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by CW Staff on Sep 26, 2010

Ayman Hariri, Deputy general manager Saudi Oger
Ayman Hariri, Deputy general manager Saudi Oger
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2. Ayman Hariri
Deputy general manager
Saudi Oger

Ayman Hariri is the Deputy General Manager and member of the Board of Directors of Saudi Oger Ltd; also a Board member of 3C, a South African mobile telecom operator.

Ayman Hariri is known for being one of the rare chief executives who combines a deep, hands-on knowledge of complex technology concepts with an impressive history of entrepreneurial success.

Currently, he is handling the construction and facilities management of mega projects in Saudi Arabia, such as the development of the iconic King Abdul Aziz Centre for World Culture in the Eastern Province; King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh; the development of King Abdullah Road in Riyadh and many others.

His direct involvement and dedication also helped in the execution and handing over of the state-of-the art Academic & Administration Buildings of “King Abdullah University of Science and Technology”, in Thuwal in record time.

In 2009 and 2010, the Dubai-based Arabian Business magazine announced Ayman Hariri as one of the world’s 100 most influential Arabs in their annual “Power 100” list; whilst Hariri was also ranked #6 in the CEO Middle East’s list of the Arab world’s most influential leaders in property.

The company he leads was first incorporated in 1978 as a construction outfit. Since then it has added facilities management, telecommunications and utilities to its business activities.

Among the company’s current projects is the as Princess Noura Bint Abdularahman University for Women in Riyadh. This facility has been designed to accommodate more than 40,000 female students. Saudi Oger is executing package 1 of the project, which consists of a series of colleges, schools, administrative buildings, housing facilities, a medical research centre and a hospital, in addition to multiple support facilities spread across the campus, all over an approximate built up area of 1,000,000m2.

Other projects on the books include the first phase of King Abdullah Road in Riyadh and the Jabal Omar Project in Makkah. In addition, the company is building two towers in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District, plus delivering Le Meridien Towers in Makkah and building residences in the King Abdullah Economic City.

Also under Hariri’s leadership, the firm is working with the Saudi Oger Training Institute in Riyadh to train and develop young people in KSA so that they can look to secure specialist work. A second training institute, for girls, is under development.

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