Posted on October 24, 2015

ASTAD Project Management participated in the Qatar Contractors Forum & Awards 2015 which took place on 19 - 20 October at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha. The aim of the event was to discuss the challenges that contractors face, and consider strategies to overcome them, as well as foster collaboration for the successful delivery of projects in line with employers’ expectations and requirements. The forum also celebrated the achievements and success of Qatar’s construction industry.

The event brought together industry-leading speakers for two days of presentations, panel debates, networking sessions and interactive workshops.  As part of the sessions, ASTAD Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Mulla, delivered a presentation entitled, “Achieving Best Practice in Qatar Construction Contracts - Mission Impossible?”  Mr. Al-Mulla emphasized that ineffective and unbalanced contracts are a major cause for concern throughout the industry, which could lead to negative consequences on employers due to delays and cost overruns.

ASTAD outlines innovative solution [].jpgASTAD Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al-Khalifa, echoed these views: “The standard of contracts within the construction industry needs to be improved.” He added: “They are a key cause of delays, disputes and, ultimately, higher and unforeseen costs. At a time when the progression of the nation’s infrastructure is a priority, we must make a concerted effort to ensure that all construction-related contracts are effective and agreeable to all parties.”

During the presentation, Mr. Al-Mulla announced that ASTAD is leading an initiative to change the ineffective contractual culture in Qatar’s construction industry and across the region. He revealed that experts within ASTAD are making use of their experience managing and delivering major complex and iconic projects to work on a set of contract templates that are balanced, fair, effective, flexible, and, most importantly, easily customizable to suit the specific needs of projects or clients. He added that ASTAD’s solution is comprehensive and covers all the imperative aspects of a construction project including flexible payments terms, extensions of time provisions, change management, claims management, and effective dispute avoidance and resolution mechanisms - something that most current contracts do not effectively cater for.

Explaining why ASTAD has ventured into developing these contracts, Mr. Al-Mulla said: “The construction industry within the region usually imports best practices from abroad, which in some cases do not match the operational realities that are applicable in Qatar or the region. ASTAD is continuously utilizing its expertise to build upon this best practice by developing solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of the region, while maintaining the highest international standards.”

ASTAD has garnered an enviable reputation across the region for leading efforts to improve standards in the construction industry not only in Qatar, but throughout the wider Middle East.