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Top of the Table We’re only at the half way point of 2016 but I’ve no doubt that many in the construction sector are already longing to see the back of what has probably been the toughest year for the industry since 2009, when the effects of the global financial crisis hit the Gulf. Chief among the companies suffering from the tail off in work brought about by the prodigious drop in oil prices over the past 18 months, are the construction contractors that make up the backbone of the industry. Their struggles are reflected in the fact that Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), top of last year’s inaugural Power Hour list of the 60 biggest players in the regional construction industry, has tumbled out of the top 10 of this year’s list, presented inside the current issue. The Saudi contractor’s travails have been well documented. With work thin on the ground SBG has been forced to cut costs by laying off thousands of workers in

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an effort to adjust to the new reality in Saudi Arabia. Other big names on the Saudi construction scene, like Saudi Oger, are going through painful times as well. Though three of the biggest contractors around still managed to make the top 10, it’s noteworthy that this year’s list is crowned by a property developer. Mohamed Alabbar-led Emaar Properties made a huge splash this year with the announcement of a tower that will loom over the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, on the other side of the creek. The unveiling of detailed plans for the Santiago Calatrava-designed monument signals the start of the giant Dubai Creek Harbour development. At twice the size of Downtown, the project holds the potential to provide work for many construction companies in the years running up to 2020 and beyond. That Emaar is providing such a boost to an ailing industry is the reason it tops our list.

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Aurecon to work on The Tower The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour

The company will collaborate on a range of design and technical features for the project Aurecon has been chosen by lead architect Santiago Calatrava as the engineer/architect-of-record to collaborate on a range of design and technical features for Dubai’s The Tower. The supertall skyscraper will be the focal point of Emaar’s Dubai Creek Harbour mega development that will be twice the size of Downtown Dubai. Emaar chairperson Mohamed Alabbar recently revealed in a television interview that the Tower will be around 100 meters taller than the 830 meter Burj Khalifa, which currently holds the record for the world’s tallest building. Adrian Jones, Aurecon’s Project Director for The Tower said: “The Calatrava team were looking to work directly with our experts who have had hands-on project experience on other supertall and similar mega projects. “The Tower will test the craftsmanship of Aurecon as we play our part in making a mark on the built fabric of mankind,” Jones said. “It is an absolute privilege to be entrusted by San8 construction business news me July 2016

tiago Calatrava and Emaar Properties to work on this project, and we have assembled a stellar team to bring this idea to life.” Aurecon has assembled its top global experts to contribute to the project, with work being led by the company’s Middle East office with input from offices in Africa, Asia and Australia. Dr Andy Davids, Aurecon’s Tall Buildings Leader, who serves as Aurecon’s Director of Design on the project, said that optimising proven techniques and materials is fundamental to the project’s success. “One of the secrets with courageous projects is not to use new techniques or materials, but to stick with what you know,” he said. “At the same time, we must work to maximise the potential of those materials and techniques. What’s different in The Tower is that we’ll be pushing the use of these techniques beyond current norms to create something unparalleled, and for us that’s very exciting.”

Al Naboodah Construction names new CEO

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Colin Timmons

Steve Lever is stepping down as CEO of Al Naboodah Construction Group (ANCG) after almost 30 years of service to the company. Recently appointed Chief Operating Officer Colin Timmons will take the reins with Lever staying on to ensure a successful handover. Under Lever, Naboodah expanded into new markets while the workforce grew to more than 13,000 employees. Paul O’Flaherty, Group CEO at Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (the holding company of ANCG), praised Lever for his outstanding service to the company and the wider Middle East construction sector. “Under Steve’s leadership, the Group has positioned itself as one of the most recognised and trusted construction firms in the region, with a reputation for delivering the

most prestigious, highly complex and challenging projects – on time and within budget,” O’Flaherty said. Over the coming months, Lever will move into a transition role to oversee work in Qatar and continue to manage key clients in the UAE during this period. Incoming CEO Colin Timmons will formally take over full responsibility for leading and managing the Al Naboodah Construction Group from July 1. “Colin’s transition to the CEO role comes after joining Al Naboodah Construction as COO earlier this year in terms of our pro-active succession planning,” O’Flaherty added. “He has held a number of senior roles with major UK-based construction companies, and for the last five years has been General Manager in Abu Dhabi for Al Faraa General Contracting Co.,”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff buys water consultancy from schlumberger WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has acquired an industrial water consultancy from oilfield services firm Schlumberger. The 250-employee business will enable the company to provide services and project solutions to industrial clients worldwide and will establish a presence for WSP in Chile and Peru. The acquisition will also add to its presence in a number of countries in which it currently operates, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Colombia and Mexico. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016, the company said. “The industrial water consultancy team will bring WSP an increased presence in the attractive global water market, more specifically, in the supply, management, control and environmental protection of water,” said Alexandre L’Heureux, the incoming President and Chief Executive Officer of WSP. The move follows WSP’s recent acquisition of Sweett Group, a UK-based provider of professional services for the construction and management of building and infrastructure projects.

Dubai Municipality will build a AED 2bn ($550mn) plant to incinerate waste and convert the energy produced into electricity. Construction of the plant will begin in the Warsan 2 area by the end of this month, according to Emirates News Agency (WAM). The plant will be operational in the second quarter of 2020 during which it will receive 2,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste per day in the first phase to produce 60 megawatts, said Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality. It will also help the city with its quest to reduce landfill by 75 percent by 2021 and to cut greenhouse gas emitted from waste.

Sumer Contracting to build Jumeirah Golf Estates project Sumer Contracting Company has won the contract to build Jumeirah Golf Estates’ latest residential project in Dubai. Construction of Alandalus - a collection of 674 apartments and 54 townhouses - is set to begin this month with completion scheduled for 2018. “Having previously constructed a range of luxury projects, Sumer Contracting Company was a natural choice for this role, as we create luxury living choices with affordable prices, for a captive audience of buyers,” said Yousuf Kazim, CEO of Jumeirah Golf Estates. The value of the contract was not revealed.

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Atkins launches new advisory service Atkins has launched a new advisory business to help clients manage uncertainty and complexity in infrastructure delivery. The end-to-end consulting business Atkins Acuity - will combine the company’s extensive engineering and master planning capability with new structuring, financing and project preparation expertise. Initially the service will focus on the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa markets across Atkins’ core sectors of Uwe Krueger, Atkins' CEO and transportation, energy and infrastructure, Dominic Harvey, CEO of Atkins the company said in a statement. Acuity (left to Atkins Acuity will support international right) finance institutions, governments, and large corporations through the delivery of engineering-led advisory solutions to target infrastructure development and funding opportunities around the world. This is the first new business to be launched by Atkins, with an aspirational goal of generating approximately GBP 200mn ($283mn) in revenues in around a four to five year period. Senior new hires have been made from organisations including McKinsey, KPMG, Arthur D Little, World Economic Forum, Standard Chartered Bank and the former executive director of the Philippines PPP Unit, adding structuring and financing skills to the deep technical engineering knowledge across the Atkins Group. Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ chief executive officer, said: “Atkins Acuity is a direct response to our client’s needs to deliver more rewarding and higher-value partnerships for infrastructure and energy investments. We believe Governments, corporates and financial institutions alike are frustrated at bottle-necks in programmes and a lack of delivery – the Atkins Acuity end-to-end advisory service is designed to help change that.”

Ajman Sewerage embarks on $20mn network expansion

Ajman Sewerage has kickstarted work on a pair of major projects worth a combined AED 75mn ($20.4mn). The first involves construction of a 10km sewerage pressure line between Ajman City and Ajman Sewerage’s treatment plant, while the second is a 40-kilometer sewer gravity network in Ajman’s Al Jurf Industrial Zones 1 and 3. Al Marfaa Contracting Company and Darwish Engineering Emirates will undertake the respective projects which will allow the utility to serve an additional 10,000 properties on top of the 130,000 properties it currently serves. Other projects in the pipeline include the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, which was awarded to BESIX/Six Construct in 2015 and is expected to complete by end of this year. This will eventually allow treatment of up to 120 million liters of wastewater every day.

Al Ashram Contracting to build Aramex $20mn express courier facility in Dubai Dubai-based investment firm Al Ashram Investments has signed an agreement with logistics company Aramex to build-and-leaseback its new Express Courier Facility in Dubai. Located in Umm Ramool area on Dubai Airport Road, the facility will be constructed by Al Ashram Contracting within seven months at an expected cost of AED75mn ($20.4mn). The new Express Courier Facility

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would be constructed on a build-tosuit basis as Aramex is the sole occupant of the property. This will allow the logistics the freedom to include its specific requirements in the construction of the building without owning the property. It has been designed to employ the latest technologies to serve Aramex’s growing customer base more effectively and efficiently.

EFS Facilities Services swoops for SecurePlus Facilities management firm EFS Facilities Services has expanded its offering with the acquisition of SecurePlus, a UAE-based security company established in 2005. The move follows the recent launch of EFS’ managed security services division, which caters to addressing security needs for a wide range of clients across a variety of sectors. SecurePlus’ services include man-guarding, CCTV operations, security consultancy, patrolling, lifeguard services in addition to value added services such as valet and cash-in-transit. Tariq Chauhan, Group Chief Executive Officer for EFS Facilities Services Group, said the acquisition positioned the company as a “one stop solution” for comprehensive Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) requirements. “The strategy of EFS Group is to expand the operations of SecurePlus across UAE as part of the first phase and to later introduce security services operations in other lucrative key markets as a new business sector complementing EFS’ existing IFM operations,” he said.

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KBW Investments builds portfolio KBW Investments founder and chairperson HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal and Grayscale Interiors founder and managing director, Dr. Gary Vastag

KBW Investments has added to its fast growing stable of companies and services with the majority acquisition of Grayscale Interiors, while the company has also formed a partnership with French technology manufacturer, Ascorel Group. Grayscale Interiors operates out of the UAE and specialises in interior fit-outs for a varied range of projects across sectors including hospitality and commercial building developments. The agreement was signed by KBW Investments founder and chairperson HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal and Grayscale Interiors founder and managing director, Dr. Gary Vastag. “After partnering with Grayscale Interiors for several projects that required bespoke interior fit-outs, it was clear that

having the company join the KBW Investments portfolio would increase our Group’s capability to address projects from the early conceptual development and planning stages, all the way to project management and execution stages,” said Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, Group CEO, KBW Investments. “Grayscale’s strong focus on business development, industry integrity and best practice implementation, and finally, high quality end product, is exactly the type of venture that appeals to KBW for strategic growth aims,” added Alkhoshaibi. Grayscale has a project roster that includes the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, with plans to expand now that the KBW majority acquisition is completed. Meanwhile, KBW Investments announced a partnership with French

technology manufacturer, Ascorel Group to serve the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market. Ascorel Middle East will facilitate the sale of Ascorel’s technologies dedicated to the heavy machinery segment in the region. Raimondi Cranes, acquired by KBW in 2014, has used Ascorel’s construction safety solutions for many years. “The integration of Ascorel technologies into the Raimondi Cranes framework has given us ample experience with the company, and has allowed us to confidently unite for this new venture that targets the Middle East,” said Ahmed Alkhoshaibi. Ascorel Middle East will commence operations from August, and will be based out of KBW Investments headquarters in Dubai.

Siemens technology controls Dubai's 3D printed building Siemens provided a variety of control systems for the world’s first 3D printed office building located outside Emirates Towers in Dubai. The German company supplied access control and surveillance systems which are integrated into one of its central building management platforms. Siemens' Desigo CC building management platform enables the control and optimization of the building's tech-

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nical infrastructure, surveillance, air conditioning and access control systems from a central location. Worldwide installations of Desigo CC have led to reductions in building operating costs of up to 20 percent, Siemens said in a statement. Unveiled in May, the 250-square-meter "Office of the Future" was built using a 3D printer measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide.


Larsen & Toubro to build $135mn Qatar 2022 fifa World Cup stadium

Qatar’s Al Balagh Trading & Contracting and India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T), have won the main contract to build Al Rayyan Stadium, a 40,000 seat venue that will host games up to the quarterfinals at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. After the event the Ramboll and Pattern stadium will accommodate 20,000 seats and be home to Al Rayyan Sports Club. Though the value of the project was not revealed, some reports have pegged it in the region of $135mn. His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

(SC), said at a signing ceremony: “The impact of this stadium and its surrounding precinct will be felt long before the stadium is finished in 2019, with the recently completed outdoor training pitches set to be used by the current QSL Champions, Al Rayyan Club, for their upcoming Qatar Stars League season. “We are confident that Al Rayyan Stadium will become a landmark for the area and benefit the entire community from now until long after the last ball is kicked in 2022.” Al Rayyan Stadium is the fifth stadium

design to be launched by the SC, following Al Wakrah Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City, Khalifa International Stadium and Qatar Foundation Stadium, all in different stages of construction. The SC will also launch the designs of Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium and Al Thumama Stadium within the coming year and officially launch the completed Khalifa International Stadium in early 2017. Construction of all infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is slated to be completed by 2020, two years prior to the tournament.

Salini Impregilo awarded $955mn contract in Kuwait A Salini Impregilo-led consortium has won a $955mn contract to build a huge development in Kuwait that will house 400,000 people when complete. The deal, part of the South Al Mutlaa Housing Project, was awarded by Kuwait’s Public Authority for Housing Welfare and comprises the creation of a 12,000-hectare urban development located around 40kms from Kuwait City.

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The project, to be done by a consortium led by the Italian company with a 55% stake, involves construction of 150 km of roads and related

structures, lighting, water distribution, drainage, sewerage, electricity and telecoms infrastructure. The Kuwaiti parliament has approved a 2015-2020 development plan that envisages investments totaling more than $100bn in infrastructure projects in the country, including the construction of thousands of homes, metro and railway networks and new refineries and industrial facilities.

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ACC wins $200mn deal to expand cancer hospital in Egypt

Bechtel extends contract for KSA industrial cities

Arabian MEP contracted for hotel tower at West Bay

CSCEC bags $580mn contract for Kuwait university

Nakheel awards $1.1mn Deira Islands contract

Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has landed a $200mn contract to expand a specialist children's cancer hospital in Egypt. First built by ACC and opened in 2007, Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 is one of the largest children's cancer hospitals in the world. The extension consists of two buildings, an outpatient centre extending over 8,500 square meters and an administrative smart building of 2,500 square meters.

Bechtel has signed a fiveyear contract extension to continue its longstanding management services work at Jubail and Ras Al Khair industrial cities in Saudi Arabia. Over the next five years, the company will focus on providing residential accommodation and education facilities such as a 18,000-student 'greenfield' university as well as roads, bridges, medical centers, and power, water and waste facilities. Jubail and Ras Al Khair currently employ an estimated 140,000 people, which is predicted to rise to 190,000 by 2021.

Arabian MEP has been contracted by one of the largest listed real estate developers to carry out mechanical installations for a high-rise hotel project at West Bay, Doha. The project consists of 41 floors including basement covering a total built up area of 60,000 square metres. The targeted completion period for the fast track project including mobilisation will be 28 months, the company said without disclosing the value of the deal.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has won a KWD 174mn ($580mn) contract to build and manage a giant education city project Sabah Al Salem University City - in Kuwait. Under the government awarded contract, the Chinese contractor will be responsible for the construction and operation and maintenance of the administration facilities at the upcoming project. The Sabah Al Salem University City consists of seven buildings to house the administration wing, cultural centre, convocation hall, conference centre, university library and visitor centre besides a grand mosque.

Nakheel has awarded a contract for nearly AED 4mn ($1.1mn) for sewage treatment plant (STP) work at Deira Islands in Dubai. Austria-based ILF Consulting Engineers will oversee the design and construction supervision of the STP and lifting station, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The STP will be developed in two stages with the first, covering years 2017 to 2022, designed to handle 20,000 cubic metres per day. The second phase, for 2022 to 2042, will have an additional 17,000 cubic metres daily capacity. To date, Nakheel has awarded more than AED 3bn worth of contracts for Deira Islands.

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MAN Truck & Bus Middle East


ince 2006, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East has been the regional representative of MAN Truck & Bus AG which is headquartered in Munich, Germany and the largest company of MAN Group. It is a leading provider of commercial vehicles and buses that are renowned for their robustness, reliability and adherence to high standards of driver and passenger comfort and safety. MAN Truck & Bus Middle East operates through an extensive network of 35 private capital dealers and importers in 14 countries namely Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The company provides full-fledged turn-key solutions for both goods and passenger transportation by road through its light (TGL), medium (TGM) and heavy-duty (TGS WW) ranges of trucks, and MAN and NEOPLAN buses that provide basic to VIP luxury transport and travel requirements. MAN’s operations in the region are guided by Franz Freiherr von Redwitz who is the Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Middle East. He has tons of experience gained through working with the MAN Group for the last 17 years in various international sales management roles.

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Franz Freiherr von Redwitz, Managing Director, MAN Truck and Bus Middle East

“MAN Truck & Bus Middle East operates through an extensive network of 35 private capital dealers and importers in 14 countries” Franz Freiherr von Redwitz, Managing Director While MAN products cater to a wide variety of industry segments, its competence in the construction industry however combined with its knowledge of the industry are unmatched. MAN’s insights into regional customer requirements and its superior track record has helped it to be a preferred supplier for the regional construction industry over the years. As turn-key solution for the construction business, MAN offers the tough

and resilient MAN TGS chassis from its WorldWide (WW) product family. The vehicles are optimised to meet sector requirements. The MAN TGS WW is a truck for tackling and dealing with extreme challenges. These include challenging road conditions and extreme climatic conditions. The variant range includes left and right-hand drive vehicles and is available in emission categories Euro 2 to Euro 6. Yet another major area of emphasis for MAN has been in road safety where MAN is partnering with local authorities across the region to conduct regular road safety campaigns. Based on MAN’s global experience and research, the company firmly believes that a combination of behavioural and technological measures like telematics can significantly enhance road safety on public roads in the region. MAN has consistently worked with its importers to create a superior service and sales infrastructure across the region. This has helped immensely in improving the company’s market share. The main objective for the company is to be close to its customers and understand them in order to exceed their expectations. MAN has also been active in customising its products for the region and this has helped the company to gain customers and improve its market share.


Forming a competitive market for sustainability

As spending across the GCC advances cautiously, the role of sustainability is now an intrinsic part of the Gulf construction market, and an element that remains at the core of Doka’s values.


cknowledged as a centre for the global oil markets, the recent price correction of crude has served as a stark reminder of the GCC’s requirement for a more sustainable approach to all facets of its society, with construction being no exception. With a total value of $172bn, the GCC construction market still represents a significant proportion of spending, and also remains an essential part of the infrastructure development required for the region’s long-term economic diversification. With Saudi Arabia reporting a drop in contract awards of 51% and Qatar issuing warnings of cost overruns, it is clear to see that stakeholders across the GCC must find ways to maintain their liquidity until the market is able to recover, which according to the recent MEED Construction Leadership Summit is likely to be in 2018. Doka has long understood that investment in sustainability isn’t just a more responsible approach for the environment, but furthermore a way to create greater efficiencies in its business models, the benefits of which can be passed to its clients. Established in 1990, Doka’s research and development facility in Amstetten, Austria was created to generate high quality products and systems that save time and energy while ensuring the highest standards of safety are maintained. A great example of how Doka ensures its products can go further can be found in its reconditioning facilities where used formwork is professionally cleaned and inspected. Reconditioning is only made possible providing the products and systems are made to be durable in the first place, which is why all Doka products are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified, ensuring a long life cycle while being resource sparing from a manufacturing and logistical standpoint. 18 construction business news me July 2016

User safety is another top priority at Doka Group.

Doka is committed to sourcing timber through PEFC regulations.

As a company that has a presence in more than 70 countries around the world, Doka’s logistics must also be extremely well organised in order to react to the regional market demand. As part of its sustainability structure, Doka uses an online global network which allows for products and systems to be moved between logistical hubs when required, helping to cut down the waiting time for products and services while reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the long-term. As far as products, Doka’s most recent innovation; Concremote, is an awardwinning sensor that provides up-to-the minute information about the compres-

sive strength and durability parameters of concrete, meaning cycle times can be improved up to 47%, producing an average cost saving of 32%, making projects more sustainable for its clients. As a device which can be set into slabs, walls, columns, rafts and mass concrete structures, results are available directly to the project manager’s smartphone or tablet device meaning deshuttering can commence the moment it is safe to do so. Of course not all sustainable actions are related to products and systems, but to the most crucial elements of a company, its people. Doka’s highly structured training system has been designed to promote a solution-oriented culture that encourages staff to become highly motivated team players, the results of which have shown to provide above-average corporate loyalty. While many companies throughout the GCC support the idea of sustainability initiatives, Doka understands that the emphasis on sustainable business is already a significant factor in remaining competitive in a market that demands the highest standards for the most competitive price.

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Greg Kane

Change at the top

Greg Kane was recently promoted to head the Middle East division of leading consultant WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, replacing Tom Bower as managing director. As he approaches a decade in Dubai, the 39-year-old Dubliner spoke to Jason O’Connell about completing the integration of the newly merged company, while managing the challenges and opportunities presented by a regional construction market in a state of flux.

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The Living Wall, Al Barari

Congratulations on the recent promotion. Was it unexpected? Not entirely. I was recruited three years ago to join the old WSP as operations director. There was always a succession plan of sorts but succession planning doesn’t always go as planned! Tom leaving the business was to some people a bit of a surprise, to some of us not such a big surprise. Following Tom’s departure was a process whereby our global COO reviewed the people in the business that he felt were worth considering and then selected me to take the role. What’s top of your in tray in the new role? The first thing to do and the message I’ve shared internally is to reinforce our global strategy which focuses on four elements: people, clients, expertise and operational excellence. The first two of those are very, very important. Since I was appointed I’ve been

going to as many of our offices as possible and having one on one time with people but also speaking with large groups and then getting out and seeing clients. A lot of our existing clients are curious to know what the change might mean so I’m spending time seeing those clients and making sure that they’re comfortable with the change. I’m also taking the opportunity to reconnect with some clients that we’ve not seen recently. I’m not looking to make massive changes but following the integration between WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff, we came up with a new business strategy and a new business structure around 15 months ago so now is a good chance to take stock and ask if we got those things right first time. We’ll probably make a few tweaks. It’s more about small incremental change as opposed to any radical reshaping of the business which we did about 15 months ago.

How is the integration going? Starting January 2015 we put a huge amount of effort into trying to integrate as much as we could. And I would say, from a mechanical side of things, we are close to 100 percent integrated. We all work in the same offices off the same platforms. We’ve rebranded the entire business WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Things like culture and way of working take a little bit longer. I think we’ve made good progress but a year and a bit in it’s still a work in progress. WSP was more known in the vertical infrastructure space whereas Parsons Brinckerhoff would have been more known in horizontal infrastructure – transportation, roads, highways, etc. That’s why the two businesses coming together made so much sense. There wasn’t a huge amount of overlap where we were bringing together duplicate resources and skills. And in the Middle East in particular, with the exception of some infrastructure design areas, we had very little overlap. construction business news me July 2016 21

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As a result of the two businesses coming together last year we had zero front office technical people leave the business. Back office business support – finance, HR, IT - we did have some rationalization as you would expect. We came together as two equal sized businesses so we’re now a business twice the size. Both companies saw a lot of growth in recent years even prior to the merger. What was behind that? Pre integration WSP grew 40 percent in 2013 and again in 2014. 2015 was a challenging year for most businesses in the region. Parsons Brinckerhoff also grew in that time. The market improved from 2012 onwards and a bit of confidence came back to Dubai and the region. That growth was built off a really strong focus on our people, making sure we got the best people and retaining them and focusing on delivering quality products to our clients - the type of service that our clients want to come back and procure more of. How do you meet the challenges of the current market? It’s a slightly more challenging market than previous years but my sense is there are still good opportunities out there. Obviously we’ve got Expo in Dubai which is driving a lot of property and building work which we feel we’re well positioned to deliver and we’re doing that as we speak. The oil price and the impact that that’s having means governments are being cautious, as you can understand but we have seen a slight recovery in the oil price and with that brings a little more confidence. And maybe if oil prices remain closer to current levels than previous levels that will drive a different way for governments to procure their infrastructure. The region still has a latent demand that needs to be delivered in terms of infrastructure and buildings. You have things like Expo and the World Cup and governments releasing strategic visions. That all indicates that things are moving and happening and 22 construction business news me July 2016

leaves me feeling a little more positive than say 12 months ago. Which countries and sectors are suffering the most and which are not doing too badly? We’ve seen a level of activity in Dubai in the last six months. Some of the projects around Expo have meant more work for us but they’ve also meant more confidence. Qatar has been slow for us for the last 12-18 months but we are seeing things starting to move a little. And Qatar still has big ambitions to deliver a lot of infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Saudi Arabia is an area of our business that has not been as active as other countries but we are interested in KSA. We have a new country lead director who’s been there since the start of the year. He’s been exploring prospects and we feel positive we will have a role to play in KSA even with oil at lower levels than in the past. We’ve seen a new strategic vision for 2030 and we feel that’s going to bring opportunities and client needs that we can serve. It’s early days but it’s ambitious which is positive because it presents opportunities for our industry. The way of doing things in Saudi appears to be changing so we are exploring there more so than in previous years. Saudi is the most obvious example of the change in oil prices leading to a shake-up in how some things are done. Are we going to see a switch to alternative methods of financing, for example PPPs? There’s certainly more discussion around PPP. One theory is that this region as it matures will move to means of procurement which are the norm in more mature economies. PPP is a method of procurement that has been prevalent in places like the UK, Canada and Australia for many years. Will it gain traction in the Middle East? My sense is that it or a version of it whether it’s PFI or other forms of alternative finance will become more relevant in the Middle East than in previous years. Again, it’s related to the oil price but

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Plant

it’s also related to the region and the economies maturing. PPP implies more design-build type opportunities. With design build comes different opportunities than some of the projects we’ve worked on in the past. So yes, it does seem like a natural next step for the region as it continues to develop.

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We seem to be seeing a shift to renewable energy projects in the region. Is it fair to say it’s reached a tipping point here and do you expect to be doing more work in that area in the coming years? I’m not sure if we’ve reached a tipping point yet but I definitely sense that we’re on the journey to it. There’s an inevitability to renewables to an extent. Whether we ever become reliant on renewables for base load power is debatable but we’re definitely on that journey. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was involved in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park phase 1 and now you’ve got phase 2 being developed. I just see that continuing. The region has an abundance of opportunity around solar power. It’s becoming more and more commercially viable so there is definitely a shift towards it and I see opportunity for us in that space. With the integration of Parsons Brinckerhoff came a big power business with a very rich heritage. What other radical changes are we likely to see? Some of the strategic plans that the governments in the region are coming up with are going to present a myriad of opportunities because it’s going to impact so many things – power, infrastructure, rail – a host of opportunities and enough for our industry to wrap its arms around. We have a role to play in supporting these governments deliver what they need to deliver. And we need to be sensitive and listen to what they are trying to do and find a way to play a part. Our industry has played a huge role in this region over the last 4050 years and I see opportunities to continue doing that. Things like alternative power and procurement are perhaps

just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure the region will continue to present opportunities. And we have things like Expo and the World Cup which are not small things to deliver and we have a big role to play helping to deliver those visions. Beyond 2020 – 2022 what will drive the regional economies? The one thing I do expect is for this region to maintain its level of ambition. As long as I’ve been here this region has been very ambitious in what it wants to achieve. It’s always set very high goals and largely has delivered them. If you look at the region today compared to 10 years ago when I arrived, it’s a massive transformation. That level of ambition and vision and drive, I don’t expect that to change. What that will bring, whether it’s more events or strategic visions for 2030 or 2040, I don’t know but I do expect the level of ambition to be undiminished. What projects are you involved in at the moment? We’re involved in a large number of projects across the region, some of them incredibly important. We’re involved in big power projects in Ras Laffan in Qatar and some others in Saudi Arabia. More visually we are the lead consultant for the Dubai I observation wheel on Bluewaters Island which is making good progress and we’re going to see the wheel starting to be erected in the next few months. The spindle was lifted into place a couple of weeks ago which broke a number of records. Some of our guys were working night and day in the run up to it to make sure that everything went well. Once that starts to take shape that’s a very visual demonstration of the level of ambition that this region has and when it’s finished it will be an amazing project and one that we, along with others that worked on it, are hugely proud of. We’re also the lead consultant for the retail component of the Bluewaters Island and the whole thing is going up very fast. It’s a very clear example of how quickly things can happen in this region. construction business news me July 2016 23


Francois Valois

3D Vision Francois Valois, Director of Product Management Civil at Bentley Systems on using the company’s solutions in Roadway Conceptual Design and the Construction Bidding Process


cquiring precise 3D reality models of existing conditions using photographs taken with a simple camera, even the one on your smartphone, is now possible thanks to the advancements made in 3D photogrammetry, technology that allows you to process simple photographs to build a number of very compelling outputs called reality meshes. Bentley’s offering in this space is ContextCapture, which converts images taken with a hand-held camera into a model to create stunning results. ContextCapture uses GPS devices and/or ground control points to correctly scale and geo-locate the

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model in the right location on the globe. How precise and accurate these models are depends on a number of factors, but experience tells us that the resulting accuracy of the reality mesh can be equivalent to two times the pixel size of the images used in the processing. The precision depends on the resolution of the camera, the distance to the object or site, and the quality of the camera. The absolute accuracy (exact location on the globe) depends on the GPS on the device and on the accuracy of the control points. Using a smartphone, you can get a precision of half a centimeter (absolute accuracy is limited to approxi-

mately 1 meter by the phone GPS without any ground control points). Using an airborne UAV flying at 120 meters, with survey grade ground control points and a good camera, accuracy of a few centimeters (between 6 and 7 cm using that drone) is possible. Reality Mesh A reality mesh is essentially a fully textured multi-resolution 3D mesh of the object or site you have photographed that can be displayed in a number of software packages. All Bentley design applications, including MicroStation, InRoads, GEOPAK, MXROADS, OpenRoads Designer, and OpenRoads ConceptStation are

but you also need a conceptual design package, such as our recently introduced OpenRoads ConceptStation. This application leverages the most advanced Bentley technology and the most powerful calculation engines accessible using a clean user interface, making this product immediately usable with almost no learning curve. OpenRoads ConceptStation consumes the reality mesh and you simply use this mesh to provide the context for the design. The reality mesh created from photos using UAVs or hand-held devices is perfect for conceptual design as it combines relatively low cost, a sufficient level of accuracy, and offers new information generally not available at this early phase. Having a reality mesh that contains information about the context is clearly important for making better decisions at the conceptual phase. In addition, increased public understanding in the early stage is critical to having the project accepted by the public and reduces the perceived impact on the community. A reality mesh combined with the design displayed in the embedded LumenRT real-time rendering engine

able to display this type of 3D reality model. Reality meshes are accurate enough to serve as a base for your design. For example, if you are working on a large interchange re-modelling project, you have to watch for potential obstacles that might get in the way of the new infrastructure and that need to be de-constructed, moved and replaced. A reality mesh contains all of that information. It also contains the bare earth surface information and using applications like Bentley Descartes, you can now very simply extract that information from the reality mesh. Leveraging the reality mesh in the conceptual design stage is a great start,

How to use reality mesh in the construction bidding process Unfortunately, on many construction projects contractors receive 2D paper plans and not much more to bid on a project. Understanding those plans fully is challenging on its own not to mention the context in which this construction has to take place. Bentley’s ContextCapture can help contractors very quickly and accurately capture information about existing conditions, which helps them plan the work. With OpenRoads ConceptStation, it is possible to re-model 2D plans in a fraction of the time that it would take with a standard CAD application. Although this model is not the final design, it is perfect to make decisions about clearance, phasing, and maintenance of traffic strategies. The reality mesh, along with the newly re-

modeled engineering sketch, can help the contractor identify high-cost items early, such as where large structures are, how many are there, and what obstacles you will face when trying to operate heavy-civil equipment on the project. If the client allows alternative technical concepts, the contractor can easily use ConceptStation to look at different options and new approaches to meet the technical requirements and identify ways to lower the cost of the overall project. This process enables the contractor to bid on more jobs that are not easily manageable through traditional techniques, and to potentially win more work by being able to look at more options than their competitors. Lastly, using the embedded realtime rendering LumenRT engine, ConceptStation allows you to easily communicate with project stakeholders ensuring faster acceptance of the proposed solution. Reality modeling in the roads and highway sector In the roads and highway design process, surveying is very challenging especially in the Gulf region where high temperatures in summer impact the amount of time it can take surveyors to collect survey data from the ground. Using ContextCapture, surveyors are able to collect survey data using a drone, thereby reducing resource hours and time. ContextCapture also allows road and transportation authorities as well as municipalities to improve their decision making and plan their future projects after understanding the current conditions of their existing infrastructure. For surveyors, it enhances their productivity by reducing the time consumed on the sites. The technology helps consultants and contractors enhance productivity, reduce the time consumed in the survey process, and reduce the amount of site visits to verify their design in the real environment, saving on cost and resources. construction business news me July 2016 25

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he 2016 Power Hour is the executive rundown of the contractors, developers and industry innovators who have shaped the construction industry over the last 12 months. While the last year has been one marred with low oil prices and a subsequent impact on government spending and infrastructure development, the scale of ambition behind those projects which have been announced has shown no such slowdown. Deira Islands and the Dubai Metro extension; Doha Metro; Sabah Al Salem University City, Kuwait and dozens of others. In fact the pipeline of projects planned in the GCC as of May of 2016 amounts to $2tr.

In Saudi Arabia investment exceeding $29.8bn will be made in airport infrastructure by 2020, and the construction of six smart cities by 2025 at a cost of $109bn are said to be sufficient enough to ensure the continuous growth of the Saudi construction industry. Similar stories echo around the GCC. In the Power Hour 2016, the showcased projects and achievements have taken into account each company’s story, leadership and influence, its achievements and ambitions. Construction Business News has ranked each company based on overall performance, project delivery and market reputation in order to compile this definitive count down. construction business news me July 2016 27

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Emaar Properties Mohamed Alabbar, chairperson


he year started badly for Emaar with one of its flagship hotels going up in flames in Downtown Dubai as the world watched on. Less than six months later it was making global headlines for the right reasons as it announced plans to build the world’s tallest tower as part of its enormous Dubai Creek Harbour mega development. That is why Mohamed Alabbar-led Emaar rises three places from last year to top our power list. At 6 square km Dubai Creek Harbour will be over twice the size of Downtown Dubai and include high end residential, hospitality and retail centered around a $1bn monument 100 metres taller than Burj Khalifa. Emaar is also currently putting the finishing touches to Downtown with the Dubai Opera house and a series of new hotels and residential towers. Ongoing projects in the area include The Address Boulevard Dubai; The Address Fountain Views I, II and III; The Address Sky View; Vida Residences Downtown Dubai; BLVD Crescent; BLVD Heights; Boulevard Point; Burj Vista and Downtown Views. The company expanded its hospitality division this year with the first Rove Hotel, a joint venture with Meraas, with plans to have 10 of the mid-market hotels by 2020. With a footprint that spreads well beyond its home turf in Dubai and even outside the Middle East, Emaar posted an 11 percent rise in full year net profit to AED 4.08bn off the back of a 33 percent jump in sales. First quarter 2016 net profit of AED 1.205bn ($1.11bn) was 17 percent higher than the same period of 2015. Following the release of the first quarter results, Chairperson Mohamed Alabbar, said: “Property sales in Dubai and other key international markets have gained momentum, a testament to our differentiating strength in offering the right property of choice for investors in premium locations. “We are building on this positive trend by developing premium projects in exceptional locations, especially in Dubai, to establish the city as a global leader in all sectors, and to complement the preparations for the Expo 2020 Dubai. This is highlighted by the launch of the iconic new tower in Dubai Creek Harbour and the planned opening of Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai this year. Both will serve as magnets for investors and visitors.”

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Projects: • Dubai Creek Harbour • Downtown Dubai • Dubai Marina • Dubai Mall • The Address Hotels and Resorts

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SAK Holding

H.E. Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairperson


nder the leadership of H.E. Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, SAK Holding is on its way to becoming one of the leading companies in Qatar, with major investments in line with the Qatar National Vision and Development Strategy. SAK Holding includes the SAK Real Estate, SAK Trading and Contracting, SAK Partnerships, and SAK Security Services. SAK Partnerships Company serves all types of real estate investors, and develops the best investment opportunities, that will achieve the highest revenues; to benefit the real estate sector and the economy. SAK Trading and Contracting Company includes practices such as general construction of buildings, contracting, electrical work, general maintenance, and trading in electrical tools, furnishing, household furniture, carpet trading and construction equipment. H.E. Sheikh Al Thani is a leading Qatari businessman with diverse business interests including banking, real estate, insurance, healthcare, media and sports sectors in the region. In October 2012, H.E. Sheikh Thani was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the real estate sector and the economy of the State of Qatar over the years, at Ernst & Young’s “Growing Beyond Summit 2012.” SAK Holding picked up the award for Industry Ecosystem Innovation at the Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2015.

Projects: • Al Shamal Hotel in Doha, Qatar • White Square Tower in Doha, Qatar • Ezdan Mall in Doha, Qatar • Burj Al Khayarin in Doha, Qatar • Al Wakra Mall in Doha, Qatar construction business news me July 2016 29

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China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) Yu Tao, President and CEO (Middle East)

ith the encouragement of the Chinese government and financing assistance from the Export-Import Bank of China, CSCEC branched out as a builder and investor of overseas projects, becoming China’s largest construction contractor. The company is well known for undertaking super high-rise, super scale construction, cutting-edge and novel projects. CSCEC opened its first overseas office in Kuwait in the late 1970s and has grown from strength to strength in this region ever since and now employs around 15,000 workers. The Yu Tao-led company made its debut in Dubai in

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2005 working on villas on Palm Jumeirah. From there the company started to take large and more complex orders like Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital and the Doha Tower in Qatar. Most recently winning a $580mn contract in Kuwait to build and manage a giant education city project - Sabah Al Salem University City. Among the high profile jobs it is carrying out at the moment is probably its work on the midfield terminal building of Abu Dhabi Airport where it has done the infrastructure and is the specialist in the steel structure and mechanical package. CSCEC is also carrying out work related to the Dubai Canal extension. In all it has completed over $5bn worth of projects in the Gulf.

Projects: • Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal Building • Dubai Water Canal • Palm Villas • Doha Tower • Meydan Racecourse

4 TAV Group Dr Eng Sani Sener, President


AV Construction is a member of the TAV Group, founded in 1997 when two leading Turkish conglomerates, Tepe Group and Akfen Holding teamed up to bid on (and be awarded) the BOT contract for the new Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The immediate aim of the company was to pursue the first airport in Turkey to be developed under privatisation with the BOT model. Meanwhile, the broader vision was to branch out into airport construction, financing, operations and related consulting and management services in the global arena. Since then TAV Construction has worked on 16 airport projects in the MEA region with a total project value to date of more than $17bn and 30,000 employees. Currently the company is engaged in various global projects such as construction of Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal Complex in United Arab Emirates, Riyadh King Khaled Airport Terminal 5 in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah King Abdulaziz Airport Aircraft Maintenance Hangars, and Muscat Airport Infrastructure Works in Oman. In January of this year TAV was awarded the new terminal

construction tender for Bahrain International under a JV with Arabtec. The project is valued at $1.1bn and is the largest construction project won by a Turkish company in Bahrain. Boasting a built-up area of 220,000sqm, the new state-ofthe-art terminal will increase from current yearly capacity of 4 million to 14 million passengers. The terminal is planned to be completed in 51 months and has been designed to meet LEED Gold criteria. TAV’s non-aviation projects include Marina 101, Dubai; DAMAC Towers by Paramount; Emaar Square, Istanbul; Sulafa Tower, Dubai.

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5 Egyptian Steel

Ahmed Abou Hashima, Chairperson and CEO


gyptian Steel’s new steel plant in Beni Suief has started cold commissioning and will have a grand opening event in September. This plant is the first of its kind in the Middle East and Africa, using ecofriendly technology. It’s also the biggest of its kind globally, producing 830,000 tons annually, while the only two other plants in the world using the same technology each produce 250,000 tons only. The plant has put Egyptian Steel on the global map as the biggest manufacturer of green steel, which will be the future of construction. The company has also established Egyptian Cement and applied for a license to produce 2 million tons per year, a first step in expanding into other building materials besides steel and part of

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its vision to become a one-stop shop for all building materials. Demand for steel in Egypt remains high with a long pipeline of infrastructure and development projects that will require steel. Ahmed Abou Hashima, has an optimistic outlook for the Egyptian market: “During the upcoming year we will launch production in our 4th steel plant, which is identical to the Beni Sueif plant in technology and production capacity but located in the city of Al Ain Al Sokhna on the Red Sea,” he said. “With the launching of this plant the total production capacity of Egyptian Steel Group will reach 2.3 million tons per year, enabling us to acquire 20-25% market share. Yet, with still being the sole producer of green steel in the region, and the biggest globally.”

With the launching of this plant the total production capacity of Egyptian Steel Group will reach 2.3 million tons per year, enabling us to acquire 20-25% market share

6 Consolidate Contractors Company (CCC) Samer Said Khoury, President E&C


CC’s origins go back to 1952 when three entrepreneurs, the late Kamel Abdul-Rahman, the late Hasib Sabbagh, and Said Khoury, joined forces to create one of the first Arab construction companies. From its beginnings, CCC has become the largest engineering and construction company in the Middle East. Today CCC embraces the ambitions and welfare of over 110,000 employees composed of over eighty nationalities, in almost every country of the Middle East, Africa, Europe (including Russia), CIS countries, the Caribbean, Australia and Papua New Guinea. In May this year, CCC was awarded the $1.4bn contract to build key stations for Doha Metro after the consortium contract with Samsung C&T, Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL) and Qatar Building Company was terminated. The company is involved in more than 50 projects within the GCC, Africa, Australia, Kazakhstan, and Southeast Asia with recent projects including the $10bn Riyadh Metro project, the $3bn Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal in a joint venture with Arabtec and TAV, $300m road-

works in Oman, and the $4bn Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) Lower Fars heavy oil development with Petrofac. The company’s other projects include the $800m Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana, Kazakhstan, in conjunction with Arabtec; projects in Basra, Iraq; power plant projects in Thailand; and pipelines in Australia. One of eight arms of the CCC Group, construction operations are supported by CCC Underwater, CCC Oil and Gas, ACWA Services Ltd, Morganti Group Inc, Silicon Oil and Gas, NPCC, Wood Group CCC Ltd.

Projects: • Riyadh Metro • Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal • Oman roadworks • Kuwait Oil Company’s Lower Fars heavy oil development with Petrofac • Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana, Kazakhstan

7 Meraas Holding HE Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairperson


omprising four divisions – Meraas Development, Meraas Capital, Meraas Estates and Duvent – the Dubai-based integrated developer was established to “make a positive contribution to the National economy”. Chaired by HE Abdulla Al Habbai, Meraas Holding will execute its mission through a number of subsidiaries that encompass a wide range of industry specialisations to develop activities and operations across the UAE and abroad. Meraas capital has been instrumental to this, making international investments in more than 2.8 million square feet of commercial space and attracting FDI to the UAE. Projects: By creating a portfolio of investments in various • Pearl Jumeirah industry sectors, Meraas • The Beach, JBR seeks to generate long term wealth enhancement Dubai to the economic and so• CityWalk cial development of Dubai. • Bluewaters Island In order to capitalise on opportunities in Dubai and • BOXPARK beyond, Meraas is pioneering several initiatives in various macro-economic sectors including tourism, leisure, real estate, development and asset management with Meraas Hotels and Resorts and Meraas Healthcare both launched over the last year. Bringing a new approach to urban planning and community enrichment, Dubai projects to date include Pearl Jumeirah, The Beach, CityWalk, Bluewaters, BOXPARK and Bulgari Resorts and Residences, among others. As much a developer as an innovator of social space, Meraas has also recently launched engagement initiatives such as Dubai Walls – where the creative works of 15 of the world’s top street artists will be painted into the walls of Citywalk – and The Green Planet biodome, a tropical forest with its rich biodiversity of over 3,000 plants and animals, also located at Citywalk.

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Arabian Construction Company (ACC)

Ghassan Merehbi, Chairperson

Projects: • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi • Mashreq HQ, Downtown Dubai • Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi • Emaar Residences, Jeddah Gate • Jabal Omar Development, Jeddah


ounded in Lebanon in 1967 by the Merehbi and Mikati families which still own and run the business, Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has grown to become one of the Middle East's leading construction contractors and has built some of the region’s most iconic projects. From Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi to large scale energy projects to some of Dubai’s tallest skyscrapers such as Almas Tower, Princess Tower and Rose Rotana, ACC’s project portfolio is impressively diversified. Among the most recent contracts the company has clinched is a deal to build a new 150-metre tall tower in Downtown Dubai. The Skidmore Owings & Merrill



designed building will be home to Mashreq Bank. In the first half of this year ACC also landed a $200mn contract to expand Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357, one of the largest children's cancer hospitals in the world. It also clinched the construction contract for the Emaar Residences development in Jeddah Gate, having previously been awarded the deal for Emaar Square, a dedicated commercial precinct in Jeddah Gate. ACC opened its first office in Abu Dhabi in 1969 followed by offices in Dubai, Qatar, KSA, Jordan and Egypt. More recently it has begun to expand operations into India as demand for quality high-rise construction projects has grown in the country.

Mulk Holdings Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairperson

ulk Holdings is a global business with diversified interests in building materials and construction, plastics, energy, healthcare, real estate, commodities and Sports management. Founder and chairperson Shaji Ul Mulk has built a thriving presence for the UAE based Mulk holdings in more than 50 countries with a workforce of 7,500 members worldwide. Mulk Holdings has active branches/group companies across the regions of USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, Malaysia, China and Sri Lanka. Starting out from 1982, Shaji Ul Mulk has 32 years’ experience in the business landscape of UAE, as an entrepreneur. He has built a billion dollar enterprise with core businesses growing at a rate of 31% as of end of 2015. The company has grown organically by acquiring projects in Renewable Energy –Africa and India, building contracts in Saudi Arabia, Africa; and the prestigious Ajman Sports City Project. With an eye on the future, Mulk has made strategic investments in new tech sectors like aeronautics and Nano technology. The flagship brand of the group is Alubond usa, an aluminum composite cladding product developed in USA. Awarded as one of the world’s 100 greatest brands, Alubond usa is the largest aluminum Composite Panel Brand in the world, with an installed manufacturing capacity of 25 million square feet and installations in more than 90 countries around the world.

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10 Danube Group

Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairperson Projects: • Glamz Residence • Dreamz Residence • Glitz Residence 1, 2 and 3 • Starz Residence


ubai-based Danube Group almost doubled its turnover to AED 5.13bn ($1.4bn) in 2015 compared to AED 2.8bn a year earlier and is forecasting further growth of 15 to 20 percent in 2016 as it eyes more opportunities in the affordable housing sector. The Rizwan Sajan-led company’s property wing expects to launch three to four low cost developments per year in a bid to cash in on burgeoning demand for low cost housing in Dubai. Danube has launched six affordable residential property developments to date, the most recent being Glamz by Danube. “We started the properties division with a clear focus on the affordable housing segment,” Sajan says. “We identified the gap that existed in the market which was too focused on luxury and super-luxury segments while the mid-income population was left untouched.” He added: “I do not build properties worth billions; I only build low-cost properties which do not exceed AED 500 million in value.” Best known as a leading supplier of building materials, Danube plans to invest AED 200mn to open six new retail stores in the region in the near future, bringing its total number of stores to 50.

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11 Projects: • Al Maryah Central, Abu Dhabi • Etihad Rail Stage 1 • Dragon City Mall • Jeddah Metro • Midfield Terminal Complex, Abu Dhabi




David Barwell, chief executive, Middle East and India

os Angeles-based AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies had revenue of $18bn during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. Among the major Middle East projects AECOM has completed in the past 12 months is the Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion plant (TALEX) plant located in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD). This is the largest aluminium smelting plant in the Arabian Gulf. Despite 150 variations post contract award, AECOM’s project management team maintained the delivery schedule, executing nearly 90 percent of construction in just 16 months. AECOM is a major player in the ongoing Midfield Terminal Building project having been involved since the early stages, providing construction


management, construction supervision, cost management and sustainability services. Specifically it is responsible for the construction aspects of the Midfield Terminal building as well as the associated air and landside infrastructure. In total, 19 packages are included within the project, including managing cost, scheduling, quality and health and safety. The consultancy says it is looking to build on its integrated offering by further developing its Design, Build, Finance, Operate (DBFO) model in the Middle East where it employs over 4,000 full time staff. In a market where clients are reprioritising projects, this model is particularly appropriate; by identifying, learning from and managing potential risks and opportunities at the earliest opportunity, costs across the asset lifecycle can be reduced, the company says. This end-to-end offer can also significantly reduce the time taken from project conception to project completion, thereby increasing the speed to market.

Simon Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & Africa


ction Constru Awards n Innovatiowinner 2015

onsultancy Atkins employs nearly 2,500 people in the 2016 amounted to GBP 1.86bn ($2.72bn), up by less than 1 percent on Middle East where it has been operating for more than the same period a year earlier. However Middle East revenue jumped 40 years and has been behind some of the region’s most by 15 percent year on year to GBP 248.3 ($363m). high profile projects, including the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Ramesh Krishnasamy won Young Engineer of The Year at the Metro, Yas Waterworld, Almas Tower (JLT), Bahrain World Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2015. Trade Center and Durrat Al Bahrain. Simon Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Middle East The future for the business is equally exciting as & Africa: “We’ve had a good year across the Group Projects: it continues to play a key role in major transformaand it’s especially pleasing to have performed tional projects. This year will see the opening of the strongly in the Middle East, during what continue Atkins-designed Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai, to be challenging times in many of our markets • Burj Al Arab which will bring a new level of cultural entertainbecause of the impact of sustained low oil prices. • Dubai Opera ment to the city. In Riyadh and Doha, the company We’ve seen some very good progress on key proj• Port Suntan is playing a key role in delivering major new metro ects such as Riyadh Metro and Dubai Opera, which projects while in Oman, the Port Sultan Qaboos will be a high profile new cultural attraction for the Qaboos, Muscat Redevelopment will turn Muscat’s current commerregion when it opens to the public later this year. • Riyadh Metro cial port (Port Sultan Qaboos) into the Sultanate’s Looking ahead, we see continued opportunities to • Doha Metro premier waterfront destination. add value to our clients through delivery of their Group revenues for the year ended 31 March most complex major projects and programmes.”

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13 Projects: • Jeddah Tower • Abraj Al Bait, Makkah • King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh • King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah • Maldives Airport expansion



Saudi Binladin Group

Engr. Bakr Mohammed Binladin, Chairperson


t’s been a turbulent 12 months for the Saudi Arabian construction sector as new work has all but dried up while the kingdom contemplates ways to adapt to the harsh new reality of low oil prices. Perhaps no company has suffered more than Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), which over the years has grown to be the largest construction contractor in the land thanks mainly to government driven economic growth. Now the company is shedding tens of thousands of its estimated 200,000 workforce as it carries out a deep and painful restructuring. Though most of those laid off are guest workers, the fact that SBG has said it could also let go of around two thirds of the 17,000 Saudi nationals it employs is

an indication of just how grave the situation has become. Its travails can be at least partly be traced back to the day last September when one of its cranes collapsed in the holy of Mecca, killing 111 people and injuring hundreds of others. The company was reportedly barred from bidding for new construction contracts as a result of the incident while a travel ban was imposed on senior executives. Recent developments suggest things may be starting to look up a little for SBG. The ban on bidding for new tenders was lifted last month while the company has also secured access to much needed liquidity. In May SBG reportedly secured a contract to build a new $800mn passenger terminal at the Maldives international airport.

Drake & Scull

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Khaldoun Tabari, CEO and Vice-Chairperson

rake & Scull International (DSI) is a regional market leader in the integrated design, engineering and construction disciplines of General Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), Water and Power, Rail, and Oil and Gas, and Water and Wastewater Treatment. Contracts won in the first half of this year include a AED120mn ($32.6mn) deal with Emirates District Cooling (Emicool) to extend its district cooling network to Dubai Sports City. In the first quarter Fujita Corporation awarded the company a QAR 340mn ($93mn) contract related to the delivery of the first phase of the Doha Metro Depots. The company reported a 61 percent year-on-year decline in net profit for the first quarter of 2016 to AED 9.8mn, compared to AED 25.1mn a year earlier. Revenue was 8 percent lower at AED 1.03bn, and the value of its backlog declined by 18 percent to AED 11.3bn. Despite the results, the company said it had made progress with a strategy to cut costs, improve margins and to try to boost its working capital. “The effect of strategic decisions and unprecedented measures initiated by DSI’s management last year have started to materialise, and have aided our determined efforts to continue the

refinement and consolidation of our business in key markets," said the company’s chief executive Khaldoun Tabari. “We expect to continue making changes that will create positive impacts on the bottom line in the next couple of quarters. I believe that adapting our business model to the current market challenges is key to the success of our business." Drake and Scull picked up the award for Regional Market Penetration at the Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2015.

Projects: • Doha Metro • Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi

• Fairmont Hotel & Service Apartments, Dubai

• The Jewel of the Creek, Dubai • Habtoor City, Dubai

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Hill International Doka Mohammed Al Rais, Regional President


resent in 12 regional markets and every continent across the globe, Hill International provides project management and construction claims services. Since its establishment, this international player has become a trusted leader in the fields of project management services and construction claims services around the world. In the Middle East Hill is involved in prestigious projects in a number of key cities. In Qatar it has won contracts for Doha Metro Green Line, Lusail District, Mall of Qatar and Salwa Resort, to name a few. The firm was awarded Consulting Firm of The Year at the Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2015, in recognition of its achievements. Hill International’s current portfolio includes several prestigious undertakings including the Midfield Terminal Complex at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE, the expansion and modernisation of the Salalah and Muscat airports in Oman, and the 57-acre Jabal Omar development in Saudi Arabia.

The firm has continued to be a voice of leadership in the Industry since the financial crash of the last decade. The firm has also been recognised by Who's Who Legal as the leading construction expert witness practice in the world. Hill had more of its professionals included on the list than any other firm, with 17 experts included from Hill offices in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Projects: • Midfield Terminal Complex, Abu Dhabi • Salalah and Muscat airports in Oman • Jabal Omar development in Saudi Arabia • Doha Metro Green Line • Lusail District

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Peter Vogel, Director Middle East


oka is a world leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing formwork technology for use in all fields of the construction sector. For the first time in Doka’s history, 2015 saw the company achieve a global turnover of more than one billion Euros, with the Middle East representing one of its best performing regions. As a family owned business with more than 150 Projects: years of heritage behind it, Doka understands the • Doha Metro value of listening to the Greenline, Doha, requirements of its clients, Qatar something that enables it to deliver the most cost • Midfield Terminal, effective and sustainable Abu Dhabi, UAE solutions on all its projects. • 3rd Airport, Today, Doka's services Istanbul, Turkey have expanded to provide • Golden Tower, a comprehensive level of support that runs all the Jeddah, Saudi way from initial planning Arabia to completion, an ap• Crescent City, proach that has not only Baku, Azerbaijan enhanced the value chain for its clients, but furthermore empowered its R&D department to produce new and innovative products that can save time and cost during the project lifecycle, the most recent example being the real-time concrete measuring device, Concremote. A full interview on Doka’s 2015 performance with the chairperson of the executive board, Jürgen Obiegli can be viewed on the Doka Middle East LinkedIn page.

Projects: • Four Seasons Hotel, Jeddah • King Abdullah Cancer and Liver Disease Centre • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre



Fakhr Al Shawaf, General Manager


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Al Bawani

l Bawani Co is headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with 100% Saudi ownership and management, owned by the Al Shawaf family and today chaired by Fakhr Al Shawaf, who joined in 1997. Al Bawani is certified in Quality Management Systems for design, Engineering Works and Construction Management of Housing Complex, Industrial and Commercial Buildings, Hospitals, Educational Institutions, Governmental, Diplomat Missions, Air Base and Defense Facilities. The firm executes turnkey projects across the Kingdom and wider region, employing proactivity in order to assist clients in achieving their goals. With a continued focus on people, the

firm supports employees to reach their potential through team work, mutual respect and opportunity. “We want the client to feel that our staff is even more committed to the effort than their own staff; that’s what distinguishes us. Personal attention to our clients as individuals and caring about them as individuals,” says Al Shawaf. “We remain true to our founding values of quality, honesty and hard work. We have the highest ethical standards in the industry. We “do the right thing.” Al Bawani is a business based on trust.” The firm has successfully completed projects with the government and companies such as Ballast Nedam Group, ABB and other firms, specialising in medical, residential and commercial projects.


Jamal Abdullah Lootah, CEO

mdaad has been operating as an independent business entity for the last seven years, although its overall experience in integrated facilities management (IFM) spans more than 25 years. Imdaad commenced operations in 1986 as a civil engineering division of Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation handling civil engineering works, air-conditioning and electrical maintenance. In 1989, Imdaad increased it service capability by opening new divisions such as waste and environmental management, pest control, sewage treatment services. A joint venture was established in 2002 to provide outsourced facilities management services and in 2007 Imdaad was inaugurated with a mission to provide IFM solutions.

With services in both hard and soft FM clients include DP World, Dubai Airports, Emirates, JAFZA, Dubai Municipality, Nakheel, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and Emirates NBD, Emaar, Barclays and Dubai RTA, among others. Most recently, during the 2016 FM Expo Dubai Imdaad announced the launch of its Integrated Network Operations Centre, an Internet of Things powered initiative from which the company can remote manage and monitor its customers’ sites and facilities. It is developed jointly with Robotina, a Slovenia-based comprehensive automation solutions provider. And in January of this year the firm appointed a new executive director of the environment department, Marc Esteve.

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Kez Taylor, CEO

Projects: • Concourse D of the Dubai International Airport • Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3 extension • The Jabal Akhdar Anantara Hotel Resort & Spa, Oman • REEL Cinema Citywalk • Architectural Fit out Package for ADNOC New Corporate Headquarters in Abu Dhabi.


ithin the last three to six years UAE-based ALEC has expanded the business into Qatar and Oman while the core business has diversified with the introduction of the related businesses and extending its capabilities. ALEC aims to create a platform where it can be involved in every stage of the project from the initial build, right through to the end maintenance. In 2016, the company is looking at further expansion and acquiring stakes in more businesses. Related business units include: ALEMCO (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) - provides fully engineered electromechanical and building services solutions to construction projects. ALEC PRECAST - which focuses on the design, manufacture and installation of decorative architectural precast products.


WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Greg Kane, Managing Director, Middle East



here have been big changes at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff recently. The consultancy now has a workforce numbering close to 1,500 engaged in the Middle East following the merger between WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2014. To top it off the regional division now has a new managing director after Greg Kane replaced Tom Bower. The integration of the two more or less equal sized companies which began in January 2015 is almost complete, creating a much larger entity with a broader spectrum of expertise. WSP was more known in the

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ALEC FITOUT - a business unit who offers full turnkey interior solutions. Smart4Powerenergy efficiency solutions for existing buildings (2014). ALEC Energy – a provider of solar energy solutions for commercial industry (2015). Hestia - Facilities Management (2015). AJI Rentals- leasing of access rental platforms to construction industry (2016) “There are some very interesting and exciting projects in the pipeline for the UAE at the moment which create many opportunities for ALEC,” says Kez Taylor. “It is a great market to be involved in as many of these projects are bespoke, high quality builds and this fits well with our diverse project portfolio to date.” Aligning the industry to ensure all parties and stakeholders work together effectively is where the challenge is, Taylor says. “If a project is to be successful, delivered on time and to the highest standard of quality, then everyone involved in bringing that project together must all be working towards a common objective. Creating an environment where constraints and conflicts of interest are resolved quickly is often the main challenge in any project.”

• Mall of the Emirates expansion • New York University • Royal Atlantis, The Palm • Bluewaters Wharf Retail • Dubai Design District vertical infrastructure space whereas Parsons Brinckerhoff was better known for work on transportation, roads, highways projects, so the two companies complement each other perfectly. Pre-integration WSP grew 40 percent in 2013 and again in 2014 while Parsons Brinckerhoff saw similar growth. Despite current tough market conditions the new man in

charge is looking optimistically ahead. “It’s a slightly more challenging market than previous years but my sense is there are still good opportunities out there,” says Greg Kane. “Obviously we’ve got Expo in Dubai which is driving a lot of property and building work which we feel we’re well positioned to deliver and we’re doing that as we speak. “The oil price and the impact that that’s having means governments are being cautious, as you can understand but we have seen a slight recovery in the oil price and with that brings a little more confidence. “The region still has a latent demand that needs to be delivered in terms of infrastructure and buildings. You have things like Expo and the World Cup and governments releasing strategic visions. That all indicates that things are moving and happening and leaves me feeling a little more positive than say 12 months ago.”


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arsons Corporation is an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with revenues of $3.2bn in 2015. The company has been working in the Middle East Africa region for more than 60 years and has offices in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain. The consultancy’s portfolio of ongoing work in the region includes major oil and gas projects as well as highways, bridges, rail and transit, airports, ports, water infrastructure, plus hospitals, public schools, universities, mosques, and other public buildings. Parsons provided project management services for Stage 1 of Etihad Rail, a landmark project carried out in partnership with AECOM. Last October the company was contracted to design a new bridge spanning Dubai Creek and to evaluate the Shindagha Tunnel running underneath the waterway. The contract includes the concept study, preliminary and final design, tender documentation

and construction supervision of the new bridge connecting Bur Dubai with Deira. Parsons is also providing infrastructure design and construction-supervision services for the 438-hectare Dubai Expo 2020 site. And most recently Dubai Municipality awarded Parsons a contract to build a Deep Tunnel Sewerage System at a total cost of AED 12bn ($3.26bn). Following its completion in late 2020, the project will remove the need for more than 121 sewage pumping stations spread across the city, saving large amounts of energy.

Projects: • Etihad Rail stage 1 • Dubai Deep Tunnel Sewerage System • Dubai Expo 2020 • Dubai Creek Bridge • Dubai Design District

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Urbacon Trading and Contracting Company Moataz Al Khayyat, CEO


rbaCon Trading and Contracting is a Qatari based international construction services company and a leading grade one licensed builder. Its activities in Qatar are led by an ever growing pool of trained professionals, with over 4,718 experts and 33,812 tradesmen coupled with more than 2,143 plants and machines. Qatar-based UrbaCon Trading and Contracting (UCC) offers turn-key design, build, finance and operative Projects: services. The company has been involved in sev• Anantara Doha eral projects over recent Island Resort years and the portfolio includes Anantara Doha • Lekhwiya Sports Island Resort; Lekhwiya Club Doha Sports Club Doha; Souq • Souq Wakif Wakif Theme Park Doha; Theme Park Lusail Office Tower and Doha the award winning project Mall of Qatar. This year CEO Moataz Al Khayyat spoke openly about the firm’s injury free track record during a number of major regional projects and also about its presentation of the International Safety Award by the British Safety Council. He credited the successful record to stringent auditing and standards.

23 Projects: • Ibn Battuta Mall extension in Dubai • Nakheel Mall on The Palm Jumeirah • Deira Islands, Dubai • St Regis The Palm




Ali Rashid Lootah, Chairperson


fter years of debt restructuring and stalled projects Nakheel has made significant gains in the growth of its portfolio over recent months with the announcement and commencement of projects such as the Ibn Battuta Mall extension in Dubai, Nakheel Mall on The Palm Jumeirah and Deira Islands in Dubai. The news comes as 2015 profits rose 20% compared to 2014 and the first of 10 new Nakheel developed hotels launched; a portfolio that will comprise Dubai’s third St. Regis hotel on The Palm Jumeirah. Well known as a community and retail developer, in Q1 2016 Nakheel handed over 536 completed units to customers, in addition to officially opening Dragonmart 2, and launching Deira Islands. To date, Nakheel has awarded more than AED 3bn worth of contracts for Deira Islands, including infrastructure work, coastal work

and construction of the Deira Islands Night Souk, one of several new attractions at the master development. Spanning 15.3 square kilometres, Deira Islands is set to transform Dubai’s Deira district into a world-class hub for tourism, retail and entertainment, adding 40 km including 21 km of beach, to the city’s coastline in the process. Nakheel’s other master developments include Palm Jumeirah, The World, Deira Islands, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Heights, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Warsan Village, Dragon City, International City, Jebel Ali Gardens and Nad Al Sheba Community. Together, these span more than 15,000 hectares and currently provide homes for over 270,000 people. Nakheel has nearly 21,000 residential units under construction or in the pipeline and the current and future retail project portfolio covers more than 15 million square feet of leasable space.

Arabtec Holding

Raja Hani Ghanma, CEO

he largest market listed construction contractor in the UAE has known better days. Arabtec, in a joint venture with Samsung E&C, built the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, for Emaar Properties and the company has collaborated with Dubai’s largest developer on many other noteworthy projects. However the company has suffered in recent years. It booked a $640mn loss in 2015 and recently posted its sixth straight quarterly deficit. The contractor blamed increased costs and tough market conditions for a loss of AED 46.4mn ($12.6mn) in the three months to March 31, though that was an 83 percent improvement compared with a loss of AED 279.8mn in the corresponding leg of 2015. Revenue for the period rose to AED 1.94bn from AED 1.79bn a year earlier.

Arabtec is currently undergoing a restructuring and has hired AlixPartners as an advisor for the process. The company is looking at streamlining its operations by shedding a number of related businesses to focus on its core capability of construction. Despite the tough times the company has managed to add four good project wins so far this year, including a AED 1.7bn ($462m) contract to build a 1,100 unit villa project for UAE nationals in Fujairah. It was also awarded a AED 1.1bn contract to build a 50-storey twin-tower project in Dubai. Earlier this year, Arabtec was awarded a contract to build Bahrain’s new $1bn airport terminal in partnership with TAV Construction. And the year began with a AED 2bn project to build 1,017 villas for Aldar Properties as part of its prominent West Vas development, in Abu Dhabi. Things are beginning to look up.

Projects: • Burj Khalifa • Dubai International Airport • Bahrain Airport • Jumeirah Beach Residences • Al Fattan Marine Towers

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DAMAC Properties

Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director

L Projects: • DAMAC Towers by Paramount • Akoya by DAMAC • Paramount Hotel JMH Waterfront • Ghalia • The Vantage


ast year Dubai-based property developer DAMAC Properties entered the billion dollar profit club with net earnings of AED 4.5bn ($1.3bn), up 31 percent from 2014 while revenue for the period climbed by 16 percent to AED 8.53bn ($2.32bn). The total value of projects currently under development is $18.5bn. During the year DAMAC delivered its first project in Doha, Qatar, launched its London Project – AYKON Nine Elms, and delivered the first set of residences in AKOYA by DAMAC, its first master plan development. The company also expanded its reach into China by establishing strategic collaborations with 5i5j and Qfang, two of the largest real estate agents in China with a combined sales force of 70,000 agents across various cities. DAMAC Properties says it will continue to offer a unique product mix with a range of


properties and offers to address the needs of target customers. The company believes that its operational model and financial strength will help further distinguish itself and become stronger in 2016 and beyond. Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director, DAMAC Properties, commented: “Dubai continues to attract investments in the real estate, tourism and hospitality sectors and it is achieving a quantum leap in the emirate's economy. “In the same spirit, DAMAC Properties is constantly working to improve its offerings and attract more investors and visitors from around the world. With a development portfolio of over 44,000 units at various stages of progress and planning, comprising more than 13,000 hotel rooms, serviced apartments and hotel villas, DAMAC Properties is building the next generation of Middle East luxury living.”

ASTAD Project Management Ali Al-Khalifa, CEO


STAD Project Management was founded in 2008 as an equal partnership between Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Since then the company has worked on major projects exceeding a total value of QAR 100bn ($27bn). The Ali Al-Khalifa-led company sees it as part of its mission to support Qatar’s national development and the country’s 2030 Qatar National Plan. As such it has worked on many of the fast growing nation’s most

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iconic projects. Beginning with Education City it went on to play a role in The Museum of Islamic Art, the Qatar National Convention Centre, Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of Qatar. Ongoing projects include Hamad bin Khalifa Sports Complex, Sidra Medical Research Centre and the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Centre. ASTAD recently announced the establishment of ASTAD Consult, a division that will offer design, construction, and operational consultancy services in Qatar and the wider Middle East.

Projects: • Sidra Medical Research Centre • Museum of Islamic Art • National Library • Qatar National Convention Centre • Qatar Science & Technology Park

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Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Executive VP

overing building, civil infrastructure, plant, housing and development, in the Middle East Samsung C&T has worked on Burj Khalifa, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Saudi Qurayyah IPP and Qatar Lusail Riyadh Metro, plus others. In addition to its civil infrastructure, plant and housing projects, Samsung C&T is a specialist in skyscrapers having successfully built three of the world’s tallest skyscrapers: Burj Khalifa, Petronas Twin Towers, and the world’s tallest greenest building, the Taipei 101. On 1 September 2015, Samsung C&T Corporation and Cheil Industries completed a merger, under the terms of which the new Samsung C&T consists of four business groups: engineering and construction; trading and investment; fashion; and resort and construction. A key objective for Samsung C&T is to enhance shareholder value and fulfill its social responsibilities across the global markets in which it operates. Governance and CSR committees will be established to enhance the new company governance policies for the benefit of shareholders and to strengthen the company's CSR efforts. The combined company aims to become a global leading business partner and generate $60 trillion in annual revenue by 2020 by offering a full-range of products and services. Projects: The new Samsung C&T is a new third pillar of the Sam• Burj Khalifa sung group, complementing • Cleveland Clinic, the electronics and financial Abu Dhabi services business and establishing another growth engine • Qatar Lusail in biotechnology, fashion and Metro food services. The combined • Petronas Twin company will own 51.2% Towers of Samsung BioLogics, the • Taipei 101 Samsung group's biopharmaceutical business.

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Emad Jaber and Nabil Al Khaja, managing partner

inner of Architectural Firm of The Year at the Construction Innovation Awards 2015, Lacasa operates across Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and Australia. The firm offers services in architectural design, project management, MEP design, structural design, interior design and supervision. Thanks to a talented team of architects and engineers with various professional backgrounds, Lacasa has designed over 250 projects consisting of residential, commercial, hospitality, and mixed-use developments as well as master plans and interior designs. In Qatar, these include Sharaka Holdings Building, Waldorf Astoria and Abu Hamour Shopping Village, among others. Currently in the UAE projects are underway at Dubai Wharf and Manazel Al Khor at Dubai’s Culture Village – a newly developed area and home to the prestigious Palazzo Versace Hotel Dubai and D1 Tower, which are both handed over. Lacasa is providing architectural services on the projects for which show-

homes are already open. Manazel Al Khor is a low-rise luxury residential and retail project and Dubai Wharf a four-tower residential development. Spread across three million square feet, the two projects are part of the first phase of development in Culture Village, which also includes a five-star 290-room Anantara Dubai Creek Hotel. Founded only eight years ago by Emad Jaber & Nabil Al Khaja, Lacasa has become one of the most accomplished multidisciplinary Architectural Design firms in the region with a diverse portfolio spanning all types of developments.

Projects: • Sharaka Holdings Building, Qatar • Waldorf Astoria, Doha • Abu Hamour Shopping Village, Doha • Dubai Wharf • Manazel Al Khor, Dubai


Dubai Properties Group

abdullah bin lahej, CEO


ubai Properties Group (DPG) is one Located along the Dubai Water Canal, Marasi of the largest real estate developBusiness Bay is set to become a major future Projects: ment and management businesses landmark in Dubai. The development presents the in Dubai, encompassing residential, region’s first purpose-built yachting destination, • Marasi Business retail, commercial, and staff accomfloating restaurants and cafes, onshore boutiques Bay, Dubai Canal modation. DPG focuses on a broad range of real and entertainment facilities. estate services, which includes the planning and Nearby in Downtown Dubai, the two-tower • Bellevue Towers, development of renowned destinations in Dubai Bellevue Towers project launched in May Downtown Dubai through Dubai Properties, and asset management 2016. The East and West towers will provide a • 1 JBR, Jumeirah through Ejadah. total of 300 one, two and three bedroom units Beach Residence, across 23 residential floors, separate lobbies Last August Abdullatif AlMulla was appointed the new group CEO and the group announced a set on a common podium and retail stores on Dubai number of new projects under his leadership. Howthe ground floor, as well as community faciliever, after stepping down in Q2, last month he was ties. The project sold out on its launch day. replaced by former Emaar Properties boss, Abdullah Bin Lahej. On the other side of the emirate, construction began on 1 To date, the portfolio includes high profile projects like Business JBR at the end of January 2016. The 153 unit 46 storey tower Bay, Culture Village, Jumeirah Beach Residence, and Dubailand, ecompasses 2- and 4-bedroom apartments and 5-bedroom however the most significant project announcement over the last penthouses and is situated at the entrance to Dubai's beach12 months has been Marasi Business Bay. side community, JBR.

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Julian Pritchard, General Manager - BASF Construction Chemicals UAE

inner of the Supplier of the Year category at the Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2015, BASF is a leading chemical company that creates chemistry for a sustainable future. By combining economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, the German company caters to complex customer needs in numerous sectors through specialised chemicals, performance products, functional materials and solutions, agricultural solutions and O&G. BASF has been customising its expertise for the Middle East for over five decades through local business partners. The company sees tremendous opportunity to expand its footprint in the region, given its rapid infrastructure evolution, heavy project pipeline and commitment

to sustainability. As an independent entity or through distributors, BASF is today active across Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with Dubai serving as the sub-regional headquarters. BASF’s Construction Chemicals division is one of the company’s specialised segments catering to solutions for complex infrastructure needs. It offers advanced chemicals solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. Thanks to the regional staff’s in-depth knowledge and technical expertise, as well as the company’s global network, BASF Construction Chemicals has been a critical element to countless prestigious construction projects in the region. Advanced chemistry has enabled these structures to be energy-efficient, more durable through its lifecycle and resilient to the harsh climate.

Projects: • 3D printed office – Museum of the Future • Burj Khalifa • Doha Metro • National Museum of Qatar • Kuwait University

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Mohamed Al Mubarak, CEO ldar Properties is the leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi with $10bn in assets while the company plans to invest AED 5.2bn ($1.4bn) over the next two years to close out large projects and build infrastructure for new projects. The company that developed Ferrari World as well as the Yas Marina Formula One circuit in Abu Dhabi unveiled the $1.6bn Yas Acres property development at this year’s Cityscape Abu Dhabi. Aldar raised $270mn from the first round of sales for the golf and waterfront residential development which will add 1,315 villas to Yas Island. In March, Aldar became the first licensed master developer in Abu Dhabi under a new law de-

signed to provide enhanced protection for customers of off-plan developments and enshrine the rights of owners and residents in existing communities. Aldar reported earnings for the three months to 31 March of AED 649mn ($176.7mn), up 14 percent on AED 568.7mn in the same period of 2015. First quarter revenue amounted to AED 1.23bn, up 4.2 percent from AED 1.18bn a year earlier.

Projects: • Yas Acres • Ferrari World • Yas Marina • Yas Mall • Gate Towers

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PNC Menon, chairperson

urrently executing a number of landmark projects, Sobha Group is a multinational, multiproduct group with developments and investments in UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Brunei and India. Established in 1976 by first generation Indian entrepreneur, PNC Menon as an interior decoration firm in Muscat, Oman, the group has grown into a respected name in development and interiors. Two major projects are currently underway in Dubai – District One, MBR City and Sobha Heartland – with the recent announcement Projects: of the AED25bn Firdous • District One Sobha tourism development in Umm Al Quwain. • Sobha Heartland Sobha Hartland is a $4 • Firdous Sobha bn mixed-use project in MBR City with the larger six-bedroom villas situated on the banks of the Dubai Canal, which originates from the Sobha Hartland project and runs all the way until the Arabian Gulf. The AED25bn Firdous Sobha is a tourism project to be built on a natural island that will include resorts, hotels, an 18-hole golf course, marina and villas as part of a JV with the government of Umm Al Quwain.

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Ali Mousa Ali Saif Al Naqbi, Chairperson

Projects: • Jumeirah Island Villas • Discovery Gardens • Ajman Murur Complex • Al Qassimy Hospital • University of Sharjah


stablished in the UAE in 1978 by Ali Mousa Ali Saif Al Naqbi, Ali Mousa and Sons Holding Group (AMSHG) has grown steadily to become a major player in the field of Construction, Contracting, Manufacturing and Real Estate in the UAE. Currently AMSHG is managing a portfolio of projects worth over AED 2bn. The company has completed countless projects covering more than 2 million sq. ft. of offices and factories for government organisations, large private business units, banks, and various consultants. It employs over 5,000 qualified and experienced engineers, designers, production & project managers, technicians and other skilled workers, allowing it to deliver high quality projects on time.

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Brookfield Multiplex

John Ferguson, executive chairperson, ME


rookfield Multiplex has been delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for more than 50 years, specialising in large-scale and complex landmark buildings, commercial structures and infrastructure projects. BM’s contracting heritage is in construction – forged in Australia – with ensuing growth in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Canada, is expanding today to encompass engineering and infrastructure. Recognising the growth potential of the region, Brookfield Multiplex was one of the first international construction businesses to establish offices in the Middle East during the late 1990s. With a firm focus on its people, Brookfield Multiplex employs 3,010 people and has completed $6.6bn of work to date. At the Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2015 the firm took two awards: Project Manager of The Year was awarded to Simon Elleray and Contractor of The Year was awarded to the firm with Renier Breitenbach, general manager, Brookfield Multiplex collecting the award. In March this year it was announced the firm had been appointed the main contractor of One at Palm Jumeirah. Based out of head offices located in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the company has built a reputation for fast delivery and high quality through the design and construction of some of the most challenging projects in the region.

Projects: • Emirates Towers • Index Dubai • JW Marriott Marquis Dubai • Standard Chartered Tower • Al Ghurair City Residence



David Welch, EMEA president


an Francisco-based Bechtel is a global engineering giant that posted a turnover of $37.2bn last year. Middle East turnover rose 49% to $103mn for 2015. Working across infrastructure, the oil and gas industry, mining and metals, the company employs 53,000 people worldwide, and has been active in the Middle East for more than 70 years – starting out in Saudi oil fields. More recently Bechtel has worked on Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, Oman’s Muscat International Airport, Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, Saudi Arabia’s Jubail Industrial City, and Riyadh Metro. The company also signed a fiveyear contract extension to continue its longstanding management services work at Jubail and Ras Al Khair industrial cities in Saudi Arabia. The contracting giant established a centre of excellence in Dubai, UAE in 2013, with the intention of securing construction work in the fields of natural resources, rail, and ports.

Projects: • Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi • Muscat International Airport • Hamad International Airport, Doha • Jubail Industrial City, KSA • Riyadh Metro


Projects: • Four Season hotel, Bahrain Bay • Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi • King Abdullah Sports City • Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi • Dubai Water Canal

Al Shafar General Contracting Emad Azmy, President


l Shafar General Contracting (ASGC) has seen impressive growth since its establish-

ment in 1989. Now one of the leading construction businesses in the UAE and Egypt, employing over 10,000 people including over 1,000 engineers, ASGC has undertaken over 280 challenging projects across residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The company booked revenues of approximately $770mn in 2015. Recently completed projects include Meraas City Walk retail area and Wadorf Astoria Hotel Palm Jumeirah in Dubai while ongoing projects include Bluewaters Island Residential Sector, Abu Dhabi Marina Bloom and Etihad Museum Jumeirah.

Projects: • Business Central Towers, Dubai • City Walk, Dubai • Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah • Bluewaters Island Residential Sector • Etihad Museum Jumeirah


Six Construct


Orascom Construction


Pierre Sironval, managing director

fully owned subsidiary of Belgian outfit Besix, Six Construct specialises in building infrastructure and has extensive experience in the GCC, especially in the UAE where it does two thirds of its business. The company has more than 20 projects currently on the go throughout the region including Dubai Water Canal and the Royal Atlantis project on the Palm Jumeirah in conjunction with Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.


Six Construct marked 50 years in the Middle East last year. Belgium’s Princess Astrid and the country’s deputy premier and minister of foreign affairs Didier Reynders were present at a function to celebrate the milestone at St Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Its very first project in the region was building the Abu Dhabi Corniche in 1965. Since then it has gone on to work on Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Yas Mall and, more recently, Dubai Tram and Abu Dhabi Airport.

Osama Bishai, CEO

gypt’s Orascom Construction is targeting opportunities in the power, transport and water sectors in its home market Projects: of Egypt as profits jumped in the first quarter. The company reported a net profit of $23mn for the first three months of • Cairo Metro the year, almost four times the $5.8m profit reported in the • West Damietta same quarter last year. and Assiut power Orascom, which owns a 50 percent share in Belgian contractor Besix, made a strong start to the year with $510m worth of new contracts plants during the quarter. It has reeled in a number of lucrative contracts for work on the Cairo Metro project in partnership with other companies. More than 60 percent of its backlog now comes from the MENA region – 47 percent from Egypt, 10 percent from Saudi Arabia and over 3 percent from Algeria. Osama Bishai, CEO of Orascom Construction, said following the release of the Q1 results that the company is “well-positioned for additional projects across the infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors" in Egypt. The company is also eyeing work at the country’s new administrative capital to the east of Cairo. construction business news me July 2016 53

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39 SSH

Bob Hope, CEO


or more than 50 years, SSH has played a leading role in shaping the built environment and infrastructure of the modern Middle East. Currently, SSH employs over 1,000 people with offices in Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Bahrain, Dubai, Iraq, Kuwait, London, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Recent project wins include a contract to design villas and apartment blocks at Al Mouj, Muscat, a mixed-use beach-side development close to the city’s new international airport. The Middle East-based infrastructure, building design and project management firm will design two villa types within Al Mouj, a joint venture between the Omani government and UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim Properties. SSH was also recently appointed as contract manager and site supervision consultant for the construction of primary infrastructure and bridge construction on Islands 13 and 14 of Al Madina Al Shamaliya Islands in Bahrain.

Projects: • Education Complex, Kuwait • NBK Headquarters in Kuwait City • Al Salam Palace in Kuwait City • Oman Convention and Exhibition Center in Muscat • Marina Waterfront in Kuwait City 54 construction business news me July 2016


Projects: • RP Heights in Dubai, UAE • RP One in Dubai, UAE

RP Group

Ravi Pillai, chairperson


P Group is a $4bn conglomerate with wide-ranging interests in construction and industrial development, hospitality, healthcare and wellness, education and trading. Led by Ravi Pillai, the company’s footprint extends across the MENA region, Africa, Australia and Asia and has executed projects worth over $25bn. Its real estate division RP Global has ambitious plans for the Dubai real estate market, with $1.5bn being invested in two signature projects in Business Bay and on Sheikh Zayed Road.

41 Projacs

Ashraf Al-Garf, CEO


Projects: • Vision tower, Bahrain • Al-Tayeb Residential Tower, Kuwait • Central Bank of Kuwait • Qatar Entertainment City • Balqis Residence Palm Jumeirah

stablished in 1984, the Projacs has a network of over 20 major offices in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Europe and North America with more than 600 professional staff offering customised services to a variety of clients in the public and private sectors. The company thrives to become a leading Construction / Project Management and Training firm in the Middle East emphasising quality of service to its clients through the application of state-of-theart project management control systems and procedures. Projacs has seen a few changes in the past 12 months. The project management firm was 51 percent acquired by international engineering company, Egis, last year and Ashraf Al-Garf was subsequently named CEO of Projacs in August. Projacs has more than 100 active projects covering the GCC and North Africa. Notable projects include NBK headquarters and Central Bank of Kuwait in Kuwait, City Stars Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, Qatar Entertainment City, and Balqis Residence Palm Jumeirah in the UAE, to name a few. The company has created the Projacs Academy to act as an arm for career development, both in house and for external clients. It uses the Academy to educate the market and promote project management across the region.


42 Larsen & Toubro

SN Subrahmanyan, Head of Construction

Projects: • Al Rayyan Stadium, Qatar


ounded in Mumbai in 1938 by two Danish engineers Henning Holck-Larsen and Soren Kristian Toubro, Larsen & Toubro has established an international reputation in the infrastructure sector. In the Middle East it is particularly well known for its work in the utilities and oil and gas sectors. Larsen & Toubro made headlines recently when it clinched a contract to build Al Rayyan Stadium in Qatar, a 40,000 seat venue that will host games for the 2022 World Cup Finals. The India-based engineering firm is building the stadium along with local contractor Al Balagh Trading & Contracting. Though the value of the project was not revealed, reports pegged it at $135mn.


Shapoorji Pallonji

Mohandas Saini, CEO


s the oldest Indian construction company, Shapoorji Pallonji has a legacy stretching back 150 years over the course of which it has achieved many more firsts including: The first Indian construction company to enter the Middle East in the 1970s; The first Indian construction company to have earned the ISO 9001 Certification across all projects; and The first Indian company to construct two, 60 storey residential towers in the heart of Mumbai. Today, with over 23,000 employees and a group turn-over of $2.5bn, Shapoorji Pallonji Group has evolved and grown exponentially to become a huge conglomerate with multiple business segments. Projects have included a royal palace for the Sultan of Oman, Development of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, commercial mall and serviced apartments in Kenya, Seat of Government and Presidency Ghana, Delhi Public School India, National Assembly Project, The Gambia. In Qatar the firm is heavily involved in preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and Shapoorji Pallonji Qatar is currently executing four projects valued at around $324m. These are: South East Car Park (SECP) for Qatar Foundation, New Port Project, Le Boulevard for Commercial Bank of Qatar and New College of Pharmacy for Qatar University.

Projects: • South East Car Park for Qatar Foundation • New Port Project, Qatar • Le Boulevard for Commercial Bank of Qatar • New College of Pharmacy for Qatar University


Faithful + Gould

Campbell Gray, Middle East Managing Director


aithful+Gould in the Middle East has achieved a compound annual growth (CAGR) of more than 20 percent over the past three years and this is only expected to increase as the project and programme management consultancy continues to support the development of its key clients such as Majid Al Futtaim, Emaar, Meraas and Miral. Working on some of the region’s most prestigious projects, from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia, to Doha Oasis in Qatar and Dubai Creek Harbour in Dubai, the consultancy has expanded its workforce to 500 in the Middle East. With the belief that a long term career is viable in this region, F+G has put a number of initiatives in place to retain and progress its staff; its Management Development Programme was formulated in 2014 with the aim of harnessing and developing talent and its Women’s Business Network was put in place to improve gender diversity in its workforce and enable more women to attain senior-level positions in the company. The firm places a lot of value on technology and innovation and after cementing a market leading partnership with Oracle, a multi-national IT company, back in 2014, Faithful+Gould has been pioneering an enhanced service solution to offer clients better results.

Projects: • King Abdulaziz International Airport, KSA • Doha Oasis • Dubai Creek Harbour • REEM Mall, Abu Dhabi • Al Maryah Central Mall, Abu Dhabi construction business news me July 2016 55

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HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, Chairperson


ased in Dubai, KBW Investments has a portfolio spanning construction, manufacturing, engineering, project management, automation, technology, and more. Founded by HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, KBW Investments (KBW), in the just under a year’s time, has penned several agreements rocketing the company forward. KBW first garnered headlines in January 2014 for its acquisition of 150 year-old Raimondi Cranes, a heritage tower crane manufacturer. Based in Italy, Raimondi Cranes boasts over 16,000 cranes sold with a presence on more than 10,000 construction jobsites globally. Raimondi recently released its newest tower crane with enhanced technologies, the MRT159, to be followed immediately by the launch of a new luffing crane model. In May of this year, KBW’s subsidiary NGP Limited signed a landmark agreement in partnership with Indian ITNL. The agreement was Dubai’s first PPP under Law 22 with Dubai Courts to build, operate, transfer (BOT) the new Supreme Courts automated parking structure, planned to

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be the largest in the world with an estimated completion target of Q4 2018. In the hospitality sector KBW company Klampfer further cemented an existing partnership with Basma Group Sharjah (Basma), Chaired by HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, to build the Majlis Grand Mercure Sharjah Resort and Spa. The development, a $100mn hospitality project situated in Sharjah will be followed by various construction projects across multiple sectors under the KBW-Basma banners. KBW also executed a number of acquisitions and established several joint ventures and partnerships over the past 12 months including the formation of Ascorel Middle East, to service the MENA region’s heavy machinery segment. The most recent KBW acquisition, a majority stake in Grayscale Interiors, took place in June 2016. Grayscale Interiors, an interior fit-out company based in the UAE, serves to round out the Group’s overall turn-key project capabilities. At the time of writing, KBW had also just released a statement confirming a multitier partnership with Greek infrastructure powerhouse Salfo and Associates SA.

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SKAI Holding Kabir Mulchandani, Group CEO

Al Naboodah Construction Colin Timmons, CEO


olin Timmons recently took the reins at Al Naboodah Construction, replacing Steve Lever who stepped down as CEO after almost 30 years of service to the company. Under Lever the firm positioned itself as one of the most recognised and trusted construction firms in the region, with a reputation for delivering prestigious, complex and challenging projects. The group undertook numerous landmark projects, notably the construction and expansion of Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports. Lever was responsible for the expansion of the company into new markets, growth of the workforce to more than 13,000 employees, and development of the company’s in-house facilities, which has significantly increased the Group’s ability to self-deliver on its key projects. Timmons assumes the CEO role after joining Al Naboodah Construction as COO earlier this year having spent five years as General Manager in Abu Dhabi for Al Faraa General Contracting Co.

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Projects: • Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village, UAE • Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, UAE • SKAI Residency in Dubai, UAE • Bahar 4 in Dubai, UAE • Villa Heights in Dubai, UAE

aunched in 2011 by entrepreneur Kabir Mulchandani, SKAI Holdings, is an integrated real estate company offering a wide range of services across five key sectors including investment, restructuring, development, brokerage and hospitality. SKAI’s flagship development is the $1bn Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel which is expected to open later this year, becoming the first Viceroy hotel in the Dubai. Another of the firm’s landmark developments is the 60-storey Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village Tower, which SKAI has said it plans to replicate in other major global cities. The company clinched the ‘Tall Buildings’ prize at this year’s Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Awards for the design of the tower, pipping 25 other global projects including Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, and London’s Mile High Tower, to the prize. Construction on the AED 1.37bn ($370mn) tower, which comprises 254 serviced apartments with their own private sky gardens and 247 hotel guest rooms, is on track to complete in late 2017. China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East), the main contractor and a key investor, has now completed ten levels of the core building work with MEP, partition and blockwork currently underway.


EFS Facilities Services Tariq Chauhan, Group CEO


FS Facilities Services is a regional leader in delivering integrated facilities management services across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Turkey. The company has been accredited for over 16 years in providing quality services to some of the biggest regional names including leading multinationals in the region. EFS has AED 3bn ($816mn) in contract backlog and manage an approximate total area of over 250 million sq. ft. spanning from Africa to South Asia including Middle East. The company’s FM portfolio comprises of prominent and prestigious clients ranging from large government entities to many Fortune 500 companies. It offers total facilities management solutions comprising of over 75 services through dedicated business verticals such as Oil and Gas, Banking, Industrial, Public Sector, Integrated Workplaces, Education, Retail and Mixed Use developments. Led by a competent, experienced management with several decades of combined core industry expertise and past track record, complemented by ISO 9001, 14001, 27001 and 18001 accreditations, EFS has built a reputation and gained the trust of top companies in the region.

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Donna Sultan, CEO Projects: • Al Wakrah Stadium, Qatar • Damac Tower by Paramount, Dubai • Louvre Abu Dhabi • Kuwait Institute of Science and Technology • Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) Headquarters


ounded in 1964, Kuwait-based KEO delivers award winning architectural design and consultancy services and has worked on a large number of projects across the Middle East. Among its recent endeavours are the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum. Damac Towers by Paramount Hotels & Resorts, currently in the final stages of construction in Dubai, was designed by KEO. KEO was awarded a $6.93 (SAR26m) deal in March by Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Akaria) for full design and construction supervision for its Al Aqeeq Mixed Use Hotel Complex north of Riyadh. The company’s portfolio in Saudi includes the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Jeddah, the King Abdullah Financial District Monorail System in Riyadh, and King Abdulaziz Road MixedUse Development in Mecca. Among other projects in the region KEO has been contracted to work on the new Qatar Zoo and a college of architecture and a college of information technology (IT) in Kuwait.

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Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairperson


ourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), established in 2006 and fully owned by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, is a master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi. These include Saadiyat, a natural island tenminute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi featuring luxury resorts, championship beachfront golf courses, sophisticated residential communities, retail destinations and cultural institutions. The standout features of the project are its three world class museums - Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi - designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects. The Jean Novel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi has reached an advance stage with its spectacular disc-shaped roof complete and outer walls removed to allow sea water to surround the building, giving it the appearance of being built on the sea. TDIC is also developing Desert Islands, a heritage-based tourism destination composed of eight islands - Sir Bani Yas Island, the historical Dalma Island and the previously unexplored Discovery Islands.



Mahdi Amjad, Chairperson and CEO


mniyat is the high end property developer responsible for One At the Palm, a AED2bn luxury project at the base of the Palm Jumeirah being built by contractor Brookfield Multiplex. Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of only 90 apartments will have to fork out between AED14m for a ‘basic’ unit and AED200m for a penthouse. The Mahdi Amjad-led firm has announced plans to have over 2,000 hotel rooms and serviced apartments in its portfolio by 2020. Its flagship project is The Opus – the exterior and interior of which were designed by the late architect, Dame Zaha Hadid. The hotel portion of The Opus in Burj Khalifa District will be opened in the third quarter 2017. Omniyat has recently awarded the enabling works contract for its AED 1bn ($272mn) Langham Place Hotel and Residences located in Business Bay. The project will include 167 hotel keys and fullyserviced five-star residences and be ready by 2020.

Projects: Louvre Abu Dhabi

Projects: • Saadiyat Island • • • •

Desert Islands Sir Bani Yas Island Dalma Island Discovery Islands

• One At Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE • The Sterling in Dubai, UAE • The Opus in Dubai, UAE • The Square in Dubai, UAE • One By Omniyat in Dubai, UAE


Autodesk Carl Bass, president and CEO


Industry Partners

• Balfour Beatty • Mortenson Construction • Clayco • The Walsh Group

• Education City in Doha, Qatar • Danet in Abu Dhabi, UAE • The Wave in Muscat, Oman • Salalah Airport, Oman • Dubai Investment Park, UAE

DC Pro Engineering George Berbari, CEO

A D utodesk Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since the introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 21 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects— use Autodesk software to design, visualise, and simulate their ideas before they're created. Through bespoke apps for multiple devices, Autodesk is today reaching more customers in different fields and with BIM transforming how design, planning and building works, Autodesk is working to increase the efficiency of a variety of project types, including civil infrastructure. The aim is to reduce waste in construction projects with tools that help contractors and subcontractors improve construction planning, produce results faster, and finish projects on budget to increase profit margins.


C Pro Engineering is a recognised world leader in the fields of district energy, co-generation and tri-generation. The firm is also a renowned sustainability leader in Green Building MEP Designs. DC Pro’s services include engineering design, consulting, and project management in District Cooling, Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Co-generaion and Tri-Generation , Green Building MEP Design and Renewable Energy. Other services include engineering reviews, feasibility studies, efficiency monitoring and recommenda-



tions for energy performance improvement. The company has several international projects in its portfolio starting from Sydney Barangaroo South, Singapore Marina Bay Sands, Several Hilton Hotels in Kampala, Chad, Abuja, Seychelles, Iraq, Lebanon and the GCC. CEO of DC Pro George Berbari started his journey in 1995 with a natural gas fed district cooling scheme in Zayed Military City, Abu Dhabi. Having set up this one-of-a-kind system in the Middle East at the time, he jokingly calls himself the “Godfather” of the district cooling industry.

RS Group

Sausan Bahnasi, CEO

he RS Group is a Leading 360° Engineering Solutions Provider with business interests in three distinct areas: Formwork and Scaffolding, Technical Contracting and General Trading. It has been successfully enabling construction for over three decades across the Middle East and Africa. The RS Group traces its origins to the establishment of its oldest company Golf Scaffolding Factory in 1989 and its flagship company Perfect Steel in 2007. Over the years, several other companies in UAE have become members of the RS Group adding to its strength and capabilities: Al Mithaliah Technical Contracting, Perfect Approach General Trading, Gulf Scaffolding Hire and Al Mithaliah Formwork Rental. In 2016, the group set up Perfect Scaffolding in Oman to consolidate its regional operations. The RS Group’s operational activities include manufacturing, sales, rental, engineering and design, site support services, equipment maintenance, general trading, formwork erection and dismantling to support its customers in the construction industry. It also owns and operates one of the most advanced formwork manufacturing and fabrication facilities in the region. The RS Group follows the ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System. The group has built an excellent reputation among major contractors and engineering consultants by consistently delivering reliable solutions that meet critical project requirements with the highest standards of quality, safety, design, reliability, sustainability, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Projects: • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi • Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi • Al Reem Island Bridge, Abu Dhabi • Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah • City Walk, Dubai

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55 56 Cayan Group

Ahmed Alhatti, Group Chairperson


he Cayan Group is one of Middle East’s leading real estate developers best known for the twisting Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina. Officially declared by the Guinness World Records in 2015 as the globe’s tallest twisted tower standing at 307 meters high, has become one of the architectural landmarks in the Gulf region. Since its formation in 2004, the group has concentrated on developments within the GCC with offices in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Cayan Development’s portfolio features high-rise buildings such as residential complexes, commercial towers and centres, hospitality projects and mutipurpose gated communities.

Projects: • Cayan Tower in Dubai, UAE • Dorrabay in Dubai, UAE • Cayan Business Center in Dubai, UAE • Layaly Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia • Samaya in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 62 construction business news me July 2016

Kele Contracting Andrew Elias

• Marina Promenade in Dubai, UAE • Salman Bay in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia • Deira City Center in Dubai, UAE • Hydra Towers in Dubai, UAE • Dragon Mart Hotel in Dubai, UAE


ounded in Australia 30 years ago, Kele Contracting established a presence in the UAE in 2005 and has worked on a number of projects since, including Marina Promenade and six other residential towers in Dubai Marina. It has also worked on a number of luxury villa projects and is currently working on the 28 storey Fahad 1 Tower and 30 storey Fahad 2 Tower in Barsha Heights (Tecom), Dubai. Kele has also worked on projects in KSA, Qatar and Lebanon.


Beaver Gulf Contracting Rajesh Kumar Krishna, Chairperson & CEO, Beaver Gulf Group


ubai headquartered Beaver Gulf Contracting is part of Beaver Gulf Group, with diversified interests in Real Estate, Project Management, Construction, Interior Decoration, Hospitality and Education across the region. The company is a Turn Key Contractor with full-fledged in house Civil, Electro mechanical, air conditioning, steel Construction, joinery, aluminium, signage and cladding divisions. Beaver specialises in the construction of multi storied commercial and residential buildings, hospitals & telecom buildings, electrical substation buildings, warehouse complexes, LPG filling plant and bulk storage facility, and all other types of turnkey projects in UAE, Middle East and India.

Projects: • Town Square villa development, Dubai • Citymax Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah • Labour accommodation at Al Aweer, Dubai • Villas at Umm Suqeim, Dubai


Dar Alarkan Projects: • Juman Project • Al-Qasr Mall • Shams Al Arous Project • Shams Alriyadh • Al Qasr Project • Al Tilal Project


ar Alarkan is a real estate development company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, specialising in residential real-estate and the development of master-planned lifestyle residential communities offering developed land parcels, apartments and villas. Based in Riyadh, Dar Al-Arkan was established in 1994 by six prominent business families with significant real estate development experience in response to the increasing demand for quality housing from the rapidly growing Saudi population. From July 2002 to January 2004, Dar Al-Arkan operated as a limited liability company with a capital base of $37mn. The company increased its capital to $1.44bn through a private placement in the domestic market in 2004 while converting to a partnership limited by shares. Subsequent to the private placement, Dar Al-Arkan converted to a joint stock company in 2005 and in 2007 listed its shares on the Saudi Stock Exchange. Dar Al-Arkan’s rapid growth corresponds to a clear shortfall in the supply of housing units and an increasing demand for residential real estate in the Kingdom, particularly within the middle-income segment of the market.


Sumou Real Estate


he significant growth in Saudi Arabia and the region in general has given rise to a niche category of specialised and experienced companies, complementing this growth; Sumou Real Estate is the product of this development and aspiration. Inspired by its founder Ayedh Bin Farhan Al Qahtani, Sumou Real Estate is on course to be one of the region's leading developers. Al Qahtani follows in the footsteps of his father who had a reputation as a leading businessman in Saudi Arabia after founding one of the largest contracting companies in the Kingdom in the 1950s. Within the company's plans to enhance performance, it was announced at the start of 2016 that Eng. Jarallah bin Mohammed Al-Omrah had been appointed CEO of the company. This will help to promote the real estate development which witnesses growth currently.

Ayedh Bin Farhan Al Qahtani, founder

Projects: • Murooj Jeddah • Dahiat Sumou • Tilal Sumou • Sumou Avenue • Business Oasis

60 KEF Holding


ith an engineering background, Faizal Kottikollon’s journey of success began when he came to the UAE in 1995 to set up his first business – Al Ahamadi General Trading in Ajman. The chairperson and founder of KEF Holdings started a foundry called Emirates Techno Casting (1997) in Sharjah, primarily manufacturing valves for the oil and gas industry. With time, Faizal invested in cutting edge technology and developed processes that were never used in the valve manufacturing business before. ETC went on to become one of the top three foundries in the world. It expanded until it was sold in 2012 to Tyco International for a sum of $400mn. Using this capital he founded KEF Holdings – incorporated in Singapore and headquartered in DIFC, Dubai – with six business verticals: infrastructure, healthcare, education, metals and investments. Metals was KEF Holding’s first business vertical. Established in 1995, Al Ahamadi General Trading (AGT) company became the stepping stone for KEF’s business future. Pre-fab and module construction is a backbone of the business. At Arab Health 2016 the firm unveiled its “Catalogue Hospital” concept for modular construction of health facilities in the region. The idea was devised by KEF-TAHPI Design Studio, a joint venture of KEF Holdings and Australiabased TAHPI. KEF is the first company in India to employ BIM Level 6 integration in its design and build projects. The company is also heavily invested in relief and CSR projects including Haiti Earthquake Relief and Tamil Nadu flood relief.

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Supplier Interview

Recession proof your business

Ian Hauptfleisch, General Manager of Construction Computer Software (CCS), speaks to Construction Business News Middle East.

What does your business do? Construction Computer Software provides comprehensive software solutions to the construction industry, specifically the general contractors. Construction Computer Software, or CCS as we’re widely known, has two software product offerings, one being Candy and the other BuildSmart. In essence, CCS provides the complete construction enterprise solution through adopting a “best of brands” approach by integrating the essential elements of budgetary or allowable control and cost accounting to provide contractors with real time, reliable, auditable, accurate and activity based comparative analysis of costs and allowables, the essential information that determines the success or failure of a construction venture for the contractor. Why should companies use your software? Control is at the heart of profitability when it comes to construction considering the number of variables, changes, people and equipment involved to undertake any construction project. Construction performance and progress cannot be monitored on financial data alone and engineering information is just as, if not more, critical. Engineering control includes generating and managing allowable and actual quantities of resource, wastages, manhours of labour, production of equipment and time for construction activities. The critical touch points between Candy and BuildSmart allows accurate comparison of what is actually happening on a project to what was expected – all in “real time”. This is because BuildSmart’s 64 construction business news me July 2016

highlights the consequences of laxity of control systems in boom times. It is precisely at these financially uncertain times that CCS can aid your decision making processes, keeping tendering, procurement and numerous construction project variables under tight control enabling better decisions with better information produced at the right time. Current conditions globally and in the Middle East present various challenges but also unique opportunities to streamline your business processes and controls.

architecture allows all cost information (payroll, plant, stock, yard stock, MRP, etc.) to be entered once where the information is first produced (site, head office, yard, etc.) and then to be managed through a single data base for full integration and real time analysis. How can you help companies recession-proof their business? It is exactly at this time that insufficient monitoring of project processes leads to uncertainties as to profitability. It is right now that all contractors should produce better estimates, and have closer control over projects and better monitoring of earned value and cash flows, for to rely on last year’s mindset of a continual stream of work and bulging order books would be a dangerous folly. At times like this, “cash is king” and CCS products are designed to give management the tools they need to control their cash effectively. The current global economic crisis

What plans do you have for the business for the next year? The Middle East and North Africa still holds immense potential for us to expand our existing and new user base. Many users and organisations are also under utilising our software and we plan to assist existing users to realise the potential and maximise on the capability of their investments. We also plan extensions to new markets like Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan, which are experiencing increased construction activity. Being such an essential tool to most construction industry professionals, our most successful marketing strategy has simply been word of mouth thanks to the many construction professionals recruited from companies and countries where CCS is used. We recently set up our first office in India and have already secured some prominent clients, including one of the largest and reputably acclaimed construction companies in India. We hope to make further inroads into what represents a huge market with enormous potential for us.

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As Genavco prepares to turn 50 next year, Asif Sayeed Khan, General Manager of the plant & equipment division, reflects on the construction machinery distributor’s growth over the years and its plans for the future.


eneral Navigation and Commerce Company (Genavco) is gearing up to celebrate 50 years since its launch as part of the Jumal Al Majid Group in 1967. The construction machinery distributor wants to mark the milestone next year by bringing together customers and a group of partners that has grown to 24 over the

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years, to thank them for their support. “Our existence today is because they have supported us through this journey,” says Asif Sayeed Khan – General Manager – Plant & Equipment, Genavco. “We will invite them to celebrate the success of our business. Some of them are very old partners.” One of those longstanding partners, the Wirtgen Group, recently paid a visit

to Genavco. A delegation led by Jurgen Wirtgen himself jetted into Dubai in a demonstration of appreciation for its partner. “Mr. Khalid Al Majid, vice ChairpersonJuma Al Majid Group, hosted a dinner for them and we arranged a visit to our facility. It was an occasion for us that the owner of the company came to meet the people and to assure their support for

A delegation from Wirtgen Group visits Genavco

us,” says Mr Asif. “Wirtgen Group’s slogan is Close to customers5. That attitude cascades down to all their distribution channels and we also follow the same customer first principle. If our customer is in need we try to be there for them within 30-60 minutes.” He adds: “Key to our success is quality of service. We assure our customers of 95 percent availability of all spare parts at all times. That plays a key factor in gaining customer confidence and living up to expectations. We have been recommended at each and every job site. “Mr Wirtgen came himself this year and we had a discussion about our business plan and strategy and what we need to do more of to satisfy and exceed customer demand. With the results that we are bringing in they are happy and satisfied with the performance.” Genavco has three business verticals working with 24 partners on an exclusive basis. The first is the commercial vehicle division which is Isuzu Automotive. The

second, led by Mr Asif is the plant and equipment division which has 22 partners, and the third is the lubricant and oil division. Genavco is the distributor for BP products in the UAE. The plant and equipment business is divided into six segments: road machinery; quarry and mining; material handling equipment; engines and transmission; earth moving equipment; industrial products. “We are associated with 95 percent of major infrastructure projects in the UAE by supplying our various products,” says Mr Asif. “Our diversity gives us the ability to serve various market segments. When I joined the company in 1993 we did not have that range of products but we gradually diversified to cater to the entire industry.” Road construction equipment is the biggest contributor to the plant and equipment section. Genavco supplies Vogele asphalt pavers which enjoys an 86 percent market share. It also has Hamm

asphalt rollers which have a 46 percent share. And its Wirtgen milling products for road rehabilitation and repairs, have total dominate of the market. Genavco focuses on selling the equipment but also does short and long term rentals and leasing over two, four or five years depending on the project size and the customer. “That is a small part of the business but to support our customer base we do have this option,” says Mr Asif. “Sometimes we don’t have a product available to sell and so renting helps us to retain the customer by providing them with what they need on a short term basis until we can bring a unit in for them.” He explains: “There are many companies that specialise in rental and leasing and they are our customers. We never wanted to project ourselves as a major rental player because we didn’t want to compete with our own customers but we do have a small fleet of rental units.” It used to be more common for construction business news me July 2016 67


Jurgen Wirtgen, managing partner of Wirtgen Group visits Genavco

Genavco to sell directly to contractors at a time when the market was stronger and they were in need of the equipment on a short delivery basis, says Mr Asif. However since the 2008 financial crisis contractors are more careful about their capex and now look more to rental and leasing. “If you have a project that’s six to nine months long it makes sense to rent because you don’t know what’s going to happen afterwards. So the trend has changed,” he says. Each of Genavco’s divisions have been affected differently by the recent market downturn following the drop in oil prices. Within the equipment segment, quarry and mining has started to pick up. Demand for aggregate, for example, is showing signs of recovery which is an indicator that the market is improving. “We have a diversified portfolio so if one of our segments is down another one is up,” says Mr Asif. He admits that, like most companies, Genavco predicted a tough year in 2016 and has been cautious with its spending, but he is hopeful of an upturn soon. 68 construction business news me July 2016

“We are associated with 95 percent of major infrastructure projects in the UAE by supplying our various products” Asif Sayeed Khan, Genavco “2015 was our best ever year, even surpassing our 2008 figures, so that doesn’t mean 2016 will be a bad year! At this point we are at par with our budget for the year,” he says. “We would be optimistic for a recovery next year. Our clients are signing contracts now for delivery in 2017 because they are anticipating a price increase next year. Some of the business that we wanted to do this year will spill over into 2017.” For its next move Genavco is looking at branching out into the waste management and recycling sector as the government pushes for more sustainable solutions to its waste issue. Currently most waste produced in the UAE goes straight into landfill which continue to pile up.

And the construction sector is known to produce a huge amount of waste. “That’s where we see the future,” Asif says. “In 2008 the government had started spending money in that area but when the market crashed the plans were shelved. Now, as the situation improves people are becoming more aware of the importance of recycling and the government has launched awareness campaigns around the waste issue.” Genavco intends to focus on construction demolition (CND) waste, followed by domestic waste. It is in talks with a British company to work on a waste management and recycling project. “Some companies are already doing it but the market has more demand and needs more players,” says Mr Asif. “The government role is very important. Because government did not make it mandatory, CND recycling didn’t take off to the level it should have been. But if the government introduces regulations that compel contractors to use a certain percentage of recycled material projects, it would obviously create a market for them.”

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FSI Middle East launches intuitive BI dashboard solution


SI Middle East, the region’s leading facilities management solutions software provider, recently launched FSI Intuitive BI - a business intelligence dashboard solution providing instant data visualisation and analysis of the information stored in FSI’s Concept Evolution system. The software supports the distribution of key management information to Concept Evolution users, in a way that is both readily understandable and easy to act upon. Information is presented within simple graphical components that are combined into dashboards of related information. The dashboards can then be viewed via a normal PC browser, on a tablet, or by smart phone. Information within the dashboard can also be restricted by the role or seniority of the user, for example a contract manager would only see information relating to properties in their contracts, and a maintenance manager would perhaps not see financial information. Similarly, suppliers would see only their task performance. “Intuitive BI does not replace our existing dashboard, it is merely an ad-

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vanced option which will allow nontechnical users to ‘slice and dice’ and create from pre-prepared data extracts (datasets), as well as provide easy to understand graphical visualisation of data,” explains Adrian Jarvis, General Manager of FSI Middle East. Information is presented in simple graphical forms (trends, gauges, bar charts, pie charts etc.), called components, that are combined into dashboards of relevant information. The FSI Intuitive BI platform has the unique ability to reuse the same components and dashboards many times without incurring an additional performance or cost overhead, potentially slashing the time and cost for BI solution development and maintenance. There are currently eight distinct dashboards covering, the following areas, namely: helpdesk call analysis, customer satisfaction, finance, task analysis including supplier performance, as well as assets & PPMs, resource efficiency & workload, facilities booking, and management overview. Data can also be imported from sources other than Concept Evolution to provide an integrated dashboard solution for the organisation as a whole.

UD Trucks launches Quester range in Saudi Arabia UD Trucks and Rolaco Trading and Contracting have launched the new Quester range of trucks in Saudi Arabia. The all-new Quester is a multipurpose truck that can be used ‎off and on-road, for construction, distribution and long-haul transportation. Commenting on the Quester’s arrival to the Middle East, LarsErik Forsbergh, President- UD Trucks Middle East said: “I am confident that Quester will be a big game changer for UD Trucks. "More than 400 full-time experts from different nationalities, with extensive knowledge and ‎experience, have been involved in designing, developing and validating ‎Quester and its associated services. “The team has spent 1,500,000 engineering hours and ‎‎65,000 test hours to build the ultimate trucking machine.” The new Quester range is robust and strong, utilizing a combination of global technology and Japanese craftsmanship. The range combines the best of three worlds; UD’s heritage of Japanese craftsmanship and customer care, Volvo Group’s global technology and aftersales know-how, and cost efficiency. UD Trucks, previously known as Nissan Diesel, is part of the Volvo Group.

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Dressta for Success Hakan Ilhan – Director, Marketing & Dealer Development, LiuGong Dressta Machinery, on the company’s penetration in the Middle East.

What is Dressta’s main product offering to the construction sector? Dressta is well-known for its crawler dozers, with one of the widest range of products on the market, from 8.2 to 67.7 tons. The company also manufactures wheel loaders. The whole range of Dressta dozers is engineered with the power and versatility to excel in any construction project. Whether used for residential, industrial or commercial building projects, dams, roads, landscaping and more – our crawler dozers are essential equipment for successfully tackling any jobsite requirement with ease. Dressta also manufactures pipe layers with lift capacity up to 100t. In addition to construction, the products can suit diverse applications ranging from forestry and landfilling, to mining, pipe laying and quarrying. At Dressta, we seek to ensure that your machine will surpass expectations in delivering the results you need to get the job done. Construction applications require a combination of speed, agility and brute force – Dressta machines offer the perfect balance for loading, ripping, lifting and dozing. How long has the company been present in the Middle East? Dressta has been present in Middle East for decades, but recently we have reinforced our presence in the region. In order to develop the dealer network in the region, a dynamic and experienced Regional Sales Manager for Africa and Middle East has been appointed at the end of 2015. We are appointing dealers that share our vision. To support our dealers and customers, we have also implemented a regional parts depot in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). It is one of our seven global hubs for Commercial and Aftermarket support and demonstrates the importance of the region in our global strategy. 72 construction business news me July 2016

Dressta has been cooperating with Iranian construction companies for many years. We have a dealer there and in 2015 we delivered a number of dozers.

What kind of growth have you seen here in that time? Between 2012 and 2015, the dozer market in the Middle East was quite stable, with around 1,000 units sold every year. In terms of equipment size, the most popular models are the ones in the 260 to 360 hp category, which corresponds to our Dressta TD-25 dozer. This category represented nearly 70% of the market in 2015. The next most popular models are those in the 360 to 520 hp category (20% of the market), like our Dressta TD-40. Another interesting fact is the rising need for dozers with 210 to 260 hp, while dozers in the 160 to 210 hp range are decreasing. In the first four months of 2016, dozers with 210 to 260 hp made up more than 25% of the total market. In which countries in the region are you seeing most business at the moment? Saudi Arabia used to lead dozer sales in the Middle East, representing more than 50% of the total market between 2012 and 2015. But with the lower oil price the country is suffering and the market has dropped away in the first months of 2016. The second biggest market in the Middle East is the United Arab Emirates, which has seen similar market shrinkage for the same reasons. But the Iranian market has been lively this year due to the end of international sanctions.

What is your most recent high profile project/contract win? In 2015, we delivered TD-40s to Jahad Iron Ore Mining, a State Owned Mine in Iran where our dealer, Haffar Machine company, is doing a great job. The Jahad Iron Ore mine is well established with close to 2,000 units in their fleet on two sites including dozers from various brands. The machines operate up to 20 hours per day on three shifts. Haffar has set up a mobile service workshop on site complete with power generator, tools and parts and mechanics carry out daily maintenance and servicing including completely power washing the tracks to remove all dirt. Combined with the engineering behind the product, the result is impressive as the machines have the highest uptime for production work and the mines are highly satisfied with Haffar’s support and are looking into growing their fleet with more Dressta machinery. Tell us about your latest product innovation for the construction sector and why buyers need it If we talk about crawler dozers, our core product, for the Middle East market specifically, the Dressta TD-25 is the product to talk about. It is the first of our heavyduty crawler dozer range, starting with a net flywheel power of 330hp and an operating weight of 41.5t. The machines are built to excel in construction projects, but also in heavy mining and coal, incorporating advanced technologies and components for optimal performance. The TD-25 offers optimal power to weight ratio for unrivalled traction & drawbar pull, making it the ideal product for the construction market in the Middle East.


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ndia is considered a rapidly growing market for the global construction-machinery industry with some 46,000 units expected to be sold in 2016. According to the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers' Association (ICEMA), the upswing will primarily be driven by the road construction and earthmoving sectors during the next two to three years. Based on the forecasts, nearly all types of equipment will profit from this growth, although six types of machines will continue to dominate the market: backhoe loaders, crawler excavators, mobile cranes, mobile compressors, compactors and wheel loaders. However, machines that could only be sold in smaller quantities in India in the past— such as mini-excavators, all-terrain forklifts and compact loaders—will also account for a larger share of the market. In keeping with the 12th five-year plan, India will invest one trillion USD in infrastructure expansion between the years 2012 and 2017. Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) points out that construction of roads is a top priority for India

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September 6-8, 2016 Dubai World Trade Center Cityscape Global 2016 is the largest and most influential real estate investment and development event for emerging markets globally. Bringing together investors, developers, government officials and real estate professionals, there is no better place to find investment opportunities and new business partners. Cityscape Global is taking place on 6 – 8 September 2016, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE, with the conferences taking place on September 5 at the Conrad, Dubai.

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September 25-27, 2016 Kuwait International Fair Kuwait’s US$175bn construction industry continues to grow and is poised for increased project activity, in addition to the massive infrastructure and building projects underway and in the pipeline. This market growth was reflected in the success of The Big 5 Kuwait 2015, the largest in the event’s history with a total of 7,187 participants, including 200 exhibitors across 4,700 square metre, further underpinning the show as the main event of the year within the Kuwaiti Construction industry.

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The law of the land Michael Grose is head of regional construction and projects practice at Clyde & Co. Nearly two decades after coming to Dubai, he recently authored the first book on construction law in the Gulf. He spoke to Jason O’Connell

What brought you to Dubai in 1998? I worked as a construction lawyer for five years in the UK after I completed my legal training in London. Before that I spent three years studying law at Southampton University and a year at the College of Law in York. By 1998 I felt that it was time for a change and Dubai had the right mixture of excitement, opportunity and (most importantly) sunshine to get me to make the move. Tell us a bit about the book and the ground it covers? The book covers the issues that typically arise in a construction dispute on projects in the Gulf. So it has some introductory chapters on the nature of civil law and the role of the Islamic Shari'ah in the context of construction contracts as well as an introduction to the law of contract and tort. Then it covers the typical issues of dispute, such as delay, defects and payment. Along the way it covers health and safety, interest and time limits before getting into forms of dispute resolution, specifically the role of the civil courts and arbitration. The book concludes with a commentary on the FIDIC Conditions and how these are interpreted or influenced by the region's civil codes. What moved you to write the book in the first place? I was frustrated by the lack of easily accessible information on the law when I first started advising on construction disputes in the region. I spent the first few years discovering laws or principles that were not common knowledge and so I set about a long and slow process of collecting these together. The book is the product of that initial frustration and I like to think it will contribute to a better understanding of construction law in the Gulf. 78 construction business news me July 2016

age stakeholders to think about the obligations they are accepting.

How accessible is the book? Is it only for legal practitioners? The accessibility and usefulness of the book is probably for others to judge. It is certainly intended to be readable and to be laid out in a way that allows for easy use. Although the references to the relevant laws and judgments are probably mainly of interest to lawyers, the text itself is aimed at anyone with an interest in construction contracts and disputes. Does the law in the Middle East differ much to elsewhere? It is certainly different to the law found in most Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions. The UAE and the rest of the GCC (excluding KSA) adopted a legal system that is much closer to the French civil law model. This still puts the parties' agreement at the front and centre of their legal relationship but there are some important differences of approach that are worth knowing. Does the book have the potential to help stakeholders avoid costly disputes? It wasn't a specific objective of mine to help reduce disputes, though it would be a worthwhile achievement if it has that result. My objective was to dispel some common misconceptions about the application of domestic law and to encour-

What is the most common cause of construction related disputes in this region? This is a tricky question because even a seemingly simple dispute will normally have more than one cause depending on which participant you speak to. If you take a dispute over a variation, for example, this can arise because of poor design, employer indecision, a contractor's over optimistic claim or any combination of these. Each participant has an interest in blaming the other. If I had to boil it down to one thing, though, I would say that disputes are the price that is paid for competitive tendering and the resulting adversarial relationship between the project participants. Because there are fewer long term relationships in the Gulf's building industry than in some other markets there is less reason to compromise to find a solution to disputes. Your experience must give you a competitive edge. Why reveal your secrets? Knowledge of the law is only the starting point for being a good lawyer and most clients make an assumption that lawyers know the law anyway. So knowledge of the law provides a very limited competitive advantage in most jurisdictions. The real value of lawyers is in their ability to apply the law to a particular situation and no one really knows whether a lawyer is good at that until they have worked together. Construction Law in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf will allow readers to judge this for themselves in my case. “Construction Law in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf� is published by John Wiley & Sons, 2016

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