Dar Al-Handasah's Journey:
Sharing in Owning a Sustainable Future
In November 1956, four professors from the American University of Beirut open a specialized engineering firm to meet rising regional demand. It is the beginning of Dar Al-Handasah. For its headquarters, the firm chooses Beirut, the most dynamic market in the region at the time.
1958 – Dar receives its first big commission – the Kuwait Power Station. From there, the company gradually evolves, winning projects in the Middle East, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Africa.
Dar receives its first big commission – the Kuwait Power Station. From there, the company gradually evolves, winning projects in the Middle East, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Africa.
The Partnership Model
Dar Al-Handasah becomes Dar Al-Handasah Shair and Partners. Dar takes the revolutionary step of handing 60% of ownership to senior employees who have distinguished themselves by their leadership qualities and technical skills. The partnership model drives Dar forward as senior managers realize their growth is essential to the firm’s development.
Dar Al-Handasah Shair and Partners is now one of the region’s leading firms, less than a decade after being founded.
Dar Al-Handasah Shair and Partners enacts a bold plan to add new services and expand its existing client bases during the 70s and 80s. New projects begin to flow, not only from the Middle East, but also from new markets in Algeria, Nigeria and elsewhere. The result is Dar’s greatest decade to date for global growth.
Working closely with our clients enables us to establish and maintain long-term partnerships that carry on to this day.
The start of the global firm
With the industry’s reliance on increasingly specialized resources, Dar Al-Handasah acquires several important names in engineering, management and architecture.
The decision results in a global multi-disciplinary group capable of delivering a raft of leading specialized services.
Dar acquires its first company, Perkins+Will (Chicago, USA)
Dar acquires Penspen (London, UK)
A Nation Rebuilt
Dar Al-Handasah spearheads the landmark planning of Lebanon’s reconstruction following 25 years of civil strife, as Dar Beirut resumes full operations in 1991. Some of our most significant projects include:
- Central Beirut District infrastructure
- Rafic Hariri International Airport
- Beirut Port
- Roads and infrastructure
Today, the firm ranks as one of the world’s top design consultants. We mark six decades of building successful client relationships, attracting the best and brightest employees and keeping pace with increasingly complex challenges.
And today, as we did more than half-a-century ago, we continue to partner with our people to contribute to the societies we serve.