The capital value of Linesight’s active M.E data centre projects totals over US$500 million

Leading international construction consultancy experiences spike in data centre contract wins across the Middle East as more employees work remotely and companies require greater IT efficiency as a result of COVID-19 outbreak

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8th July 2020: International construction consultancy, Linesight, has announced several new data centre contract wins in the Middle East, growing the value of its active projects to over US$500 million.

The announcement comes as a result of the unprecedented demand for computing capacity following a dramatic move to online working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by cloud computing technologies and the notable transition to online retail.

The GCC data centre market is expected to reach revenues of over $2 Billion by 2025 with a cumulative revenue opportunity for data centre power infrastructure providers of $1 billion during 2019-2025. According to data from Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, the GCC data centre market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 3% during the same  period, with companies including Etisalat, Khazna, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Khazna, Gulf Data Hub, and Datamount, the prominent investors.

Furthermore, according to a YouGov survey, 88% of IT decision-makers in the UAE decided to increase their cloud spend in 2019.

As a result of the company’s expertise in cost estimation, project management, benchmarking, and strategy implementation, Linesight currently has several data centre projects underway in the Middle East.

Ciaran McCormack, Regional Director for the Middle East, Linesight, said: “Globally, the data centre market has increased exponentially in recent months as a result of COVID-19 and the way the business world now interacts. Increased reliance on the internet due to stay-at-home measures, remote working, and social distancing have all contributed to an increase in market demand.

“Although the pandemic has undoubtedly highlighted the trend, the growth of the data centre market is something we have witnessed for several years. As such, this is an area of our business where we have placed heightened emphasis. With an 84% repeat business rate within our network of Tier One clients, we have developed a reputation as the ‘go-to’ consultants for project and cost management of data centres in the Middle East and the rest of the world.”

“Government initiatives such as Saudi Vision 2030, Dubai Vision 2021, and New Kuwait Vision 2035, are expected to be the driving forces behind DC growth in the MEA region. This is compounded by the growth of cloud, big data, and IoT services, as well network upgrades to support 5G. Post COVID-19, we expect further demand for data centres as businesses in the Middle East adapt to a new working environment,” said McCormack.

Since opening its Middle East regional office in Dubai in 2008, Linesight has completed data centre projects in the GCC with a capital value of over US$1.5 billion, including providing cost management services on the first modular DC project in the region.

“Our understanding and expertise in delivering the critical infrastructure required for our clients ensures we provide a seamless service of the utmost quality while delivering cost-saving wherever possible,” concluded McCormack.

Linesight has a global reach, with staff in 22 offices around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the USA. The company is currently working in more than 40 countries on project developments worth more than US$31 billion globally and US$7 billion in the GCC.

Notes to editors

Linesight provides professional consultancy services, management support and strategic advice to the global construction industry. From initial concept to project completion, the company has been helping clients to build their businesses since 1974. The company has developed long-lasting relationships with some of the biggest companies in the world and has earned a reputation as a world leader in the field by continually evolving to best meet the needs of clients.

The company has knowledge and experience spanning a multitude of sectors including Commercial, Data Centres, Life Sciences, Healthcare, High-Tech Industrial, Hospitality, Education, Residential, Retail, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Oil & Gas.

Linesight has a global reach with staff located across the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific and the USA. The company’s permanent and long-established presence in these areas allows for the development of strategic partnerships, access to local resources, formulation of the most current market insights, and knowledge of each territory

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