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Construction Week Power 100: 1-10by CW Staff on Sep 26, 2010
CONSTRUCTION WEEK POWER 100
4. Riad Kamal
Chairman and founder of Arabtec Construction LLC, CEO of Arabtec Holding
Arabtec Construction LLC
Palestinian-born Riad Kamal came to the Middle East region in 1974 with a BSc in civil engineering from the Imperial College of London University, and an MSc from the same college in structural engineering.
He began his civil engineering and construction career in London in 1966, and, following just a year of design, went on to work on construction projects in Jordan, the rest of the UK and Spain for Tarmac and Sir Robert McAlpine.
It was only a year after his arrival in the Middle East that Kamal set up his own construction firm in Dubai, Arabtec Construction LLC. Under Kamal’s authority, the company has been responsible for building some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the region, not to mention the world’s highest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa.
In addition, and thanks to Kamal’s hard work and dedication, the company is now the biggest construction firm in the United Arab Emirates, with 60,000 multi-national staff and an impressive portfolio of major construction projects in all sectors of real estate and infrastructure. Having endured a hard-hitting recession and a number of late-payment problems, the company is now looking forward to winning new contracts across a range of developing, geographical markets, including Jordan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syria and Palestine, in addition to places such as Azerbaijan, Angola, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon and Turkmenistan.
Though Kamal has stepped down from the role of CEO of the company he founded, he remains chairman, as well as being the CEO of subsidiary firm Arabtec Holdings.
"We are very excited about our new project in Syria. Our first project, the 8th Gate for
Emaar-Syria Invest Group Overseas (IGO) is almost complete,
and we are targeting this market aggressively,"
Riad Kamal on being awarded a
US$120m-contract to build a 5-star hotel in Syria.
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