SMEC’s South Asia experience dates back to 1968, with the first office opened in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1978. SMEC has operated in the Middle East since 1995, opening an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), in 1999. SMEC now has sixteen permanent offices in the division; eight offices in India, two offices in Pakistan and one office in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.
SMEC has undertaken diverse projects within the Transport sector in South Asia including the Padma Multi-purpose Bridge in Bangladesh and the Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway in Afghanistan. In the Water sector, SMEC has become the consultant of choice for many contractors, working on a water study for the Reko Diq Copper and Gold Mine in Pakistan and the Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project in India. In the Social Development sector, SMEC has provided technical assistance for projects such as the Emergency Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project in Bangladesh. In the Urban Development sector, SMEC managed the design of the chancery building for the Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
SMEC has extensive expertise in the Transport sector in the Middle East, having completed the King Abdul Aziz Motorway Maintenance Project in Kuwait and the West Bay Roads and Infrastructure Project in Qatar. SMEC is a key consultant in the Environment sector in the Middle East, having designed and managed a large waste management project in Abu Dhabi and a land farm at Dukhan Fields in Qatar for remediation of contaminated soils.