Arabtec names Qatar business head
Doha, June 16, 2013
UAE top contractor Arabtec Holding has appointed Samer Abu-Hijleh as the new regional director who will be heading its construction business in Qatar.
Abu-Hijleh will be responsible for the strategic growth of Arabtec’s construction operations in the Qatari market, drawing on more than 22 years of successful experience in the development, master planning and delivery of large-scale and complex engineering and construction projects in the power, water, oil& gas, transportation, infrastructure, and building sectors in North,South America, China and Middle East.
On the appointment, Arabtec managing director and CEO Hasan Abdullah Ismaik said: "As we forge ahead with our growth strategy, we are confident that Samer’s leadership, business development, commercial and technical expertise will play a key role in achieving our strategic footprint expansion across the region, diversifying our client base and extending our operations in Qatar specifically."
"Samer will oversee the operational delivery of Arabtec's expanding portfolio of real estate and infrastructure construction projects, to ensure successful execution and client satisfaction. He will also direct the executive management and technical teams in all aspect of these projects," he noted.
A holder of Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, Abu-Hijleh has held a number of senior leadership roles with global engineering giants such as Bechtel.
Some of the milestone projects include the Jubail Industrial City, power generation projects in Abu Dhabi, Brazil and China alongside major infrastructure and aviation projects.
With his strong regional market expertise, Abu-Hijleh will also oversee Arabtec Construction’s operations in other countries in the Middle East including Jordan, he added.
Abu-Hijleh was previously the general manager of Saudi Oger in Jordan and most recently at Saudi Oger in Saudi Arabia as senior advisor to the BOD and executive management on operational effectiveness and successful project execution.
Prior to that, he was the chief operations officer for Sorouh Real Estate, where he managed the design, construction and overall quality execution of a portfolio of real estate development projects in the UAE.-TradeArabia News Service