Segula Technologies picks Abu Dhabi as launchpad for UAE

17 April 2023 2 min. read

The United Arab Emirates has welcomed a global engineering and technology consulting group to its shores, with French-origin Segula Technologies picking Abu Dhabi as the launchpad for its growth aspirations in the region.

With over 12,000 employees working from around 140 offices in 30+ countries, Segula Technologies is one of the world’s larger engineering and technology consulting firms.

Despite having a presence on all seven continents worldwide, the Middle East is still an untapped market for Segula Technologies. That is now set to change, following the launch of an inaugural office in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, and an ambitious plan to build out its Middle East team to 200-strong by the end of 2025.

 Segula Technologies launches in the UAE

Doubling down on its ambitions, the launch of the Abu Dhabi office comes in tandem with a new hub in Cairo, Egypt. Both offices will work closely together to serve the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

“The Middle East is a strategic market for Segula Technologies,” said CEO Franck Ghrenassia, a 22-year veteran of the company. “The market is growing and offers a great opportunity for us to apply our knowledge and expertise as the region explores new horizons in hydrogen, automotive manufacturing, industrial 4.0. software solutions, high-speed rail networks, and nuclear energy.”

According to Omar Khattab, Managing Director of the Middle East division, the firm has already hit the ground running. “We are already working with major international and local industrial players,” he said. To power its client delivery services, the Paris-headquartered group has commenced recruitment for roles including engineers, technical consultants, energy experts, and software developers.

One of the clients Segula Technologies is working with is the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. The consulting firm is supporting the plant (the first ever nuclear power plant in the Arab world) with optimising its operations and maintenance processes.

“Our ambition is to emerge as the partner of choice, and as a major contributor to the industrialisation, energy transition, and digital transformation of the Middle East, through partnering with our customers.”

Backed by an increasingly attractive business environment and deep financial pockets in the state, Abu Dhabi has in recent years attracted dozens of foreign professional services firms, including recent arrivals Alvarez & Marsal and Oliver Wyman.