From Louis XIV palace to Dubai’s JW Marriott – 350 years of Saint-Gobain


Three and a half centuries on from its first project – a palace for King Louis XIV of France – construction materials company Saint-Gobain has held a notable birthday celebration.

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island was the venue for an event which recognised the business and its building achievement – which range from the Palace of Versailles, the floor of the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ Louvre Pyramid, the Grand Canyon’s transparent floored viewing gallery to Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

“We are still pushing development and at the cutting edge of research,” said Dr Benoit Georges a technical manager at the firm’s Middle East division.


“But this is a wonderful chance to look back at what we have achieved.”

Saint-Gobain’s regional managing director Hady Nassif welcomed delegates and guests to the event.

“From 1650 we have accompanied every revolution in architecture,” he said. “We continue to achieve our goal of improving habitats and making daily life better for people.”

Nassif also outlined the company’s immediate goals, which include to work on water supply, environmentally friendly energy generation and improved urban design.

“We are a key stakeholder in sustainable construction and innovation is at the heart of the business,” he said. “On in four of our products did not exist ago and last year we issued 350 patents. This enabled us to be recognised as one of the top 100 most innovative companies in the world. We have 350 reasons to believe in the future.”


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