UK firms have been encouraged to take advantage of the number of opportunities in the Qatar construction industry.
The Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) teamed up with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to host a seminar in London for UK companies interested in working in the Qatar market.
Much was made of the volume of work which will be carried out for the 2022 World Cup and 2030 Vision.
Alan Muse, director of the built evironment professionals group at RICS, said that following the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, British businesses are in a strong position to offer expertise and advice on dealing with the technical and time-sensitive pressures of delivering a high-profile international sporting event.
He also stressed that good professional advice is needed more than ever in a region where 27% of the workforce is employed in the infrastructure sector.
Other industry professionals with extensive experience in the region relayed their knowledge on infrastructure opportunities running up to the FIFA World Cup in 2022, along with the government’s Vision 2030 plans.
UKTI Qatar Infrastructure Specialist Tony Bartho outlined both the short and long term infrastructure development plans and opportunities in the country.
The importance of accurate local knowledge and relationships were common themes amongst speakers, as well as cultural sensitivity to differences in working practices.
The session was part of a wider programme of activity between RICS and UKTI as both organisations work to promote professional services in infrastructure around the world.