New Chapter Begins With Regional Headquarters Opening In Saudi Arabia

There has been much to celebrate in EMEA recently, 2023 being its most successful year, and likewise, many important milestones achieved along the way in its 60+year history – yes, that really is how long we’ve been working in this region,  But the 26th of February marked a significant landmark in its story, the official opening of a new Regional Headquarters (RHQ), in Saudi Arabia.

EMEA Office Ribbon Cutting

Located in the heart of Riyadh, a city in transformation and at the center of the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030, our new ‘RHQ’ occupies the ground floor of the prestigious Burj Al Tamkeen (‘Tamkeen Tower’), some 22 floors below our colleagues in Saudi Arabian Parsons Limited (SAPL).

I had the honor of attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by our EMEA’s President Pierre Santoni and the RHQ’s newly appointed General Manager, Iain Cooper, alongside colleagues from across the region.  The growth we’ve seen in Saudi Arabia over the past two years is incredible – we’ve more than doubled our employee count to nearly 3000 – an expansion that reflects our and our employee’s passion for supporting Vision 2030.

I’m immensely proud of the work our team is doing here; we’re involved in groundbreaking giga-projects like NEOM’s The Line and Oxagon, alongside the ambitious Red Sea Project, which focuses on sustainability. Across the Kingdom, our teams are helping to deliver significant programs in Yanbu and Jazan, Riyadh Metro, the historic Diriyah Gate, King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard and Roshn Developments, and the exciting new entertainment city, Qiddiya.

Our partnership with Saudi Arabia dates back to 1958, with those first airport projects setting the foundation for decades of collaboration. In 1976, we further invested in this relationship by establishing SAPL, our joint venture with the Dar Al Riyadh Group.

Looking Forward

With our incredible team and our unwavering focus on the Kingdom’s future, underlined by the establishment of our new Regional Headquarters operations in Riyadh, Parsons is ready to make an even greater impact. We’re thrilled to be part of Saudi Arabia’s incredible story and to continue contributing to this ongoing transformation.

If you’re passionate about shaping the future, consider joining our dynamic team in Saudi Arabia!

About The Author

Maggie recently joined the Parsons Operations Team. A native Californian, the move to Saudi Arabia in 2015 to work with the SAPL team on the Riyadh Metro Project was her first international work assignment. Primarily project-based over the past nine years, she has witnessed the rapid transformation of the Kingdom while working on significant projects, including several Giga projects such as Qiddiya, The Line, and Oxagon. She deeply appreciates the beauty and welcoming nature of Saudi culture. When not at work, you’ll find her exploring new destinations – she believes the best stories are found within the pages of a passport. She is a passionate supporter of the Rory Staunton Foundation, which is dedicated to ending preventable deaths from sepsis globally.

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