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DeSimone bidding on six projects in the Gulf

Structural engineering consultancy DeSimone has confirmed it is bidding on projects in three countries in the Middle East

DeSimone's managing principle, Ahmed Osman.
DeSimone's managing principle, Ahmed Osman.

Structural engineering consultancy DeSimone is bidding on six projects in the Middle East.

Managing principle of DeSimone, Ahmed Osman, told Construction Week that the structural engineering, façade, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) analysis consultancy was bidding on projects in three countries in the Gulf.

Osman said DeSimone was bidding on one project in Dubai, UAE, three in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and two in Kuwait.

READ: DeSimone opens Dubai office, appoints managing principal

Due to the confidential and highly competitive nature of project bidding, Osman would not disclose the names of the projects, their individual or collective value, or where in each country the projects were based.

So far, the US-based consultancy, which has offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, has not won any of the projects, but does have competitive bids in motion for the six projects.

"We are working on a few projects at the moment in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and we are also bidding on projects outside of the UAE," said Osman. "In the GCC area we are bidding on projects in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, so we have our plate full at the moment."

When asked how many projects the company could bid for this year. Ahmed said: “That is a very tough question to answer, because you do not know what the future holds. But we are optimistic, as the company is growing in size, which is a good sign these days when there is slow economic growth."

DeSimone's current projects include structural design consultancy services for the 64-storey mixed-use skyscraper Wasl Tower.

Last year, Wasl Asset Management Group handed the $398m (AED1.46bn) main contract to Arabtec Construction. The tower is located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and will feature one of the world's largest ceramic façades.

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) signed a memorandum of understanding with Wasl Asset Management Group to provide district cooling services to the skyscraper.

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