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Top 9 Construction Companies in the UAE — 2024 Edition

Top 9 Construction Companies in the UAE — 2024 Edition

Published 25 Apr 2024
The success of a construction company is directly related to many variables. There is a lot of competition in the construction market, and many companies need to distinguish themselves through large significant projects and special construction techniques. Here, we will observe these companies and their methods.
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UAE Construction Sector Overview

To start with, let us share some facts about the UAE construction market in general.
The construction industry in the UAE is a significant contributor to the country's economy, with a market size of USD 94 billion in 2023 and an Average Annual Growth Rate (AAGR) of more than 3% during 2025-2028. [?]
Basically, it is a multibillion-dollar sector, contributing around 8% to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It plays a vital role in driving economic growth, especially after the impact of the global economic slowdown in the region.

The construction market is segmented by sectors, including commercial construction, industrial construction, infrastructure construction, energy and utilities construction, institutional construction, and residential construction.

The UAE government is a significant sponsor and financier of infrastructure projects in the local construction market, accounting for 73% of the total financing roles. However, the UAE construction market has also attracted foreign investments lately. [?]
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List of Top UAE Construction Companies

Our top includes construction companies with no actual rankings listed. This is due to the difficulty of determining a single criterion for such a ranking. Each company has its own approach to the building process, and their construction objects themselves are diverse in nature (infrastructure, industrial, residential, etc.)

Here, we have compiled a selection of companies that have distinguished themselves with their projects and deserve attention.

1. Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting (ALEC)

Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting has built a wide range of projects in the UAE, including infrastructure and construction projects, water and power plants, mechanical works, and industrial, petrochemical, and oil & gas facilities. They have completed over 100 projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, with a total value of over AED 20 billion. [?]
ALEC laborers
Source: Construction week online
Al Jaber Building, a division of Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting, has been providing state-of-the-art solutions for housing, villas, and urban developments since 1989. They have completed over 7,000 villas in the UAE, earning a reputation as a market leader in the UAE contracting sector. [?]

Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting has also been involved in significant projects in Dubai, such as the construction of the Daxing Airport and the Al Maktoum International Airport. [?]

2. Al Habtoor Group

Source: Top Level
Al Habtoor Group has a significant presence in the construction sphere, particularly through its construction division, the Habtoor Leighton Group. This division has a strong track record of successfully delivering large-scale projects across the region, focusing on core market sectors such as infrastructure, building, rail, oil and gas, and mining.

The company has been a major contractor in Dubai since the late 1970s and has been involved in such projects as:
Burj Al Arab hotel complex, Dubai
Part of the Dubai International Airport, Dubai
Zayed International Airport, Abu Dhabi [?]

3. Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC

Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC has been involved in a diverse range of construction and engineering projects in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE.
Source: ProTenders
Some of the notable projects by Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC include the USD 4 billion Mina Jebel Ali Port project for the Government of Dubai (formerly known as MJAC). This project was completed successfully, leading to the formal incorporation of DBB in 1984.

Over the years, Dutco Balfour Beatty has evolved into one of the leading civil, building, and marine contractors in the UAE. The company’s portfolio includes:
Road Transport Authority
Dubai Municipality, Emaar Properties
Dubai Port Authority, Nakheel Properties

4. Al Naboodah Construction Company

Al Naboodah Construction Company has built a diverse range of projects, including iconic structures and infrastructure developments.
Al Naboodah Construction Group Head Office
Source: Al Naboodah Vehicles
Some of the notable projects completed by Al Naboodah Construction Company include the Palm Jumeirah, Business Bay, Yas Island, Dubai Water Canal Project, Dubai airports, Parallel roads, and Expo2020. These projects showcase the company's expertise in civil engineering, building, and MEP services, highlighting their commitment to delivering quality projects on time and within budget. [?]

5. Al Futtaim

Al Futtaim is a prominent conglomerate in the United Arab Emirates with diversified business interests in sectors such as automotive, retail, real estate, and construction.
Source: Wikipedia
The company's construction division, Al Futtaim Construction, is a locally registered and managed building and civil contractor, wholly owned by the Al-Futtaim group.

Al Futtaim Construction has completed several notable projects, including:
Bee'ah Headquarters, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Camelia project, which is part of Majid Al Futtaim's "lasting legacy" in Sharjah
Among nowadays projects, Majid Al Futtaim Development announced the breaking of ground across two upcoming residential features in its flagship lifestyle destination, Tilal Al Ghaf in 2022. The contracts, totaling AED 3 Billion, have been awarded for Alaya and Elysian Mansions, with both neighborhoods anticipated to be completed by mid-2026. [?] Innovo Build LLC, a part of the ASGC group, has been named as the primary contractor for the development of Elysian Mansions, while Unec, a leading construction entity in the region, has been awarded the contract for Alaya.

6. Arabian Construction Company

ACC has been involved in various projects across the MENA region, including the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and India.
Arabian Construction Co. laborers at the safety award ceremony
Source: Mid-East
Some of the notable projects include the Ministerial City project in Cotonou, Benin, a visionary project that showcases the country's commitment to development and effective governance. ACC has also constructed vital infrastructure and oil & gas projects, such as desalination plants, power plants, and marine projects.

Some of the notable construction projects completed by Arabian Construction Company (ACC) include:
Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. ACC has been involved in building the Etihad Towers, contributing to the iconic skyline of Abu Dhabi.
The Address Residence Sky View and The Address Residence Fountain Views in Downtown Dubai. ACC has worked on projects for Emaar Properties in Dubai, showcasing their involvement in prestigious developments.

7. Wade Adams Contracting LLC

Source: Wade Adams
Wade Adams is a general construction and project development company. The company has worked in the region since 1976 and built up an impressive portfolio of large-scale projects across the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya and Qatar, collaborating with clients such as Dubai Municipality, RTA, DEWA, Empower Energy Solutions, SNC Lavalin, Emaar Properties, Nakheel Properties, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi Ports Authority, Qatar Petroleum, and Sharjah Airport Authority.

Some of the recent construction projects completed by Wade Adams Contracting LLC include:
The improvement of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road
Pioneering work on a dam
Iconic interchange 5 in Dubai

8. Trojan General Contracting LLC

Trojan General Contracting LLC is a subsidiary of the Trojan Construction Group, known for being one of the fastest-growing construction firms in the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Afghanistan.
Trojan General Contracting wins 1,742-villa contract
Source: MEconstructionnews
Established in 2009, Trojan General Contracting LLC has executed a diverse portfolio of major construction projects across various sectors, including various infrastructure works, high-rise buildings, medium-rise buildings, housing and residences, culture/education, healthcare, hospitality, and commercial projects.

Some of the notable projects include:
Mira Oasis in Dubai
Damac — Phase 1 Villas in Dubai
Ain Al Faydha Project in Al Ain
Emirati Housing Community in Abu Dhabi

9. Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC

Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC is a well-established and highly respected construction company that has been operating since 1935 in the UAE. Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC's expertise covers a wide range of sectors, including construction, joinery, interiors fit-out, architectural metalworks, building services, facilities management, wastewater solutions, and building products.
Khansaheb office
Source: Construction week online
Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC has completed several notable infrastructure projects, including the development of the first phase of Al Furjan, a family-oriented residential community by Nakheel. [?]

This project involved the completion of all infrastructure works for over 2000 villas and terrace homes in the community, which is designed to be within easy walking distance of schools, amenities, and neighborhood centers.
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Trends in the UAE Construction Sector

The construction companies we talked about before became famous for building big projects a while back, and they're still well-known today. Now, more companies are joining them, becoming famous for following the latest construction trends.
Modular Construction
The Middle East is witnessing a rise in modular construction, a trend that promises improved efficiency by centralizing process management. Modular sections, constructed with standardized materials akin to traditional methods, uphold architectural integrity and specifications. This shift not only simplifies on-site challenges but also signals a move toward a more intelligent and efficient future for the Gulf's construction industry.

There are several UAE-based companies that use modular construction, including LINQ Modular and SPEED HOUSE PREFAB. [?][?] These companies offer prefabricated buildings and modular construction solutions for various applications, such as commercial and residential buildings, hotels, offices, and industrial facilities.
Sustainable Construction Trend
Basically, sustainable construction isn't merely a trend. It represents a fundamental change in attitudes toward economic development and environmental preservation. Described by the United Nations, green construction prioritizes low carbon emissions, resource efficiency, and social inclusivity. By 2030, it has the potential to create approximately 24 million job opportunities globally.

An excellent illustration of the nation's dedication to environmental conservation is the Green Building and Sustainable Building standards sanctioned by the UAE government in 2010. This progressive step forward is expected to yield savings of AED 10 billion by 2030 and curtail carbon emissions by 30%.

Burj al-Arab is a hotel building in Dubai that incorporates sustainable features such as a passive solar approach and a façade designed to create a microclimate for increased energy efficiency. The hotel was built by Al Habtoor Group in 1999. [?]
Energy Efficiency
Advancements in energy efficiency and the rise of renewable energy are reshaping the trajectory of future development. In light of this, the UAE has unveiled its Energy Strategy 2050, a bold roadmap aimed at slashing carbon emissions by 70% and doubling the contribution of renewables to power generation. [?] This initiative lays out innovative strategies for sustainable progress across all sectors.

In response to the growing emphasis on energy efficiency, UAE construction firms are embracing new technologies and eco-friendly building materials to reduce energy consumption. These innovations include insulated windows and doors, solar panels, energy-efficient lighting systems, and motion sensors, reflecting a commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
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