Construction Week (Middle East) releases Salary survey

Construction Week (Middle East) have just published the results of a salary survey held from April to September this year. The main findings of the survey is that most people are experienced and the UAE is not a place for first-jobbers. People consistently worked longer than 40 hour per week and have salaries in construction(including Architects) on average between $4500-$6047 (USD) month across the six GCC countries. The results also outline expectations for pay rises, housing, current pressures and other interesting information.

For more information go to the two articles at the [SOURCE: Construction Week (Middle East)]

1. Survey Analysis – Construction Week (Middle East)
2. Detailed Results – Construction Week (Middle East)

Hamilton cuts waterfront budget

Panorama of Hamilton, BermudaImage via Wikipedia

The Royal Gazette reports

The Corporation of Hamilton (Bermuda) has revised its plans for a waterfront development — slashing the budget from a quarter of billion dollars to less than $200 million.

Mayor Charles Gosling announced that “It is more in keeping with Hamilton, more affordable and will be quite an enormous resource for the city and Island as a whole,”

Read more at the [SOURCE: The Royal Gazette]

Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic  for the Los Angeles Times writes

Reporting from Dubai, United Arab Emirates — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in recent months. Hundreds of abandoned construction cranes languish above Dubai’s gated communities and beach-side developments and, most dramatically, up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, its high-rise spine……………….

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out

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Preserving national resources – Martha Schwartz – BBC NEWS – Magazine

BBC News reports “Can a simple idea help make the world a better place? Professor of landscape architecture, Martha Schwartz argues that we should all be shareholders of the world’s natural resources.”

Listen to Martha Schwartz speak @ The Forum podcast
if this link does work go to Forum Website

[SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Preserving national resources]

Spanish developer falls with €2.3bn debt – Times Online

Times Online reports

”The crisis in the Spanish construction sector claimed another victim yesterday as the country’s fifth biggest property development company went into administration.

Promociones Habitat said it had financial commitments of up to €2.3 billion (£1.93 billion).”

[SOURCE: Spanish developer falls with €2.3bn debt - Times Online].

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