HLG Contracting

HLG Contracting aims to be the leading contractor in each of its chosen markets.

Abdul Jarrah, Acting Chief Executive Officer of HLG Contracting. Abdul Jarrah, Acting Chief Executive Officer of HLG Contracting

HLG Contracting, in which the CIMIC Group Limited has a 45% shareholding, is one of the leading diversified international contractors in the Middle East and North Africa.

HLG Contracting employs more than 20,000 people, making it one of the largest construction groups in the region. HLG Contracting’s strength is its ability to develop innovative, practical solutions for clients.

HLG Contracting focuses on core market sectors: infrastructure, building, rail, oil and gas. It also operates a diverse range of complementary associated businesses that enable it to offer clients a one-stop solution for all their construction, development and asset management needs.

HLG Contracting was formed in 2007 and has an extensive track record in large-scale projects across the region, with Al Habtoor Engineering's expertise in building projects complementing CIMIC's expertise in civil infrastructure projects. For more than 40 years HLG Contracting has built a strong and loyal client base across both the public and private sectors.

Scope of operations

Multi-disciplined contractor specialising in civil engineering and infrastructure, building and mining.


  • Percentage Ownership – 45%
  • Revenue – A$628.8 million in the 6 months ended 30 June 2016.
  • Work in Hand – A$1,968 million as at 30 June 2016.
  • Head Office – Dubai
  • Operates in – United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman.

Acting Managing Director Resume

Abdul Jarrah

Abdul Rahman Jarrah joined HLG Contracting in December 2016. Prior to joining HLG, Abdul held a number of roles in Thiess Pty Ltd (a member of the CIMIC Group in Australia).

Most recently he was Thiess’ General Manager, Pre-Contracts and Risk and a member of its executive leadership team. Prior to that he served as the business’ Commercial and Risk Manager for the Australian Mining business and Commercial Manager for the Services’ business in the Middle East before that.

His national and international experience gives him a strong understanding of the diverse demands of establishing and managing contracts and associated corporate governance in a variety of country contexts. With an international background in law and project management for major infrastructure projects, and a proven ability to ensure strong and accountable governance for projects and organizations.

He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science (Civil Engineering) and post-graduate degrees in law from Australia and the United States.

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