Capita Symonds is the latest multi-disciplinary to announce the establishment of a new office in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, saying the UK downturn forced them to look elsewhere.
This is the multidisciplinary consultancy’s first office in the region, and will focus on working with local consortia in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. In announcing the news, Mark Blake, Business Development Director at Capita Symonds, said: “As we all know the UK has experienced quite a significant downturn in certain sectors over the past 18 months. As a result, we’ve followed two courses of action – firstly to look at increasing our market share in sectors that are still active, such as education, but also to look at new markets, which has taken us internationally to the Middle East, North and West Africa, and China.”
In establishing the new Abu Dhabi office, Capita Symonds has appointed Mike Wing as Regional Director. Mike will be responsible for all operations and business development in the UAE and wider Middle East region.
With over 20 years’ experience in the property sector in Australia, Asia, the UK and Middle East - and a background in urban planning, engineering and finance - Mike joins Capita Symonds from a Bahrain-based private investment company. Previously he has held senior roles with both Ernst & Young and Hyder Consulting in the Middle East region.