Cost Control in Construction

Cost Control is an obvious objective in Construction Management and Construction Scheduling. It should be recognized that no amount of paperwork achieves this construction cost control. The actual control is achieved through the ultimate decision of the manager that something should be done differently and the translation of that decision into practice. [Read more…]

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Strategic Management in Construction

Strategy is a subject that has exercised the minds of political, military and business leaders for centuries. The earliest recorded attempts to define strategy emanate from Roman military commanders who sought to document the strategic options available on the battlefield. [Read more…]

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Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: Moving in the Right Direction

by Mark Beswetherick and Keith Hutchison

This month we look at the landscape for enforcement of arbitration awards in the UAE and how recent developments are paving the way for greater certainty and confidence in the process. [Read more…]

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FIDIC’s International Contract Users’ conference – CMguide readers get a 10% saving…

Now in its 25th year, FIDIC’s International Contract Users conference is indisputably the leading international forum for those wishing to make the most of the FIDIC suite of contracts.

Remain ahead of the field with exclusive, insider insights from the very people responsible for drafting and updating the contracts. [Read more…]

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Challenging an Arbitration Award in the UAE Courts

Grounds for challenge may be found in Article 216 of the Civil Procedure Law, Federal Law No. 11 of 1992 (“Civil Procedure Law”):

Article 216:

1. “The parties to the litigation may apply for the invalidation of the arbitrator’s judgment when the court hears its ratification in the following cases: [Read more…]

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Enforceability of foreign arbitral awards in the UAE

The UAE, as party to the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention”) without reservations, should in principle recognise and enforce foreign arbitration awards.

Accordingly, subject to Article 5 of the New York Convention, the UAE courts should enforce foreign arbitral awards provided that the subject matter can be arbitrated under UAE law and such enforcement would not offend public policy. [Read more…]

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Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution in the Gulf

Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution in the Gulf

Innovative Tactics and Strategies for Successful Dispute Resolution

10th – 11th December 2012 ⁄ Hilton Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [Read more…]

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Liquidated Damages for Construction Delays

Liquidated Damages is defined as “a sum which a party to a contract agrees to pay or a deposit which he agrees to forfeit if he breaks some promise and which, having been arrived at by a good faith effort to estimate in advance the actual damage which would probably ensue the breach, are legally recoverable or retainable as agreed damages if the breach occurs.” [Read more…]

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Nine Tips for Improving Negotiation Skills

Professional salespeople love negotiation, but many soloists are more comfortable doing their job rather than negotiating about it. Here are nine tips for improving your negotiation skills.
As a proposal strategist and writer, my job is to get my clients shortlisted with the opportunity to negotiate for an important project or contract. During many hours spent burning the midnight oil together, clients become friends, and I usually end up caring about the outcome almost as much as they do.
By keeping tabs on the progress of some very long post-pitch negotiations and seeing the tactics employed by some exceptional salespeople, I have picked up some great tips for improving negotiation skills that will help you navigate this important, but nerve-wracking, part of the sales process. [Read more…]

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Construction Safety

Unfortunately the construction industry has become stereotyped as an accident prone industry, in fact only mining and fishing industries have higher fatalities. Depressingly, the accident rates experienced closely correlate to the level of activity within the industry, indicating that when work load is high, safety tends to receive less attention. [Read more…]

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