The Outlook for GCC Projects

Sponsored by: MEED

Focused on:

  • Projects Market

Date: 14 May


Time: 10AM London / 1PM GST

Emerging opportunities and challenges facing the market

There has rarely ever been more uncertainty in the regional projects market. In 2017, just $120bn worth of contracts were awarded in the GCC, a marginal increase on the $117bn let the year before, and more than 40 per cent lower than the $177bn awarded in 2015. Are we seeing a recovery in 2018?

After three difficult years, the gulf market is finally set for recovery but many challenges remain. Join MEED experts to understand emerging opportunities and how significant the challenges and risks are in the GCC region.

Supported by data and analysis from MEED’s recently launched GCC Projects Outlook 2018 report, MEED experts discuss changing trends and contexts and examine the outlook for projects market in the region.

Given the complicated nature of the market today, the market has never required the latest projects data and analysis more than now.

Register for the webinar to get clarity and context to the complexities faced by project companies and an opportunity to have your questions answered by MEED experts.

Presented by

Richard Thompson,

Editorial Director

Richard Thompson is a leading expert and commentator on business and economic affairs in the Middle East.
As Editorial Director, he is responsible for the content produced by MEED, the world’s leading source of Middle East business intelligence and is a prominent writer and speaker on regional matters.

Since joining MEED in 2003, Richard has held specific responsibility for MEED’s coverage across a wide range of markets including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Libya, reporting and commentating on policy, economics, security, construction, industry, finance, energy and projects.

Richard has a degree in Civil Engineering with Management Law, and a Masters degree in international relations. A proud Scot, Richard was honoured to become a member of the Global Scot international business network in 2017.

Ed James,

Director of Content & Analysis

Ed has been with MEED for 14 years. Until September 2008 he was MEED’s Gulf Bureau Chief, writing features and news for MEED magazine on nearly all of the countries of the region.

As Director of MEED Projects, his specific areas of expertise are construction, hydrocarbons, power and water, and the petrochemical market. He has also worked as a consultant in the Gulf for UK risk consultancy firm Control Risks.

He is a regular guest commentator on Middle East issues for news channels such as the BBC, CNN and ABC News and is a regular speaker at events in the region. He has an honours degree in Arabic and Middle East Politics.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Strategic insight from the foremost experts into the current and future size of projects market
  • Analysis of key trends, market drivers and opportunities
  • Clarity and context to the complexities in this fast-changing market


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