Happy new year one and all. My research this week is dominated by the GCC construction market for MEED which ties in nicely with a feature that I am writing on the demand for cranes in the Middle East region for Cranes Today. The low oil price is of course affecting all markets but the impacts vary greatly. Government spending is expected to fall but there are some commitments, such as social infrastructure and event related building that will continue and grow.
As ever in the Middle East there are exciting examples of technically ambitious and challenging work. In Jeddah Mammoet came to support local contractor Nesma Trading by moving this mosque – yes a whole mosque. In one piece. To make way for a new hospital project.
The clever engineering team jacked up the 2400t mosque and slid it 120m out of the construction site thus saving the 30 year old building from being demolished.
More to come on this in February issue of Cranes Today.