The Egis team has enabled its Client - Oman Water and Procurement Company (OPWP), to take part in a four-day training session at the end of March 2021. The training was conducted through Projacs Academy, an Egis subsidiary, that has been leading the training courses in the region since 1984, and providing physical & online courses in different domains such as: Project Management, Construction Management, leadership and soft skills and other numerous topics.
The topic of Risk Management was proposed by Egis and agreed on by the Client – relevant to the experience on the project and the “lessons learned”. The session was attended by OPWP’s employees and later extended on their social networks emphasizing the recognition of the importance of the continuous education on all professional topics.
Egis has two ongoing projects contracted by Oman Water and Procurement Company (OPWP) - Sharqiyah and Salalah Independent Water Plants (IWPs).
The overall objective of the Projects’ is to supply drinkable water to the relevant Governorates to meet the increase in demand.
OPWP entered into Water Purchase Agreements (WPAs) in relation to the implementation of each of the Salalah IWP and Sharqiyah IWP projects. The primary focus of Egis is to support OPWP in ensuring that the Project Companies for each of the IWP projects fulfill their obligations under their respective WPAs.
On April the 8th, seven volunteers from Egis Dubai set out for a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) action into the desert to collect strewn litter: Omar Benzaria, Niroshan Fonseka, Christian Laugier, Karim Mikahil, Federico Minucci, Selma Naassani and Kasia Pearce.
In cooperation with the local stables, the team was able to ride horses into the desert for the cleanup. Although many were beginners or had never ridden a horse before, they decided to conquer their fears for a moral cause.
Along the way, the group was able to identify plants, trees, shrubs and animals native to the country and made sure to remove any litter disturbing the ecosystem or that could cause a danger to the animals inhabiting the area. Every participant filled large garbage bag with plastics, cartons, aluminum foil, micro-plastics and more – many were shocked to see how much rubbish was present in such a remote area.
The main goal was to raise awareness of the desert pollution and to show that desert plays an important role in the Middle Eastern ecosystem with indigenous fauna and flora.
All volunteers promised themselves to organize the regular clean ups and to ensure that protecting the environment became a habit.
In line with the Group’s long term plans to become carbon neutral in 2050, Egis Middle East has made a pledge to prohibit the use of diesel run vehicles across the region. This action confirms Egis growing engagement in the region’s sustainable development and environment protection.
Diesel contributes to heavy pollution: on-road nitrogen oxides emission levels of modern diesel cars are on average about seven times higher than the limit set by the Euro 6 emission standard, as independently researched by The International Council on Clean Transportation. In 2012 The World Health Organisation declared diesel exhaust a carcinogenic, a cause of lung cancer in the same category as asbestos and mustard gas and new studies show that almost half of all deaths by air pollution from transportation are caused by diesel emissions.
“We must act now - Egis Group set an ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 and every step towards achieving this aim counts. We have been working on multiple environmental projects in the region and sustainability is at the heart of our operation.” – says Alaa Abusiam, CEO of Egis Middle East.
Diesel vehicle bans are planned on an accelerated scale by many countries. For example, the UK is planning to introduce a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars and has been bringing the date closer, from initially 2040 to now 2035 or even 2032.
“In the Middle East the situation is a bit more complex, where some jurisdictions remain dependent on diesel vehicles. I am confident that this will be subject to change as environmental awareness and efforts to reduce carbon footprint by governments and private clients expands. I am happy that Egis and its employees are taking a stand and contributing to the positive change” – adds Alaa Abusiam.
During the first week of April, Alaa Abusiam, CEO of Egis Middle East, and Frank Daniel, Director of Design & Engineering Department in the Middle East, visited Egis India to explore opportunities for expansion in collaboration between the two regions, and intensified exchange of know-how and professional expertise.
The meeting with Sandeep Gulati, CEO of Egis India; Pascal Ligneres, Director of Strategy & Rail in Asia; Manpreet Singh, CFO India; Pankaj Vatsa, Director Aviation, Urban and Buildings; and Gilduin Blanchard, Project Manager for the Group; brought promising opportunities for commercial excellence, talent mobility and enhancing of Egis’s internal capabilities especially in the field of Infrastructure design.
India is strategically recognized by the industry for specialized International Design activities, where Egis group plans further capacity expansion. Egis Middle East with anticipated growth across all domains is actively looking to extend the design capacity and service offering for its clients, the experience of the Egis teams in India were well appreciated as a launching pad to service future multi domain – multi region growth.
International consultancy and engineering group Egis took the platform at the Arab Aviation Summit from the 21st to the 23rd of March. Aviation Director and Middle East CCO Jacques Khoriaty contributed to the panel discussion: ‘Hand in Hand Airlines and Airports: Bouncing Back’. He also took part in a workshop on ‘New Business Models for Airports: A Digital, Technological and Sustainable approach’.
The event featured a number of panel discussions and workshops with Travel and Tourism Authorities, Airline CEOs, Airport Chief Officers, Aviation Companies and Consultancies, and much more. The main questions circulating during the event were ‘The measures companies are taking to construct airports in a pandemic cautious manner?’, ‘The fast-paced technological advancements happening to the airport and airline industry’, ‘The impact and aftermath of the pandemic on the airline industry’, ‘The effects tourism had on the economic development of airlines’, and ‘How to navigate the new norm’.
Commenting on the post-Covid-19 business situation and economic response and recovery, Jacques Khoriaty said: “The global pandemic has resulted in empty airports and flights limited to cargo and emergency aid. However, with new measures in place, we are expecting some degree of recovery – it may even lead to shortages of staff and equipment given the health and safety measures taken by airports and flight operators. In the Middle East we are already seeing the re-opening of flights on selected routes and a surge in both private and cargo traffic. I’m delighted to see that key aviation events are now returning as physical exhibitions and conferences where we can meet again in person with our customers and partners to help them through the new normal.”
The Arab Aviation Summit was an industry initiative committed to improving public-private partnership, the Arab aviation and tourism situation through the panel discussions and feedback. Although this summit was the first of hopefully many in-person events to come during the pandemic, many of the speakers and attendees connected online to the live virtual show. Attendees were excited about the networking and human interaction despite the social distancing and precautionary measure the organizers took to ensure a safe event.
Egis completed another part of the acquisition of Projacs International, bringing the ownership to 95.45%. Projacs is a local engineering consultancy and project management company, founded in 1984 in Kuwait, with the offices in all Middle Easters countries.
In 2015, Egis purchased 51% of the shares in Projacs International, becoming a majority shareholder. Since then, Egis and Projacs worked on aligning the business strategies in the Middle Eastern market and enlarging their geographical reach.
The complete acquisition allows both companies to unify the offerings to the Clients through well-established network of local offices with a global know-how and experience. Projacs brings to table the extensive portfolio of PM in buildings, BIM and infrastructure domain across GCC and beyond.
“The complete acquisition of Projacs International, a company with such a strong local presence will further enhance the growth of Egis Group in the region. Projacs has been and is a trusted partner for many prestigious Clients. Their recent wins confirm the importance of the company. Together Egis and Projacs complement the skills and competencies, allowing the Group to present a holistic approach to each project.” – commented Laurent Germain, CEO of Egis Group.
“Egis and Projacs worked together during the past 5 years on finding the best solutions for our Clients and Partners. We advanced the integration of the offerings and secured many awards through a “Glocal” approach: Egis global experience with Projacs’ local expertise. As a founder of Projacs International, I am truly convinced that together we can conquer the Middle East market and secure sustainable growth” – added Dr Nabil Al Qaddumi.
To fulfil its objectives of strong growth in the Middle East, Egis has appointed Alaa Abu Siam as Executive Director of its Middle East Business Unit.
Alaa Abu Siam had been Egis’ Chief Operating Officer in the Middle East for more than a year where he demonstrated his outstanding capabilities in the fields of project implementation and delivery. He took up the position of Executive Director of the Middle East Business Unit in January.
"We are delighted with the promotion of Alaa Abu Siam to the position of Executive Director Middle East", comments Laurent Germain, CEO of the Egis Group. "This is a particularly important region of the world for the Group. Alaa is a seasoned leader with extensive international experience across multiple industries as well as a deep understanding of the Middle East, he is well positioned to lead Egis in the region with the goal of overseeing the growth and development of Egis’s offering across all services we provide, and to expand on our mission to positively impact the future of clients and communities in which we serve.”
Mr. Abu Siam commented, “I am honoured for the opportunity to lead Egis in the Middle East and I look forward to leveraging our position as in industry leader to deliver against our strategic objectives in 2021 and beyond. Egis is a business which is built on exceptional talent that continues to drive purpose-driven innovation, geared towards creating greater value for clients. We maintain a highly optimistic outlook that in collaboration with our clients we will be able to address their most challenging needs, while adapting to a rapidly evolving market dynamic.”
The Middle East: Egis' historical presence in the region is growing rapidly
With 1.200 employees in the region, Egis has been established in the Middle East for many years, with outstanding growth potential. Over the period from 2014 to 2019, the Group’s proportion of turnover generated in the Middle East rose from 4% to 14% following the awards of major projects in Rail such Riyadh metro and Doha metro, and the acquisition of Projacs, a leading project management firm in the Middle East.
More specifically, Saudi Arabia has grown to become the largest country for the Group in terms of international business. Egis recorded its highest 2020 order intake in the country, and three of the Group's main projects are located in the Kingdom, The Riyadh metro, the Green Riyadh PMO project (one of the largest urban greening projects in the world) and the project for Riyadh Airport PMC.
Egis is also working on several emblematic projects across the region, such as the Etihad Rail project in the United Arab Emirates, water desalination plants in Oman, the rehabilitation of the Al Karaana lagoons in Qatar, and the design of Bahrain metro.
About Alaa Abu Siam
Alaa Abu Siam has more than 20 years’ experience in engineering, growth management, business transformation and new sales development in fast-growing international environments. He has occupied positions of increasing seniority in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the United States and Latin America.
He is graduate of Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan, where he received a degree in engineering technology in 2001, holds an executive accelerated development qualification from Rice University and is a certificated project management professional (PMP®).
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Under the auspices of the France-Saudi Arabia Business Council, MEDEF International, the leading French private sector business network operating worldwide, conducts collective initiatives to promote French solutions to the Saudi market.
“It is a great honour for me to have been be appointed as Chairman and I will represent the French business community, through MEDEF International, with conviction and enthusiasm. I am keen to maintain the excellent trade relations we have with Saudi Arabia, in particular with regard to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 investment programme,” commented Laurent Germain.
Laurent Germain began his career at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. In 2004, he became Adviser to the Minister for Research, Mr. François d’Aubert, in charge of budgetary affairs. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the French National Centre of Space Studies (CNES). He also chaired the board of CLS, a subsidiary of CNES. In 2014 he joined Segula Technologies, a global engineering and technology consulting group, as CEO. He has been CEO of Egis since July 2020.
A former student of Sciences Po Paris, Laurent Germain holds degrees from the ESSEC business school and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (2000 cohort).
Egis – through its local entity Projacs – provides facility management services for Al Baraka Towers located at Bahrain Bay Development, Kingdom of Bahrain, for the sixth uninterrupted year since September 2015.
Al Baraka Towers - the headquarter of Al Baraka Banking Group, are one of Bahrain's most iconic buildings, and are considered an essential value in Bahrain's real estate field.
For the third consecutive year, the facility management team succeeded in reducing the utility consumptions by closely monitoring the external environment and/or internal customer comforts and adjusting the relevant systems accordingly.
As for the year 2020, the utility consumption of the electricity has been reduced by 3.4%, chilled water by 8.6%, and potable water by 9.4%. We look forward to the successful completion of this project and contributing to Bahrain’s great infrastructural growth.
Egis, through its local entity – Projacs, has been awarded Project & Construction Management Services for Kuwait International Bank (KIB) Branches.
KIB was first incorporated in 1973 under the name of Kuwait Real Estate Bank. Since 1st July 2007 it operates according to the Islamic Shari’ah Law, covering all banking services.
The contract includes refurbishment of 9 branches and construction of 4 new standalone buildings expanding KIB services to the new areas of Kuwait.
The refurbishment will introduce new branding strategy and provide flexible designs introducing digital technology for quick and efficient service, bringing clients’ satisfaction and improved customer experience.