On Saturday, 16th November 2019, the President of Ashghal - Public Works Authority, His Excellency Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, in the presence of senior dignitaries and officials: HE Safar Mubarak Al Shafi, Assistant Undersecretary for General Services Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment; HE Franck Gellet, French Ambassador to Qatar, a number of Ministries’ Undersecretaries & Assistant Undersecretaries, led the official site visit and grand opening of Al Karaana Lagoons in Qatar.
Reclamation and Rehabilitation of Al Karaana Lagoon project became one of the most environmentally significant projects in the country. “The area transformed from a harmful environment to a healthy wildlife habitat. We are proud of this achievement, which reflects the continuous efforts of all entities to provide sustainable solutions to protect the environment.” said HE Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi. Previously polluted lakes are now home to over a hundred different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. The site will serve as a tourist attraction but will also provide the research fields for local schools and universities.
A tree-planting event was also organized during the official opening. The students from Al Karaana School for Boys participated in Our Kids Planting Trees campaign launched by the Supervisory Committee for Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar.
Egis was involved in all stages of the project from 2015 when awarded a Pre and Post Contract Consultancy Services contract to rehabilitate the lagoon. The project involved various elements, such as: waste water evaporation (volume estimated to 4.7 mln m3), remediation of approx. 2.7 mln m3 of polluted soils, including 0.5 mln m3 heavily polluted, creation of a new unloading facility for industrial waters, development of a zone dedicated to wildlife conservation, supplied by the treated water coming from the adjacent water treatment plant. The works were carried out by Suez under a D&B contract.
“When the environmental survey carried out in 2015 showed that the lagoons attract so many different species of animals, it was clear to us that the area must become a wildlife preserve and that we must put all our efforts in execution of this iconic project” – said Philippe Berthet, Project Director from Egis.
The lagoons are not just beautiful – they are part of Qatar’s sustainable vision and will be appreciated for the generations to come.
Following the framework agreement, Ashghal awarded Egis a secondment contract for highly skilled staff in project management field to support the timely achievement of Ashghal’s New Corporate Strategy 2018- 2022, as part of new vision “Excellence in delivering and managing efficient sustainable infrastructure”.
The seconded employees will work on numerous infrastructure projects across the country.
Congratulations to Projacs Egypt team for securing a new project: Project Management Services for Il Mondo Mixed-Use Project in Cairo.
Since mid 2016, Projacs in JV with Optimal Proje Yönetimi and Dome Dogal Mekan Mimarlık has been working on Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project.
Turkey is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes. Within the nation’s high-risk context, Istanbul is at most risk due to its seismic-prone location on the North Anatolian Fault, high population and commercial/industrial densities.
The purpose of project was to demolish existing 45 public buildings damaged by the recent earthquakes and to construct new ones, some of them schools with the aim to open at the beginning of the school year.
The timely completion has been greatly appreciated by the government of Turkey and in line with the yearly tradition, year President Erdogan opened a new school, this time the one completed under the Projacs’ scheme - Ataturk Science High School.
The program aims to strategically increase the quality and quantity of all vegetation in both urban and suburban setting and develop a planned interconnected network of natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services.
The project targets to increase vegetation coverage in Riyadh from the current 1.5% to 9.1% in 2030.
Another project management contract for Projacs – the team in KSA will develop and operate the project management office for Holy Makkah Municipality.
Makkah Municipality (also spelled Mecca) is located in the Hejazi region, approximately 70 km inland from Jeddah.
Over the last years, the region grew rapidly due to increased numbers of Hajj pilgrims. The city and the municipality are subject to vast development in all areas – infrastructure, buildings, transport and others.
The number of ongoing and planned projects exceeds the current capacity of the Municipality; therefore, the decision was made to seek an advice from the external provider on establishing project management office within the structure of the Municipality.
The aim of the project is to ensure the independent operation of the office with the trained staff with the performance in line with the international standards, tools, techniques, and skills in project management.
Al Taif (Ta’af) is the 5th largest city in Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia. The Municipality faces a number of challenges in providing its various services and in executing the projects.
The proposal was made to establish project management office that will provide the necessary service and exchange of the expertise to train Municipality’s employees.
The office will develop the procedures to efficiently supervise the projects under the authority of Al Taif Municipality, as well as key performance indicators to measure the projects performance in line with the international standards, tools, techniques, and skills in project management.
Kuwait’s team is working on some truly exciting projects – such as Project and Construction Management for The Scientific Center Expansion Program.
Awarded recently, this project includes the new extension that will occupy additional 14,000 sqm of land and will have a built up area of 30,000 sqm with the additional elements to the existing center, which has the total built up area is approximately 18,000 sqm, housing an aquarium, IMAX theatre, discovery place and multiple cafes, restaurants and gift shops.
Warba Bank, established in 2010 in Kuwait is a leading bank offering services in compliance with Sharia principles.
Due to its rapid growth, the bank is in need of new headquarter building to cater for the expected 850 staff at the move-in date in 2024.
Projacs Kuwait has been awarded project management and design management services for the new Warba Bank headquarter, congratulations to the team!