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.

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.

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