On 28th November Christian LAUGIER and Nasser KANAAN attended the official the opening of the “Pearling Path Visitor Center” in Bahrain.

The ceremony, organized by Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, under the patronage of Her Excellency Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, gathered many noble guests, including Minister of Foreign Affairs HE The Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Ambassador of Jordan to Bahrain HE Rami Wriekat and Ambassador of Palestine to Bahrain HE Taha. M. Abdul-Qader.

The Pearling Path is a second UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bahrain. It takes guests on a journey through the historical times of pearling industry in Bahrain, leading through the collections of items and buildings, images and sounds.

Both Egis and Projacs have a long history of working on numerous projects in Bahrain and contributing to fulfillment of the National Vision 2030.

*Picture: The Minster of Foreign Affairs and the two Ambassadors, with Christian Laugier and Nasser Kannan.

Alexandre Busson, Egis Country Director for Qatar, presented Egis involvement in Qatar Economic Zone 3 (QEZ 3) to the French business delegation in Doha.

The presentation was delivered as part of the event organized by Qatar Free Zones Authority with the aim to introduce investment opportunities in the free zones to the visiting French companies.

The delegation, headed by MEDEF – French business movement, has over 750,000 member companies, thus provides the excellent business links between the countries and French based investors.

It was led by Mr. Guillaume PEPY, Chairman of the French-Qatari Committee in MEDEF, and HE Frank Gillet, French Ambassador to Doha.

Egis provides Detailed Design and Construction Supervision Consultancy Services for Um Alhoul Special Economic Zone (QEZ-3) for the Client – Manateq.

Umm Al Houl Special Economic Zone (QEZ-3) encompasses an area of approximately 29.3 km2, sited adjacent to Mesaieed Industrial City and the Hamad Port, targeting downstream and specialty Industrial (metal, marine, petrochemical, building materials, logistics, automotive, food processing etc) and supporting activities (worker’s accommodation, business park, commercial, community facility etc).

Egis has been awarded for “Design and Supervision Consultancy Services” for The New Cargo Area at Bahrain International Airport (BIA). The letter was signed by His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Mr. Mohamed Yousif AI-Binfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company and Mr. Mohamed Yousif AI-Binfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company. It was received by Jacques Khoriaty, Middle East & South Asia Aviation Director at Egis.

The continuous fast development of Cargo at the airport as well as the strategy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to reinforce its position as a key cargo hub for the region led Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) to take the decision to develop two cargo-logistic areas at Bahrain International Airport (BIA):

  1. New Cargo Area
  2. Cargo Logistics Center located south of the runway

The New Cargo Area will contain four warehouses that will support the growing express carrier operations at BIA with the new, effective infrastructure: cargo apron, taxiways and airside service roads; warehousing space, tenant support facilities and offices; landside truck access and parking; landside staging area; airside staging area for GSE vehicles; container and ground service equipment and landside staff and customer parking.

Egis team of experts will provide the support during all phases of the project: from master plan validation to construction supervision passing by the design.

The works are expected to start in January 2019.

Egis signed yet another contract with Public Works Authority - Ashghal in Qatar for sewage treatment plant, ennlarging the portfolio of water domain expertise in Middle East.

Egis has a number of ongoing water projects in the region, working actively with local governments and communities to provide best solutions for long term.

Read more in water projects section.

Egis in KSA signed the contract with King Saud University (KSU) for Internal Transit System: Preparing Engineering Design, Technical Specifications, Tender Documents and Providing Consultancy Services to Manage the Tendering Phase.

The King Saudi University (KSU) is planning the design and the implementation of an Internal Transit System to be operated on the Campus, including the KSU Girls Campus. This is the largest university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh campus occupies about 900 hectares of land and was one of the world's largest construction projects when it was built. Nearly 40,000 students are expected upon the completion of all the projects in the Campus.

The project concludes previous studies prepared by Egis under the responsibility and governance of Arriyadh Development Authority – ADA, including Internal Transit System Feasibility Study performed in 2012-2013 and later updated.

Huge congratulations to Projacs for the award of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Project for the Reconstruction of Makkah.

The project aim is to provide the comprehensive and integrated advisory services required to manage the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz project for the reconstruction of Makkah through the establishment and management of the Project Management Office (PMO) at the Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA).

The project has been divided into two phases:

  1. Furnishing and establishing the Project Management Office from the date of signing the contract
  2. Managing the Project Management Office from the date of receipt of the site after processing.

Partnership Agreement between Projacs International represented by Projacs Training Academy and PECB

On 29th August Projacs International represented by Projacs Training Academy and PECB signed a partnership agreement. This strategic decision and move will allow further expansion of both companies in UAE market and abroad, via extended cooperation leading to exceptional educational services to all customers.

PECB is a certification body for persons, management systems, and products on a wide range of international standards. As a global provider of training, examination, audit, and certification services, PECB offers its expertise on multiple fields, including but not limited to Information Security, IT, Business Continuity, Service Management, Quality Management Systems, Risk & Management, Health, Safety, and Environment.

Projacs Academy, founded in 1984, has been providing multidisciplinary training, management and educational courses on a global scale. Since then over 16,300 trainings were carried out for 313,640 professionals.

The newly opened office in London serves as a connection with the European clients, looking for a highest quality of the services. Projacs Academy specializes in Project and Construction Management with a new focus on innovative solutions such as BIM, Green Building methods and energy saving construction techniques.

“We are thrilled to have PECB as our international business partner as this partnership will give us the opportunity to further achieve our vision as leading training providers to our clients,” said Nizar Awwad, the Operations Director of Projacs International.

Sponsored by HE Eng. Abdul Latif Bin Abdul Malek Bin Omar Al Al Shaikh the Saudi Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and in the presence of their Excellencies Lt. Gen. Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Amr, the director general of Saudi Civil Defence and Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi, Governor of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, Projacs Academy has successfully delivered workshop ”Saudi Building Code Development” which was held in Riyadh on 9th & 10th September 2018.

The Saudi Building Code development workshop was a result of a successful three years training project that was delivered to Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and trained more than 900 engineers and 400 technicians on the Saudi Building Code application.

4th September marked the Grand Opening of first IKEA store in Salmabad in Bahrain.

The shop was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, who was deputised by Deputy King His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa under whose patronage the event was held.

This is the largest IKEA store in the region and it will hold a largest restaurant in the country with 650 seats. The showroom area is spread over 6,200 sqm, another 6,000 sqm feature market, 5,000 sqm – self service area and another 4,000 sqm will house a full – serve area.

Projacs provided Project Management Consultancy and will continue to manage Defects Liability Duration for next 12 months.

In the most recent list published by  ENR – Engineering News Record – in August 2018, Projacs International was ranked 12th in the Top 20 Non – US Firms in International Construction Management and Program Management Fees and 15th in Top 20 Non – US Firms in Total Global Construction Management and Program Management Fees.

The company, acquired in mid-2015 by Egis Group - French consultancy firm, continues to strengthen their position on international markets and particularly in the Middle East through a network of their long established offices.

Projacs International has been listed by ENR for the past nine years and maintained its position internationally on the rank 12, while stepped up globally from the 17th position to the 15th this year, marking a shift of two places up in Top 20 Non – US Firms in Total Global Construction Management and Program Management Fees, based on fees for management services provided on a fee-only basis for all projects, both domestic and international.

“We are extremely happy with this result, despite the recent tensions in the Middle East region that have caused various investment constraints” – says Ashraf Al Garf, CEO of Projacs International.

In general, the region has faced many recent changes that influenced the development of the projects. One of them is the VAT implementation among the countries: 5% VAT has been already introduced in United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia whilst Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait wait until 1st January 2019. This has forced some of the governmental procedures to change, causing a delay in awarding the new projects and affecting the cost and fees fluctuation.

Despite this, Projacs International managed to secure and continues to work on some iconic projects, such as new IKEA store in Bahrain, National Bank of Kuwait HQ in Kuwait City, new HQ for Housing Bank for Trade and Finance in Jordan, Hilton Panorama Hotel in Qatar, The Cove and The Creek in Dubai Creek Harbour in UAE and many more.