Top 20 MEP Consultants 2018

Here's a look at the top 20 MEP consultants of 2018.

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The purpose of MEP consultant’s power list is to only point out some of the active MEP consultants in the Middle East region. 

The questionnaire sent out to consultants had several parameters for gauging different aspects of a company’s performance.

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I sincerely thank all the participants who took the time to fill out the comprehensive questionnaire.

We have managed to assess all the relevant information and give our readers an overall perspective of the best consultants in the market.

1. Aecom


Georges Basmaji

Building Services Director
Number of years in role: 12
Total number of years in company: 12
Number of years working in Middle East: 26

Aecom had a global revenue of approximately $18.2bn during fiscal year 2017. A few of the projects it completed in 2017 include Midfield Terminal Complex, Abu Dhabi; Al Maryah Central, Abu Dhabi; Dubai Tram Extension – phases 2 & 3; Tatweer Schools Program, Saudi, etc.

When talking about the Aecom’s largest markets that include the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Georges Basmaji, building services director, says: “We have recently put a lot of effort and investment in Saudi Arabia, which is seeing the introduction of a leisure and entertainment industry.”
The number of full time staff working for the company in the Middle East is 3,783, with around 213 qualified MEP engineers working for the firm.
On current sustainable business practices, Basmaji says: “One of the areas our MEP specialists are being approached by clients is to advise on the feasibility of using photovoltaic panels on their buildings to generate energy.”

Most recently, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Company inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aecom Middle East. As part of the MoU, Aecom will provide services covering project management and construction management; master planning, including urban and infrastructure planning; sustainability and energy conservation; infrastructure design; buildings and landscaping design; modular construction solutions; and cost consulting and value engineering.

Talking about the company’s focus on training staff, Basmaji says: “Our graduate programme continues to thrive, so much so that it was recently expanded Middle East wide. Originally launched in 2013 in the UAE and Oman, the programme combines on-the-job learning, mentoring, and online and classroom learning. The two-year graduate programme provides meaningful career-focused experiences that support the growth and development of our graduates whilst contributing to the shared success of our business.”

2. Arcadis

  

Bill Jolly
Regional Director of MEP Solutions
Arcadis Middle East
Number of years in role: 1
Number of years in company: 3
Number of years working in Middle East: 11

Globally, the gross revenues for Arcadis in 2017 was around $4bn. Aracdis’ Middle East business currently employ 2,175 people based across its offices in the GCC, as well as its Global Excellence Centre in Manila.

Bill Jolly, regional director of MEP Solutions, Arcadis Middle East, says: “We estimate that GCC nationals account for around 5-10% of our total workforce located within the Middle East region. The nationalisation agenda is something that we’re supporting as a business, particularly in Saudi Arabia where we’re investing in local leaders and talent at all levels of the organisation.”

Some of the projects that Arcadis is involved in 2018 are Dubai Creek Harbour Retail District; Dubai Hills Estate Mall; Tilal Mall & Hotel in Sharjah, etc.
When it comes to the challenges that the business faces in the next 12 months, Jolly says: “Traditionally, engineers have always been technically very strong and excellent at coming up with design solutions that meet a client’s need. This skillset will continue to be vitally important.

However, in the current economic climate, there’s a growing need for MEP engineers to become more commercially aware in terms of the design solutions they develop. This may require additional training for some professionals. People need cost-effective designs that work, and things that can be delivered for clients in a shorter timeframe.”

Jolly says that digital technology will play a big part. The transition from computer-aided 2D designs to BIM is already transforming MEP design practices. Over the next 12 months, BIM and Revit 3D modelling will be more widely applied on all MEP systems.

He says: “Embracing this will help engineering teams to collaborate more effectively around construction and design decisions, find solutions to key project design integration challenges and create higher quality buildings with consistent and coordinated information.”


3. Atkins

Mark C. Wilson
Regional Building Services Engineering Practice Lead and Associate Director
Number of years in role: 7
Number of years in company: 13
Number of years working in Middle East: 13

In 2017, Atkins witnessed the practical completion of some major projects.  The building services team in the region have been involved in the Marsa Al Seef development and a residential component of Dubai South.  Mark C. Wilson, regional building services engineering practice lead and associate director, says: “Other key commissions were from Emaar and a framework agreement with Dubai Airports ensuring that 2017 was a productive year for the company.”

Talking about the year ahead, Wilson says: “The recent renewal of the Dubai Airport Framework agreement will ensure that Atkins have multiple commissions in 2018 which, in totality, will secure a significant pipeline of work.  Another new work stream is for projects with Atkins’ new parent company, SNC-Lavalin; the projects are in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and rail and transit sectors.”

Atkins claims to have always placed a strong focus on developing employees’ digital design skills where it has made a significant investment. As of December 2017, Atkins ME has invested over $294,000 in regional training.

Wilson adds: “In the Middle East and Africa, our aim is to be the employer of choice; for example, our women’s business network played a leading role in the review of our maternity policy and flexible working policy.

“Annually, we invest in training programmes such as digital design engineering, change management, line manager skills, leadership training, business coaching and corporate programmes such as health, safety and ethics.”


4. KEO


Darrel Strobel
Managing Director, MEP Engineering
Number of years in role: 5
Number of years in company: 5
Number of years working in Middle East: 9

KEO International Consultants has continued to expand its portfolio of projects adding to its established reputation as one of the leading consultants in the market. With over 2,400 multidisciplinary professionals, KEO continues to deliver some of the region’s most complex MEP projects, taking on the role of lead MEP consultant and building strong, trusted partnerships with its clients. 

Over the past year, KEO strengthened its position in the MEP market place following the latest trends and using the BIM platform to deliver several large and challenging projects across the Middle East. The company claims to have started delivering clash-free models by using the clash detection capability within BIM and using the power of 3D tools to design and coordinate different disciplines to ensure faster and more accurate delivery of its projects.
Most recently, KEO obtained the ISO9001:2015 certification for the delivery of its Project Management and Construction Management (PM-CM) services across all the GCC markets.

The firm received a certificate from the Lloyds Register of Quality Assurance (LRQA), a certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS).
Some of the projects that KEO has worked on include My City Center Masdar, SHAMS Residential Towers, Nareel Island Development, EXPO Village, etc.

Darrel Strobel, managing director MEP Engineering, KEO International Consultants, says: “There are a number of large events that are coming to the region which will require significant upgrade and/or new infrastructure alongside brand new facilities to meet the demand such as for Expo 2020.  Such events provide multiple opportunities for companies to bid for innovative and prestigious new work.”

Commenting on the challenges, Strobel says: “Increased competition and reducing fees occurring simultaneously are making it a very competitive market. KEO is constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency to remain competitive in the market whilst still delivering high quality services. We use a BIM platform to deliver all of our new projects and this is starting to provide real benefits to us and our clients as we produce clash free federated models in 3D.”


5. Aurecon


Rob Charles Gregory

MEP Technical Director
Number of years in role: 2
Number of years in company: 2
Number of years working in Middle East: 16

Aurecon completed some the major projects in the UAE such as Bollywood Parks, where it was involved in the structural, façade, mechanical, electrical and plumbing works, and The Address Hotel, where it was involved in the civil, structural, geotechnical works including authority approvals.

The projects that the company is currently working on are Dubai Conference & Exhibition (CoEx) Expo 2020 Campus, Aqua Hotel, Jeddah, and Tall Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.

Rob Charles Gregory, MEP Technical Director, says: “Technology will play an even bigger role in 2018. What we need to figure out is how we engage with the new technology partners to deliver next generation solutions to bring our clients’ ideas to life. Helping our clients harness the power of digital is part of Aurecon’s global strategy and 2018 will see us play a bigger role in the digital space in the Middle East. To help our clients get the most out of digital innovation, we have appointed Kevin Miller as our digital practice lead.

“Furthermore, there are opportunities this year for consulting engineers to think more about how to keep the client’s asset relevant, after commissioning; and not just ‘build and forget’. Clients are seeking advice on how to continue to extract value during their asset’s entire lifespan. Helping clients understand how to keep their asset relevant and alive in the changing context of its community, technology and/or economic purpose is going to be an important role of a consulting engineer in a construction environment.”

Gregory adds that some of the challenges facing the industry are from global economic uncertainty and the restructuring of GCC economies that lead to delays in decision-making. This, he says, has an impact on the ability to assess the project pipeline, and therefore, the allocation of staff and resources to deliver the projects. This affects both consulting engineers and contractors.


6. Jacobs/CH2M

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. last year announced the completion of its acquisition of CH2M via a cash and stock transaction. The combination, which received broad affirmative support from CH2M shareholders, is expected to further drive the company’s profitable growth strategy.

Jacobs chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou said: “This is a transformative step-change that brings together the industry’s foremost expertise and services to fulfill our vision to provide leading-edge solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. Since our August announcement, we have held meetings with thousands of CH2M and Jacobs employees, and I cannot overstate the enthusiasm we share about our future together. Today, we are celebrating the creation of a new Jacobs with even greater aspirations to do meaningful work around the world, heartened by clients who have eagerly anticipated this combination.

“People are the heart of our organization, and we are calling on the best and brightest to join the new Jacobs to drive our growth strategy and be part of our exciting future.”

Jacobs formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) early in August 2017 to begin integration planning following the announcement of the proposed CH2M acquisition. The IMO identified rigorous processes and protocols to drive realisation of cost and growth synergies, for which Jacobs’ executive team and board of directors will continue to provide active oversight.

He said: “We are applying lessons learned from past integration experiences and adopting best practices for critical factors, such as talent retention. We are well positioned to capitalise on the differentiated value proposition created by this combination, and our continued efforts to drive incremental focus and accountability will be supported by a simplification of our operating model. Most importantly, our clients will be able to better realise
the benefits of our industry-leading, innovative capabilities.”


7. Ian Banham & Associates


Mahnad Kashani
Executive Director
Number of years in role: 5
Number of years in company: 10
Number of years working in Middle East: 14

Ian Banham & Associates (IBA) is a specialised building services (MEP) consulting firm based in Dubai. Since its establishment in 1976, IBA has delivered thousands of projects for hundreds of returning clients in the MENA region. IBA has extensive experience with
highly sophisticated applications including hospitals and industrial facilities.

The company has seen and weathered many ups and downs in the construction sector and enjoys financial stability and strong market presence. Being majorly owned by Tabreed/Mubadala of Abu Dhabi, the company is geared to grow with the regional market.

Some of the projects completed by IBA in 2017 were Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Dubai, Andalucia Village, Dubai, Al Jimi Mall Expansion, Al Ain, Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, and Jewel of the Creek Development, Dubai.

Talking about the project pipeline in the coming years, Mahnad Kashani, executive director, says: “We are witnessing a higher hit rate on targeted projects, as compared to a year back. IBA generally handles 70-80 projects per year (mid-size and large scale).”

The major projects that the company is involved in 2018 are Silicon Park, Dubai, Al Reem Integrated Medical City, Abu Dhabi, Deira Water Front Development, Dubai, etc.

One of the biggest challenges facing the company, according to Kashani is: “Slowdown of projects due to the lack of liquidity, which leads to increased costs and tight margins.”

On staff training, Kashani says: “Around 10% of our annual profit is re-invested back in the training of staff and development of systems.”
Kashani says that there is major development in healthcare sector and the need for new healthcare facilities. He says: “We see this as an opportunity to expand our healthcare portfolio and collaborate with more international healthcare professionals.”


8. Ted Jacob Engineering Group


Ted Jacob
Principal 
Number of years in role: 33
Number of years working in Middle East: 16

Ted Jacob Engineering Group’s turnover in 2017 was $14m (AED50m).

Talking about his full-time staff in the Middle East, Ted Jacob, principal says: “Between our offices in the UAE, Iraq and Lebanon, Ted Jacob Engineering Group (TJEG) has a team of 150 employees (60% are qualified engineers), divided between offices and site supervision. All of our projects are delivered to some extent of BIM, so all our engineers and technicians are BIM trained.

“It is worth noting that approximately 35% of our team is women. TJEG encourages the employment of people from all nationalities, age groups and genders. The Dubai team is made up of employees from 15 different nationalities.

“We are preparing for the expansion of our team to accommodate the necessary resources for this year’s projects. We estimate the team will double its size this year, especially personnel deployed on construction sites.”

There are two iconic projects in Dubai that the company is involved with at the moment: the DEWA Solar Innovation Center, which is a LEED Platinum certified building that will showcase solar technologies. TJEG has completed the design for the project and is now in charge of the supervision of site works, which will be finished this year. The company was the lead consultant on this project, responsible for all consultants including architecture and quantity surveyor sub consultants.

The second project is the Deira Mall, part of Nakheel Malls’ $4bn (AED16bn) expansion that will take its total retail space to over 17 million square feet. TJEG will be the engineer in charge of supervision for this project that will be completed by 2021.

TJEG will be responsible for all engineering design aspects of the mall. This includes civil, structural and MEP disciplines, including associated specialist
sub-consultants. 

Talking about the opportunities in the market, Jacob says: “Although it seems the Middle East is stagnant economically due to the downturn in oil pricing, there are exciting opportunities throughout the region. Companies have had to diversify geographically to seek these opportunities.


9. WME Consultants


Nicholas Bycznski 
MEP Director  
Number of years in role: 1+
Total number of years in the company: 1+
Number of years working in Middle East: 12+

Last year, WME Consultants raked a revenue of $30m (AED110m).

The projects completed by the company in 2017 included Holiday Inn Hotel, Dubai, Reem Mall, Abu Dhabi, Ramada Hotel, Dubai, Kings Hospital, Dubai, etc.

Around 45% of the company’s revenue is generated from MEP alone, says Nicholas Bycznski, MEP director. Talking about WME’s regional footprint and focus, Bycznski says: “Our core business is in Dubai, generating 75% of our Middle Eastern work. Through our existing portfolio and clients we will continue to generate a mix used workload in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Saudi has opened up in 2018 and we see a very solid work stream being generated in retail, hospitality and entertainment over the coming years. We have many partners that are already generating work in KSA and we are hoping to increase our workload through these channels, with a small portfolio already generated for this region. Oman and Bahrain are small markets but some unique expertise are required to deliver projects there. We don’t envisage a huge workload generation [from Oman and Bahrain] but we will be reactive to opportunities as they arise.”

On some of the challenges facing the business, Bycznski says: “Our objectives in 2018 are to diversify from Dubai whilst envisaging a downturn in residential projects, leaving Dubai to focus on the delivery of Expo and completion of existing projects already in design. Cashflow is a major issue with clients. So keeping overheads low and choosing clients with healthy cashflow will help.”


10. Hoare Lea


Iain MacDougall
Director (UAE general manager)
Number of years in role: 2
Number of years in company: 8
Number of years working in Middle East: 14

As a group, Hoare Lea employs more than 868 permanent staff across offices in Europe and the Middle East.

In 2017, Hoare Lea completed its design services on the following projects: Shams Marina, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi airport mid field terminal Etihad Lounges, University of Birmingham Dubai Campus phase 1 (Design & Construction), etc.

The major projects the company is involved in 2018 are Al Wasl Plaza, leadership pavilion and media pavilion all for Dubai Expo 2020.

Remarking on the challenges facing the market, Iain MacDougall, director (UAE general manager), says: “The Middle East construction market appears to have forgotten the relationship between time and quality and almost every design and construction programme is being shortened. Our challenge is to keep up with the market expectations on programme whilst striving to maintain our dedication to the utmost quality of our designs.”

Talking about the company’s plan on staff training, MacDougall says: “Our staff training is unending. From mentoring to conferences, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to online presentations our staff enjoy a depth of training far beyond what we have ever been able to offer. For example, this year will also be the tenth anniversary of our Abu Dhabi office and we intend to run a series of ten presentations looking back at our journey through these years focusing on what we have learnt and what we need to focus on to improve.”

11. Ramboll


Seán Murphy
MEP Director
Number of years in role: 3
Number of years in company: 3
Number of years working in Middle East: 13

Ramboll employs approximately 13,000 experts in more than 300 offices in 35 countries providing consultancy services. Ramboll in the Middle East employs almost 350 international experts located across four offices the GCC.

Ramboll has been appointed to undertake the MEP and sustainable design services for the Address branded hotel in Dubai Marina known as Jumeirah Gate. Jumeirah Gate is a mixed-use development consisting of twin towers with a built-up-area of approximately 225,000m2 with a total height of 30-metres. The two 74-storey high-rise towers will include the branded five-star hotel with 182 rooms, 469 serviced apartments and 479 residential units, joint at the upper levels with a rooftop destination restaurant, bar and large infinity pool.

Seán Murphy, buildings director, Middle East, says: “Ramboll has looked to diversify its business into the wider Middle East and Asian market to offset any slowing of the local markets. Competition is as high as ever with the fees always pushing the lower boundaries. At Ramboll, we have become more efficient in our delivery by adopting software and innovations into the business, which have fostered a more coordinated and efficient approach, while maintaining a high level of quality on delivery.”

Commenting on the Saudi market, Murphy says: “Ramboll sees Saudi Arabia’s drive towards a post-oil economy and relaxed policy as a big opportunity concerning future project prospects, and this is already being realised with recent project wins in the Kingdom. This will complement our existing work base in the UAE and wider Middle East and Asian markets.

“Design innovation and new construction methods are also moving very quickly in the construction industry, and again Ramboll sees this as an opportunity to capitalise on our Global expertise in these fields and the chance to bring this into the local market.”


12. Hilson Moran


Tony Morris
International Director
Number of years in role: 10
Number of years in company: 20
Number of years working in Middle East: 12

Hilson Moran has over 280 people employed across its offices of which there are 20 qualified engineers working within its GCC offices. 

Hilson Moran has approximately is 75 women employed across the business. The company is currently involved in a number of projects relating to master planning, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, education, transport and residential projects across the GCC and Europe.

Tony Morris, international director, says: “Regional challenges such as attracting the right talent from a small pool of potential candidates across the industry present the biggest obstacles for the Hilson Moran GCC and UAE offices. We has also been affected by the local skills shortage within the GCC with recruitment of qualified engineers still proving to be a challenge. We are playing a part in supporting the development of the engineering sector by working with local universities.”

In the UAE, Hilson Moran is looking to retain its prominent position in the marketplace with projects spanning a breadth of sectors.


13. P&T Architects and Engineers


Rehan Shahid
Director MEP
Number of years in role: 5
Number of years in company: 10
Number of years working in Middle East: 24

The number of full time staff working for P&T Architects and Engineers in the Middle East is 154 and globally around 2,000.    Some of the major projects completed in 2017 are Viceroy Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, City of Lights, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, Saraya Aqaba, Jordon, amongst others.

The projects that the company is involved in currently are Dubai Commercity, Security Forces Medical City, Saudi, Empower Headquarters, Dubai, Residential Tower-Bourdillon Road, Nigeria, etc.
The most important Middle Eastern markets for the company are the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. 
According to Rehan Shahid, who is the director – MEP at P&T Architects and Engineers, some of the biggest challenges facing the firm in the next 12 months are growth and scaling, the direct and indirect effects of VAT, high competition and the geopolitical climate.


14. Godwin Austen Johnson


Cathy Christer
Partner and head of MEP
Number of years in role: 2
Number of years in company: 3
Number of years working in Middle East: 15

About opportunities in the sector, Cathy Christer, partner and head of MEP at Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ), says: “The wide range of projects coming up over the next year in the UAE and the wider region present significant opportunities to companies in the sector. There are opportunities in major new projects in the leisure and residential sectors, as well as more bespoke new build projects.

“In addition, refurbishment is a growing sector as aging building stock needs to be updated.  Refurbishment projects present a particular technical challenge to MEP engineers and require an experienced skillset to be successfully completed.”

The major projects completed by GAJ are Mysk Al Mouj, Muscat, Sharjah English School, Dubai College – Refurbishment, etc.
Christer adds that one of the firm’s major challenges is to maintain agility in responding to client and market requirements.  She says: “We expect that project delivery programmes and technical requirements may change quickly; we need to react quickly to this and ensure that we have access to a broad range of skills.”

15. Griffin Consultants

Omnia Halawani
Director & Partner
Number of years in role: 5
Number of years in company: 5
Number of years working in Middle East: 13

In 2017, Griffin Consultants started working on the UAE Pavilion for Expo 2020 as the Independent Commissioning Agent. This will continue till 2020.

The ICA’s role in a project is one that links all efforts from the different designers, contractors, and specialists looking at the systems individually and as a whole to ensure that the building is eventually handed over to the owner as intended without any shortcomings or deviations. It is a critical role that is slowly gaining the confidence of owners and clients as they see the benefit that arises from it, the company said. The company has also completed a technical audit of a district cooling plant in Bahrain. Griffin Consultants was contracted by Tabreed to assess the plant and associated energy transfer stations for fitness of purpose, assets review, and operation and maintenance.

In 2018, Griffin Consultants is providing energy efficiency consultancy to governmental entities in three of the largest economies in the region: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia. Omnia Halawani, director & partner, says: “We are committed, through those engagements, to help establish, implement and track programs with quantifiable and verifiable results. Our services in those assignments above cover all (or part of) the following services: conducting walkthrough audits, prequalification of ESCOs, review of detailed energy audits and selection of feasible energy conservation measures, supervision of implementation of the measures, and measurement and verification of the retrofit contracts periods.”

Talking about some of the opportunities in the market, Halawani says: “Governmental entities around the world are increasingly adopting energy efficiency programmes to reduce carbon footprints and eliminate inefficiencies in energy use. Private building owners and developers are realising the opportunities and capital that can be generated via energy costs reduction. We are one of the first regional consultancies to have ventured into this market giving us a track record of expertise that is also characterised by being local and regional. International consultancies come to us seeking our local expertise on the matter.”


16. Specialised Engineering Consultants (SpEC)


Syraj Hamza (l) and Syed Sabzada (r)
Founding Members and Managing Partners
Number of years in role: 12
TOTAL Number of years in company: 12
Number of years working in Middle East: 25+

The founders of Specialised Engineering Consultants (SpEC) are engineering professionals with more than 26 years of extensive design experience individually in the construction industry and have been associated with many prestigious projects.

SpEC employs a high-calibre staff including LEED accredited professionals (LEED AP), approved security and access control system engineers, AV engineers and DEWA-approved solar PV experts to deliver projects to the required quality and utmost satisfaction of clients.

Some of the MEP projects secured by SpEC are Aloft and Elements Hotels near Dubai Airport and Al Raffa Dubai, Taj Vivanta Hotel and Signature residences Dubai, TRA Head Quarters Extension Dubai, British Airways BAE Training centre Jeddah, American University extensions Dubai, and Peer review and Value Engineering of Lulu Mall at DSO and few major developments,  etc,. SpEC is a specialist consultant for Marinas MEP design.

Managing partners Syraj Hamza and Syed Sabzada say: “SpEC is always at the forefront matching the latest market demands and one of the first consultant to qualify for DEWA Shams programme and involved in the design and execution of 23.4MWp solar power generation in Dubai. We are actively participating in many solar projects”.

“SpEC invested heavily on adopting latest design tools for a modular and sustainable design approach and have developed its design team for BIM Revit within the Dubai office by providing appropriate training. This makes it better for coordination between services at the design stage itself. It has been a challenge when it comes to the integration of various services of MEP systems, AV, IT, ELV and BMS. We use the latest software for HVAC system, short circuit analysis using eTap, and lighting design. SpEC has been successful in building its own expertise to have a single source platform where stringent design demands could be met through their experienced expert staff with active involvement from the managing partners.

"SpEC has gained considerable expertise in design and installation of the first modular services installation at MEITRA Hospital Kerala India, by using the BIM platform where the services in corridors were fabricated separately and assembled at site, also all toilets pods were fabricated and assembles."


17. Bluehaus Engineering

Imteeaz Goolamhossen
Head of Bluehaus Engineering
Number of years in role: 2+
Number of years in company: 4+
Number of years working in Middle East: 18+

Bluehaus Engineering was involved in several projects last year such as Q by Al Yaqout, Kuwait, Kaleidoscope restaurant at Atlantis the Palm, and Nasimi Beach Refurbishment, Orbi Dubai, Mirdiff City Centre, etc.
In 2018, the firm will be working on projects such as Al Futtaim Residential Buildings in Al Barsha, Dubai, Lagardere Group/Airest F&B Outlets – Midfield Terminal Complex Abu Dhabi Airport, Smart Dubai Government Corporate Office (Level 7) – Dubai Design District,
among others.

According to Imteeaz Goolamhossen, head of Bluehaus Engineering, the current market is very competitive, with the downturn posing more challenges for the industry, resulting in additional pressures on design consultants and contractors. 
He adds: “Value engineering, de-scoping of works or re-scheduling of works are becoming more frequent. On top of that regional challenges should not be ignored; custom-formulated approach is critical, coupled with the right deliverables.”


18. JPW Consulting Group


Gary Walton
Managing Director
Number of years in role: 15
Number of years in company: 4
Number of years working in Middle East: 15

The most important markets for JPW Consulting Group are healthcare, transportation, government developments, residential properties,
commercial buildings, oil and gas, and telecommunications.

When talking about sustainable business practices in the Middle East, Gary Walton, managing director, says: “There is a misconception of sustainability in the region. We have engaged with clients and demonstrated substantial savings to base utility usage in ‘real terms’ by providing full design, management
and implementation of practical sustainable solutions.”
The training programmes that the firm is currently investing in are the latest engineering computer software, harmonics and power quality, pipe stress analysis, fire and life safety.


19. t2o engineers

Stephen James Vickers
Managing Partner
Number of years in role: 3
Number of years in company: 3
Number of years working in Middle East: 12

The firm t2o engineers has extensive experience designing engineering solutions across the UK, the Sultanate of Oman and the UAE. Some of the projects completed by t2o in 2017 include Al Mouj Community Centre, Oman, NSHAMA Town Square, Dubai, Outward Bound Oman Headquarters, Oman, etc. The major projects that the firm is involved in 2018 are Al Zahia Town Centre, Sharjah and Golf View Apartments, Oman.

Stephen James Vickers, managing partner, says that the firm’s present challenge is maintaining its current quality levels while continuing its proposed growth over the next 12 months. He adds: “The tourism market within the Sultanate of Oman is continuing to see large-scale investment with a number of request for proposal (RFPs) for design consultancy services floated since the turn of the year. We believe this will continue to flourish. Within the UAE, we see the Dubai South development as having great potential.”


20. Akkawi Engineering Consulting

Yusuf Akkawi
Managing Director
Number of years in role: 47
Number of years working in Middle East: 47

Akkawi Engineering Consulting (AEC) offers its clients Electrical and Mechanical engineering consultancy including but not limited to design, tender documents, and site supervision.

The company started its consulting services in Lebanon in 1970 under the name of Trust Technical Services and extended areas of its professional activities in accordance with the growth of its experience in various countries including the UK and the GCC.

One of the projects that the company is involved in 2018 is Plant 5 at Dubai Investment Park, which is conversion of a chiller system to ETS system.
Last year, Yusuf Akkawi, managing director, commented: “With many new projects being launched such as for Expo 2020, there are tremendous opportunities in every sector of the economy.”
Akkawi has 47 years of experience working in the region.

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