AIR LIQUIDE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3.6 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide operates in five main sectors: industrial merchant, large industries, healthcare, electronics and engineering and construction. Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to €21 billion in 2018 worldwide.
Currently employing 1100 employees in 8 countries in the Middle East, Air Liquide operates 34 sites in the region, serving thousands of customers, across a diverse range of industries where it has established a leadership position, including oil & gas, food & beverage, petrochemicals, metal fabrication, pharmaceuticals, construction, glass, steel, laboratories, electronics and hospitals.
Dating back to 2002, Air Liquide’s presence in the region, is of strategic importance to the growth of the Group. It is from its headquarters in Dubai that Air Liquide oversees its growing operations and investments throughout the Middle East, including the Group’s largest single industrial investment: Air Liquide’s Yanbu Hydrogen Production Site in KSA, providing hydrogen to the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (Yasref).
Air Liquide is also committed to contribute to the improvement of air quality and the fight against global warming. By promoting hydrogen as a key enabler for an effective transition to a low-carbon economy, Air Liquide strives to accompany the region’s environmental efforts. Recently, Air Liquide and Al Futtaim Motors jointly inaugurated the region’s first hydrogen filling station in Dubai, designed to support the deployment of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the UAE, in line with the United Arab Emirates government’s ambitious renewable energy program.