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The impact of COVID-19 on office usage in the Middle East

To help identify the impact of COVID-19 on office space usage in the Middle East, Deloitte captures sentiment from companies in relation to the evolving nature of their bricks and mortar requirements, work from home (WFH) experience and policies during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey findings suggest that the majority of the respondents do not expect a change in office space requirement and focus/productivity was ranked as the most important reason for staff attending the office. Among those considering reducing office space in the future, the reduction in staff numbers due to COVID-19 linked business impact is the primary reason driving the reduction in footprint. Meanwhile, WFH policies are expected to become more flexible in the next 12 months. By comparison, the majority of the respondents did not have a WFH policy before COVID-19 restrictions came into effect.

If you would like to discuss the findings in more detail please reach out to:

Oliver Morgan, Director, Head of Real Estate Development

Manika Dhama, Assistant Director, Real Estate Development

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Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson

Partner | Real Estate

Robin joined Deloitte in 2010 to set up Deloitte’s Real Estate services practice in the Middle East. Robin’s role focuses on real estate valuation, feasibility, tourism hospitality & leisure, airports... More

Oliver Morgan

Oliver Morgan

Director | Real Estate

Oliver is the Head of the Real Estate Development team leading mandates for Deloitte across the MENA region. With experience since 2004, Oliver advises government bodies, developers, investors and cor... More