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David Daniels, Design Principal – Studio at SSH, took part in a panel discussion at the Middle East Stone conference, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The conference is the only event in the MENA region dedicated to the stone, marble and ceramics industries, and brings architects, contractors and designers together to discuss the latest in stone, marble and ceramic products, services and technologies.
In a session entitled ‘Outlook for Gulf Construction: forecasting the future challenges and opportunities for the industry over the next 12-18 months’, David and other panellists talked about the new economic realities of the Gulf construction market. The impact of lower oil prices and the economic downturn on the sector and the opportunities presented to the stone industry by Expo 2020 and FIFA 2022 were also discussed.
“I think the outlook for over the next 12-18 months is encouraging and exciting for the design and construction industry in the region,” David said of the discussion. “I don’t see any major challenges going forward, except for what will be the next evolution or big-ticket item after 2020.”