May 23, 2016
SSH, a leading Middle East professional services company, has today announced that it is to invest further in the development of its Bahrain office. This expansion will increase staff numbers, including senior executives, by 40 personnel. The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) has worked alongside SSH to give feedback and advice, and to help set up the company’s corporate office in Bahrain.
SSH specialises in master planning, infrastructure, building design, construction supervision and project management. To date, the company employs over 1,100 people in over 11 countries. World Architecture ranks SSH as 3rd in the Top Ten Architecture Practices in the Middle East overall and 1st for Culture, 2nd for Heritage, 3rd for Infrastructure and 4th for Construction Management. SSH is also ranked 7th amongst the GCC’s Top 25 MEP Consultants by MEP Middle East.
SSH joins a number of other businesses that have recently expanded operations in Bahrain as a means of accessing the wider GCC market. These include Indian manufacturing firm Electrosteel, which recently launched a new warehouse in Bahrain, and German-based manufacturing conglomerate SMS Meer Group, which has opened its Middle East office for worldwide field services in Bahrain.
Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) said:
“We are delighted that SSH has decided to expand its operations in Bahrain. The growing demand for sophisticated infrastructure and project management services reflect an excellent opportunity for further growth in the sector. We work to support businesses like SSH who can benefit from a strong regulatory environment, excellent transport connections, low costs and competitive taxes, and the most educated workforce in the region.”
Andrew Barwick, Regional Director of SSH said:
“The Gulf region is one of the fastest-growing in the world, and its rising demand for development, infrastructure and project management services means significant investment opportunities for global companies. Bahrain remains a strategic operation for us and we believe the favourable employment environment will help support us in our Middle East operations.
“SSH is already involved with a number of developments in Bahrain including the construction of the new Ras Al Barr Resort, Diyar Al Muharraq, projects with the Ministry of Works, and the Ministry of Housing, amongst others. We hope to increase our involvement in the future and continue to support our clients by delivering world-class projects. As we begin the next chapter of our company’s growth, we look forward to working with organizations such as the Economic Development Board to ensure that it is a success.”
Bahrain is investing over US$30 billion in a pipeline of infrastructure projects over the coming years. Projects under development include the modernisation of the Bahrain International Airport, which will increase capacity to 14 million passengers per year, and the King Hamad causeway which will provide another direct link into the heart of Saudi Arabia.