Lack of manpower, shortage of materials, the challenges facing the construction industry are many. But, Badr Contracting & Trading is ready to combat all.....
Incepted in 1998 as Grade A Contractor and ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 certified, Badr Contracting and Trading WLL with an annual turnover of almost QR 150 million, is a name synonymous with quality and trust in the property development market in Qatar. Known for constructing various types of buildings such as housing, towers, hospitals, mosques schools, marine ports, palaces etc, the company is one of the most trusted names in the market. Engineer Tamer Ali Mousa, General Manager elucidates on the company's current and future activities.
Our ongoing project the Lusail Towers and the already completed Coast Guard station boasts the best architectural excellence so far. The 23 floor Lusail Towers with a built-up area of 50,000 sq m is an architectural marvel, likely to house the head office of the Al Sraiya Group - the parent company of Badr Contracting and Trading WLL. In addition, we have many other ongoing projects that we plan to complete in the next two years.
Obtaining skilled manpower is one of the major problems that plague construction companies in the Qatar currently. However, we have sufficient number of highly skilled workers whohail from diverse countries. Most of these have been employed with us for the past ten years. At present, we have around 700 workers from different countries in the world. The largest part of our workforce comes from Asian countries. Most of the labourers are from Korea, India Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Shortage of construction materials is another major issue faced by the companies in the country. The situation sometimes worsens beyond control as it happened during 2005-2006 when market witnessed great scarcity of raw materials and price rise. Although, most of these raw materials are available in the local market, companies still have to import them. These materials such as steel or cement as well as finishing materials are mostly imported. In our case, some-times we import them directly or they are imported through local suppliers.
On its toes
We hope the Qatari Government to announce some major initiatives for the construction sector this year. The emirate, in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will launch many projects this year, which is expected to make some positive impact in the market. The market during this time will be at its peak with tremendous growth expected. But, this is also likely to create a shortage of materials and manpower as the demand will go high. This will also lead to the shooting up of prices as in the case of 2005-2006.
We are prepared to meet any eventuality. We have our own resources and can meet any challenging situations. Above all, we are a member of Al Sraiya Group that can manage the situations very well. However in order to deal with this shortage of materials and manpower companies must sign proper contracts with their sub contractors on time so that many problems related to shortage of materials can be avoided.
We adhere to high safety and quality standards in our projects besides complying with all the latest environmental standards. Our efficient quality control and safety department manages these aspects We apply all the ISO regulations in our safety measures and have been awarded ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001. Moreover all our buildings are designed to meet QSAS Certification Criteria which is the newest green building concept developed by Qatar Government. The upcoming Lusail Towers has been constructed as per the eco friendly directions of the Green Building Council QSAS. We were awarded contract for the (3B+G+19) commercial building at Lusail. There was not much momentum in the construction sector in the last two years. Too many of the expectations did not materialise. But, likehood of revival is quite high and the country is likely to witness a great boom from the last quarter of this year onwards with the third quarter experiencing the launch of many new project. This will mainly impact the market in 2013 and 2014.
Alongwith the increase in projects, there is likely to be great influx of immigrants to Qatar in the next few months as companies will recruit manpower in large numbers. This rise in population will affect the country positively as large amount of capital is flowing in the market. They would need accommodation, transportation entertainment and food stuff further creating demand for buildings, vehicles, roads and other infrastructural facilities. The major emphasis will be on infrastructure and roads as too many projects would be launched in this sector. At present, there are not sufficient although quite a few have been planned. Additionally, many housing units have been already constructed and many more are under construction. Hospitals and schools are also being developed by the government sector.
Partners in progress
The market currently is highly competitive with many companies opening their offices in Qatar. But, this will have neglible impact on us as we have a very long line of reputed companies among our clients list. We are prepared to face the emerging situations through our landmark ongoing projects.
Over the years, we have worked with most of the leading establishments in the country. Our major clients include the Ministry of Interior, Security Groups, Coast Guards, Hamad Medical Corporation Ashgal Qatar petroleum. We mostly deal with government and semi government sector but also undertake many private works such as construction of palaces and schools. As, of now we expect a turnover QR 170 million in 2013. Definitely, a sign of great future. We are sure the company will live up to its promise.