• Who we are

Our History

Arcadis has a long and rich history, tracing its roots back to the Association for Wasteland Redevelopment in the Netherlands in 1888, whilst Hyder Consulting, which Arcadis acquired in 2014, can trace its history back to 1739. From our strong heritage, we have grown organically and through acquisition to be the leading Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets.

Company history 

1739 Hyder Consulting can trace its roots back to this date

1888 Arcadis founded in the Netherlands as the Association for Wasteland Redevelopment, promoting agricultural development of Dutch heather lands

1925   Ventures into rural development 

1959 Began export of water and infrastructure services to developing countries

1960 Branched into urban development

1974 Association (KNHM) and company (Heidemij – later Arcadis) are separated

1990 Start of European expansion strategy

1993 Merger with Geraghty & Miller brings US expansion and listing on NASDAQ

1995 Listed on Amsterdam Stock Exchange (now NYSE Euronext)

1997 Heidemij is renamed Arcadis

1999 Enters Brazilian market through acquisition of Logos

2007 Acquisition of RTKL brings high-quality architectural design in US, UK and Asia

2009 Acquisition of Malcolm Pirnie creates leading global position in water 

2011 Merger with EC Harris brings stronger position in UK and growth in Middle East and Asia

2012 Merger with Langdon & Seah creates leading position in cost and project management in Asia

2014 Acquisition of Hyder Consulting and Callison brings further strength to engineering and architecture

2017 Start of expansion of digital capabilities with acquisitions of E2 Manage Tech (2017), SEAMS (2018) and EAMS (2019)

Our name 
The name Arcadis is derived from Arcadia, which, according to Greek mythology, is the finest place on earth to live. It represents our aim to work systematically with clients to create a better environment where people can live, work and thrive.

Our symbol – the fire salamander
Our visual identity includes a representation of a fire salamander. Originating in Central Europe, the fire salamander is equally at home on land and in water, the salamander requires clean water to survive and represents lasting quality and ecological balance.  In modern terms the balance we seek is the creation of natural, social and economic value through the planning, creation, operation and redefining of natural and built assets.  


Our Middle East Story
Our Middle East journey began over 110 years ago in the Gulf region where the pioneers of what is Arcadis today started shaping our legacy.  Through years of consistent improvisation and excellence in design, development and construction, we take credit for a vast variety of iconic structures and innovations worldwide. 
Established in 1904 to a regional operation of over 450 people, we are now over 1,800 people across the Middle East. Arcadis has grown into one of GCC’s biggest and most respected business organizations, due to our entrepreneurial vision, commitment to ideals that put people before profits, and fortitude in the face of adversity.

With offices branching out in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain and with global excellence design centers across Jordan, India and the Philippines. Helping the public and private sectors throughout the Middle East and Africa across a variety of market segments, to understand how they can plan, create, operate and redefine their built and natural assets to help deliver better economic, social and environmental outcomes 

Health and safety is of utmost importance to Arcadis. We are fully committed to adhering to the highest possible standards and continual improvement in our own health and safety record across board.

The structural engineering of  Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, twin Emirates Towers, to the design of the region’s largest shopping malls and  program management of world class stadiums, we are extremely delighted of our many accomplishments in the Middle East.
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