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Atkins plans to increase Qatar presence

Atkins outgoing chief executive Keith Clarke has announced plans to exponentially increase its Qatar presence by expanding staff numbers from 150 to 1,000 in two years in his new role developing the Atkins business in the Middle East.

Speaking at the MEED Qatar Infrastructure Projects 2011 conference in London yesterday, Clarke said the 2022 World Cup projects would be key to its expansion and it would be easy to attract the 850 more staff to the nation state.

“I think that’s easily achievable for the infrastructure and complexities that need to be resolved there.”

A total of £12bn worth of work is said to be available specifically to UK expertise delivering infrastructure in the country.

Some of the biggest infrastructure projects in Qatar that need to be delivered before the World Cup include nearly £16bn worth of rail projects such as the freight rail, the Doha metro and the West Bay people mover.

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