Consultancy Atkins employs nearly 2,500 people in the Middle East where it has been operating for more than 40 years and has been behind some of the region’s most high profile projects, including the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Metro, Yas Waterworld, Almas Tower (JLT), Bahrain World Trade Center and Durrat Al Bahrain.
The future for the business is equally exciting as it continues to play a key role in major transformational projects. This year will see the opening of the Atkins-designed Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai, which will bring a new level of cultural entertainment to the city. In Riyadh and Doha, the company is playing a key role in delivering major new metro projects while in Oman, the Port Sultan Qaboos Redevelopment will turn Muscat’s current commercial port (Port Sultan Qaboos) into the Sultanate’s premier waterfront destination.
Group revenues for the year ended 31 March 2016 amounted to GBP 1.86bn ($2.72bn), up by less than 1 percent on the same period a year earlier. However Middle East revenue jumped by 15 percent year on year to GBP 248.3 ($363m).
Ramesh Krishnasamy won Young Engineer of The Year at the Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2015.
Simon Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & Africa: “We’ve had a good year across the Group and it’s especially pleasing to have performed strongly in the Middle East, during what continue to be challenging times in many of our markets because of the impact of sustained low oil prices. We’ve seen some very good progress on key projects such as Riyadh Metro and Dubai Opera, which will be a high profile new cultural attraction for the region when it opens to the public later this year. Looking ahead, we see continued opportunities to add value to our clients through delivery of their most complex major projects and programmes.”
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