The Excitement Is Building In Dubai (Once Again!)

Posted by Richard Poulter, Construction Recruitment Director, Hong Kong on Monday, March 18, 2024

This month, I take a look at the insatiable appetite for development which Dubai and the rest of the UAE appears to have, once again, in spades! (excuse the pun). The ubiquitous cranes continue to spin around the Emirate as construction companies in Dubai jockey for a slice of the action, which is wonderful news for Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Architects and Project Managers who may be thinking of cutting their teeth on the international construction circuit!

I will also let you know about some exciting new construction jobs in the Middle East which the Maxim Recruitment Team is currently working hard to fill.

Size Matters!

The pandemic created a significant dent in Dubai s development plans, affecting the entire construction industry’s supply chain, with construction projects halting overnight, international contractors pulling out of the region and local businesses going under, in a somewhat disturbing repeat of the events of the global financial crisis back in 2008.

Since the early 2000’s, the UAE has focused on economic diversification to reduce its dependency on the oil and gas sectors. Currently there is large scale investment in smart cities and technology, sustainable living and environmentally friendly infrastructure development as they strive to build efficient transport and logistics networks and reliable clean energy supplies.

The UAE’s construction market is forecasted to be worth US$41Billion in 2024 rising to US$51B in 2029.

In 2023, unsurprisingly, the residential construction sector accounted for the highest market share followed by the infrastructure construction sector. The numbers are impressive although the pipeline of projects in the UAE is only half that of its towering neighbour, Saudi Arabia.

Pipedreams Become Reality!

Let’s face it, Dubai already boasts an impressive skyline however a slew of new eye watering developments underway will surely take it up a further notch!

Ciel Tower

When completed this 365m behemoth under development in Dubai Marina will be the tallest hotel in the world, boasting 1042 luxury room and suites across 82 floors, a 300m atrium with vertically stacked landscaped terraces!

Maxim’s construction recruitment consultants have been asked by a thriving main contractor in Dubai to seek out a high caliber Senior Quantity Surveyor to join them and work on a prestigious residential tower development.

Wynn Al Marjan island

The Wynn integrated gaming resorts have already transformed Las Vegas and Macau and now set to transform the lesser-known emirate of Ras Al Khaimah into a very possible real estate gem location!  With extensive gaming, entertainment, and retail experiences and a 1,000 luxury room exclusive spa, restaurants and lounges, this development underway is certainly creating a buzz!

Al Maktoum Airport

A little over 10 years ago, a Whizz Air A320 arriving from Budapest made headlines as the first commercial air liner to touch down at the Al Maktoum Airport. Since its inception, there have always been plans to make Al Maktoum Airport (also known as Dubai World Central), 30km from downtown Dubai, the largest and busiest airport in the world. This futuristic mega hub will ensure the Emirate’s role as a major node in the global economy and is still on track!

The Maxim Recruitment team is seeking to identify a RICS qualified reliable and self-motivated Cost Manager with pre and post contract administration experience, preferably on aviation projects, to join a well-respected cost management practice based Dubai.

RAK Central

RAK (Ras al Kaimah) Central is set to be the largest commercial district in the northern emirate offering 3 million square feet of rentable office space! The community will afford breathtaking views across the Al Hamra Golf Club and the Arabian Gulf.

We are working with a specialist contractor engaged on a number of state of the art data center projects across the UAE, to identify a highly motivated and talented Senior Quantity Surveyor to join their team.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in a Senior Quantity Surveyor role, someone preferably with previous data center experience please check out our Maxim Recruitment recommend a friend program.

Dubai Reefs

A visionary project to say the least!  A living lab, marine institute and community, home to educational as well as residential facilities powered entirely by renewable energy and with ……wait for it…..200 square kilometers of artificial reef, housing over 1 billion corals!

The Maxim Recruitment Team is currently partnering with a visionary award-winning Dubai based architectural practice to identify a number of strategic hires preferably with previous major world class architectural practice experience. Creative Design Architects, Architect Project Managers, C Suite professionals with architectural background as well as Architect BD Managers are encouraged to get in touch.

Chief Operating Officer Dubai

Senior Creative Design Architect Dubai

Project Manager Architecture Dubai

Travel Bites

Our intrepid explorer and Senior Consultant, Daria Tkach who is based in UK, recently embarked on a visit to Dubai. Daria had this to say:

“The Emirate of Dubai offers a plethora of benefits which make it such an attractive destination to many! During my recent visit, I was able to enjoy stunning, hot weather every single day while relaxing in uber fancy hotels and beach clubs. Stunningly beautiful architecture adorns the skyline, gigantic retail malls and, oh my word, delicious food!  It certainly is a luxurious destination which I can recommend to anyone wishing to splash out on that extra special vacation!”

Get in touch!

If you have ever thought about living and working in Dubai, please have a read of this informative article.

If you would like to know more about the fantastic opportunities for careers in construction in Dubai, please get in touch by applying to one or more of our exciting jobs in Dubai. We look forward to hearing from you!

Richard Poulter
Richard Poulter
Construction Recruitment Director, Hong Kong
Maxim Recruitment

Richard has successfully recruited for the construction industry for the past 13 years following 15 years as a civil engineer and construction project manager. He is based in Hong Kong and responsible for Maxim Recruitment operations in Hong Kong, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.