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Our future plans for the MENA region are ambitious yet grounded in our core values of local knowledge, global expertise, technological innovation, and a commitment to excellence: Farhad Shad, Country Manager, Meinhardt

Our future plans for the MENA region are ambitious yet grounded in our core values of local knowledge, global expertise, technological innovation, and a commitment to excellence: Farhad Shad, Country Manager, Meinhardt


Farhad Shad
Farhad Shad, Country Manager, Meinhardt

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Farhad Shad is the Country Manager of Meindardt, Qatar.

With more than 26 years of experience in design and management of a wide range of iconic mega-projects, Farhad is focused on working closely with clients and other professional design disciplines to drive efficient, robust, and coordinated project delivery.

He firmly believes in and implements principles of teamwork, empowering, and professional development.

Professionally trained as a structural engineer, with a Ph.D. in Earthquake Engineering, he uses his robust academic and technical background to provide a structured approach amongst team members to adopt a unified and seamless design strategy.

Farhad Shad has been actively involved with research projects with some leading authorities and renowned universities.


The MENA region has become one of Meinhardt’s fastest-growing regions. Can you elaborate on the key factors behind this growth and the company’s future plans for expanding and sustaining its presence in the area?

Farhad Shad: The growth we have experienced in the MENA region is a testament to the strategic approach we have taken to meet the unique demands of this dynamic market. Several key factors have contributed to our success.

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First and foremost, our dedication to comprehending and honouring the local context has been decisive. We have invested time and resources in cultivating robust relationships with local stakeholders, comprehending local requirements, and customizing our services to address the unique needs of the region. This localized approach has not only strengthened our client relationships but has also established us as a trusted partner in the communities we serve. And the same approach has been taken in Qatar.

Another crucial factor is our emphasis on innovation and technology. The MENA region is undergoing rapid urbanization and development, generating a demand for cutting-edge engineering and design solutions. We have been proactive in integrating the latest technologies into our projects, be it adopting sustainable design practices or utilizing advanced project management tools. This commitment to excellence has set us apart in a competitive landscape.

We aim to further strengthen our presence by expanding our service offerings to cater to the evolving needs of the market

Farhad Shad

Looking ahead, our future plans for the MENA region are ambitious yet grounded in our core values. We aim to further strengthen our presence by expanding our service offerings to cater to the evolving needs of the market. This includes not only deepening our expertise in traditional sectors like infrastructure and real estate but also actively exploring opportunities in emerging areas such as sustainability and smart cities.

Additionally, investing in talent remains a priority for us. We recognize that our success in the MENA region is inherently tied to the skills and dedication of our team. We are committed to nurturing local talent, providing opportunities for growth and development, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Our growth in the MENA region has been fuelled by a combination of local insight, technological innovation, and a commitment to excellence. We are excited about the opportunities this region presents, and our plans are centred on sustained growth, strategic partnerships, and continued investment in the talented individuals who drive our success.

Meinhardt serves a diverse range of clients worldwide, including developers, construction companies, government agencies multinational corporations, and NGOs. could you review what strategies and approaches, the company uses to adapt and deliver the services to cater specifically to such different types of needs?

Farhad Shad: This goes hand in hand with the previous topic that we discussed. At Meinhardt, our strength lies in serving a diverse clientele, ranging from developers and government agencies to contractors, employing various approaches like design and build. This adaptability stems from our unwavering commitment to understanding and addressing the unique needs of each client and project. I firmly believe that recognizing the individuality of each client and project is crucial, emphasizing the importance of tailored solutions.

Our fundamental strategy revolves around delivering customized solutions. We kick off the process by engaging in thorough consultations with clients to grasp their specific objectives, challenges, and long-term goals. This personalized approach enables us to seamlessly adapt to a broad spectrum of clients, from engaging in strategic planning at the government level to facilitating fast-track projects with contractors.

I firmly believe that recognizing the individuality of each client and project is crucial, emphasizing the importance of tailored solutions

Farhad Shad

We believe that a cornerstone of our success is our industry expertise. We take pride in our dedicated teams with specialized knowledge in diverse sectors such as real estate, infrastructure, and energy. This emphasis ensures that our professionals are well-versed in the intricacies of each industry, empowering us to provide informed and targeted solutions.

Collaboration is integral to our client engagement strategy. We see our clients as partners, promoting open communication and collaboration throughout the project lifecycle. This collaborative approach, grounded in in-depth discussions to understand client needs and expectations, enables us to offer tailor-made solutions that truly meet their requirements.

Moreover, to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving technological landscape, we integrate the latest technologies into our services. This technological approach is adaptable to diverse client requirements, whether it involves leveraging advanced design tools or incorporating sustainable practices.

Additionally, ensuring regulatory compliance is a top priority for us. We recognize the unique frameworks within which each industry operates and have expert teams that navigate local and international regulations. This ensures that our solutions not only meet client expectations but also adhere to legal and industry standards.

Sustainability is a central theme in our business approach

Farhad Shad

Last but not least is the jewel of our services, which is our absolute emphasis on a sustainable approach. Sustainability is a central theme in our business approach. Regardless of the industry, we integrate sustainable practices into our designs and projects, aligning with the global focus on environmental responsibility and adding long-term value to our clients’ ventures.

To sum it up, our approach at Meinhardt revolves around flexibility, collaboration, industry expertise, and technological innovation. By combining these elements, we ensure the adaptability of our services to diverse client needs, delivering effective solutions that contribute to the long-term success of their projects.

Meinhardt Group is committed to sustainable data centre design and reducing carbon footprints and with Dubai hosting #COP28, climate change is in the spotlight in the Middle East. How does the company approach the challenge of reducing carbon footprints and improving energy efficiency in data centre design, and what are some recent developments in this area?

Farhad Shad: To begin with, our approach begins with the integration of energy-efficient design principles. We leverage cutting-edge technologies and best practices to optimize the layout, cooling systems, and power distribution within data centres, enhancing overall efficiency and reducing energy consumption.

Moreover, Meinhardt is at the forefront of incorporating renewable energy sources into data centre design, exploring opportunities to integrate solar, wind, or other sustainable energy solutions. This not only reduces reliance on traditional energy sources but also contributes to a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure.

Our commitment to sustainability in data centre design is exemplified by the MORO Data Centre, the largest solar-powered data centre globally. This project, along with our broader approach of energy-efficient design, renewable energy integration, and ongoing innovation, positions us at the forefront of the industry’s efforts to reduce carbon footprints and contribute to a more sustainable future, especially amid the discussions on climate change at #COP28 in Dubai.

Addressing the significant energy consumption of cooling systems in data centres, Meinhardt focuses on implementing innovative cooling solutions, such as liquid cooling and advanced air management systems, optimizing temperature control and reducing energy requirements.

Meinhardt is at the forefront of incorporating renewable energy sources into data centre design, exploring opportunities to integrate solar, wind, or other sustainable energy solutions

Farhad Shad

Additionally, beyond the construction phase, Meinhardt emphasizes lifecycle sustainability, designing data centres with scalability and adaptability to accommodate future technological advancements and changes in demand without significant environmental impact.

Recent projects showcase Meinhardt’s integration of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to optimize data centre operations in real time. These technologies enable predictive analytics for energy usage, allowing proactive adjustments to maximize efficiency and minimize environmental impact.

Furthermore, we consistently seek energy-efficient designs to minimize the energy consumption of our buildings and integrate renewable energy sources, including solar panels, into our designs. Innovative technologies like advanced cooling systems, liquid cooling, and advanced air management further reduce electrical and fuel loads.

Considering lifecycle sustainability, we ensure our buildings can adapt after their life cycle with minimal environmental impact. Meinhardt invests heavily in pioneering advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning programs, to monitor real-time energy consumption and enable necessary adjustments on the spot.

In the realm of engineering services, how does Meinhardt distinguish itself from other companies in the region? What sets Meinhardt apart, and what values contribute to its success in the Qatar market?

Farhad Shad: Navigating the dynamic and competitive engineering services market in the MENA region, particularly in Qatar, requires a combination of expertise, innovation, and a commitment to delivering exceptional value. Meinhardt distinguishes itself in several key ways that reflect our dedication to excellence and client satisfaction.

Firstly, Meinhardt prides itself on having a deep understanding of the local landscape. We have invested significantly in cultivating a team with in-depth knowledge of the regulatory frameworks, cultural nuances, and specific challenges prevalent in Qatar. This localized expertise allows us to provide tailored solutions that resonate with the unique requirements of our clients in the region.

Our commitment to technological innovation not only future-proofs our services but also positions us as leaders in adopting and applying the latest industry trends

Farhad Shad

Additionally, the group stands out by offering a comprehensive suite of engineering services. Whether it is in the realms of infrastructure, real estate, or specialized sectors, our multidisciplinary approach allows us to be a one-stop solution for our clients’ diverse needs. This breadth of services enables us to seamlessly integrate our expertise into various projects, offering holistic solutions that go beyond the conventional scope of engineering services.

We place a strong emphasis on staying at the forefront of technological advancements. Meinhardt incorporates cutting-edge technologies into our engineering solutions, enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and sustainability. Our commitment to technological innovation not only future-proofs our services but also positions us as leaders in adopting and applying the latest industry trends.

Sustainability is a core value that sets Meinhardt apart. We integrate sustainable practices into every facet of our engineering services. This not only aligns with global environmental goals but also resonates with clients who prioritize responsible and eco-friendly solutions. Our commitment to sustainable engineering reflects a long-term vision that goes beyond immediate project deliverables.

Meinhardt places a strong emphasis on building enduring client relationships. Our client-centric approach involves active collaboration, open communication, and a commitment to understanding and exceeding our clients’ expectations. We view each project as a partnership and prioritize client satisfaction as a key measure of our success.

Finally, Meinhardt’s track record of successful projects in the MENA region, including Qatar, speaks volumes about our capabilities. We have consistently delivered high-quality engineering solutions, earning the trust of our clients and establishing ourselves as a reliable and reputable partner in the market.

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