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The Workforce Planning Study, commissioned by Dubai International Academic City and carried out by Deloitte, states that building and construction project management skills are lacking among top-level management, according to 43% of respontents, while 54% of firms say design engineering skills are lacking among mid-level staff. Poor knowledge of?health & safety is also prevalent among entry-level employees.
The study also found there was a shortfall among skilled tradespeople in the MEP sector, with HVAC, plumbing and electrical engineers all in demand.
Dubai’s construction sector contributed 21% of the its growth in the first quarter of this year, and accounts for 7.8% of overall GDP.
The Emirate’s population is currently predicted to grow by around 100,000 people per year, and according to HSBC Dubai will need 45,000 new hotel rooms in the run-up to Expo 2020, at a cost of over $8.4bn (AED31bn).
Infrastructure works are likely to cost $3.4bn (AED12.54bn). An Oxford Economics report estimates that the Expo will lead to 277,000 new jobs being created in the UAE between 2013-2021, with the bulk of these being in the construction and tourism markets.
Dr. Ayoub Kazim, managing director of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Village, said: ?The growth in the property and construction sectors is driven by strong economic and demographic fundamentals, and robust government spending.