Aecom's Abu Dhabi operations to move to ADNEC
Consultant signs lease for Capital Gate tower; move expected Q3 2013
AECOM is to move its operations in Abu Dhabi to the International Tower at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Middle East chief executive David Barwell said that the company signed the lease on the space on Sunday (9 December).
Currently, the company works out of three offices in Abu Dhabi. However, following the lease agreement it is set to take deskspace for 600 staff within International Tower.
Speaking at the launch of its new Dubai office on the 43rd floor of the new Ubora Tower at Business Bay, which itself is an amalgamation of several legacy offices, UAE regional director Riad Nashif told CW the firm plans to relocate by August next year.
"We still need to design it and fit it out," he said.
Aecom had inherited several legacy offices following mergers with firms such as Davis Langdon and Maunsell in recent years. In Dubai, it was working from a corporate office on Sheikh Zayed Road and a further two premises at Dubai Healthcare City.
Nashif said that he had already noticed a change since the firm's Dubai staff relocated six weeks ago.
"I can see a big difference in the mood here," he said.
"It encourages collaboration and better communication between people. It provides more consistency in the way we operate."
The Dubai office has around 175 desks but caters for around 250 staff as several of the workstations are hotdesks shared by field-based staff. The company has amalgamated
"This is a new concept, and I think people are very happy with it. So far I haven't heard any negative comments," said Nashif.
The new office was inaugurated by HE Mirza Al Sayegh on behalf of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance of the United Arab Emirates. US consul-general Rob Waller and HE Saeed Al Otaiba and Mr Otaiba Saeed Al Otaiba were also in attendance.