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GCC projects market goes negative for first time

MEED   10 January 2017   GCC   Middle East  

The GCC projects market recorded negative growth for the first time in 2016 according to MEED’s new Project Activity Monitor (PAM), which tracks the net gain of contract awards against completions.

For 2016 there was a net loss of $61bn as project completions greatly outpaced new awards. According to data from regional projects tracker MEED Projects there were $105bn of contract awards in the GCC during 2016, while at the same time there were $166bn of contracts that were completed.

The imbalance means that the market has contracted for the first time since contract award and completions data started to be collected by MEED in 2004. The worst performing year previously was 2012 when there was a net gain across the GCC of $14bn. The best ever performing year was 2006 when there was a net gain of $90bn. More recently, the best performing year was 2013 when there was a net gain of $69bn, this was followed in 2014 with $68bn. The number began to decrease further in 2015 with a net gain of $55bn before the sharp $116bn fall into negative territory 2016.

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