DUBAI, Arab — The Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has joined forces with Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and services provider, John Holland, to create Advance Water and Environment, according to a press release.

Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Advance Water and Environment is set to become the region’s preferred water and environment contractor, combining the local knowledge of HLG with the technical expertise of John Holland’s Water & Enviro business.

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HLG CEO and Managing Director Jose Antonio Lopez-Monis welcomed the launch of Advance Water and Environment at the MEED Water and Wastewater Conference in Abu Dhabi, and said the company was uniquely placed to pursue water and environment opportunities in the region, stated the release.

“Water and water-related projects are key growth markets for HLG. Advance Water and Environment, and the strength of both HLG and John Holland places us in an excellent position to take advantage of the increasing opportunities in this growing sector,” said Lopez-Monis.

Driven by population growth and an increasing demand for modern infrastructure, it is expected that over $50 billion will be invested in GCC water-related projects over the next five years, noted the release.

Read the entire press release here.