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JC MENA celebrates 25 years in the region

The firm says it will continue to prioritise sustainable solutions and client satisfaction and is eyeing greater opportunities in the MENA region

James Cubitt MENA (JC MENA) intends to boost its focus on innovative engineering solutions and integrating sustainability principles into all projects, in line with the UAE’s vision for a sustainable future. James Cubitt & Partners’ origins date back to 1947 in London and, this year, the firm’s regional subsidiary – JC MENA – is celebrating 25 years of operations in the region.

“Over the past quarter-century JC MENA has marked significant milestones as a construction consultancy company. Throughout this period, we have completed numerous iconic projects for our esteemed clients, consistently meeting deadlines and budgetary constraints, showcasing our ability to deliver high-quality work,” says JC MENA Director, Mohamed Abushady.

Since its regional debut 25 years ago, the firm has delivered a diverse range of successful projects, including: the Hilton Garden Inn and Embassy Suites, Makkah KSA; Seven City, JLT Dubai; Al Reef Compound, Riyadh KSA; Mudon Arabella, Dubai; TBC Wave 2 (60 Schools in various locations), KSA, and the SEHA Disease Prevention and Screening Center, Abu Dhabi UAE.

“JC MENA’s involvement in infrastructure projects is one of the key achievements of the company over the past period such as masterplan developments, or stadiums, which demonstrate the company’s capacity to handle complex assignments up to the expectation of the end user. Each of these projects stands as a testament to our firm’s commitment to excellence and our ability to meet the diverse needs of our clients. We take pride in our track record of success and look forward to continuing to exceed expectations in the years to come,” adds Abushady.

He also notes that the firm is a trusted partner for several clients and enjoys significant repeat business. “Maintaining strong, long-term relationships with clients, underpinned by trust, reliability, and satisfaction is of paramount importance. Our firm places immense value on understanding clients’ needs and aspirations. By fostering strong relationships and maintaining open communication channels, we tailor our solutions to precisely match their requirements, thereby delivering projects that exceed expectations,” he emphasises.

In addition to stepping up its focus on sustainable development, Abushady points out that the firm will stay abreast of evolving regulatory frameworks and ensure strict compliance with local laws and regulations, to mitigate risks and maintain a positive reputation. He states, “We will continue to prioritise client satisfaction by delivering high-quality engineering services that meet or exceed expectations, ensuring long-term relationships and repeat business. We are also excited to explore opportunities to diversify our service offerings and expand into new sectors or markets within the UAE or internationally to broaden the consultancy’s portfolio and revenue streams.”

The firm has a broad portfolio of projects in Saudi Arabia, including the Hilton Makkah

The firm has made a name for itself in the residential and educational sectors within the MENA region, and has delivered several key projects such as the Musaffah Gardens and Saraya R14 residential projects for the Al Nahda Group, Sharjah Majestic Tower and Khalidiya Shining Towers for Emirates Land Group, TBC Wave 2 Schools Project (60 Schools in various locations) for Vision Invest in Saudi Arabia, as well as Elite school in Knowledge Academic City, Medina.

Going forward, the firm is keen to explore greater opportunities in Saudi Arabia and has invested in a new office in the Kingdom in support of its aspirations.

“JC MENA recognises significant opportunities in the Saudi market, particularly in the realm of infrastructure development, commercial projects, healthcare facilities, and hospitality ventures. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 initiative presents a conducive environment for our firm to expand its presence and contribute to the nation’s growth,” says Abushady.

“Our regional headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia serves as a strategic foothold to capitalise on these opportunities effectively. By establishing a local presence, we aim to strengthen our relationships with key stakeholders, better understand the unique intricacies of the market, and tailor our services to meet the specific needs and demands of clients in the region. The office enables us to provide timely and localised support, fostering stronger partnerships and enhancing our ability to deliver exceptional results.”

He adds, “In addition to our focus on residential and education segments, our expansion into the Saudi market opens doors to explore new sectors such as infrastructure, commercial developments, healthcare facilities, and hospitality projects. With our diverse expertise and proven track record in delivering high-quality engineering and consultancy services, we are well-positioned to make a substantial impact across various segments in the Kingdom, contributing to its economic development and sustainable growth.”

Apart from the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the firm is also anticipating significant growth from several other regional markets. “JC MENA anticipates significant opportunities for expansion and growth in Nigeria, Egypt, and Libya, where we have already established branch offices. With our presence in these countries, we are well-positioned to capitalise on emerging projects and developments in the engineering and consultancy sectors.”

He concludes, “Our established local presence allows us to better understand the unique market dynamics, regulatory frameworks, and cultural nuances of each country, enabling us to provide tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of clients in these regions.”

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