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 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.
From the 24th to the 26th of May, Egis took part in the Airport Show Hybrid+ 2021 in Dubai. Last year the event was cancelled due to the global pandemic, thus exhibitors and visitors alike were eager to take part in a physical event.
The Airport Show gathered numerous organizations from the airport and aviation industry, including leading suppliers of airport technologies and innovations, airport management, engineering companies, immigration, passenger safety organizations and more, all showcasing top innovations in airport operations and aviation logistics.
Egis had multiple industry experts as well as business development managers on the stand hosting existing and potential clients.
Meanwhile Egis Middle East’s Regional Aviation Director and CCO, Jacques Khoriaty and Middle East Principal Aviation Consultant, Ivan Baruta were key panelists at the show’s sessions in the Global Airport Leaders Forum. The topics they took part in were Delivering a seamless kerb to destination experience to passengers within the Airport Passenger Experience and Driving efficiency through airspace design at the ATC Forum.
“The Airport Show delivers every year. It provides an outstanding platform for networking and showcasing new technologies” said Jacques Khoriaty. Egis CEO Alaa AbuSiam added: “As an industry leader, Egis continues to secure new engagements. I am confident that the aviation industry will provide many more opportunities in the coming months, especially for those solutions that are sustainable, flexible and low risk. Given our experience and expertise, we are well-placed to deliver”.
The great response to the show indicates that Dubai is leading the industry’s road to recovery. The team received many business enquiries throughout the three show days, participating in live and digital networking sessions.
Overall, the Airport Show was a great way to gather information about the latest technologies and services, as well as meet industry leaders and high-level policy makers from across the aviation industry.
On April the 8th, seven volunteers from Egis Dubai set out for a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) action into the desert to collect strewn litter: Omar Benzaria, Niroshan Fonseka, Christian Laugier, Karim Mikahil, Federico Minucci, Selma Naassani and Kasia Pearce.
In cooperation with the local stables, the team was able to ride horses into the desert for the cleanup. Although many were beginners or had never ridden a horse before, they decided to conquer their fears for a moral cause.
Along the way, the group was able to identify plants, trees, shrubs and animals native to the country and made sure to remove any litter disturbing the ecosystem or that could cause a danger to the animals inhabiting the area. Every participant filled large garbage bag with plastics, cartons, aluminum foil, micro-plastics and more – many were shocked to see how much rubbish was present in such a remote area.
The main goal was to raise awareness of the desert pollution and to show that desert plays an important role in the Middle Eastern ecosystem with indigenous fauna and flora.
All volunteers promised themselves to organize the regular clean ups and to ensure that protecting the environment became a habit.
In line with the Group’s long term plans to become carbon neutral in 2050, Egis Middle East has made a pledge to prohibit the use of diesel run vehicles across the region. This action confirms Egis growing engagement in the region’s sustainable development and environment protection.
Diesel contributes to heavy pollution: on-road nitrogen oxides emission levels of modern diesel cars are on average about seven times higher than the limit set by the Euro 6 emission standard, as independently researched by The International Council on Clean Transportation. In 2012 The World Health Organisation declared diesel exhaust a carcinogenic, a cause of lung cancer in the same category as asbestos and mustard gas and new studies show that almost half of all deaths by air pollution from transportation are caused by diesel emissions.
“We must act now - Egis Group set an ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 and every step towards achieving this aim counts. We have been working on multiple environmental projects in the region and sustainability is at the heart of our operation.” – says Alaa Abusiam, CEO of Egis Middle East.
Diesel vehicle bans are planned on an accelerated scale by many countries. For example, the UK is planning to introduce a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars and has been bringing the date closer, from initially 2040 to now 2035 or even 2032.
“In the Middle East the situation is a bit more complex, where some jurisdictions remain dependent on diesel vehicles. I am confident that this will be subject to change as environmental awareness and efforts to reduce carbon footprint by governments and private clients expands. I am happy that Egis and its employees are taking a stand and contributing to the positive change” – adds Alaa Abusiam.
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.
The Etihad Rail Network comprises a proposed railway network, which will link freight facilities and passenger stations, and form a part of the planned Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) railway network. It will run from the Saudi Arabian border at Ghweifat in the west, via or close to the cities of the Gulf coast, to the Northern Emirates and the East coast. There will also be a line running from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, with and intended connection into the Sultanate of Oman, as well as an existing branch line to the gas facilities at Shah and Habshan. As of now, the Etihad Rail network is planned to be developed in four main stages:
- Stage 1 (green): The Shah Habshan Ruwais rail line is currently under operation and is used for the transport of sulphur from the gas fields at Shah and Habshan to an export facility at Ruwais.
- Stage 2 (blue): extends the Stage 1 railway network to the border with Saudi Arabia and Oman as well as to Jebel Ali Port. Stage 2 Preliminary Engineering is finalized, except for the freight and O&M facilities, Abu Dhabi to Al Ain Alignment, Border Connection, and Operational Requirements, which are included in the Scope of Services.
- Stage 3 (red): extends the railway network from the Jebel Ali Junction through Dubai and the Northern Emirates to Fujairah Port, Port Saqr as well as connecting the quarries of the northern emirates. Stage 3 is at the concept design stage.
- Stage 4 Passenger (purple): adds dedicated lines as well as passenger stations to the network. The passenger network definition is at feasibility stage.
The railway is intended to form a central element in the modernization of the UAE’s freight (road) transport distribution systems, linking its ports, population centers, sources of raw materials and industry by rail. Major freight flows are expected to include containers between the ports and logistics centers located in the centers of consumption, bulk building materials from the mountains in the north to the major cities, bulk raw materials from the ports to industrial centers, and semi-finished goods from industrial centers to the ports. There will also be international transiting freight to and from the Sultanate of Oman and other Gulf Countries to the West such as Saudi Arabia.
Egis scope of works included:
- Project Management
- Project Management
- Contracts and Claims Management
- Programme Control
- Cost Control
- Procurement Support
- Contract Packaging and Tenders
- Design Management
- Risk Management
- System Assurance
- Quality Assurance
- Insurance and Securities Management
- Operational Readiness (Optional)
- Preliminary Engineering Review
- Review of the Preliminary Designs
- Support During Tender
- Support To ER Staff During D&B Tender Phase
- General Evaluation of Tenders
Optimization of CAPEX for the railway route
As COVID19 pandemic is far from being over, many countries are applying preventive measures to reduce the infection rates, one of them being wearing masks. In the United Arab Emirates, masks are obligatory outside private residences; this means that they must be worn even in the office when leaving one’s desk.
With sustainability at heart, Egis in the UAE offered an alternative solution to single use masks: the employees can chose to use washable masks.
The masks are 3 layered, breathable, with an option to add an additional filter, and with adjustable ear loops. They are easy to wash and most importantly – they will seriously reduce the amount of waste created by the single use masks.
Other Egis offices in the region are following the suit and we hope that all Egis locations will offer the same choice to the employees.
Passing through Abu Dhabi? Come and say hello to Egis team in their new office located in Adnec! This is the second permanent office in United Arab Emirates, the other one located in Dubai.