The Impact of Vision 2030 on Saudi Arabia’s Construction Sector

Mar 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

More than a year and a half after Saudi Arabia unveiled economic reforms under Vision 2030, the Kingdom appears to be making considerable headway in planning and launching key projects that will ultimately give a much-needed boost to its construction sector.

Topics: Opinion- Industry Reports

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3 Marketing Tips for Construction SMEs

Feb 26, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Marketing is a core strategic function for most B2B and B2C companies. However, in several construction SMEs, it unfortunately, tends to take a back seat. I’ve been to many meetings where Directors or GMs will say they 'ran an advertising campaign with no return', or that they 'need to raise their company profile to boost sales but without wanting to spend money'. No wonder many construction SMEs do not give marketing the attention it so rightly deserves. 

Here are three tips to
 see how you can prove the value of marketing in your company and leverage it to win more projects:

Topics: General- Business Development

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5 GCC Construction Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

Feb 19, 2018 10:42:27 AM

With almost two months officially down, 2018 is already underway and as we gather – it’s set out to be a year of innovation and growth for the construction industry for the region. 

As suggested by a top Khansaheb Civil Engineering official, when compared to last year, we should expect to see a ‘flood’ of new projects hitting the UAE construction market in the first quarter of 2018, followed by a smooth flow of orders throughout the rest of the year. Besides implying consistent growth, this means that when operating in an industry that is gaining momentum by the day, it remains crucial for all players to stay well informed on what changes may come their way and improve or disrupt their plans for the year.

Topics: General

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11 Architectural Wonders in Dubai

Feb 12, 2018 7:33:41 AM


Dubai is your virtual passport to the plushest of shopping avenues and restaurants across the globe. This is also the land of spectacular architectural wonders that are actually largely responsible for drawing a chunk of tourists every year. The popular city-state is definitely synonymous with lucrative business opportunities. However, it shouldn’t really be forgotten that it is an equally effective magnet for tourists. Today, in the course of the post we will document eleven splendid pieces of architecture that Dubai has in store for us.

If you are embarking on a trip to the city-state soon then do make sure that you are going through the rundown of the 11 architectural wonders in Dubai without fail. Read on!

Topics: General

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The Impact of VAT on the GCC Construction Industry

Feb 5, 2018 8:47:43 AM

December 2017 saw quite a windfall for the UAE construction industry – with the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) looming, the most commonly used phrase became, ‘invoice now.’ The introduction of VAT is a GCC wide phenomenon that is touted to diversify the region’s dependency on oil. According to the International Monetary Fund, the introduction of 5% VAT will translate to revenue equating to 1.6% of the GCC’s GDP. While this diversification is of particular importance to the region, the question is how it will affect the construction industry in the short, and in the long term.

Topics: Opinion

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ProTenders featured in The National

Nov 5, 2017 10:14:54 PM

Karim Helal, ProTenders' founder & CEO, explains how the company's explosive growth across the region started and how he plans to further accelerate it by closing the company's first round of funding.

Topics: Media Coverage

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ProTenders Ranks as #14 in Top 20 Construction Management Software by Capterra

Nov 1, 2017 12:25:52 PM

ProTenders is proud to announce its ranking at #14 in Capterra’s Top 20 Construction Management Report for 2017.

"This ranking is an important validation of how the ProTenders platform has grown over the last 18 months and of the hard work, resourcefulness of our extraordinary team, and we are grateful to Capterra for this recognition", said Karim Helal, CEO & Co-Founder of ProTenders.

Topics: Announcements- General

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DAMAC chooses ProTenders

May 23, 2017 10:48:39 PM

DAMAC Properties is taking its project tendering online with professional e-tendering platform, in a three-year agreement. ProTenders was specifically chosen in order to streamline DAMAC Properties’ tendering activities, allowing them to manage multiple tenders in real-time using its unique cloud-based technology.

Topics: General

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ProTenders Launches Real-Time Intelligence

May 17, 2017 7:53:41 AM

Since the launch of our Company Profiles, Construction Intelligence & Product Catalogues modules in 2016, ProTenders’ data and traffic grew exponentially, quickly becoming one of the leading information sources for anything Construction in the region.

Topics: Announcements- New Features

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Featured in The National: "A day in the life of Karim Helal, Founder of".

Apr 25, 2017 6:17:57 PM

Karim Helal is the chief executive and co-founder of, a construction intelligence and tendering platform connecting developers, consultants, contractors and suppliers. The Canadian, 41, who grew up in the 1980s in Abu Dhabi, where his father worked as an architect, returned to the capital 10 years ago, where he now lives with his wife and two-year-old son. The businessman says there is no "typical" 24 hours in the life of an entrepreneur. "Every day is different and brings new challenges and new surprises, and that’s what makes entrepreneurship so exciting."

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