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Significant factors causing delay in the UAE construction industry


  • Arshi Shakeel Faridi
  • Sameh Monir El-Sayegh


Construction delay is considered one of the most recurring problems in the construction industry. Delays have an adverse impact on project success in terms of time, cost, quality and safety. The effects of construction delays are not confined to the construction industry only, but influence the overall economy of a country like UAE, where construction plays a major role in its development and contributes 14% to the GDP. Thus, it is essential to define the most significant causes of delay in order to avoid or minimise their impact on construction projects. A detailed questionnaire was developed and used to get input from professionals associated with the UAE construction industry. The perspective of contractors and consultants has been analysed to rank the causes of delays based on their Relative Importance Index. Contractors and consultants were in agreement on the most significant causes of delays. The research revealed that 50% of the construction projects in UAE encounter delays and are not completed on time. The top 10 most significant causes of construction delays have been identified by this research. Approval of drawings, inadequate early planning and slowness of the owners' decision-making process are the top causes of delay in the UAE construction industry.

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  • Arshi Shakeel Faridi & Sameh Monir El-Sayegh, 2006. "Significant factors causing delay in the UAE construction industry," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(11), pages 1167-1176.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:24:y:2006:i:11:p:1167-1176
    DOI: 10.1080/01446190600827033

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