Some normalcy was returning to Egypt after three weeks of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s government. But the social and political turmoil continued to take a toll on many construction projects as expatriates fled the country and work progress slowed or ground to a halt. While many Egyptian industry professionals support the protests, some observers wonder what the long-term impact will be on the country’s economy and construction market. Photo: AP Photo/Ahmed Ali Protesters turn out in Tahrir Square in large numbers Feb. 8. Photo: EHAF Consulting Engineers, Giza, For ENR Anti-government protestors and military personnel meet near a Tahrir
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.