Entering the final month of the year and preparing to celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Emirates (and take a well-earned day off to celebrate National Day), our UAE offices are reflecting on another eventful year in the Middle East.

As our UK HQ in Edinburgh looks to the 1 January to mark the start of their 80th year in business, the Abu Dhabi office (established in 2009) together with the Dubai office (opened in February 2014), are looking to capitalise on the successful completion of a string of high profile projects for key clients in the region.

Over the course of the year, we have completed a number of projects for Etihad Airways and have recently been appointed on the prestigious Etihad Flight College in Al Ain, a state-of-the-art new build facility housing, flight simulators for the Airbus A380.

In Dubai, last weekend marked the formal opening of Eden Club at Rixos on the Palm Jumeirah whilst Em Sherif at The Address, Downtown Dubai opened for business in late October. These are two of the latest projects we’ve undertaken for The Crystal Group.

Les Banks, Director UAE commented:

“At the start of this year we set out with the twin objectives of continuing to build the business whilst further developing the opportunities for future repeat business with blue chip clients who we consider to be integral to our forward planning.

We have gone a long way towards achieving those goals as a direct consequence of understanding our clients’ business objectives and then working flat out to achieve them. The hugely positive client feedback we receive is recognition of the hard work and commitment by our respective PM and QS teams.

The announcement that Etihad Airways are starting direct flights from the Emirate’s Capital to Scotland’s Capital next June is great news for the city where Thomas & Adamson was founded in 1935.

Our UK business has already felt the tangible impact of the air link having recently been appointed on several projects by Edinburgh Airport Ltd, including new immigration facilities required for the inaugural Etihad Airways flight from AUH to EDI on 8 June 2015. The support that each part of our business provides to the other, whether located in the UAE, USA, UK or Ukraine is fundamental.”