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Saudi: Atkins eyes work on Mecca and Jeddah metros

Atkins has bid for work on Mecca Metro, and intends to bid on Jeddah Metro, according to Simon Moon, CEO of the consultancy’s Middle East operations

Simon Moon (above) told <i>Construction Week</i> that Atkins has bid for work on Mecca Metro, and intends to bid on Jeddah Metro as well.
Simon Moon (above) told <i>Construction Week</i> that Atkins has bid for work on Mecca Metro, and intends to bid on Jeddah Metro as well.

Atkins is pursuing, and will continue to pursue, contracts connected to Saudi Arabia’s largest metro projects.

The consultancy has bid for work on Mecca Metro, and intends to bid on Jeddah Metro, according to Simon Moon, chief executive officer of the UK-headquartered firm’s Middle East operations.

Moon also revealed that Atkins will continue to explore opportunities related to the extension of the UAE’s Dubai Metro, which the company has supported previously.

In an interview with Construction Week, Moon said: “We have previous experience working on Dubai Metro, and we’re still looking into how we can become more involved [with its extension].”

Turning his attention to Saudi Arabia, he added: “We bid on Mecca Metro, we’ll be bidding on Jeddah Metro, and [we intend to bid] on the metros that come after those.”

Atkins has provided consultancy services for some of the largest transportation projects in the Middle East, including Qatar’s Doha Metro and Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Metro.

The firm is also working with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on smart initiatives in intelligent transportation, according to Moon.

To read the full-length interview with Atkins’ Middle East CEO, check out issue 629 of Construction Week, which will be published on Saturday, 29 October, 2016.

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