Construction Week Viewpoint welcomes its first guest as the editorial team reviews the tough decisions that have had to be made for the 2018 Construction Week Power 100 list.

Work on Construction Week's 2018 Power 100 – a ranking of the Middle East's most powerful construction leaders – is already in full swing, with the feature set to be fully revealed on 30 June.

In the latest episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, Neha Bhatia, editor of Construction Week, joins regular co-hosts Oscar and Jumana to deliver a timely update on the progress that has been made so far.

More than 20 new faces have made the cut, demonstrating the tough competition in the market as new players add energy and innovation to the regional industry. However, plenty of the old guard appear in the ranking, such as ALEC's Kez Taylor, which highlights stability in a market that continues to face a range of domestic and international challenges.

Reflecting a growing trend in the wider market, this year's Power 100 list zeros in on the technological capabilities of construction stakeholders across the region, as companies invest in cutting-edge systems and processes to build faster and smarter.

The list also reflects the growing diversity in the construction industry, with the number of woman leaders rising to three. Nadia Zaal, chief executive officer, Al Barari, and co-founder of Zaya Living, makes her debut, following a busy year in which she has overseen her firms’ involvement in UAE projects such as the Sunset Villas at Nurai Island.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly SoundCloud podcast series produced by the Construction Week editorial team.

Listeners can tune in from their handheld devices at noon every Monday to learn more about the biggest issues in the business, including the decline in major onsite accidents, exclusive CW statistics on a growing regional skills gap, hyperloop updates, and why Saudi Arabia is in a race against time to build more hospitals.

Listen to the series so far here and check out last year's Power 100 list here.