Year’s First Half Results of DED’s Contractors Classification and Consultants Registration Division Khalid Al Hosani: Numbers are Encouraging and New Systems Applied Soon
The Contractors Classification and Consultants Registration Division at the Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi (DED) has recently published its year’s first half report for the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2010. The report indicates that the Division has completed a total of 1,283 applications which varied between 678 contractor applications and 605 consultant applications.
Remarkably, the report points out that the number of engineering consultancy firms wishing to register for the first time has increased by 20% reaching 101 engineering firms in the first half of this year compared with 84 for the same period last year, as well as the number of renewal applications which has amounted to 410 applications compared with 280 during the same period last year. The number of requests for specialization addition and change of legal status has further increased from 68 transactions during that period to 94 transactions in the current year. The total number of consultant transactions has amounted to 605 transactions compared with 432 in the same period last year.
The report also refers to the slightly increased number of contractors applying for classification for the first time, which amounted to 253 companies this year compared with 245 in the same period last year. Whereas, the number of classification renewal applications has gone up to 254 compared with 227 during the first half of last year. The applications to upgrade classification categories have grown by 138%, reaching 152 applications during this year compared with 64 in the same period last year. The total number of contractor classification applications has amounted to 557 compared with 678 in the same period last year.
According to Mr. Khalid Abdullah Al Hosani, Acting Director of Contractors Classification and Consultants Registration, the first half of this year has witnessed the continued growth in the contracting and construction sector, in line with the construction boom in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The registration of new companies in the areas of engineering consultancy and contracting, and the renewal of licenses to existing companies are both a very positive sign with regard to construction and contracting industry which is witnessing a major movement these days, especially with the announcement of new projects in Abu Dhabi as one of the priorities of infrastructure development. This comes in response to the requirements of Abu Dhabi economic vision 2030 , in addition to the projects that are being developed in the western and the eastern regions and the development projects in the emirate’s islands, such as Yas, Saadiyat, Al Suwwa and Reem islands. he added.
In a related context, Al Hosani revealed that DED is working to create the appropriate environment, to provide the necessary tools, and to complete technical procedures for the application of the three systems once the directives are issued and published in the official gazette, which is expected to take place during the month of October this year. This is with respect to contractors and consultants classification. Whereas, the engineers registration is expected to be activated in the first quarter of 2011.
“Based on Article (11) of Law No. (2) of 2009 concerning the establishment of the Department of Economic Development, which has authorized DED Chairman to issue needed regulations and systems for the contractors and consultants classification and engineers registration, and to achieve a key priority of DED’s strategic plan aimed at expanding companies as a driving force for economic growth, and creating an improved competitive business environment where the private sector dominates, the three systems of classification of contractors and consultants and engineers registration were issued by H.E. Naser Ahmad Al Suwaidi, DED Chairman, and were published in Abu Dhabi official gazette.”, added Al Hosani.
Some of the main features of these systems are to encourage all entities working in the construction and contracting industry to obtain certificates of quality and occupational health and safety, and the need to have occupational insurance to cover errors of design and execution, in addition to raising the awareness of engineers about all systems related to building, urban planning and sustainability codes. They seek as well to improve the quality of engineering by setting rules for engineers registration. This, in turn, will encourage continued professional development for engineering staff and follow-up of career updates by attending courses, seminars and specialized workshops. It further encourages citizens to invest in the engineering consultancy sector by allowing national investors to own an engineering office without obtaining engineering qualifications, within specific rules.
Developments in New Systems:- Increase of the estimated value for participation in the bidding.- Acceptance of totaling the different values of projects executed by the contractor and the consultant.- Contractors carrying out design and construction projects can be classified according to the same criteria used in the contractors classification, namely (financial status, technical staff working for the design and construction contractor and previous experience).- Registration of expert engineering firms specialized in providing engineering consultancy in subspecialties to other engineering consultancy firms and governmental and private entities when needed.