Notable construction schemes in the Middle East reported progress during the first half of this year, but the industry's intangible investments must not be overlooked.

The second of Construction Week In Focus's H1 2018 analyses explores how the Middle East's civil contracting sector has grown in the first six months of 2018. 

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2018 has been no ordinary year so far, as the newness of H1’s construction investments proves. The UAE has been the home of two major hyperloop schemes and numerous diversified energy programmes – most notable of which is Abu Dhabi’s Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant – this year.

Meanwhile, Saudi’s massive Qiddiya entertainment city, alongside Neom, looks set to become a trailblazing development not only within the kingdom, but all of the Middle East.

Thanks to public-sector investments towards innovation and ‘smart’ cities, technology is rapidly taking over established processes and products across the region.

Building information modelling’s (BIM) implementation is a staple part of most construction programmes in the Middle East, and indeed, tech adoption is no longer a rarity in the regional sector.

In the following video, Neha Bhatia and Oscar Rousseau, editor and deputy editor of Construction Week, explore how the Middle East's civil contracting sector has performed so far this year, and what lies ahead for civil engineering leaders.

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