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13 JUN 2018

RICS professionals convene at Ashghal to discuss industry best practices

RICS and Ashghal hosted a seminar on Tuesday, 5 June at Ashghal’s offices, to discuss best practices in Qatar’s construction industry.

The event highlighted Ashghal’s upcoming infrastructure projects, with an introduction to ‘Constructing Excellence’, an initiative aimed to support, develop and promote excellence in delivery across the sector in Qatar.

Qatar’s 2018-19 projects pipeline features new local roads and drainage projects worth QAR 7.2 billion and improvements works worth QAR 2 billion. At the seminar, Ashghal discussed the various measures it is taking to incentivise high performance in health and safety, quality, environmental sustainability, customer satisfaction and lean delivery, through the launch of new contract forms. These forms include new risk allocations, requirements for lean project delivery and KPIs.

To support the national strategy and drivers for the Qatar National Vision 2030, including sector innovation, knowledge transfer and localisation, ‘Constructing Excellence’ in Qatar was launched. The initiative, driven by Ashghal, aims to capture and promote best practice and innovation for the improvement of the Qatar construction sector. The programme will start with three ‘pillars’, namely Benchmarking and Pilot projects, Training & Qualifications, and Awards.

With over 1100 qualified professionals in Qatar, RICS is well established and represented across the built environment professions of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. As a not for profit-profit body acting in the public interest and a global thought leader in built environment matters, RICS is engaged with ministries and financial institutions locally and globally to emphasise the importance of adopting International Standards and practices to ensure Qatar remains a stable and attractive market for growth and foreign investment.

"In a market where construction, property and real estate are of great significance, the adoption of International Built Environment Standards is consistently being agreed as the right approach to mitigate risk, drive productivity and enhance decision-making to safeguard the sector." Robert Jackson, RICS Regional Director