National Projects and Construction, an Abu Dhabi construction firm, is planning to publicly list by next year on the Dubai Financial Market exchange.

The company, which was established in 2003, is paving the way by boosting its Dh5 billion (US$1.3bn) order book with international contracts as well as expanding through the acquisition of local building firms.

To qualify for listing, contractors need to have a substantial workforce, a turnover of at least Dh1bn and international exposure.

The National