ACES was founded in 1983 by Dr Izz Eddin Katkhuda and Dr Omar Abdulhadi in a small office in Amman, Jordan. In addition to the founders, the company consisted of one part-time secretary, a rented drill rig and a beaten-down pickup truck. These humble beginnings proved to be a solid foundation for growth as ACES today has over 2,000 employees, 150 drilling rigs, and over 18,000m2 of operational laboratory, workshop and office space.
From Jordan, the firm rapidly expanded in service scope and geography to mirror the region’s economic transformation. Our Abu Dhabi office was established in 1989, followed by Al Ain in 1991, and Dubai in 1995. Offices in Ramallah and Gaza were established in 1994 and 1997 respectively. The Doha office was established in 1998, followed by offices in Riyadh in 2002, Sanna in 2005, Jeddah in 2006 and Khobar in 2008. More recently, we have established offices in Kuwait and Iraq.
Throughout the past 35 years, we have been honored to be at the forefront of the Middle East’s economic boom through our contribution to enhancing the region’s engineering codes and best practices, providing technical expertise to the region’s landmark projects (including the world two tallest buildings), and training generations of young engineers to become community leaders in the society at large.