Murray & Roberts trims Mideast staff count
- Middle East: Thursday, February 07 - 2013 at 07:07
Murray & Roberts Holdings, builder of Dubai's Burj Al Arab hotel, has blamed slower-than-expected tenders for projects in Qatar for its decision to cut more than a quarter of its workforce in the Middle East, Bloomberg has reported. Contracts for work in Qatar, which is hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, haven't been tendered as expected, said the company's human resources director, Johan Fourie. As a result, the firm dismissed about 28% of its employees in the region "to resize ourselves to market conditions," he said. South Africa's second-largest construction firm and joint-venture partner Al Habtoor Leighton Group built the Sorbonne University campus in Abu Dhabi and the St. Regis Hotel and Residences on Saadiyat Island. The contractor also worked on the Dhs3bn ($817m) Zayed University campus in Abu Dhabi and a Dhs2.2bn Abu Dhabi hospital project.
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