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Podcast: AESG's Saeed Al Abbar on Saudi Arabia and net-zero buildings

Al Abbar outlines homegrown Emirati consultancy's growth plans in latest episode of Construction Week Viewpoint

Saeed Al Abbar, managing director of Dubai-based engineering consultancy AESG.
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Saeed Al Abbar, managing director of Dubai-based engineering consultancy AESG.

In the latest episode of Construction Week Viewpoint, Saeed Al Abbar, managing director of homegrown Emirati engineering consultancy AESG, shares his insights on the shifting roles of construction consultancies in the GCC; the ever-pressing need to build greener developments; and his work as chairman of Emirates Green Building Council on net-zero developments.

Sitting down with Jack Ball, Construction Week's senior reporter, Al Abbar also discusses AESG's decision to open a full-time office in Saudi Arabia in May 2018, adding to its roster of offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and London.

"Whilst we opened the office [in Saudi Arabia] last year, AESG had been working in Saudi for a number of years before that," he explained.

"We were working on a number of these gigaprojects, as they're called, and [we were] having more of a presence there.

"So it made sense that we needed to have a permanent base there; to have a licensed office where people are [working] full-time [...] on delivering these fantastic schemes for a number of clients from the public and private sectors."

Check out the full episode here and please share it if you enjoyed it. Construction Week Viewpoint is published every Monday at midday.

Past episodes have welcomed expert guests such as Rizwan Sajan, founder of Dubai-headquartered building giant Danube Group, and Abdulmajid Karanouh, head of advanced interdisciplinary design and innovation at Stuttgart-headquartered consultancy Drees & Sommer.

Check out the complete catalogue of Construction Week Viewpoint episodes on SoundCloud and iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe to stay up to date and please share the podcast with your friends and colleagues.

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