The Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is among the top international contractors in the world and is the largest construction company in the Middle East. What started as a partnership between ambitious young men has grown into a multinational company that employs over 130,000 individuals from over 80 nationalities. CCC has a presence in countries actors Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, the Caribbean and Papua New Guinea.
Thanks to decades of experience, CCC has established a management style that is based on mutual trust with its clients, smooth collaboration between various locations, and easy communication channels. Since its establishment, the CCC Group has grown to incorporate several subsidiaries that undertake projects in heavy civil construction (e.g. airports, power plants), buildings and civil engineering works (e.g. hospitals, hotels, housing projects), mechanical engineering works (e.g. petrochemical refineries), marine works (e.g. marine docks, harbours), offshore installations (e.g. platforms), pipelines (for oil, water, slurry and gas), and the maintenance of underwater structures.
John Hiscocks, a senior design director with more than three decades of experience, is among many construction professionals who have worked with CCC Construction. Between June 2014 and May 2016, he worked in the company’s Jordan office. Here, he oversaw the technical design and strategic management of the design team, helping to undertake one of the single most significant resort projects within Jordan. This included four 5-star hotels and 12 ‘super luxury’ grand villas branded by Jumeirah, a convention centre, a beach club with 75 apartments, a souk, and a new sea water lagoon that brought the Red Sea into the centre of the project and created 1.5km of new beach frontage.
CCC’s origins trace back to 1941, when a young Hasib Sabbagh, a graduate of the American University in Beirut, went to Palestine seeking employment. After some disappointing offers, he decided to venture into business ownership, so he went to Beirut where some of his siblings had sought refuge from the Arab-Israeli war. Hasib joined forces with Said Khoury, his brother-in-law, and later Kamel Abdulrahman, with the three becoming the owners of CCC.
The company’s early years were marked by big projects, including a contract to build a pipeline that traversed the countries of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. In 1952, CCC obtained a major contract to build a refinery and workers’ camp for a Bechtel-Wimpey joint venture. A year later, the company was contracted on various projects in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. By 1973, CCC had the expertise and knowledge to establish the National Petroleum Construction Company in Abu Dhabi, which provided offshore services to the oil and gas companies in the countries located in the Persian Gulf.
When civil war broke out in Lebanon in 1975, CCC moved its headquarters and decided to settle in Athens. In the same year, Mr. Abdul-Rahman sold his shares in the company to his business partners. In the 1980s, CCC underwent restructuring with the aim of expanding into Asia, Europe and the United States. CCC acquired a few firms in the process, including Underwater Engineering (a British firm that specialised in underwater oil projects), ACWa (an environmental firm), SICON (a mechanical engineering company that focused on petroleum-related work), and the Morganti Group (a construction company based in the United States).
Among the CCC’s notable projects is the construction of the Dubai Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The shopping centre is estimated to be the size of 50 football fields, with a car parking area that exceeds 500,000 square metres and a cooling plant building that houses 42,000 refrigeration tons. The Dubai Mall has several features, including the Dubai Aquarium, which features an underwater tunnel; and the Discovery Centre, which is a marine life and ecology experience centre.
CCC has also constructed the world’s largest gas to liquids (GTL) project – the Pearl Gas to Liquid Project – which is based in Ras Laffan, Qatar. The project covers an area the size of 500 football fields.