"Opportunities abundant for women in MEP sector in the Middle East"

Three women from Corys Build Centre describe working in a male-dominated MEP sector in the Middle East.

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 Women are now increasingly shaping the future of the construction and MEP industry.
Women are now increasingly shaping the future of the construction and MEP industry.

According to three of the women who work for UAE-based Corys Build Centre, women are now increasingly shaping the future of the construction and MEP industry.

Hannah Gonzales moved to the UAE in 2012 from the Philippines. After starting her career in retail, catering and events, she moved to Corys Build Centre’s marketing department a year ago, keen to expand her horizons into a different field. 

Gonzales said: “It was a bit daunting to begin with entering the world of construction and MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing), but the more I have learned the more I have grown. There is no doubt that most people I interact with on a daily basis are male, but the MEP industry is not just for men. Women have their own strengths, we see things in a different way, which can be a real advantage to businesses in our sector.”

Precious Dela Cruz, who works in the procurement department, said: “The UAE is a dynamic market, particularly in construction and building supplies, so it is exciting to work in such a fast-paced industry. I have seen a lot of improvement in terms of acknowledging the contributions of women in the community and while there is still work to do to level the playing fields, I’m optimistic about the future for women in construction.”

Meljoy Monte, customer service representative, talks about the challenges in the industry, says: “I was lucky enough to be selected for the role when I applied online. I don’t think gender is a barrier, as no matter male or female you want to give the best possible customer service. It is a challenging industry but I like making customers happy and that’s the most satisfying feeling.”

Giving an advice, Cruz added: “Be bold, take risks, make mistakes and learn from them. There is a lot of opportunity in the MEP and construction sectors and I would highly recommend a career in the industry.”

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