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Steel mill revival signals return to confidence in UAE market

A project to build a steel mill in the United Arab Emirates that was put on hold in 2008 is to be revived, signalling a return to confidence in the region’s construction sector.

Consultant Turner & Townsend has been appointed as project manager for construction of the new rolling mill in Fujairah, UAE, which will be capable of producing 1M.t of straight rebar and wire rod a year.

The project was initially started in October 2006, but was placed on hold in November 2008 following the global economic crash. Its revival indicates that confidence is returning to the region’s construction industry after three years of sluggish growth.

Turner & Townsend UAE project management director Joanne Stephens said: “The UAE was no different from the rest of the world in suffering from market decline in 2009 after the property and construction boom went bust, but the UAE’s rapidly growing and urban young population constantly fuel demand across the real estate, infrastructure and utilities segments of the market. It seems the construction industry is on the up once more.

“The manufacture of a new plant in Fujairah is a clear indication that the sector is returning.”


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