Construction Week Qatar 2016 Power List: 21-30
The following article contains details of the individuals ranked 21 to 30 on the Construction Week Qatar 2016 Power List
21. Action International Services
Padraig Nagle, Managing Director and Co-Founder
Padraig Nagle is the managing director and co-founder of Action International Services, a leading specialist pumping solutions provider in the region.
Headquartered in Dubai, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, KSA and Bahrain, Action has worked on major projects in Qatar including the Metro Gold Line and Red line South, the Umm Al Houl Power Project and numerous roads and infrastructure contracts. It is also extensively involved in CSR initiatives and in-house training.
The 2015 financial year saw revenues of $16,4mn with $19,2mn projected for the next financial year, of which $13,7mn is already secured.
Further projects include work on the Metro, Kharamaa Old RPS Mega Reservoir and numerous other dewatering contracts, in a variety of JVs with both local and international contractors. Action prides amongst its customer’s national oil companies, municipalities, international and regional contractors.
22. Hill International
Mohammed Al Rais, Regional President
Hill International’s Mohammed Al Rais has had a busy 12 months. Since his promotion to regional president at the beginning of 2015, Al Rais and his team have secured a selection of projects, and not just in the GCC. In December 2015, Hill scooped a Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company contract to provide quantity surveying and cost management services at Morocco’s Al Houara Coastal Resort. More recently, in May 2015, a consortium including Hill nabbed a major contract for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in Lusail, Qatar. Although the firm’s operating revenues fell by 1.3% year on year in Q1 2016, it was still in the black to the tune of $5.5mn.
23. ALEC Qatar
Darrell Bergesen, General Manager
ALEC is an established multi-disciplinary construction company based in Dubai with operations in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar. During its most recent financial year, profit accounted for 4.3% of annual turnover. “Encouragingly, this was up on the figure of 3.6% achieved during the previous financial year. Moreover, ALEC expects revenues to pass the $1bn mark in 2016,” says general manager Darrell Bergesen.
ALEC’s solid financials have been driven by a series of high-profile completions, across the GCC. In Qatar as part of a JV, the company has been constructing the Doha Festival City project, a mega-mall of over 575,000m², while ALEC Fitout also completed a key retail concession at Hamad International Airport and major station mock-ups for QRail, leading to further retail, cinema and QRail contracts.
During the coming year ALEC will continue to support expansion works at a number of GCC airports, as well as a selection of residential, commercial, retail and hospitality-related developments.
At present, the contractor boasts a 13,000-plus workforce, of which 1,420 are qualified engineers. ALEC Qatar has currently 940 employees, which will be support from the UAE to suit upcoming projects and the local market requirements.
ALEC continues to invest heavily in mentoring and coaching employees through active involvement from all members of senior management and is very proud of its Leadership Development Programme.
24. Porr Qatar Construction WLL
Thomas Stiegler, Managing Director / Executive Board Member
Headquartered in Vienna Austria, the PORR Group is one of the largest construction companies in Austria with a total turnover of 3,4bn Euro in 2014.
Leading the Qatar division is managing director and member of the executive board, Thomas Stiegler, who has held the position for the past six years, since its regional establishment in 2010.
Porr has been awarded with the largest single project in company history for the Metro Project ‘Green Line Underground’ which is a Joint Venture between PORR-SBG-HBK. Furthermore, the company was successfully awarded ‘Green Line Elevated’ by Qatar Rail in 2014 and in 2015, the ‘Slab Track’ projects for Qatar Rail with a project value of almost QAR8-billion ($2.2bn). Slab Track System is one of the most innovative products in railway technology developed by Porr. The company also aims tendering for the soccer stadiums for the World Cup 2022 and other major technically challenging infrastructure projects.
Mohamed Al Kubaisi, Chairman
In April 2016, it was announced that as part of a joint venture with Porr Qatar and Six Construct, Midmac would soon begin erecting cranes at the site of Al Wakrah Stadium. The steel roof of the arena, which will host the quarter finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is expected to complete within a period of 15 to 17 months. In addition to the large-scale stadium build, Al Kubaisi and his colleagues are supporting construction activities across a broad range of sectors, including commercial, residential, educational, industrial, military, and hospitality. Midmac has been operating in Qatar since the mid-1960s, and employs a total workforce of more than 6,000 employees.
William Haddad, Chairman
Industry veteran William Haddad has enjoyed another impressive year at the helm of Mace. In its 2015 financial year, the firm achieved revenues of $256mn, of which 11.2% was profit. Although Mace anticipates slightly lower revenues – $215mn – during the current financial year, 60% of this figure has already been secured. During the past 12 months, Haddad’s team has completed a range of major infrastructure projects in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
In the coming year, Mace will continue to support infrastructure works at Qatar’s Al Dhakhira and the UAE’s Bloom Gardens.
27. Jaidah Group (Jaidah Equipment)
Ayman Ahmed, Managing Director
The Jaidah Group is currently active in a number of key sectors such as heavy equipment, commercial vehicles, automotive and industrial supply. The company supplies into many major projects, including the mega-reservoirs, Lusail Development, World Cup Stadiums, Manateq Projects, IDRIS Project, Al Khaleej Cement Expansion and many roads infrastructure projects in Doha.
Ahmed is looking forward to the next 12 months and the opportunities it will bring: “The next year will bring further projects as the company will be involved in the supply to Qatar Foundation Stadium project, Al Khor Expressway, and the extension of the E-Ring Road, in addition to expanding our product line, also growing our Rental and Used Equipment Division through our subsidiary Al Maysan Heavy Equipment.”
Richard Beard, MD Ramboll Middle East
With total revenues amounting to $1.59bn, the company’s revenue in 2015 was $59mn, accounting for 4% of the group’s overall earnings. Richard Beard, MD Ramboll Middle East commented: “Ramboll’s activity level was generally high in 2015 and, as a result, the revenue growth for the group was 27%, with organic growth counting for 1.5%.”
During the coming year, the firm will support construction activities at the Port of Salalah in Oman, and the Golf Course Community and Doha Metro Green Line in Qatar. Further afield, in Lebanon, Ramboll’s Innovative Design (iD) & Facades has secured a contract to provide design and construction supervision consultancy at Beirut’s North Souks – a project designed by the late Zaha Hadid on behalf of developer Solidere.
From a strategic perspective, the Ramboll Middle East MD will continue with his focused approach to regional growth. “Our challenge for the next 12 months will be to improve our efficiencies and nimbleness to meet market trends,” Beard said.
29. Qatar Project Management
Mohamed Jassim Al-Othman, Chief Executive Officer
Qatar Project Management (QPM) is one of Qatar’s premier project management organisations with a strong mission to help the country achieve its 2030 National Vision. Under the direction of CEO, Mohamed Jassim Al-Othman, QPM is active in numerous ongoing and planned projects within Qatar – such as the development of stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – and overseas, with current multi-million dollar developments underway in several countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Yemen and Libya.
30. Ramco Group
Eng. Anwar Moh’d Al Qawasmi, President
Eng. Anwar Moh. Al-Qawasmi is the founder of Ramco Group and has enjoyed the position as president of the company and its subsidiaries since its founding in 1984. Ramco Group is one of the few privately held, domestic firms with solid financial footing and long-term stable management. It is now ranked one of the largest private companies in Qatar thanks to a diverse mix of clients, markets and services. Government, school, hotels and shopping centres are part of its portfolio.