Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Veolia, a leading integrated player in the environmental services sector active in the Middle East for more than forty years, takes its operations to a new level through the merger with Suez companies, completed earlier this year. Combining the strengths and competencies of both companies, the new Veolia will bring innovation, investment and enhanced resources to expand the existing ecological transformation solutions while inventing the remaining ones.
In the water and waste sectors, the addition of Suez’s activities and forces will allow Veolia to become the reference in the treatment of hazardous waste and strengthen its position in the water sector. This will give the company greater leverage to address the major environmental issues in the region, particularly in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
“Creating a global advocate for ecological transformation is a game changer for the environmental services sector. Veolia’s goal is to act as a unique enabler of ecological transformation solutions and as a reliable partner for public and private customers to respond to the environmental disaster,” commented Veolia Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia. “In the current challenging context worldwide, Veolia’s teams are more mobilized than ever towards our primary mission to provide environmental and energy solutions to responsibly meet the vital needs of the population and continue building a sustainable future.”
“Like me, thousands of colleagues have joined Veolia to contribute to the inspiring ambition to become world champions in ecological transformation,” called Azad Kibarian, Veolia Director of Zone Italy, Africa and Middle East. “This is a historic moment and with more talent, more countries and more capabilities, Veolia Middle-East will be stronger to meet the ever-increasing demands of our customers to turn the tide and address the challenges of climate change, pollution and resource scarcity encounter .”
In order to drive the ecological transition in the Middle East, Veolia will intensify its activities in areas where the group can bring significant added value through its extensive know-how, such as hazardous waste treatment, energy efficiency, water reuse and plastics recycling. It also wants to go further in essential service activities such as water, waste, sanitation and electricity.
As Veolia makes strides in developing new approaches to addressing climate change challenges, some innovative solutions are already being implemented successfully, including water supply for agriculture, air quality through our subsidiary Enova, carbon capture, transport, utilization and storage.