Meinhardt will significantly expand its Qatar operations on the back of rapid growth in the country. This was announced at a glittering ceremony in Qatar recently.
Meinhardt Group CEO, Omar Shahzad said: “Meinhardt Group started its operations in the Middle East more than two decades ago. Qatar was the first market we ventured into and one of the first projects we worked on was the City Center Mall in Doha. Since then we went on to complete a multitude of projects across Qatar and the region such as Tornado Tower, The Pearl Viva Bahriya and Muscat Airport in Oman. Over the last few years, we have seen a significant uptake in new high-profile projects in Qatar, including the expansion of Hamad International Airport, major metro and hospital projects. We are here today to reaffirm our continued commitment to Qatar and our desire to contribute to the continued development of Qatar by leveraging our local and international experience”.
Meinhardt will be setting up three new specialist companies in Qatar comprising Meinhardt Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM), Meinhardt BIM Studios (MBS) and MGI Capital under the auspices of Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). The expansion is also part of the Group’s global strategy to establish key hubs for specialist capabilities.
Meinhardt EPCM offers on-time delivery of projects through the integrated management of design, procurement, construction, cost management and general administration. As Qatar is rapidly expanding with the region, there is a growing demand for complex projects to be delivered on a fast-track basis. Meinhardt EPCM focuses on a large scale and multi-site roll out of industrial, infrastructure and building projects.
MBS will undertake BIM Services for Meinhardt’s projects in Qatar and will also support Meinhardt Group’s international projects by operating as a Centre of Excellence (COE) for BIM Services. BIM has become critical for the facilitation of design, construction and facilities management of a project across the development life cycle. MGI Capital is the advisory arm of Meinhardt Group that covers the capacity building, commercial and technical advisory.
“The new companies will add to our portfolio of services offered in Qatar and will include project and construction management, advanced Building Information Modelling Solutions and front-end advisory services where capacity building, commercial and technical advisory services will be delivered. These three entities will meet the growing needs of clients who want to engage a firm that can offer a full range of services across a project’s life-cycle. The new companies will employ a total of 250 highly qualified staff in Qatar by 2020” Omar concluded.
The event was attended by industry captains including Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport, developers, financiers and contractors. The event was held in conjunction with Meinhardt Group’s year-end global board meeting in Doha.
From Left: Omar Shahzad, Meinhardt Group CEO; Dr Shahzad Nasim, Meinhardt Group Executive Chairman; Engr. Badr Al Meer, COO of Hamad International Airport; Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al Thani, Managing Director of Business Development, Qatar Financial Center; Jonathan Muir, Australian High Commissioner to Qatar; Jai Sohan Singh, Singapore Ambassador to Qatar.