The 20 leading surveying firms in the GCC
In association with RICS, CW presents the top 20 firms in the region
The following list has been compliled in association with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the world’s leading professional body for surveyors. It provices a list of the 20 organisations with the highest number of RICS members in the region. The list has been set out in alphabetical order.
ITS Middle East team has the skills and knowledge to manage risk and problem-solve in all phases. As well as quantity surveying it offers economic analysis, project planning, PM/CM, construction supervision.
Among recent successes is the $85m CM for Abu Dhabi Airport’s Midfield Terminal Complex, a $28m contract to design the King Khalid Medical City in Dammam, a $12m contract to upgrade Qatar’s North Road.
Currie & Brow
Currie & Brown was founded in Glasgow 130 years ago and now operates in 50 countries and is one of the world’s leading asset management and construction consultancies
From asset and project management to all types of surveying, the company has been in the Middle East for more than a decade and has offices in Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
It has a strong record in cost management and quantity surveying, with a reputation for fairness and independence combined with an ability to draft unambiguous contract documentation to avoid disputes and facilitate the effective progress of a project.
David Adamson & Partners
Established in the United Kingdom in 1930, David Adamson is an international multi-discipline company of chartered surveyors and property consultants, with five UK offices as well as international offices in Bahrain, Croatia, Poland and Qatar.
Recent successes include: pre-construct quantity surveying services for the 43-storey Al Bidda Tower development in West Bay, Doha, with high grade office and associated multi-storey car park with an overall built up area of 86,000m².
The company also offered pre and post contract quantity surveying services to client Abu Dhabi Investment House for the enabling works and primary infrastructure for Entertainment City within Lusail development, north Doha.
EC Harris has a staff of 3,000 and became part of the giant ARCADIS group in 2011 already having earned a great reputation in the Middle East, and of course the UK, which gave ARCASDIS strengths in those markets.
EC Harris has been involved in the $1.5bn Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah as well as working on Sowwah Island – now known as Al Maryah Island - and Saadiyat Islands in Abu Dhabi and now it is involved with what will be the world’s tallest building the Kingdom Tower.
Shortly after being named as JV with Mace for the 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, EC Harris and Mace won a $113m contract for an infrastructure building project contract in Qatar.
Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting ALEC started in the UAE in 1999, with a firm vision to raise the level of design and construction services and has consistently evolved and grown. Today, ALEC is a preferred contractor for the execution of major construction projects.
ALEC operates across the GCC region and developments have become significant landmarks in the UAE. The scope of ALEC's projects includes: airport terminals, themed projects, hotels, retail developments, commercial buildings and residential.
It works with consultants in the region and its clients include Abu Dhabi Airport Company, Abu Dhabi National Hotels, Dubai Aviation Projects and the new Doha international Airport.
ALEC, was crowned Contactor of the Year at the grand final of the Construction Week Awards 2012. Boss Kez Taylor said it was "fantastic" to pick up the award, which he credited to its employees.
Judges had highlighted ALEC's commitment to industry improvement and the 'quality, iconic projects' it has undertaken.
DG Jones & Partners
In 1962 Donald G Jones started out with a vision to provide the Middle East with a quantity surveying and project management service that would offer cost effective solutions to construction needs with professional staff working out of local offices.
Since then, D G Jones & Partners has operated continuously in the Middle East with native Arabic, English and French speakers.
Its entire senior staff is professionally qualified as project managers, quantity surveyors (RICS), arbitrators (with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK), engineers and the like. Quantity surveyor and projects include: King Abdullah Financial District, the Heart of Jeddah project, Hibiscus Residential Tower, Al Bustan II Compound, and the Janadriyah Equestrian Centre.
Following the acquisition of Trett Consulting, Driver Consult has more than 80 professionally qualified and experienced consultants resident in the Middle East with offices in Doha, Muscat Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
It is a multi-disciplinary consultancy, which provides specialist commercial management, planning, programming and scheduling as well as dispute resolution support services. Each commission is managed by a director and the company concentrates on long-term partnerships with a high level of repeat business.
Hill International has 3,200 employees in 110 offices worldwide and has landed several major deals in the GCC in recent months.
These include a project management deal for a $7.2bn expansion of Jeddah International Airportm project manage two new community hospitals in Abu Dhabi and is responsible for delivering the green line of the Doha Metro Transit system.
Its contract - one of four announced last August as part of the first phase awards from Qatar Railways Company (QRail) - is worth $59.2m.
KEO International Consultants
Established in 1964, this Kuwait-headquartered consultancy is one of the largest in the Middle East. With offices from Jordan to Oman, it has carved a niche as a leading design and management service provider in the region.
Consistently ranked as one of the top 200 international design firms by Engineering News Record, KEO International Consultants is one of the largest architectural, engineering and planning and project management and construction management companies in the GCC.
It has more than 2,200 staff spread across five different divisions, each highly specialised and independent of each other.
F + G provides clients with services and advice, enabling them to achieve best value and operational control over their buildings, assets and infrastructure.
Services include building condition surveying, corporate strategy consulting, environment and sustainability, facilities management and asset management technology, integrating design with facilities management, managing agent, operational technical advice, project recovery services, risk management, space management and whole life costing.
F+G became the first company in the Middle East to be regulated by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in October last year. Its registration provided a guarantee that the company has adopted rigorous levels of conduct regulated by the RICS, considered the most rigorous in the world.
Steven Gould, global director of regulation, RICS, said: "By signing up, F+G has demonstrated its commitment to the highest standards, to operating in a professional and ethical manner, and that it is open to independent scrutiny.”
F + G is one of the most successful companies in the region and its current biggest project in the Middle East is the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
With 1,400 staff in six countries, it plays a key role in major projects across the Middle East. It is also making inroads into education and seeing growing demand in the region’s infrastructure finance market.
In Oman, it is involved in the output of oil reservoirs using a range of enhanced oil recovery techniques. It has a long-standing relationship with Petroleum Development Oman to provide maintenance engineering and engineering, procurement and construction management services under a six year framework contract.
Founded in 1962, Omnium International has offices in the United Kingdom, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, USA and Cyprus. It has eight main board directors all of whom have been with the firm for at least 10 years and five associate directors each having served at least six years as employees of the firm.
The company is closely associated with Emaar in theUAE and list among its projects for cost and contract management, including quantity surveying, are the Dubai Marina (Phase 1), Boulevard Plaza in Downtown Dubai, the Al Khobari Lakes Development in Jeddah, covering 230 hectares - includes infrastructure works, 2,000 villas, schools, mosques, a community centre and facilities.
Mace has been operating in the Middle East for over 15 years. With its regional headquarters in Dubai,and registered offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Libya, Oman, and Qatar.
Mace offers programme and project management, construction management, cost consultancy and facilities management. It has successfully completed award winning projects for clients throughout the region. Project highlights include: Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre, Jumeriah Beach Residences, Victory Heights, Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, the Kempinski and W Hotel on the Palm Jumeria.
Engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed as a programme management consultant to work on the new Makkah Public Transport Program (MPTP) to oversee the $16.5bn project, which includes the introduction of a four-line, 114km-long metro line covering 62 stations.
Parsons Brinckerhoff has a history that extends more than 125 years and is a global consulting firm assisting public and private clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate and maintain hundreds of critical infrastructure projects around the world.
Gleeds is a world class management and construction consultancy with over 125 years' experience in the property and construction industry. Its reputation for combining personality with professionalism allows it to put clients’ needs first, wherever they are in the world.
Gleeds has pride in its heritage, shared by a team which consistently provides impartial advice from 54 offices worldwide; uniting local knowledge, personal insight and global expertise.
As well as offering the traditional core services of cost and project management, Gleeds provides solutions for every stage of the property lifecycle. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are also deeply rooted in its approach, recognising the important part it plays in the future of the built environment.
Its Investors in People Gold Award recognises the hard work that everyone at Gleeds puts into delivering industry-leading construction consultancy all over the world.
- Project Management
- Cost Management
- Contracts Advisory Service
- Procurement Management
- Value Management & Engineering
Middle East clients include: Mubadala, TDIC, Meraas, Emaar, Al Futtaim, MAF Properties, UBS, Tamkeen, Aldar, Limitless, Bloomberg, Zurich, Musheireb Properties, Masdar and Damac.
Public Works Authority of Qatar (Ashgal)
Ashgal is the Public Works Authority of Qatar established in the 2004 to oversee all infrastructure-related projects as well as public amenities of the State. Ashghal is responsible for the construction and maintenance of local roads, drainage, water treatment plants, highways, public buildings and parks.
Companies including CH2M Hill, KBR, and Parsons Brinckerhoff are associated with many of Ashghal’s projects but it also retains its own team of surveyors among the 2,500 staff, which means it fall in the top 15 companies in the region for the number of RICS members working there.
Sweett Group has maintained robust growth over the past 12 months with a more diversified presence across the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as well as a new established presence in Qatar.
A strategy of delivering independent, impartial advice has earned Sweett Group a number of key client relationships across the public and private sectors including the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Etihad Airways, Dubai Airports and Abu Dhabi-based Al Badie Group, with over 70% of the consultancy’s commissions resulting out of repeat business.
Sweett Group plc has a record order book of over £100m for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Turner & Townsend is a global programme management and construction consultancy that supports organisations that invest in, own and operate assets with 80 offices in 33 countries. It has been in the UAE for over 25 years and has offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
It opened an office in Doha in 2009 and Muscat in 2012. These serve as regional hubs with commissions being carried out beyond the borders of the UAE in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait and Syria.
Clients include Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), AECOM, Emaar Properties, Barclays, Masdar, RBS Global Foundries and Nissan Infiniti.
Systech International is a global British company that provides responsive managed services to international contractors, supporting them in the delivery of construction, infrastructure and energy projects on time and to budget.
Founded in 1991, headquartered in London and with 26 offices and 500 professional staff, Systech remains independent and is one of the world’s largest privately owned and managed construction consultancies.
Systech operates across the Middle East and Africa region with offices in Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Riyadh and Johannesburg, and has a long-term involvement in major projects such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Metro, Dubai International and Hamad International
Airports, Salam Street Tunnel and Medupi and Kusile Power Stations.
Whilst Systech provides traditional surveying services such as risk management, contract management and planning/scheduling, it specialises in claims and dispute resolution.
Systech’s CEO and Founder, Stephen Rayment, is equally proud to be at the forefront of the latest technology. “We have embraced the use of technology to transform the way in which contractors work. Our in-house visualisation team has a successful track record preparing animations and presentations which help contractors to win bids and to resolve disputes.
Drawings are brought to life through a combination of our cutting-edge augmented reality software, which creates stunning 3D interactive imagery from 2D drawings, and our interactive hot-spot technology.
"We are currently testing a cloud-based, voice activated mobile phone app, which will help contractors to maintain accurate contemporary site records and improve on-site communications. This will be available in January 2014”.