The first ever MEP Middle East Conference to be held on a virtual platform was hailed a major success by all those who tuned in last week.
It gave us all valuable insight into what the future of our professional world will look like – certainly in the short and medium term, and quite possibly beyond.
From a personal standpoint, it was great to be part of such an important milestone in the history of this publication – hopefully this will be the first of many online conferences and webinars to come.
Over the past 12 months there has been an increased focus on our digital offering, and to complement those efforts with a dedicated online-only forum rounds off a year of co-ordinated efforts nicely.
Looking externally, the Middle East should be proud that its efforts to curb the spread and impact of coronavirus has resulted in the gradual reopening of the public and private sector – well ahead of some markets around the world where preventative measures have fallen well short of the expected mark.
Caution is still paramount, of course, to prevent a resurgence of the virus, but tentatively it looks as though the worst of the initial impact is behind us.
It allows contractors, consultants and suppliers the chance to start looking forward and planning their long-term stabilisation – and take the first steps towards ramping up Expo 2020 expectation following the postponement of the mega event to next year.
While we aren’t out of the woods yet, the consensus is we are on the right path.