Thursday, February 5, 2009

You Say Hello, I Say Dubai

You may remember our post from a couple of weeks ago that Burt Hill had laid off 18 percent of its workforce in the United Arab Emirates.

Even if you don't remember that post, yesterday's press release that Langan Engineering & Environmental Services' wholly owned subsidiary, Langan International, had established two offices in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is surprising.

As one insider told me this afternoon, "A lot of projects stopped in Dubai. The global economic crisis is truly global! I can't imagine why Langan would have opened an office in Dubai right now. Interesting!"

Indeed. If one company is shuttering its operations in what had been seen as a hotbed for AEC activity while another firm is opening not one, but two, offices, something's up.


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