The consulting team of UK-based engineers Amey can now tender for big projects in Qatar, having secured Grade A Civil Engineering Registration in the Gulf state.
Calling it a "major milestone" on the road to international growth, the Ferrovial-owned company said the rigorous process took more than a year, and involved setting up a permanent business in Qatar, writing exams, and submitting a case to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
But it can now tender for a wide array of projects that would not normally be open to international firms.
Steven Yule, Amey’s International Business Development Manager said it was "one of the more significant challenges during my four years working for Amey in Qatar", and called it a "major milestone".
Richard Allen, Amey’s Business Director in Qatar added: "Achieving Engineering Registration in Qatar supports our international growth aspirations, and further demonstrates our commitment to the local and regional market."
Amey said it has had a presence in Qatar since 2012, providing professional services to Qatar’s highways authority, Ashghal, and asset management advisory services for Kahramaa, the state owned utilities provider.
Photograph: Unusual skyscrapers in the West Bay area of Doha, Qatar’s capital, in 2015 (Shahid Siddiqi/Wikimedia Commons)