gas projects in Abu Dhabi led by the multi-billion-dollar Hail & Ghasha sour gas programme. However, construction sector expenditure is expected to remain muted in 2021 and even beyond until demand begins to pick up and oversupply dwindles.

UAE 2022

In this latest MEED Insight research report, MEED assesses the outlook for the UAE projects market in the wake of Covid-19 along with its history, policy, targets, sectors, key clients and contractors. The report highlights the opportunities for those working in the UAE and the drivers of investment plans.

Written by MEED, the Middle East market experts within the GlobalData Group, UAE 2022 is a comprehensive guide for companies seeking to work in the UAE. Covering oil & gas, petrochemicals, power, construction, water, manufacturing and transport, the report will help you find opportunities, understand risks and set strategy in the UAE. As the UAE celebrates its 50th anniversary, UAE 2022 provides an update on the UAE’s Vision 2021 and Centennial 2071 economic development plans.

Reasons to Buy

  • Analysis of the opportunities for business and projects in UAE
  • Comprehensive review of the impact of Covid-19 on the UAE
  • Outlook for policy and investment
  • Project opportunities with client and procurement details
  • Investment drivers and client spending plans
  • Understand risks and set strategy in the UAE market
  • Complete assessment of the economic outlook for the UAE
  • Updates on the Vision 2021 and Centennial 2071 development visions
  • Understand the Expo 2020 Dubai legacy
  • Analysis of all major business sectors in the UAE including: oil & gas; power & water; construction, petrochemicals, transport and renewables
  • Detailed analysis of the markets in each of the UAE’s seven emirates


  • The UAE at 50
    • Historical background
    • The seven emirates
      • Abu Dhabi
      • Dubai
      • Sharjah
      • Ras al-Khaimah
      • Fujairah
      • Ajman and Umm al-Quwain
    • The next 50 years: Visions and plans
      • National vision
      • Abu Dhabi vision
      • Dubai vision
      • Northern emirates' visions
    • Emerging industries
    • Expo 2020 Dubai
      • Expo 2020 legacy
  • Governance
    • Overview
    • The challenge of COVID-19
    • Domestic governance
      • Table The seven emirates of the UAE
      • Table The UAE Council of Ministers
    • Regional relations
    • International relations
    • Foreign military relations
    • Asian oil diplomacy
  • Economy
    • Overview
      • Table Figure 1: UAE oil and non-oil GDP, 2010-2020 (%)
      • Table UAE key economic indicators
      • Table Figure 2: GDP growth, 2010-23
    • Banking and finance
      • Table Key banking indicators, 2018-20 (AEDbn)
      • Table Banking soundness indicators, 2018-20
      • Table Figure 3: Remittances from the UAE (AEDbn), 2018-20
    • Central Bank response to the COVID-19 crisis
    • Stock markets
    • Inflation
      • Table Figure 4: UAE inflation, 2010-2022 (%)
    • Balance of payments
      • Table Figure 5: UAE imports and exports ($bn), 2011-2020
      • Table Figure 6: Annual change in trade in goods and services (%), 2011-2020
      • Table Figure 7: UAE current account balance, 2011-2020
    • Property market
    • Government finances
      • Table UAE consolidated government finances (AEDbn), 2017-Q3 2020
      • Table Figure 8: General government gross debt, 2000-2021
    • Oil and the economy
      • Table Figure 9: UAE oil and natural gas production, 1980-2020
      • Oil production
        • Table Figure 10: UAE oil production, 2009-20 (m b/d)
      • Gas production
    • Diversification policies
    • Future growth
  • UAE projects market
    • Overview
      • Table Figure 11: GCC contract awards, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
      • Table Figure 12: UAE contract awards, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
      • Table Figure 13: Contract awards by sector, 2018-20 ($m)
      • Table Figure 14: UAE contract awards by sector, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
      • Table Figure 15: UAE contract awards by sector, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
      • Table Figure 16: Contract awards by sector, 2020 H1-2021 H1 ($m)
      • Table Biggest contracts awarded in 2020–21*
      • Table Figure 17: UAE contract awards by emirate, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
      • Table Figure 18: Dubai contract awards by sector, 2011-2021* ($m)
      • Table Figure 19: Abu Dhabi contract awards by sector, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
      • Table Figure 20: Value of contract awards by Dubai vs Abu Dhabi, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
    • UAE project trends
      • Housing
      • Education and healthcare
      • Tourism
      • Dubai real estate shows signs of recovery
      • UAE allows fully foreign-owned companies from 1 June
      • Localisation in the age of Covid-19
      • Adnoc plans $43.6bn in-country value spend
    • Cancelled/On hold projects
      • Table Figure 21: UAE projects cancelled and on hold by sector (%)
    • Future pipeline
      • Projects market by status and sector
        • Table Figure 22: Unawarded projects market by status (%)
        • Table Figure 23: Unawarded projects by status and sector ($m)
      • Contract awards forecast 2021–23
        • Table Figure 24: UAE contracts award forecast 2021-23 ($m)
      • Award pipeline
        • Table Largest projects due for award in 2021–22
    • The UAE's biggest project clients
      • Table Figure 25: Most active clients by work under execution ($bn)
    • Leading contractors
      • Table Figure 26: Most active contractors by work under execution ($bn)
  • PPP in the UAE
    • Overview
      • Table Figure 27: UAE planned PPP projects by value and sector (%)
      • Table Figure 28: PPP projects by status as of July 2021 ($m)
      • Table Figure 29: Dubai and Abu Dhabi PPP Policies and Frameworks Timeline
    • Dubai
      • Policy & regulations
        • Table Figure 30: PPP Projects Approval process in Dubai
      • Ongoing and planned projects
        • Table PPP Projects under execution
        • Table Upcoming projects in Dubai
    • Abu Dhabi
      • Policy & regulations
      • Ongoing and planned projects
        • Table Major ongoing PPP projects
        • Table Upcoming projects in Abu Dhabi
    • Northern Emirates
      • Table PPP Projects underway in Northern Emirates
      • Table Planned projects in the UAE Northern Emirates
      • Ongoing and planned projects
  • UAE oil and gas
    • Overview
      • Project awards gain momentum in 2021
      • Project trends
        • Table Figure 31: UAE contract awards by sub-sector ($m), 2015-2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 32: UAE oil and gas sector contracts awarded and completed ($bn), 2011-2020
      • Abu Dhabi upstream segment starts to rumble
      • Abu Dhabi pursues downstream growth plans
      • UAE reserves and production
        • Table Top 10 countries by oil and gas reserves at the end of 2020
      • Sharjah pivots towards gas self-sufficiency
        • Table Figure 33: Sharjah licensing concession locations
    • Abu Dhabi
      • Market structure
        • Table Figure 34: Structure of Abu Dhabi's oil and gas industry
      • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc)
        • Table Major Adnoc oil and gas projects
      • Adnoc IPO
      • Major Adnoc subsidiaries
        • Table Major oil and gas operating companies
      • Non-Adnoc producers
      • New upstream licensing round
        • Table Figure 35: Abu Dhabi second round of oil and gas exploration blocks
      • Adnoc's In-Country Value (ICV) programme
      • Adnoc's pool of engineering service providers
    • Dubai and the northern emirates
    • Upstream oil
      • Table Figure 36: UAE crude production – based on direct communications, 2011-2020 (million b/d)
      • Onshore
        • Table Figure 37: Abu Dhabi oil production capacity by field, 2020 (b/d)
      • Offshore
        • Table Abu Dhabi oil producers, 2020
        • Table Figure 38: Blocks covered by Korea/Adnoc concession agreement
    • Gas
      • Table Figure 39: UAE gas production and consumption, 2011-2020 (billion cubic feet)
      • Onshore
        • Table Figure 40: Adnoc Gas Processing's gas processing plants (t/d)
      • Sour gas
      • Offshore gas and LNG
      • Adnoc LNG capacity expansion
        • Table Figure 41: UAE LNG export and import capacity (million t/y), 2011-2020
      • Dolphin Energy
        • Table Figure 42: Dolphin gas pipeline network
    • Refining
      • Table UAE refineries by capacity, 2019
      • Adnoc Refining
      • Other refineries
      • Oil storage
    • Petrochemicals
      • Background
        • Table Figure 43: UAE Petrochemicals production capacity (Mtpa) and market share (%), 2010-2018
      • Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge)
        • Table Figure 44: Borouge expansions (thousand t/y)
        • Table Main construction packages on Borouge 3
      • Abu Dhabi Chemicals Company (Chemaweyaat)
    • Fundraising and capex plan
    • UAE oil & gas projects market
      • Historic oil and gas projects market
        • Table Figure 45: UAE hydrocarbons awards by year ($m), 2011-2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 46: UAE hydrocarbons awards by year and sector ($m), 2011-2021 H1*
        • Table Selected UAE oil and gas projects under execution
      • Oil and gas projects outlook
        • Table Selected unawarded hydrocarbon projects in the bidding stages in the UAE
        • Table Selected unawarded hydrocarbons projects in the study stages in the UAE
    • Leading oil & gas contractors in the UAE
      • Table Figure 47: UAE biggest oil and gas contractors ($m)
  • UAE industrial sector
    • Overview
      • Industrial project trends
        • Table Figure 48: The UAE industrial project contract awards, 2011–2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table UAE's top industrial contracts awarded during January–June 2021
        • Table Selected UAE industrial projects awarded and completed since 2016
        • Table Figure 49: The UAE industrial project contract awards by subsector, 2011–2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table UAE's largest industrial contract awards in 2020
      • Impact of Covid-19
    • Aluminium
      • Alumina refinery
      • Downstream
        • Table Aluminium smelters in the UAE
        • Table Figure 50: The UAE aluminium project contract awards, 2011–2021 H1* ($m)
    • Steel
      • Emirates Steel
        • Table Figure 51: Emirates Steel Expansion Programme
      • Other producers
        • Table Selected steel production plants in the UAE
        • Table Figure 52: The UAE steel project contract awards, 2011–2021 H1* ($m)
    • Cement
      • Table GCC countries ranking by installed cement capacity, 2020
      • Table UAE cement producers
      • Table UAE cement plants location
      • Table Figure 53: The UAE cement project contract awards, 2011–2021 H1* ($m)
    • Industrial projects market
      • Table Selected UAE industrial projects under execution by value ($m)
      • Projects pipeline
        • Table Figure 54: Industrial projects planned but unawarded by stage ($m)
        • Table Figure 55: Industrial projects planned but unawarded by segment (%)
        • Table Major planned industry contract awards scheduled for 2021–22
    • Leading industrial projects contractors and clients
      • Table Figure 56: Top active Industrial contractors by value of contracts under construction ($m)
      • Table Figure 57: Top active Industrial clients by value of contracts under construction ($m)
  • Power
    • Market overview
      • Table UAE power sector key facts, 2020
      • Impact of Covid-19 on the UAE power sector
      • Ewec Statement of Future Capacity Requirements, 2021-27
        • Table Figure 58: UAE, changes in the demand growth outlook since the 2019 statement (MW)
      • UAE Energy Strategy 2050
      • Project awards
        • Table Figure 59: UAE, power sector (excluding renewables) contract awards ($m), 2011–2021 H1*
    • Industry structure
      • Government
      • Private power
      • Sector reform
    • Supply and demand trends
      • Power consumption
        • Table Figure 60: UAE, annual power consumption (GWh), 2015–2030
      • Demand forecast
        • Table Figure 61: UAE, demand growth outlook (MW), 2021–2027
      • Installed generation capacity and annual power generation
        • Table Figure 62: UAE, cumulative installed capacity (excluding renewables), MW, 2015–2030
        • Table Figure 63: UAE, annual power generation (excluding renewables), GWh, 2015–2030
    • Power generation projects
      • Power generation projects
        • Table UAE, Power generation projects (excluding renewables) under construction ($m)
        • Table UAE, Upcoming power generation projects (excluding renewables) ($m)
      • Fuel and alternative energy
      • Nuclear power
    • Transmission & distribution network
      • Transmission projects
        • Table UAE, Top T&D projects under construction ($m)
        • Table UAE, Top planned T&D projects ($m)
    • International electrical interconnection
      • Emirates National Grid (ENG)
    • Leading contractors
      • Table UAE, Leading power contractors by value ($m)
    • Abu Dhabi
      • Table Abu Dhabi power sector key facts, 2020
      • Market overview
      • Industry structure
        • Table Abu Dhabi selected major power plant contract awards, 2011-2020
      • Supply and demand
        • Table Figure 64: Peak power demand and installed capacity (MW), 2011-2020
        • Table Figure 65: Peak power demand growth (percentage), 2011-2020
        • Table Figure 66: Abu Dhabi electricity exports at peak time (MW), 2011–2020
        • Table Figure 67: Abu Dhabi power consumption by sector, 2019 (Per cent)
      • Major power generation projects
      • Transmission and distribution network
        • Table Abu Dhabi, Growth of principal demand drivers (GW)
      • Leading contractors
        • Table Abu Dhabi leading contractors by value ($m)
    • Dubai
      • Table Dubai power sector key facts, 2020
      • Market overview
      • Industry structure
        • Table Selected major EPC power projects, 2005-2020
      • Supply and demand
        • Table Figure 68: Dubai peak power demand and installed capacity, 2011-2020
        • Table Dubai thermal power plants
      • Major power generation projects
        • Table Dubai upcoming power generation projects
      • Transmission and distribution network
        • Table Dubai key T&D infrastructure, 2018-2020
        • Table Dubai, Top T&D projects under execution ($m)
        • Table Dubai, planned and unawarded T&D projects ($m)
      • Leading contractors
        • Table Dubai leading contractors by value ($m)
    • Northern Emirates
      • Market overview
      • Industry structure
      • Supply and demand trends
        • Table Figure 69: Etihad WE's peak power imports from Abu Dhabi (MW), 2011-2020
        • Table Figure 70: Sewa peak power demand growth, 2009–2019 (per cent)
        • Table Figure 71: Sewa peak power demand, 2011–2019 (MW)
        • Table Figure 72: Sewa's peak power imports from Abu Dhabi, 2011-2020 (MW)
        • Table Etihad WE installed capacity
        • Table Sewa installed and available generating capacity, 2019 (MW)
      • Power generation projects
      • Transmission and distribution network
        • Table Northern Emirates, T&D projects under construction ($m)
        • Table Northern Emirates, planned T&D projects ($m)
      • Leading contractors
        • Table Northern Emirates leading contractors by value ($m)
  • Renewables
    • Market overview
      • Table UAE power and renewables sector key facts, 2020
      • UAE energy diversification
      • Renewables integration challenges
      • Waste-to-energy emerges
      • Renewable energy project contract awards
        • Table Figure 73: UAE, Renewable energy contract awards ($m), 2011–2021 H1*
    • Market structure
    • Renewable capacity and generation
      • Table Figure 74: UAE installed renewable capacity (MW), 2015–2030
      • Table Figure 75: UAE annual renewable power generation (GWh), 2015–2030
      • Alternative fuel and capacity
    • Renewable energy policy
      • Table Figure 76: UAE, clean energy targets, 2050
      • Other policies
    • Abu Dhabi
      • Table Abu Dhabi power and renewables sector key facts
      • Overview
      • Major renewable energy projects
        • Table Abu Dhabi major renewable power generation projects, planned and underway by value ($m)
      • Top renewable power sector contractors
        • Table Abu Dhabi leading contractors by value ($m)
    • Dubai
      • Table Dubai power and renewables sector key facts
      • Overview
      • Solar IPP Programme
      • Other projects
        • Table Dubai renewable power generation projects, planned and underway by value ($m)
      • Renewable energy policy
      • Top renewable power sector contractors
        • Table Dubai leading contractors by value ($m)
    • Northern Emirates
      • Overview
        • Table Figure 77: Planned renewables projects value by emirate ($m)
      • Etihad WE (Formerly Fewa)
      • Sewa
        • Table Northern Emirates renewable power generation projects, planned and underway by value ($m)
      • Top renewable power sector contractors
        • Table Northern Emirates leading contractors by value ($m)
  • Water and desalination
    • Table UAE water sector key facts
    • Market overview
      • Water scarcity in the UAE
      • National water targets
      • Growing water demand
      • UAE Water Security Strategy 2036
        • Table Figure 78: Water production plants in UAE
      • Key issues confront the Abu Dhabi water sector
      • Abu Dhabi launches water management plan
      • Abu Dhabi draws water capacity expansion
        • Table Figure 79: Changes in water demand (MIGD)
      • Dubai tackles water consumption
      • Desalination projects
        • Table Figure 80: Dubai annual desalinated water peak demand (MIGD)
    • UAE Water market structure
      • Government
      • Private sector and PPP
    • Water demand
      • UAE water demand
        • Table Figure 81: UAE water demand by sector
      • Abu Dhabi water demand
        • Table Figure 82: Abu Dhabi water demand by sector (%), 2019
      • Dubai water demand
        • Table Figure 83: Dubai water demand by sector (million gallons), 2016-2020
        • Table Figure 84: Dubai number of water consumers by type, 2016-2020
      • UAE domestic water demand
        • Table Figure 85: UAE water consumption by authority (million cm), 2018
      • UAE industrial water demand
      • UAE agricultural water demand
        • Table Dubai land used for agriculture (hectares)
    • Water supply
      • Table Figure 86: UAE water supply by source (%), 2017
      • Ground water
        • Table Figure 87: Change in Abu Dhabi's groundwater level, 2005-2016
      • Desalination
        • Table Figure 88: Abu Dhabi peak desalinated water supply by region, 2019 (%)
        • Table Figure 89: Peak water demand (MIGD), 2013-2020
        • Table Figure 90: SEWA's installed desalination capacity, 2019
        • Table Figure 91: Produced water quantities in million gallons (Type of production wise)
        • Table Figure 92: Produced Water Quantities in Emirate of Sharjah (production site wise), Q1 2020 (%)
        • Table Recent underway and planned desalination projects by EWE, 2018–2021
    • Desalination projects
      • Table UAE's water desalination contracts awarded during January–June 2021
      • Ongoing major desalination projects
        • Table Ongoing water desalination projects, UAE
      • Upcoming desalination projects
        • Table UAE upcoming private water desalination project by value
        • Table UAE upcoming water desalination projects by value
        • Table Major planned water desalination contract awards scheduled for 2021–22
    • Leading water contractors
      • Table Figure 93: Leading contractors in the UAE water desalination sector ($m)
    • Leading water clients
      • Table Figure 94: Leading clients in the UAE water desalination sector ($m)
  • Wastewater
    • Market overview
      • Abu Dhabi
        • Table Figure 95: Wastewater legal framework in the emirate of Abu Dhabi
        • Table Figure 96: Main wastewater treatment facilities in Abu Dhabi
      • Dubai
        • Table Dubai volume of wastewater discharge (m3) by source, 2019
      • Responding to Covid-19
    • Market structure
      • Government
        • Table Figure 97: Ajman Sewerage shareholding structure (%)
      • Private sector
    • Wastewater treatment
      • Table Figure 98: Volume of annual wastewater inflow by emirate (m3/year), 2019
      • Table Figure 99: Final discharge of treated wastewater by emirate (m3/year), 2019
      • Table Design hydraulic flow, actual hydraulic flow (collected wastewater), and volume of produced treated wastewater by emirate, 2017–2019 (m3)
      • Abu Dhabi
        • Table Abu Dhabi, quantity of wastewater inflow by region (million cubic metres)
        • Table Abu Dhabi, quantity of treated wastewater by region (million cubic metres)
        • Table Abu Dhabi, quantity of treated wastewater reuse by region (million cubic metres)
        • Table Figure 100: Abu Dhabi, quantity of wastewater by region, 2012–2019 (mcm)
        • Table Figure 101: Abu Dhabi, wastewater treatment plants capacity by region (mcm); 2012–2019
        • Table Abu Dhabi, Conventional Wastewater Treatment Plants Capacity by Region (mcm)
        • Table Abu Dhabi, Non-Conventional Wastewater Treatment Plants Capacity by Region (mcm)
        • Table Figure 102: Percentage distribution of treated wastewater in Abu Dhabi, 2019
        • Table Mean annual concentration of main pollutants in wastewater before and after treatment pollutant-2018
        • Table Figure 103: Status of sewage treatment plants by design and operating capacity to hydraulic load in Abu Dhabi (m3/d), 2019
        • Table Abu Dhabi existing sewage treatment plants in operation
        • Table Figure 104: Location of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Abu Dhabi
        • Table Figure 105: Tactical Investment Planning in Abu Dhabi, 2018
        • Table ADSSC's capital spending programme 2015-2019 (AED `000)
        • Table ADSSC capital spending programme (AED `000), 2016–2018
        • Table Capital spending on treatment capacity (AED `000), 2016–2017
        • Table Regulatory compliance spending requirements (AED `000), 2016–2017
      • Dubai
      • Ajman
        • Table Figure 106: Ajman sewerage network
      • Fujairah
      • Sharjah
      • Ras Al Khaimah
    • Wastewater projects
      • Ongoing wastewater projects
        • Table UAE ongoing wastewater treatment projects by value ($m)
      • Upcoming wastewater projects
        • Table UAE upcoming wastewater treatment projects by value ($m)
    • Leading wastewater contractors
      • Table Figure 107: Active wastewater contractors by value of contracts under execution in the UAE ($m)
    • Leading wastewater clients
      • Table Figure 108: Active wastewater clients by value of contracts under execution in the UAE ($m)
  • Construction
    • Market overview
      • Impact of Covid-19
      • Federal Budget
      • Construction project trends
        • Table Figure 109: UAE construction contract awards, 2011-2020 ($bn)
        • Table Figure 110: UAE construction awards 2011–2021 H1* by sector ($m)
        • Table Figure 111: Construction contract awards Dubai and Abu Dhabi, 2011-2021 H1* ($bn)
        • Table Figure 112: UAE construction contract awards by emirate, 2020 ($m)
        • Table Figure 113: UAE construction contract awards by emirate in 2019 and 2020 ($m)
        • Table Biggest construction contract awards in UAE in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Biggest construction contract awards in UAE in 2021 H1*
      • Project pipeline
        • Table Figure 114: UAE construction contracts in pipeline by status (%)
        • Table Figure 115: UAE construction contracts in pipeline by segment (%)
        • Table Major construction contracts due for award in 2021–22
      • Leading construction clients and contractors
        • Table Figure 116: UAE leading construction clients ($m)
        • Table Figure 117: UAE leading construction contractors ($m)
    • Dubai
      • Dubai construction shows signs of recovery in 2021
      • Project trends and pipelines
        • Table Figure 118: Dubai construction contract awards, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table Biggest construction contract awards in Dubai in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Biggest construction contract awards in Dubai in 2021 H1*
        • Table Major construction contracts due for award in 2021–22
      • Dubai Expo 2021
      • Dubai budget 2021
      • Sector Analysis
        • Table Figure 119: Dubai construction contract awards by sector ($m), 2011-2021 H1*
        • Table Dubai major construction project contracts in bidding stages by value ($m), 2021–22
        • Table Dubai major planned real estate projects by value ($m), 2021–22
        • Table Top Unawarded hospitality projects in Dubai ($m)
        • Table Major Dubai Government housing schemes under construction by value ($m)
        • Table Unawarded education projects in Dubai by value ($m)
      • Dubai's leading construction clients and contractors
        • Table Figure 120: Dubai leading clients by value of contracts under execution ($m)
        • Table Figure 121: Dubai leading contractors by value of contracts under execution ($m)
    • Abu Dhabi
      • Market overview
      • Project trends and pipeline
        • Table Figure 122: Abu Dhabi construction contract awards, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table Biggest construction contract awards in Abu Dhabi in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Biggest construction contract awards in Abu Dhabi in 2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 123: Abu Dhabi construction contracts in pipeline by segment (%)
        • Table Selected major construction contracts due for award in 2021–22
      • UAE budget 2021
      • Sector analysis
        • Table Figure 124: Abu Dhabi construction contract awards by sector ($m), 2011-2021 H1*
        • Table Abu Dhabi major construction project contracts in bidding stages by value ($m), 2021–22
        • Table Abu Dhabi major planned real estate projects by value ($m), 2021–22
        • Table Unawarded cultural, leisure and hospitality projects in Dubai ($m)
        • Table Figure 125: Education projects planned and underway by emirate ($m)
        • Table Unawarded education projects in Abu Dhabi by value ($m)
      • Leading clients and contractors
        • Table Figure 126: Abu Dhabi leading clients by value of contracts under execution ($m)
        • Table Figure 127: Abu Dhabi leading contractors by value of contracts under execution ($m)
    • Northern Emirates
      • Project trends and pipeline
        • Table Figure 128: Northern Emirates construction contract awards by Emirate, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table Figure 129: Northern Emirates construction contract awards by sector ($m), 2011-2021 H1*
        • Table Biggest construction contract awards in Northern Emirates in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Figure 130: Northern Emirates construction contracts in pipeline by segment (%)
        • Table Selected major construction contracts due for award in 2021–22
      • Ajman
        • Table Top real estate projects planned or underway in Ajman ($m)
      • Fujairah
        • Table Top real estate projects underway in Fujairah ($m)
      • Ras Al-Khaimah
        • Table Selected real estate projects due for award in Ras Al-Khaimah ($m)
        • Table Unawarded hospitality projects in Ras Al-Khaimah by value ($m)
      • Sharjah
        • Table Sharjah major planned real estate projects by value ($m)
        • Table Unawarded leisure and hospitality projects in Sharjah
      • Umm Al-Quwain
        • Table Unawarded hospitality projects due for award ($m)
      • Leading northern emirates construction clients and contractors
        • Table Figure 131: Northern Emirates leading clients by value of contracts under execution ($m)
        • Table Figure 132: Northern Emirates contractors by value of contracts under execution ($m)
  • UAE transport and logistics
    • Market overview
      • Project trends
        • Table Figure 133: UAE transport contract awards, 2011-2020 ($bn)
        • Table Figure 134: UAE transport contract awards, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table Figure 135: UAE transport awards 2011–2021 H1* by sector ($m)
        • Table Figure 136: Transport contract awards, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, 2011-2021 H1* ($bn)
        • Table Figure 137: UAE transport contract awards by emirate, 2020 ($m)
        • Table Figure 138: UAE transport contract awards by emirate in 2019 and 2020 ($bn)
        • Table Biggest transport contract awards in UAE in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Biggest transport contract awards in UAE in 2021 H1*
      • Project pipeline
        • Table Figure 139: UAE transport contracts in pipeline by status (%)
        • Table Figure 140: UAE transport contracts in pipeline by segment (%)
        • Table Major transport contracts due for award in 2021–22
      • Leading clients and contractors
        • Table Figure 141: UAE leading transport clients ($m) by value of contracts under execution ($m)
        • Table Figure 142: UAE leading transport contractors ($m) by value of contracts under execution ($m)
    • Dubai
      • Project trends and pipeline
        • Table Figure 143: Dubai transport contract awards, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table Biggest transport contract awards in Dubai in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Transport contract awards in Dubai in 2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 144: Dubai transport projects planned but unawarded by status ($m)
        • Table Figure 145: Dubai transport contracts in pipeline by segment (%)
        • Table Dubai major transport projects by value ($m), 2021–22
      • Sector Analysis
        • Table Figure 146: Dubai transport contract awards by sector ($m), 2011–2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 147: Dubai transport projects under construction by sector (per cent)
        • Table Largest transport projects under construction in Dubai by value ($m)
        • Table Dubai major transport projects in bidding stage by value ($m), 2021–22
        • Table Largest road projects under construction in Dubai by value ($m)
        • Table Dubai planned aviation projects by value ($m)
        • Table Figure 148: Dubai metro with planned expansions
        • Table Dubai major planned rail projects by value ($m)
      • Dubai leading transport project clients
        • Table Figure 149: Dubai leading transport clients by value of contracts under execution ($m)
      • Dubai leading transport contractors
        • Table Figure 150: Dubai leading transport contractors by value of contracts under execution ($m)
    • Abu Dhabi
      • Project trends and pipeline
        • Table Figure 151: Abu Dhabi construction and transport contract awards, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table Figure 152: Abu Dhabi transport contract awards by sector ($m), 2011–2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 153: Abu Dhabi transport projects under construction by sector (per cent)
        • Table Largest transport projects under construction in Abu Dhabi by value ($m)
        • Table Biggest transport contract awards in Abu Dhabi in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Biggest transport contract awards in Abu Dhabi in 2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 154: Abu Dhabi construction and transport contracts in pipeline by segment (%)
        • Table Selected major transport contracts due for award in 2021–22
        • Table Figure 155: Abu Dhabi transport projects planned but unawarded by status ($m)
        • Table Abu Dhabi major transport project contracts in bidding stages by value ($m), 2021–22
      • Sector analysis
        • Table Largest road projects under construction in Abu Dhabi by value ($m)
        • Table Top Aviation projects planned or underway in Abu Dhabi ($m)
        • Table Figure 156: Etihad Rail
        • Table Top Railway projects planned or underway in Abu Dhabi ($m)
        • Table Port projects planned or underway in Abu Dhabi ($m)
      • Abu Dhabi leading clients
        • Table Figure 157: Abu Dhabi leading transport clients by value of contracts under execution ($m)
      • Abu Dhabi leading contractors
        • Table Figure 158: Abu Dhabi leading transport contractors by value of contracts under execution ($m)
    • Northern Emirates
      • Project trends and pipeline
        • Table Figure 159: Northern Emirates transport contract awards by sector ($m), 2011-2021 H1*
        • Table Figure 160: Northern Emirates transport contract awards by emirate, 2011-2021 H1* ($m)
        • Table Biggest transport contract awards in Northern Emirates in 2020 ($m)
        • Table Figure 161: Northern Emirates transport contracts in pipeline by segment (%)
        • Table Selected major transport contracts due for award in 2021–22 ($m)
      • Ajman
        • Table Road projects under construction in Ajman by value ($m)
      • Fujairah
        • Table Road projects under construction in Fujairah by value ($m)
      • Ras Al-Khaimah
        • Table Unawarded large road projects in Ras Al-Khaimah by value ($m)
      • Sharjah
        • Table Unawarded road projects in Sharjah by value ($m)
      • Umm Al-Quwain
      • Northern Emirates leading clients
        • Table Figure 162: Northern Emirates leading transport clients by value of contracts under execution ($m)
      • Northern Emirates leading contractors
        • Table Figure 163: Northern Emirates transport contractors by value of contracts under execution ($m)

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