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About Engineering Classifications

Abu Dhabi Municipality Engineering Classification

The Abu Dhabi Government introduced the Contractors and Consultants Classification process for contracting companies and engineering consultancy firms to help regulate the industry, to ensure national and foreign companies are capable of undertaking the work they are tendering for. The Classification Departments’ role is assessing all the contracting firms and the engineering consultancy offices registered across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi before granting them permission to participate in tenders within the emirate. This is carried out in accordance with well-defined and specific criteria as stated in the engineering consulting offices classification regulation No. (1) for the year 2009 and the contractors classification regulation No. (2) for the year 2009. These are: financial standing, quality of work, health and safety compliance, experience and number of specified staff.

Contractors are classified into the following categories:

  • Special
  • First
  • Second
  • Third
  • Fourth
  • Fifth
  • Sixth

Engineering Consultancy Firms are classified into the following categories:

  • Special
  • First
  • Second

Each category requires that criteria are met above a certain threshold, for instance:  the number of engineers that must be employed directly by the company, the number of years experience that these engineers have, together with ISO accreditation and suitable support staff (in some cases).

For example; The sixth category for contractor companies allows the company to bid on work up to a value of AED 7,000,000,requires the company to show that it has AED 300,000 balance sheet capital assets and employs 1 full time engineer with at least 4 years experience. The detailed qualifications of the engineer must be notarised, legalised and attested in the country of origin.


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