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Insights 10 skills you'll need for a construction career in the UAE

What skills are needed for construction? 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) construction market size was valued at $86.7 billion in 2022 and is expected to achieve an AAGR of more than 3% from 2024 to 2027. 

The construction boom in the UAE presents a huge opportunity for professionals in engineering, design, and architecture to elevate their careers, expand their portfolios, and work on meaningful projects. 

Whilst demand is high, this industry requires skilled professionals with a diverse range of abilities and expertise. Learn about the most in-demand construction skill and the soft and hard skills you’ll need to succeed in this competitive market: 

What is the most in-demand skill in construction?

The most in-demand skill in construction is digital literacy. As technology evolves, it supports construction professionals in streamlining processes, reducing waste, and improves decision-making. 

Professionals who are proficient in digital tools and software technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) or Digital Twin Technologies are highly sought after. 

At AtkinsRéalis, our vision is to create sustainable solutions that connect people, data and technology to design, deliver and operate the most complex projects. 

By bringing together our experts, powerful technologies and data insights we help our clients master a fast-changing world. Well, what does this mean for your career? It means you’ll have access to the latest technologies and softwares so you can remain at the forefront of innovation.

What are the hard skills needed in the construction industry? 

  • Technical Knowledge: Understanding construction methods, materials, and building codes is fundamental.
  • Mathematical Skills: Strong mathematical abilities for accurate measurements, calculations, and budgeting.
  • Project Management: Skills related to managing construction projects, including scheduling, budgeting, and resource allocation.
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM): Competence in BIM software for digital project planning and management.
  • Safety Compliance: Knowledge of safety regulations and best practices to maintain a safe work environment.

What are the soft skills needed in the construction industry? 

  • Communication: Effective communication with team members, clients, and stakeholders is crucial for project success.
  • Problem-Solving: The ability to identify and resolve issues that arise during construction projects.
  • Adaptability: Construction projects often require adaptation to changing conditions and unexpected challenges.
  • Teamwork: Collaboration with diverse teams, including architects, engineers, and contractors.

Develop your construction career in the UAE with AtkinsRéalis

With the construction sector continuing to experience rapid expansion, the demand for skilled and innovative professionals is greater than ever. 

AtkinsRéalis not only offers the platform to apply your expertise but also provides a nurturing environment for career advancement and personal development. 

Together, we can build the future of the UAE and a lasting legacy of sustainable and innovative construction practices in this remarkable nation.

Apply to our construction jobs today