Bilateral ties between China and the UAE have never been stronger then they are today, but what impact will the former's growing influence in the country have on construction in the region?
China has expressed a strong interest in pursuing global free trade with its trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative, an interconnected network of road, rail, and maritime infrastructure projects, and the UAE is set to become a key partner in the development.
In the latest podcast episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, Construction Week's deputy editor and senior reporter, Oscar Rousseau and Jack Ball, look at how China's growing presence in the Middle East is already supporting big-money projects, such as the 3km² Trader's Market in Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone in Dubai.
The pair reveal why Dubai could play a key role in ensuring the right legal, judicial, and arbitral systems are in place to support what China President Xi Jinping has called the "project of the century".
Comments from Robert Jackson, director of the Middle East at the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (RICS), on cash flow and payment security are also unpicked by the editorial team.
Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast series that shines a light on important industry issues that may not always be covered by the national and international press. As the podcast episodes span 15 minutes, they provide bite-sized facts and exclusive perspectives on the biggest stories and most pressing issues – from dispute resolution and the decline of fatalities on site, to solar energy projects, and smart city concepts.
You can listen to a new podcast episode every Monday at noon to learn more about the biggest issues in the business. In previous episodes of the podcast, the CW team has looked at why Saudi Arabia is in a race against time to build more hospitals, and why saving the UAE's architectural heritage is more important that ever before. The team has also examined the reasons behind the continued development of oil and gas megaprojects amid widespread energy diversification plans.
In addition to our weekly podcast series, a behind-the-scenes video of the podcast recording can be found on Construction Week's YouTube channel.