The Contractors and Consultants Classification, and Engineers Registration Office of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi (DED) held an open meeting with representatives of at least 15 classified and unclassified contracting companies operating in Abu Dhabi in the presence of representatives of the UAE Contractors Association. The meeting held at the Department headquarters discussed terms and conditions of the Contractors’ Classification System II for the year 2009 and the proposed amendments to be approved by authorities. The meeting also highlighted some statistical reports on the numbers of classified companies under different categories as well as unclassified companies, and the obstacles which a contractor may face with regard to the classification issue in particular, and the contracting sector in general. DED officials discussed with the representatives of the contracting companies the major challenges which the contracting companies operating in Abu Dhabi face, in a bid to identify their requirements now that one year has elapsed since the new contractors classification rules and regulations were enforced. Such regulations have clearly defined the classification criteria and measures that are based on a company’s expertise as well as its financial and technical potential. Engineer Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Burkani, Director of the Contractors and Consultants Classification and Engineers Registration Office, said that enforcing the new classification systems have contributed to modifying the conditions of several construction firms and the engineering consultancy offices in line with the technical, legal and administrative changes required in the upcoming period, which is expected to witness continual construction development across Abu Dhabi.