ALEC opens first office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Move comes as part of Dubai-based contractor’s regional expansion strategy and will be led by industry veteran Darrell Bergesen

ALEC Engineering and Contracting, the Dubai-based contractor that is part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, has opened its first office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of its regional expansion strategy, it has announced.

A major contracting company, ALEC has a number of related businesses operating in the GCC, while it also has a key presence in Africa. The ICD unit has consistently evolved and grown over the last 20 years and has been involved in the execution and delivery of several complex and high-profile construction projects. It currently has offices in Dubai, Oman and Ethiopia.

The Riyadh office will be led by General Manager Darrell Bergesen, an industry veteran with more than 28 years of international experience across South Africa, the UK and the Middle East. He had previously worked with the contractor from 2007 until 2017 and has re-joined the company after delivering the largest and most complex ‘brownfield’ mall in South Africa.

In his new role, Bergesen will be responsible for overseeing the growth and expansion of the company, ALEC said.

Managing Director Barry Lewis said the Riyadh office opening comes as part of its commitment to supporting the development of Saudi Arabia and the wider region.

“We are excited about the endless possibilities that will arise with the opening of our new office in Saudi Arabia,” noted Lewis.

“We are committed to helping revolutionise the region’s construction industry, and with our team of industry experts we look forward to creating value for our partners and stakeholders in the Kingdom,” he added.

On his new role, Bergesen said: “With GIGA developments and new projects progressing across the kingdom, it is a prestigious opportunity to be a part of this rapidly changing landscape.”

“We will be bringing new levels of innovation and expertise to Saudi and I’m looking forward to working with the local clientele, consultants and supply chains to showcase our strength in delivering excellence, quality, sustainability and safety throughout all our projects,” he concluded.

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