Bechtel Announces Launch of Innovative Training Program in Gulf Region

03 September 2015 RESTON, Virginia

Collaboration with UAE Government is part of commitment to skills development

Bechtel today announced an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs to launch an innovative training program involving engineers in Abu Dhabi.

Over the next ten years, up to 100 trainees from Abu Dhabi will be deployed at Bechtel projects for deployments of at least 12 months, with the aim of enhancing the practical and technical skills of Emirati engineers in building and construction areas. This new program continues Bechtel’s longstanding commitment to capacity building, skills training and development of local workforces on its projects around the world.  

David Welch, President, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Bechtel said: “We are pleased to be working with HE Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazroui, Undersecretary of the Department of Municipal Affairs, to contribute towards professional development training for Emiratis. This innovative program will provide Emiratis with practical experience and training on projects, where they will work with our experts to enhance their knowledge of project delivery, business priorities, and leadership skills.” 

HE Khalifa Mohammed Al Mazroui, Undersecretary of the Department of Municipal Affairs, said: “Working with a reputed and specialised company such as Bechtel, which has an all-round experience in infrastructure and large projects worldwide, adds considerable value to our training initiatives.” 

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has launched multiple education and skills development initiatives over the years to support its long-term economic sustainability.  The Bechtel training program complements these efforts by offering Emirati engineers the opportunity to work on major infrastructure projects.   

Bechtel has a longstanding presence in the Gulf region and has contributed to some of its most significant infrastructure projects over the years, including most recently the Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the UAE and the Hamad International Airport in Qatar.  Bechtel is currently involved with a number of major infrastructure projects including Riyadh Metro, Jubail Industrial City, and new economic cities and industrial areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Muscat airport in Oman, and the Al Taweelah Alumina and Borouge 3 petrochemicals complex in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  

About Department for Municipal Affairs:
The Department of the Municipal Affairs (DMA) was established in May 2007, as the main focal point of all municipal planning and to enhance the legislative framework of the Municipal System in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi which includes the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain City Municipality and the Western Region Municipality.  The DMA aims to increase efficiencies and achieve higher customer satisfaction in the Municipal System in order to enhance the quality of life in the Emirate in accordance with the Government Policy Agenda which represents a new era in municipal services to the general public.