Gulf is set for Turkish contracting invasion

Construction companies will lead Turkish trade offensive in GCC

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By  Sean Cronin Published  May 21, 2005

Turkey’s largest building materials company will lead an invasion of firms from the country targeting the Gulf construction industry. Mesa Imalat has plans to open offices in both Sharjah and Kuwait. It comes as Turkey is aiming to increase trade volumes with the Gulf region to amount to 30% of its total foreign trade. The government of Turkey is also pursuing a free trade agreement with the countries of the GCC. Mesa Imalat regional co-ordinator, Recep Bayramogu, said: “We have already begun exports to the UAE and Kuwait, and the demand is such that we require on-the-ground operations so that we can fully exploit the opportunities here. “We hope to see our exports achieve US$ 25 million during the year 2005.” The company, which has been involved in the earthquake rebuilds at Marmara and various five-star hotel constructions in Turkey, will be showing the Middle East market its range of forms, pre-cast elements and scaffolding products at the Made in Turkey exhibition, which will be held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre from 4th to 6th June. Several other Turkish contractors are also believed to be preparing to set up shop in Dubai. Earlier this month, the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority sent a delegation to Turkeybuild 2005 in a bid to attract contractors from the country. Marketing manager Abdullah Al Banna attended the show. He said: “The main reason for our participation in the event was to promote Jafza among the participating construction companies, and we have been extremely successful in realising this objective. “A number of leading companies from the construction industry expressed their desire to set up operations in Jafza, to capitalise on the booming real estate market in the UAE. “Construction companies establishing their operations in the free zone will also benefit from Jafza’s zoning projects.”

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