Having been involved in the Middle East in one way or another since 1965, AECOM has a long heritage in the region. With more than 3,200 staff in the GCC, as well as Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, the company is one of the bigger players in the MENA region.
In 1990, the company evolved into an independent firm following the merger of three Ashland entities. While only officially founded then, some of its predecessor firms' histories could be traced back to the 1900s.
Since then, more than 30 companies have joined AECOM, and in 2007 it because a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange. Now a Fortune 500 company, it earns more than $6bn in revenue annually.
In the last year, it has signed on for a number of major projects including a $171m deal with Saudi Arabia to build infrastructure works to protect Jeddah from flooding.
It has also worked on the Saadiyat Island Cultural district in Abu Dhabi, providing a range of management services to the Tourism Development and Investment Company.
The consultancy is also working on the Etihad Towers project, also in Abu Dhabi, a mixed used development that includes residences, a five star hotel, a boutique shopping mall and an office tower.
The company employs over 45,000 professionals spread across approximately 100 countries. Following the violence in Libya, AECOM pulled staff out of the country, where it had been engaged in a number of projects, including highways and transport networks.