Meinhardt Group’s First Global Board Meeting in the UAE
Meinhardt Group expands its presence in UAE, signifying the country’s importance in Meinhardt’s wider expansion plans.
Global planning, design, engineering, project and construction management firm, Meinhardt Group, announced today that it will be hosting its global board meeting in Dubai on June 8 and 9, 2023. This marks the first time the Group is convening its global board meeting in the UAE.
The Board members of Meinhardt Group will also meet with various government agencies and long-standing clients on the side-lines of the global board meeting. Another highlight this week will be the dinner reception Meinhardt Group is hosting for its key clients and industry leaders. His Excellency Mr Humaid Ben Salem, Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) will be gracing the occasion amongst several other distinguished guests.
Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1955, Meinhardt Group is now headquartered in Singapore and is ranked as one of the largest independent engineering firms in the world. The Group has an impressive track record of undertaking complex real estate and infrastructure projects globally. The Group has more than 5,500 staff spread across 55 offices around the world including six in the Middle East.
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Meinhardt Group started its operations in the Middle East more than three decades ago. UAE was one of our first markets in the region, and some of our early projects included supporting contractors on iconic projects such as Emirates Towers and Burj Al Arab. Since then, we have completed a multitude of projects across UAE and the region such as Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, Ocean Heights, The Founders Memorial, Capital Plaza, Tornado Tower and The Pearl Viva Bahriya in Qatar, the KAFD project, Riyadh and Muscat Airport in Oman. In recent years, the Group has seen a significant uptake in infrastructure projects in UAE especially data centres such as Moro 2.0, the world’s largest solar-powered data centre, as well as water infrastructure and hospital projects.
The Group also has a long history of providing capacity advisory services to various government agencies such as Abu Dhabi Distribution Company by leveraging its technical expertise and Singapore experience.
Omar further elaborated, "Our decision to host our global board meeting in the UAE underscores our enduring commitment to this country and oversee the implementation of our expansion plans. We are setting up new entities in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi that will enable us to offer the full suite of consultancy services including construction supervision, architect of record services, energy audit and sustainability.
He added, “We are excited to launch two Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Dubai this week. The first is dedicated to data centres - a unique initiative hitherto not seen from any consultancy. The second will focus on smart cities, marking our Group's second CoE in this field, following the establishment of the inaugural CoE in Singapore which was initiated in 2015 with the support of Singapore's Economic Development Board."
The Group is currently in active discussions with various government bodies and academic institutions to roll out a comprehensive training programme that will train and employ fresh local graduates. These new hires will initially gain international exposure in Meinhardt's global offices before they are reassigned to its UAE offices.
“Our Graduate Training Programme, known for its credibility and excellence, has been instrumental in sculpting many of our present-day leaders,” said Omar.