• 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 1875. From this strong Dutch heritage, Arcadis has grown organically and through acquisition to be one of the leading global natural and built asset design & consultancy firms.

Company history 

1875 Hyder Consulting founded

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

1982 Association (KNHM) and company (Heidemij) 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 of Callison brings further strength to engineering and architecture


Acquisitions/ timeline Design note: link to ‘the tree’ 


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 salamander
Combined with our name is the symbol of the fire salamander. Equally at home on land and in the water, the salamander represents lasting quality and ecological balance in the environment.

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.