Emirati consultancy AESG enters Europe through UK
The consultancy is tendering on projects in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean through a new London office, director Saeed Al Abbar told ConstructionWeekOnline
Specialist construction consultancy AESG announced it has self-funded the establishment of an operations hub in London to expand its global footprint following "years of double-digit growth".
The decision to operate AESG's out-of-GCC portfolio from London was "a natural step" for the firm, company director Saeed Al Abbar said.
AESG's London office will function as a hub for activity in European and other international markets, where the company's portfolio of specialist consultancy services is expected to meet local demand to overcome urban development challenges.
The company is currently tendering on numerous projects within and outside Europe through its London office, Al Abbar told ConstructionWeekOnline.
He continued: "This includes projects in Africa and the Caribbean.
"We are also working with a number of our UK-based clients on projects in the MENA region."
Al Abbar said the successful delivery of projects for international clients – including those based in the UK – contributed to AESG's expansion plans, adding that many of the company's clients have increasingly started to request for its services outside the Middle East.
In a company statement, he asserted that the London office's launch is, for AESG, "a natural step, as many of our international clients operate in that market, which is also a hub for international activity in real estate development and design excellence".
He continued: "This aligns with our expansion strategy of focusing on markets that value high quality consultancy services.
"We have extensive experience working with leading architectural practices in Europe and opening our offices in London will enable us to build on this.
"By going global, we will be able to replicate the best practices that we [absorb] from our international operations in our Middle East practice, and vice versa too," Al Abbar added.
AESG's Middle East portfolio includes landmark developments such as The Opus in Business Bay, Dubai and the Bee'ah Headquarters in Sharjah, both of which were designed by late Dame Zaha Hadid; the ICD Brookfield Place and the Dubai Design District designed by Foster + Partners; and the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020, designed by Santiago Calatrava.