Building magazine published its second annual Good Employers Guide to construction firms in October, as companies flee to emerging markets in droves. I wrote the lead article, on being a decent employer when your staff are spread all over the world.
I spent much of the summer writing and editing a 56-page supplement on construction in the Middle East for Building magazine, published in October. This involved spending a week in the sweltering July heat dashing around Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar meeting industry types and touring new developments. Highlights included meeting the architect of the Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world, getting a tour of Balfour Beatty’s new worker camp and spending two and a half hours trying to find a building site in Abu Dhabi with three different maps… But the most striking thing was that the Gulf’s developers are not only building taller and taller towers, but vast cities from scratch.