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.

Ashghal (Public Works Authority) has awarded Egis with a new contract to provide them with professional consultancy services in connection with designing, building, operating and maintaining the future Qatari Integrated Industrial Waste Water Treatment Plant.

In line with Qatar National Vision 2030, Ashghal will be launching new infrastructure projects across the country and they were in need of a trusted partner for project management, design review and work supervision services. The contract, signed earlier this year, engages a team of 18 professionals for a period of over 4 years.

The Integrated Industrial Wastewater Treatment Works Phase I (IIWWTW) will provide treatment for up to 10,000m3/d of tankered industrial wastewaters arising from light industries generated within the Doha Industrial Area Catchment, that is experiencing unprecedented development and growth.

The new IIWWTW Phase I facility will be designed with the flexibility to treat the range of influent characteristics representative of industrial activities in the catchment to Treated Industrial Effluent (TIE) standards. It will be constructed approximately 2km Southwest of Doha Industrial Area, in the vicinity of the existing Industrial Area Sewerage Treatment Works (Phase 1 & 2A and extension 2B) in order to minimize cost and footprint, and allow for proximity to the existing and new deep injection wells for blended treated effluent disposal.

Egis has been a preferred partner for many Water related projects in Qatar, such as  Industrial Area Sewage Treatment Plant, Al Karaana Rehabilitation, TSE Seasonal Lagoon or Doha West Sewage Treatment Plant. Our experience and know-how are highly valued by Ashghal, and we are honoured to be part of country’s strategic infrastructure projects – says Philippe Berthet, Regional Director for Major Structures, Water, Environment and Energy. 

Egis, through its local entity – Projacs, will support Hamad Medical Corporation by providing multi discipline project/facility management personnel on secondment basis to various health facilities in Qatar.

 

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar, with the services recognized globally through various accreditations and awards.

The Corporation manages 12 hospitals, residential care services, National Ambulance Service, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, wellness centers and research institutes across the country.

In line with Qatar national Vision 2030 and the population growth, HMC is expanding rapidly, with the need of additional support services and staff.

Egis, through its local entity – Projacs, will support Hamad Medical Corporation by providing multi discipline project/facility management personnel on secondment basis to various health facilities in Qatar.

The 35 staff will join Design and Construction Management departments in order to assist HMC in managing, coordination and monitoring of the development of projects’ design with particular reference to the objectives and requirements of HMC, the design brief, the project specific KPIs, international best practice, relevant codes and standards, and the requirements and approvals of the relevant local authorities.

Egis has a proven track record in operating hospitals for over half a century with projects representing thousands of beds and millions of sqm of floor area. I am confident that our cooperation with Hamad Medical Corporation will stretch beyond this project, as it does with other governmental bodies in Qatar – says Ahmed Benamer, Business Development Director at Egis.

The German hospitality group - Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts known for their limitless elegance and remarkable service, will open a hotel at the Airport Road in Doha, Qatar.

The unusually shaped building will provide an excellent environment for hotel’s guests and visitors alike. 7 story building will house several fine dining restaurants and coffee shops, banquet centre, wellness and spa center. Rooftop pool with adjacent bar will become a center for the relaxation after the long day, with the beautifully arranged green spaces. The design of guests’ rooms, suites and royal suite represent the Group’s attention to detail, as every part of interior plays an important role in customer satisfaction and care

Projacs team provides project and construction management services such as pre-design, design, tender, construction and post-construction phases throughout the project.

This achievement, in line with Egis Target Zero Accidents campaign and policy, highlights the importance of onsite safety, with the strict procedures and goals set by Projacs who provides PM Consultancy Services for the project.

FEB Tower, located in Manama, is a mix use development that has already gained international interest - nominated for Africa Arabia Property Awards 2020 for its distinctive and innovative design.

In line with the Developer’s sustainability goals and aspirations, the Tower is set to achieve LEED Silver Certification, making it the first Mixed Use Tower in Bahrain to achieve a certification that distinguishes its environmental responsibility and efficiency in Design, Constructability and Operational Lifecycle.

Under the Framework Agreement Contract between Egis and Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Egis has provided its consultancy services to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) in managing the Design & Build Contract of the Ministry’s Unified Operation Center Project.

The project scope includes the design, build, maintenance, and operation of control room, call & media centers, in addition to back-of-house offices and facilities designed to be the central hub managing the operations and services of the Ministry.

Expressway and Qatar Economic Zone 3 teams in Qatar highlighted the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink! The masks are reusable in line with Egis drive to sustainability. Pink is a way to go!

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