Q&A with Eng Hamad al-Ameri, managing director of Trojan Holding
How does Trojan make construction appealing to young Emiratis choosing a career?

The psychology of our young professionals is that they want to be part of the UAE’s growth, and thus most of them want to work in the government sector.

With our Young Engineers Programme, we let them know that they can make a considerable contribution to the growth of the nation while working in the private sector – especially in our industry.

The private sector’s contribution to the UAE’s economy is valued at AED156.4bn ($42.6bn), and the construction sector contributes 10.3 per cent. In more tangible terms, the construction industry shapes the UAE’s landmarks and, in effect, its skyline.

How will technology affect the way projects are delivered in the future?

Our management believes in technology’s limitless possibilities, which is why we continue to allot resources to continuously upgrade both our hardware and software, along with human capabilities within the group. This development is inevitable.

Nowadays, clients’ expectations are high, so we need to deliver world-class results with the help of state-of-the-art technologies.

What opportunities does Saudi Arabia provide for Abu Dhabi-based construction companies?

The opportunities are immense. Saudi Arabia’s budget expenditure stands at almost SR1tn ($266.7bn), with SR54bn invested in infrastructure during 2018. This figure is rising by 7 per cent annually.

How will Trojan grow its business?

Our current growth trajectory in terms of finances and work portfolio exceeded our expectations when plotted against our growth development plan. Having attained this positive acceleration across our group of companies, we are maintaining our position to sustain the momentum by fast-tracking our strategic regional expansion and pursuing new markets.