In terms of finances, Simon Moon and his colleagues have enjoyed an impressive 12 months in the Middle East. At a global level, the UK-headquartered consultancy achieved group revenues of $2.54bn during the 2014/15 financial year – a 0.4% increase compared to the previous year. In the Middle East, Moon’s team secured revenues of $312.15m, almost 30% up on the figure achieved during 2013/14.
This year is also looking promising for Atkins, from both global and regional perspectives. Group revenues were up 8.8% to $1.3bn as of 30 September, 2016 – the firm’s half-year point for 2015/16. Its Middle East revenues climbed 23.8% to $170.6m during the same period.
In Q1 2016, Atkins took the decision to streamline its operations, laying off 100 staff across its Middle East property and infrastructure divisions. Nevertheless, Moon told Construction Week that the firm’s Middle East workforce has grown 5.4%, year on year. At present, Atkins employs 2,557 members of staff in the region, 950 of whom are qualified engineers.
During the past 12 months, Atkins has completed its contract at Iris Bay Tower in Dubai. This year, it will continue to support GCC projects including the UAE’s Dubai Opera, Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Metro, Oman’s Port Sultan Qaboos Redevelopment, and Qatar’s Doha Metro.
At a strategic level, Atkins will continue to embrace technology in the Middle East, according to Moon. He told CW: “We’re especially excited by the potential of digital engineering to help our clients deliver more efficient, better quality projects that really meet their end goals and support sustainable, prosperous cities of the future.”