Company: Hill International
Designation: Regional president
When Mohammed Al Rais was made regional president of global construction consultant Hill International’s Middle East operations, he would have known he had a tough task ahead.
While the markets in Saudi Arabia and Qatar looked strong, the same could not be said for Hill’s regional home base of Dubai. But with Al Rais’ careful management of Hill’s resources, and six years on, the company has made Dubai one of Hill’s strongest markets.
Hill has a regional project management office in Dubai, two offices in Abu Dhabi, and regional representation as far afield as Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Baghdad in Iraq.
The company has worked on the Doha Metro, Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal and the Jabal Omar complex in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and it can now boast that 50% of its global revenues are being generated from the Middle East market.
Al Rais has more than 35 years’ experience in managing construction projects. Prior to this appointment as MD of Hill, he headed the company’s Abu Dhabi office.