Al Habtoor Engineering

Established in Dubai in 1970, Al Habtoor Engineering has grown into one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East, undertaking major projects throughout the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and elsewhere. These include high-rise structures, mixed use developments, manufacturing units, airports, hotels, sports stadiums and arenas, entertainment facilities, retail facilities, public buildings and other diversified civil works.

Burj Al Arab - A 321 meters high 7 Star hotel rising 56 storeys, and Jumeirah Beach Hotel - A 600 room, 26 storeys high hotel

The company's highly qualified, experienced and professional team comprises an ever-growing multi-national workforce that totals over 35,000 employees.

On 1 September 2007, Leighton International, part of the Leighton Group, Australia's largest project development and contracting group, merged its operations in the Arabian Gulf region with Al Habtoor Engineering to create one of the largest multi-disciplined contracting groups in the Gulf - The Al Habtoor Leighton Group, in which the Al Habtoor Group holds a significant stake.

Jumeirah Beach Residence, completed in 2007

Combining the strengths and expertise of two excellent companies, the objective of the Al Habtoor Leighton Group is to become one of the world's top 50 contractors in the field of large-scale infrastructure developments.

Together, Leighton's international expertise and Al Habtoor's regional presence and history is formidable and compelling, offering a comprehensive one-stop service that can take clients from a plot of land to a completed building with every aspect of the construction and fitting out process covered.

Once a building is complete, full facilities management services are also available - this is the final piece that makes Al Habtoor Leighton's service offering so comprehensive and so unique.

Today, the Al Habtoor Leighton Group is one of the Middle East's leading construction and engineering companies - it ranks first in the field of building construction, proposing viable solutions as final products from engineering designs through adept project management and optimised construction completion.

Dubai International Airport, completed in 2008

Through its operating divisions, the Group will continue its operations throughout the GCC while pursuing additional opportunities further afield in countries such as Morocco, Libya, Syria and Pakistan. The Al Habtoor Leighton Group is the corporate holding company that provides direction and support for its four key operating divisions - Al Habtoor Engineering Dubai, Al Habtoor Engineering Abu Dhabi, Al Habtoor Engineering Qatar and Gulf Leighton.

A further division - Al Habtoor Associated Businesses – oversees the operations of the Group's numerous specialist businesses - Al Habtoor STFA Soil Group (Foundation Engineering), Al Habtoor Specon (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing), Al Habtoor Steel (Steel Fabrication), Al Habtoor Interiors (Interiors fit-out), Thiess Services Middle East (Services), Al Habtoor Plant and Machinery (Asset Management) and Ejar Cranes & Equipment. The Group intends to expand its Associated Businesses division by establishing partnerships with industry specialists.

Throughout its history, Al Habtoor Engineering has remained true to Khalaf Al Habtoor's founding vision not only of defining the frontiers of ideas, craftsmanship and technology but also by leading the way with a commitment to quality.

Its region-wide presence offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the strength, stability and resources of a multinational corporation.

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, completed in 2002

The progress of Al Habtoor Engineering has followed a parallel path with the development of the UAE, and in particular Dubai.

In the 1970s, the infrastructure of the new country saw the company involved in significant projects for the Ministries of Defence and Health, the Police, banks, hotels and residential developers.

Between 1990 and 1999, the rush to modernity became a torrent and Al Habtoor Engineering turned dreams into reality. Oil field facilities, the Dubai Crowne Plaza, the Armed Forces Officers' Club, the Jumeirah Beach Development (incorporating the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab) and numerous hotels and commercial buildings were the centrepieces of Al Habtoor Engineering's project diary. Strategic alliances became part of the business plan, especially for more demanding and technically complicated briefs.

Dubai Hospital, completed in 1981

Other projects include the Burjuman Centre Shopping Mall, Terminal 3 Dubai International Airport, Jumeirah Beach Residence (8 high-rise towers), Business Bay (12 high-rise towers) and a number of single tower and villa complexes.

Overseas, the company constructed the San Stefano Complex in Alexandria and five star hotel complex at Doha City Centre in Qatar.

Work has now commenced on the Dubai Tower in Doha that will be the second tallest building in the region and Trump International Hotel & Tower located on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

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