On the 7th of November, Egis participated in a 3-day conference and exhibition hosted by International Road Federation at the Dubai World Trade Center. This edition was the 18th one since 1952, and a key opportunity for Egis to stand out as one of the only consultancies to provide mobility, road, urban development industries services along the entire value chain. From Project Structuring, to Engineering, to Turnkey, to Operation and Maintenance, to Mobility Services, and finally, to Consultancy.
Egis took part in three separate speaker opportunities where our Business Development Director for Mobility and Urban services, Dr. Sascha Ruja, gave a workshop on ‘Parking for Smart Cities’ on the first day, in addition to a panel discussion on ‘The Future of Mobility Pricing & Road User Charging’ on the second day. In addition, our Egis Global CCO for Roads & Major Projects, Frederic Genty, spoke on ‘Road Procurement and Financing in the New Era’.. The topics were uniquely relevant to a wide cross-section of road mobility stakeholders, and focused on delivering solutions to the world’s pressing mobility questions.
Particular attention was paid to emerging challenges in this exhibition such as readying road infrastructure to autonomous vehicles, advanced travel demand management, safety of vulnerable road users, and energy-efficient infrastructure. This allowed participants and visitors to the Egis stand an opportunity to further their understanding of advanced road construction and mobility concepts in an immersive environment.
Egis takes part in the 4th Smart Transport, Logistics & Traffic Fair & Forum For The MEA Region, TransMEA, between the 7th and 10th of November.
Acknowledging the importance of this yearly event, we were pleased to welcome the Egis Rail global team joining the event from France, UAE and Egypt sharing their knowledge and expertise with numerous visitors.
During the opening Ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Egis, alongside their JV partner Setec, and The National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) for Greater Cairo Metro Line 6 Studies. It was signed with the attendance of the Egyptian Minister of Transport H.E. Kamel El Wazir and the Chairman of NAT, Dr Essam Wally. This materializes the launch of the Greater Cairo Metro Line 6 Project by the Egyptian government and entrusts Egis with the management of the studies.
Egis also took part in the TransMEA conference where Adil Guissi, the Executive Vice President, Middle East & Africa for Egis Rail was a panelist for the discussion on ‘Building the Future for Transport Infrastructures’ on the last day of the exhibition.
Egis’ participation at one the most significant transport exhibitions and conferences in the country brings to light its commitment for growth in Egypt in line with country’s vision and development.
At the Dubai Airshow - on the 14th of November, 2021, Egis was awarded the contract with Ras Al Khaimah International Airport for the expansion of their existing terminal. Egis’ responsibility is two-fold with the initial design of the expanded terminal as well as concept design study of a new terminal that is expected to accommodate close to 2 Million passengers in the next 10 years.
The expansion plan comes after the surge in passenger traffic at the emirate’s international airport and the need to accommodate the increased passenger traffic in line with the International Air Transport Association guidelines.
“Ras Al Khaimah has quickly become more of an economic and touristic hub in the last couple of years and we are extremely proud of the growth we’ve seen. The expansion of our international airport reinforces this ambitious outlook and we look forward to welcoming passengers from all over the world,” said Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Ras Al Khaimah – His Excellency Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi.
Egis has been awarded several aviation projects in the Middle East and beyond. Some of the most notable projects include Riyadh Airport where Egis was the project manager for design review, construction management and supervision of the new airside infrastructure, Amaala airport, where Egis is working on the design and development of a greenfield airport to serve a new ultra-luxury resort located along Saudi Arabia’s northwest coast by the Red Sea and Abha International Airport where Egis developed the master plan provided design and construction services for the new terminal building as well as the necessary annex buildings and infrastructure.
“We are delighted to be working on the expansion of Ras Al Khaimah International airport as aviation is one of our strengths. Egis has been awarded several aviation projects, and our experience and knowledge surpasses design as we are able to take on both the role of engineer, as well as airport operators as we plan ahead. Our goal is to provide the best possible solution to improve the passenger experience throughout their airport journey and our vast aviation experience in the Middle East and beyond will help us achieve that,” said Alaa Abusiam, CEO Egis Middle East.
CEO of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Atanasios Titonis said: “In order to keep up with this demand of passenger traffic, and welcome more and more airline partners, our immediate focus is on working to enhance our existing terminal at the earliest, and simultaneously work on designing a brand new terminal with international standards and innovative facilities and we are confident that our partnership with Egis will help us achieve this.”
From the 7th to the 10th of November, at TRANSMEA in Cairo, Egis, alongside their JV partner Setec, signed an agreement to conduct studies for the development of the proposed Greater Cairo Metro Line 6. The JV has been mobilizing their best experts since August 2021 alongside the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Cairo embassy to determine a FASEP study program for Line 6 of the Greater Cairo Metro. This line, with the length of around 30 km and partly underground, will serve 24 stations, connecting Al-Khosos in the north of the metropolis to the suburb of Maadi in the South East.
The MOU was signed with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), and with the attendance of the Egyptian Minister of Transport H.E. Kamel El Wazir and the Chairman of NAT, Dr Essam Wally. This materializes the launch of the Greater Cairo Metro Line 6 Project by the Egyptian government and entrusts Egis with the management of the studies.
Olivier Bouvart, Chief Executive Officer of the rail business unit commented: “The signature of this MOU is a new step in the development of our rail activity in Egypt. We are honored and fully committed to be one of the leading parties for the development of this new line. This project is also a strong testimony of our client NAT, whom we continue to work with on several projects, and we are pleased to assist them on the development of the Greater Cairo Metro network.”
Egis, the major international group in the consulting, construction engineering and mobility sectors, has previously been awarded the Coordination, Management, and Construction Supervision Services, of Line 3, Phase 3, of the Greater Cairo Metro in partnership with Systra, ACE and EHAF. Egis has also been working on the modernization of Line 2 of the Greater Cairo Metro alongside Systra and ACE as well as the Design and Supervision Services for the Raml Tram in Alexandria.
Other significant Egis projects in the country include the Construction and Time Management of Il Mondo compound in the “New Capital”, the project management of Porto Medical Village in Cairo, several studies to understand the mobility needs of the urban transport structure in Mansoura City, a technical assistance contract with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation to provide guidance for the development of a comprehensive Water Management plan in the desert area of Toshka and a project management and architectural design for the development of several airports in Egypt.
On the 8th of November, Egis celebrated the official inauguration of the new Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the largest and most expanded corporate office in the Middle East.
The company had previously established corporate offices in Jeddah and Al Khobar.
The inauguration was attended by Laurent Germain, Group CEO of Egis and His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, The Ambassador of France to Saudi Arabia. The inauguration event included a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new office in Hamad Tower, followed by an invitation-only reception at the Residence of France Ambassador, attended by a high-level audience including, government officials, key clients and business partners.
The opening of the Riyadh Headquarters reinforces the importance of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the growth of Egis in the region and its investment in Saudi Vision 2030, and also strengthens the company's partnerships with its clients. Egis has been operating in Saudi Arabia for almost 30 years and is currently working on more than 25 projects spread across The Kingdom.
Egis is proud to be creating a new generation of leaders by employing over 800 people in Saudi Arabia and is committed to supporting Saudization and knowledge transfer by recruiting, developing and retaining a highly-capable local workforce.
"The decision to invest in a new HQ office in Riyadh was a logical step as we strive to support The Kingdom’s plans to diversify the economy and invest in the country’s transformational strategies for infrastructure, transport and logistics" said Laurent Germain, CEO, Egis Group. "Some of the most ambitious programs in the world are in Saudi Arabia and it's critical that we meet our clients’ needs with the required support that serve them most effectively". Laurent Germain continued: “We are determined to make our contributions to the economic development of the city of Riyadh and the rest of the Saudi market, leveraging our global network and professional services experience. The new and expanded Egis footprint will enable us to create a cohesive service network and further strengthen our service capabilities in this region”.
At the heart of Egis’ vision is innovation and sustainability which is very much in line with the Saudi Vision 2030. This is evident in our awards of projects such as Green Riyadh which aims to plant 7.5 million trees; Riyadh Metro, one of the world’s most extensive transit projects; and AMAALA, the new international airport in the ultra-luxury destination located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast.
His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said: “The decision of Egis opening the Headquarter office in Saudi Arabia, will strengthen the ability of the Group to develop its consulting and engineering activities in The Kingdom. The Group is already very much involved in supporting the implementation of many ambitious projects of the Saudi Vision 2030.” His Excellency continued, “the decision of Egis is fully aligned with the National Investment Strategy of Saudi Arabia, which aims to make the Kingdom a world-class destination for international investors. Many reforms have already been implemented to improve the business environment and enhance The Kingdom’s competitiveness in a sustainable way.”
With the hospitality investment community coming together from across the Middle East & Africa region under one roof at the Arabian and African Hospitality Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai, Voltere by Egis took an active role in the event.
On 21st of September Philippe Doizelet, Director, Hospitality and Real Estate Partner of Voltere by Egis moderated a panel discussion on ‘The Possible Outcomes of the African Hospitality Market following Covid-19’.
Middle East Director for Consulting, Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure, Federico Minucci; Head of Hospitality and Asset Management, Damien Rizzi; and Middle East & Africa Manager for Hotels, Mehdi Belabbes, all from Voltere by Egis, also attended the conference and met with many potential clients and long term partners of the industry.
The main topic of the discussions was the growing industry in the Middle Eastern and African regions following the decrease in Covid cases and “back to new normal” approach. The clients and hospitality experts deliberated on changes in consumer preferences and behaviors, and investment-worthy concepts in a post-pandemic market, as well as human capital management.
The conference was a great success for all parties and a prime opportunity to discuss the rebirth of the industry. As a non-virtual event, it provided the opportunity for networking and lively discussions among the industry leaders and experts.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is one of the biggest clients of Egis in Qatar, being responsible for many government sponsored projects in sectors such as buildings, infrastructure, roads, urban planning, water.
Egis has a long standing relationship with (Ashghal), and is involved in the most iconic projects in the country.
Recently (Ashghal) contracted Egis to support its operation under the provision of “Framework PMCM contract” to provide almost 80 highly skilled professionals with extensive knowledge and experience. Current team of about 50 Egis employees resides at (Ashghal) headquarters in West Bay in Doha.
Despite working in one building, the employees had a little interaction and often did not know each other.
“It was important to create Egis Communities – a way to connect employees working in (Ashghal) and to provide a platform to exchange information, know-how, and to support our staff with communicating about Egis in all Ashghal departments. Egis is a People First company and we wanted to ensure that our teams have a sense of belonging to Egis, despite working in the offices of the client” – says Ahmed Benamer, Key Account Manager for Ashghal & Road ME Director.
The employees were grouped into 5 Communities, depending on the type of engagement and professional background: Commercial & Contract Management, Project Management, Public Relation, Project Control, and Health and Safety.
The first meeting organized for the Commercial & Contract Management Community took place at Egis office in Doha on the 11th of August, just after the COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed. The participants had a chance to discuss Egis aims and strategies, and exchange their experiences. More meetings are planned in the near future, allowing the continuation of this great initiative.
The students of SciencesPo, one of the most highly ranked universities in France, visited Dubai during the first week of September to meet the industry experts and collect the materials and data for their theses.
Egis, always keen on supporting educational initiatives especially for pupils and students, organized a physical meeting (in line with safety regulations), during which Egis Middle East’s Aviation Director, Thanos Deriziotis, and Middle East Domain Director for Hospitality and Tourism, Federico Minucci, presented the history and timeline and 2040 vision of Dubai’s infrastructure from its declaration of independence in 1971 to today; the growth of Egis with the region and country in particular; and finally the presence and contribution of Egis in the UAE, through the iconic projects such as: UAE Airspace Project, Sharjah International Airport, the Ministry Buildings for EREC, the Emaar Beachfront Beach Vista developments, the Waste to Energy Plant in Sharjah, Etihad Rail and Dubai Metro, Bluewaters Group Rapid Transit project, the framework services for Abu Dhabi Ports, the Zakum West Island Sea Water Treatment Plant, the Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi.
The attendees – about 20 postgraduates, were particularly interested in the subject of “Governing the Large Metropolis”, as part of their specialization. Each year SciencesPo organizes a study trip to analyze the management of urban infrastructures and services, after which the students prepare and release a paper on the chosen topic.
The meeting was concluded with questions from the students regarding some technical details, and the UAE’s vision on sustainability and ‘Going’ Green’. The school extended their thanks for the opportunity to meet Egis’ top level professionals and share their experience from the Middle East region.
Hala Bennett joined Egis in August 2021 as a Business Development Manager for the Urban and Mobility Domains in the Middle East; she is based in Dubai, UAE. Hala is a Chartered Town Planner with extensive experience in strategic planning and regeneration, master planning and urban design.
Hala is a Chartered Town Planner with a bachelor of Architecture degree from University College, London. She obtained extensive experience in strategic planning and regeneration, master planning and urban design in the Middle East and UK. Previously she held positions with Halcrow, Worley Parsons, ASTAD PM, K&A and most recently with BuroHappold. Hala will lead activities to build the domain capabilities and customer loyalty in the Middle East, strengthening Egis’s expertise and domain offerings to our clients. She will also oversee the ongoing projects in the region, ensuring on-time delivery to the highest standards.
Egis has strong ambitions to expand its presence on the Cities, Urban and Mobility sectors in the Middle East. Hala will be able to share with our clients her vast experience in these areas and will focus on addressing the current smart and environmental trends linked to existing and new cities development.
Starting September 1st 2021 Laure Russier will lead the Major Structures, Water, Energy and Environment Domain in the Middle East. She will be based in Dubai, however her time will be split between all the major countries in the region.
Laure holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Lycée du Parc, and MSc in Civil Engineering and Project Management from Ecole Centrale de Paris. She joined Egis in 2009, and held multiple roles as project and business development director in Europe, Africa and Asia, with her most recent role being in Jakarta, Indonesia. Laure speaks four languages, passionate about large-scale multi-sector infrastructure projects, and she is actively involved in promoting Sustainable Development and Innovation to our clients.
Laure will oversee all ongoing Water and Environment projects across the region, ensuring timely delivery to the best of standards. She will also actively work on expanding Egis offering in the Energy and Major Structures sectors.
Laure is passionate about large-scale multi-sector infrastructure projects, in particular urban projects (tourism and industrial development) and mining projects including roads, rails, ports, pipelines, power, water and waste management and buildings. She is also actively involved in promoting Sustainable Development and Innovation – two of Egis’ main pillars - exploring how innovation can contribute not only to long-term economic growth, but also sustaining a healthy life and wellbeing.