Middle East Experiences

United Kingdom


A project of 13 berths in Umm Qasr

The study was focused on, (i) if there is a need to use sand-drains in order to accelerate the rate of consolidation and so to reduce the time required for consolidation settlement, (ii) if there is a need for soil improvement in order to improve the allowable bearing capacity and (iii) How long should the preloading be applied in order to eliminate all the primary consolidation settlement, expected under the proposed permanent loading, plus such amount of secondary compression in order to reduce a post-construction settlement to tolerable values.


Babylon project 

The study involved predicting the behaviour of three (30 m high earth fill) “mountains” in Babylon ancient city. Two main aspects were thoroughly investigated; the stability and the settlement. In addition to these two aspects, the influence of such constructions on the adjacent ruins was also assessed. Due to the importance of the ruins, suggestions were given to install inclinometers to monitor the lateral displacements during construction. It is worth mentioning that the reading-records were very close to the predicted values which have been calculated by using a computer program based on finite element method.



Doha Metro

Geotechnical design team leader responsible for carrying out geotechnical services for the two packages form the core of the Doha Metro in the old part of the city. The Red Line South runs from the Musheireb development south along Al Matar Road to E-Ring Road and the golden line starts at Airport City North Station, a double width station runs west to the Musheireb development; on the other side of Musheireb Station.


Abu Hamour

Abu Hamour Surface and Ground Water Drainage Tunnel, Doha – Geotechnical Director for tender design of a stormed water tunnel and associated access shafts. TBM segmental lining (main tunnel) and pipe jacking with micro-tunnelling (connection tunnels) comprise the tunnel works along the route of the drainage system. Work included feasibility studies and advance numerical analysis (Strand7) of main tunnel – shaft junctions. Also responsible for the technical design reports and tender drawings.



Geotechnical Technical Manager responsible for the design and build project for Muharraq STP and Flow Conveyance project which comprises construction of a new Deep Gravity Sewer (DGS), 97 shafts and Waste Water Connection Network (WWCN) extending approximately 16km in length and will collect flows from the island of Muharraq and future developments on new land reclamation projects off the East Coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain.


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

Riyadh Metro 

Riyadh Metro project, a six-line driverless network which will eventually encompass 177km and 96 stations in the Saudi capital. Responsible for leading design team for the geotechnical and tunnel design of the tunnel and the stations, which have been subdivided into Shallow, Deep and Transfer Stations.



United Arab Emirates

Etihad Railway

Etihad Rail’s 1,200 km network will extend across the United Arab Emirates, from the border of Saudi Arabia to the border of Oman. The network will run from Ghweifat to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates with major connecting points in between, including Al Ain and Madinat Zayed. 

Etihad Rail will have an extensive national network with freight terminals, distribution centres and depots located close to major transport hubs, warehouses, and storage facilities across the UAE, including Mussafah, Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Port of Fujairah and Saqr Port. The Etihad Rail network will also connect with the GCC network and this – once fully established – will cover the five GCC countries of The Kingdom of Bahrain, The State of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE.