BESIX Group Celebrate a Century of Building Experience

Published November 5th, 2009 - 10:06 GMT

The BESIX Group are celebrating 100 years of experience and innovation in construction of large and complex buildings, marine works, infrastructure and environmental projects around the world. In an event held to mark the milestone at the Beach Rotana in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of chief executives, local dignitaries and the Duke and Duchess of Brabant, their Royal Highnesses, Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde of the Kingdom of Belgium, BESIX Group thanked the region for its trust and partnership and commitment to continuing their level of excellence into the next century.

The group, which have been pioneering their field since 1966 in the UAE, have been a driving force in the development of a number of high profile structures within the country  including the Abu Dhabi Corniche, Bainunah Tower, The Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai, and most recently the world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai and Yas Island.
With three decades of growth in this part of the world, BESIX Group, headquartered in Belgium, has made the Middle East its second home. Though one of numerous groups offering key industry services within the region, BESIX attribute their success not only to their in-house design and engineering experts, but the visionary minds within the region, offering the challenge of innovation, a rare quality in the construction world.

“We thrive on developing structures that are unique and innovative, and the UAE has enabled us to work on some truly pioneering projects. We have been able to carry out visions and this has inspired us to grow. It is fair to say we would not be where we are today without the opportunities we have found in the UAE and the Middle East. We are committed as a lifelong partner to this part of the world,” commented Mr. Johan Beerlandt BESIX Group Chief Executive Officer.

BESIX’s CEO has more than a small affection for the UAE with his career starting as a project engineer in Abu Dhabi in 1976. With a recent nomination that saw him in the role of Chairman of the Arab-Belgium Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, the Group’s link to the UAE has strengthened. This tie is a partnership built on decades of trust and excellence.

The group has seen its manpower doubled in the last four years. Moreover, the Group has come to the forefront not only in construction and engineering but marine works and water treatment facilities as well.

2009 also saw a major partnership penned that will see BESIX responsible for the design, building and maintenance of the largest ‘MBR' (Membrane Biological Reactor) water sewage plant in the world, with a capacity of 220.000 m³ per day in Dubai. With a 30 year partnership signed with Nakheel and a 25 year contract with ADWEA to service both Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, the accomplishments of the Group in each of their key sectors is a testament to the solid foundation built within the UAE and region over the last three decades.

“We believe the UAE and the region as a whole have only begun to demonstrate their potential vision and we are proud and excited to be a part of it today and well in to the future,” added Beerlandt.

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