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editor’s note Strong Brand Identity Just a quick note on the importance of building a strong brand identity in the construction sector. As we all know, the Middle East construction market is looking at a slow but steady recovery soon. Reports state that Saudi Arabia appears to be the most active player in the Middle East construction market. The total value of the Saudi Arabian capital projects is estimated to approximately $1.2trn (preexecution stage). At the same time, the UAE comes second with capital projects of $713bn, while Egypt and Kuwait are the following two with $578bn and $215bn respectively. Given these figures, and in this competitive market, it is essential for businesses to have a marketing strategy that can effec-

tively drive brand identity for them. An effective brand campaign will help a construction company distinguish itself from competition, attain business goals, create a positive experience for customers and ultimately improve their bottom line. There is a need for a marketing approach that not only tells their story but proves their credibility as well. As an example, about 50% of B2B marketers believe their thought leadership builds buyer trust in their organization. But when actual buyers were polled, that number was closer to 83%. In other words, marketers are massively underestimating the impact that thought leadership can have on buyer’s confidence in their company.

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Arada partners with SABIS to launch K-12 international school in Aljada, Sharjah’s largest lifestyle megaproject

Arada has announced a partnership with SABIS®, the global education network and schools provider that operates the International School of Choueifat (ISC) institutions in the Middle East, which will see the opening of a new K-12 international school in Sharjah. With a capacity of 4,000 pupils and preparing students for success in both American- and British-based external exams, the school will offer a top-quality education in an Emirate that is already globally renowned for the quality and range of its academic institutions. Based at Arada’s 24 million square foot megaproject, Aljada, the school will be the second SABIS®-operated school in Sharjah, and the 12

fifteenth in the UAE. Founded in 1886, SABIS® today has an active presence in the public and private sectors in 20 countries on five continents and currently educates over 70,000 students worldwide. With construction scheduled to begin in January 2020, the school will welcome its first pupils in September 2021, and will cater for children from KG through Grade 12. Facilities at the school will include outdoor pitches and a running track, as well as an indoor swimming pool and basketball court. In addition, pupils at the school will also benefit from a large auditorium, library and cafeteria, as well as IT and sci-

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ence laboratories and an art and design studio. HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Arada, said: “Our partnership with SABIS® is yet another example of our commitment to raise the bar when it comes to the facilities the future residents of Aljada will be able to enjoy. This school will offer a premium, holistic education, complemented with best-inclass facilities, all based in an exceptionally convenient location. “Following on from our recent launch of Nest, a new student housing complex at Aljada that is sited just a short walk away from University City, this new announcement once again highlights

the importance of education to Arada. Sharjah is one of the Middle East’s most important centres of learning, and we are delighted to add to the Emirate’s superb array of institutions.” Mr. Victor Saad, SABIS® Vice President, commented: “We are excited for our partnership with Arada to establish a new centre of educational excellence in one of the UAE’s most exciting new projects. Our close and historic association with Sharjah dates back to 1976, when SABIS® opened its first school in the UAE market, and this new school shows that our dedication to this critical sector in the country remains undiminished.”


Azizi Developments celebrates completion of Azizi Aliyah in Dubai Healthcare City Azizi Developments, one of the leading private developers in the UAE, celebrates the on-schedule completion of Azizi Aliyah, an elegantly designed, AED 470-million residential high-rise in the heart of Dubai Healthcare City. The international developer received the building completion certificate from local authorities, marking the commencement of the handover of homes. Farhad Azizi, CEO of Azizi Developments, said: “The timely completion of this exceptional development is a noteworthy milestone, not only for Azizi Developments and its customers but also for the city of Dubai as a whole. Continuously delivering properties across this awe-inspiring Emirate, and thereby playing an active role while serving as a catalyst to the UAE’s vision and

development, is an honour and mission that guides our every step. We are thrilled to celebrate this completion and initiate the process of handing over the keys to our valued customers, whom we are confident will have their lives enriched with this stunning development that is underpinned by high-quality design and world-class construction standards.” Azizi Aliyah features 346

residences, comprising 191 studios as well as 135 oneand 20 two-bedroom units, in addition to 16,000 sq. ft of premium retail space. Since its launch, Azizi Aliyah has recorded a strong response from customers for its strategic location and the easy access to upscale amenities and family-oriented activities. Azizi Developments follows a construction-focused approach, driven by its

commitment to quality and timely project delivery. In 2019, marked as the ‘Year of Construction,’ the international developer is making dedicated efforts to ensuring the swift construction and completion of its launched projects. This is being accomplished through the careful selection of and close collaboration with contractors, coupled with the announcement of realistic completion dates.

Dubai Investments announced that the construction of the steadily progressing Mirdif Hills project, in Mirdif, will commence handover in July 2019 as scheduled.

SDIC have officially announced the appointment of Shapoorji Pallonji Middle East as the main contractor for the multimillion-dirham project Qaryat al Hidd development on Saadiyat Island.

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CNES and COFREX (Compagnie Française des Expositions) signed a partnership agreement concerning CNES’s presence in the French Pavilion at World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

MEFMA recently put the spotlight on the pressing challenges facing the facilities management (FM) sector in Jordan during its first networking event in the country.

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Strong global population growth, increasing urbanisation and the continued development of megacities will continue to support the future growth of the steel and construction industries, despite pockets of declining demand currently being witnessed within certain markets.” Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO of Emirates Steel


Vincitore’s $375mn Benessere Project Sells Out 108 Homes in Just Three Weeks

Vincitore Realty sets recordbreaking feat by selling 108 units in just 21 days since the launch of their third project, Vincitore Benessere, Dubai next iconic residential landmark which is designed with the vision to bring a new era of wellness, happiness, and quality in Dubai real estate market. Launched on May 2, 2019, Vincitore Benessere is Dubai’s first luxurious wellness residential project made affordable by Vincitore Realty. It is the developer’s third such branded project in Dubai, which will change the way people see real estate in the Gulf region. “This is a great testament to the credibility and legacy being built by Vincitore Realty in such a short time and reflects the investor’s confidence in our properties,” said Mr. Vijay Doshi, Chairman and Managing Director of Vincitore Realty. He also added, “Property buyers and investors could see the additional value

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offered by us through the Vincitore Benessere project that promotes health, wellbeing, and happiness – in line with the UAE Government’s Vision.” The sell-out of 108 apartments in just 21 days after the launch is also a strong vote of confidence in Dubai’s real estate market – that has started to see both end-users and large investor groups entering the arcade – especially after the announcement of Warren Buffet’s entry into the UAE market and the UAE Government’s decision to allow Permanent Residency to foreign investors and highlyskilled professionals. With a development value exceeding Dh 375 million, Vincitore Benessere features 380 branded residences ranging from spacious Studios to luxurious 3-Bedroom apartments. Each apartment is fitted with the best-in-class facilities where the project offers unique amenities spread

over 100,000 Sq. ft. catered to the buyer’s preferences. It also includes 38,000 sq ft of the high street retail hub to serve the entire community in and around the area. The launch of Vincitore Benessere has doubled the developer’s real estate portfolio value to Dh730 million (US$200 million), including the Dh135 million Vincitore Palacio and Dh230 million Vincitore Boulevard. Planned for delivery in 2021, the project comes with a retail hub at the ground level, to support the luxury lifestyle of the residents. The residential space starts at the podium level that has landscaped garden, swimmable lagoon pool, floating gym, yoga center, 500 meters of walking trail within the vicinity, a common social networking area, a wellness facility that offers waterfall and hot and cold mist shower – to offer freshness and promotes well-being for the residents.


DAMAC Properties announces launch of its new project “Zada” at Business Bay

We wholly support the vision of the wise leadership that aims to make Dubai the premier choice for investment, work, and living, and we encourage everyone from developers, investors and service providers to cooperate, coordinate, and reach common grounds in the accomplishment of these goals.” His Excellency Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of the RERA

DAMAC Properties announced the launch of its new project, ‘Zada’, in Dubai’s Business Bay area. Priced at AED 699,999, the exquisitely designed one-bedroom apartments offer views of the iconic Dubai Canal. The official launch will take place on 29th June 2019, and DAMAC is offering prospective buyers a chance to pay for the property in monthly instalments of AED 6,999 over five years. DAMAC’s latest project comes as a response to the growing demand for accessible luxury in the region. Zada is strategically located within a master-planned community in Business Bay, and offers world-class amenities such as a swimming pool, a children’s playground, and a fitness centre, among others. Owing to its location in one of Dubai’s most coveted neighbourhoods, residents will also enjoy the best of shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences in their vicinity.

Speaking at the announcement, Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President, said, “We are thrilled to present Zada, DAMAC’s latest offering in the premium living segment. Dubai’s real estate market is evolving fast, and there is a growing demand for accessible luxury homes. Zada offers the perfect combination of great location, life-enhancing amenities, DAMAC’s unmatched quality, and value for money. We hope that our customers take advantage of the incredible launch day offer when we officially launch the project on the 29th of June.” The launch of Zada comes at a time when DAMAC is focused on completing its current pipeline of development projects. Earlier this year, the developer handed over 727 homes in Ghalia, its first certified Sharia-compliant luxury furnished apartments; and is preparing to handover more than 1500 units in the coming months.

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Exploring the Visionary Al-'Ula in Saudi Arabia

by Adrian Welch, Senior Architect - Godwin Austen Johnson Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman launched his vision of a mega tourism project at the ancient site of Al Ula in February 2019. The vision features a resort and nature reserve called ‘Sharaan’. The vision also includes the establishment of the Global Fund for the protection and revitalisation of the Arabian Leopard. The project at the ancient rock heritage site will be designed by the Pritzker-winning architect of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in UAE, Jean Nouvel. Al-'Ula’s History Al-'Ula is a small ancient community in north-western Saudi Arabia, located on the former Incense route. It is sited 300 km north of Medina and was the capital of the ancient Lihyanites (Dedanites). The governorate contains 16

the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Saudi Kingdom, called Madain Saleh (Hegra), built more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans. The historic site has some similarities to Jordan's world-famous Petra, but is not yet well known outside KSA. It will be important to balance the needs of tourism against nature preservation. The protection of the Arabian Leopard needs not be a token gesture but be a fully-funded conservation plan to ring-fence suitable habitat for the animals away from the main tourist areas. Al-‘Ula has the potential to be one of the most important archaeological destinations for tourists from across the world. KSA is of course best known for Mecca which experiences massive influxes of visitors for the Haj. Riyadh

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and Jeddah are not generally considered tourist hot spots like Dubai or Sharm El Sheikh. Economic Diversification The biggest Arab economy and the world’s top oil exporter is increasingly making forays into the tourism sector to diversify its economy. Saudi Arabia has started construction work on the Amaala project on the north-western coast of Saudi Arabia. This massive Red Sea Project - so-called 'Riviera of the Middle East - that includes a nature reserve and heritage sites and spans about 50 islands as the kingdom seeks to boost the contribution of tourism sector to the economy. The resort located within the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Natural Reserve is to include

nearly 1,500 square miles of luxury hotels, villas and shops. KSA is also building Neom, a $500bn ‘futuristic business and industrial city’, which extends into Egypt and Jordan. Finally, the Qiddiya entertainment development near Riyadh will include high-end theme parks, motor sport facilities and a safari park, with involvement from American theme park corporation Six Flags. It has been dubbed Saudi Arabia's answer to Silicon Valley and Disneyland. Al-'Ula Tourism Project in more detail Saudi Arabia signed a 10-year deal with the French government in April that includes provisions for hotels, transport infrastructure and a worldclass culture and art museum. It is interesting the deal is done with France rather than closer partners the USA and UK. France of course has a strong presence in North Africa so its presence is partly embedded in this western region of KSA. A major integrated archaeological survey of Al-‘Ula valley and beyond has been launched by the commission, charged with protecting and regenerating this north-western region. Some of the sites - including the World Heritage Site of Madain Saleh - are closed until 2020. This is to allow a suitable conservation and development plan to be established. Thousands of years ago the northwestern Saudi city of Al Ula was a key stop on the Incense Route. It was important for buying and selling spices, silks and incense. The city was also a major metropolis of the Nabataean Empire, second only to its capital Petra, now in Jordan. Al Sharaan At the heart of the project will be Al Sharaan Nature Reserve, a 925-square kilometre space set to make the most of the rocky landscape. The project will focus on the natural integrity of Al Ula and aims to reestablish the rich diversity of plant life and wildlife that once flourished here.

A luxury retreat designed by the Pritzker-winning architect will open inside the reserve, consisting of 25 suites, 10 pavilions and 5 resort-style residential estates. Completion is due for 2023. There will also be 40 additional residential estates, as well as an international summit centre, restaurants and a luxury spa. Celebrated French architect Jean Nouvel will design the project and plans to draw inspiration from the light and the landscapes of Al Ula. A similar project is the Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa in Abu Dhabi, notionally modelled on an old Arabian Village, connecting out to the desert landscape. Discrete courtyards, narrow streets and shaded gardens all offer selected views out to the desert

in the pared down design by Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ). Construction is expected to begin early in 2020, with a completion date set for 2030. As part of the development, the Crown Prince also announced the establishment of a Global Fund for the critically endangered Arabian leopard. Less than 200 are still alive so this proposal is very welcome. The Al Sharaan nature reserve aims to allow the creatures to be released and reintroduced to Saudi Arabia. It will be fascinating to see how plans to responsibly transform the city into a worldwide heritage destination for tourists develop alongside the less heritage-focused projects at Neom and Qiddiya. The key will be to distil the es-

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Constructing the Next Big Digital Transformation by Hany Aly, Executive Vice President Enterprise Business, Commercial, du

While many industries have radically modernized their processes, the construction sector remains one of the most stagnant major industries in the world. With many manual methods still in use that were first deployed in past centuries, the industry is one that is ripe for digital transformation. As a result of slow adaptations to the digital world, productivity in the sector is falling in many markets, the construction workforce is shrinking, and the demand for housing construction continually outpaces supply. According to industry research from JB Knowledge, 70% of construction firms dedicate just 1 percent or less of their revenue to technology. To complicate matters further, only around 50% of planned activities on construction sites are completed in 18

line with proposed schedules. However, in the UAE, rapid technological evolutions are sweeping the nation, largely in part to the government’s agendas to attract innovation and create a world-leading smart city infrastructure. With the rise of next-generation technologies in key industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and ICT, companies in the construction sector have a growing array of digital applications and sectorspecific use cases at their disposal. To build the sector up through digitization instead of letting its foundations sink, industry players can reduce current pain points, boost productivity, and save time and costs by adopting and investing in futurefacing technologies to augment their transformation journeys.

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For a rapid industrial overhaul to take place, this requires a foundation to be laid that enables these emerging technologies to be used to full effect. As dynamic connectivity and intelligent networks become a reality, thanks to progressions from within the telecommunications sector, the ability for other sectors to harness improved speeds and capabilities for digital transformation is mounting significantly. This is supported by a new connected reality being implemented by network operators. As advanced 5G networks bring smart city visions to life, we are witnessing an upheaval in the way our cities are planned, designed and built. According to research conducted by Frost & Sullivan, smart city projects globally are

expected to create business opportunities with a market value of over US$2 trillion by 2025. This spells big opportunity for the construction sector to revamp its approach towards technological adoption. The total value of the construction project pipeline in the UAE stands at US$1.3 trillion, research by GlobalData has found. With smart building technologies and state of the art sensors shaping the nation’s future city infrastructure – through smart projects and systems. These smart projects require smart construction. Despite increasingly sophisticated building designs and state of the art communities being created, the construction sector’s digitization efforts leave little to be desired. This is why developing intelligent solutions and staying at the forefront of next generation technologies is essential for the industry to transform in the decades to come. By innovating with an eye to adopting new technologies, construction players in the UAE are shaking the ill-performing monikers cast against the industry in the past. They’re doing this through investing in nascent technologies such as IoT and Machine learning amidst others, which hold large potential for the sector to flourish in the future. With IoT platform innovations, the proliferation of connected devices and sensors is powering efficiencies in everything from Asset Tracking Management, to monitoring projects in real-time to detect on-site issues and create insights and data for devising future efficiencies. With AI innovations in building technology, these are allowing designers to develop complex composite materials and construction methods. As a city at the forefront of design innovation, AI is playing a vital role in automating the design process for Dubai’s future and redefining how its buildings are engineered. AI-based 3D printing technologies are advancing in line with the government’s Dubai 3D printing strategy, which

is targeting 25 percent of the city’s buildings to be constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030. New technologies can radically redefine how companies operating in the sector digitize their design processes, construction systems and techniques. By successfully adopting the right mix of technology relevant to a project, this will give industry players new tools that can be leveraged to digitally transform the sector, allowing for wiser decision-making and data planning while reducing costs and saving time. Ultimately, this will result in the creation of a competitive edge for all stakeholders. Digital is everywhere. In a digitally pervasive country like the UAE, missing the innovation wave can be costly in the long run. To build the sector up

through digitization, industry players can reduce current pain points and boost productivity across the board by adopting future-facing innovations. While there’s not one particular technology that can impact change on its own, the collective force of multiple next-generation technologies possesses the power to overhaul the construction sector’s aging processes. Most importantly, the connectivity infrastructure is in place for construction companies to take the leap towards adopting newage tech. Driving any industry towards digitization requires a progressive rethink towards incorporating technological innovations. Being able to leverage this in a country pioneering smart city visions could bring rewarding outcomes.

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The annual list of the Middle East's Top 60 most prominent contractors, real estate developers, consultants, facilities management companies features more than 11 new entries from across the region, putting in the spotlight the current improving outlook of the sector. These new entries have altered the entire corporate dynamics of the Power Hour 2019


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01 Kez Taylor CEO ALEC


ez Taylor has been CEO of ALEC for 20 years and has led ALEC’s work on some of the Gulf’s most high profile projects especially in the UAE. ALEC have worked for the past 12 months on some of Dubai’s most high-profile projects including the Bluewaters Island Retail district, BVLGARI Resort Dubai, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, and The Residences at Marina Gate I & II. At this stage the on-going developments includes Emaar’s Dubai Hills Mall, One Za’abeel, Mobility Pavilion, CoEx Exhibition Centre at Expo 2020.

Kez Taylor had driven some of the major initiatives developed within ALEC including the development of BIM and digitalisation system within the company – driving as well the innovation part of the development of the day to day efficiency, and has also contributed to a great diversification of related businesses in introducing ALEC technology. Also with the increase of solar energy solutions ALEC has introduced ALEC Energy, and have also started AJI for heavy equipment rental for the construction industry Kez Taylor has also been driv-

ing an important initiative for the company with the modular/off site construction development. Due to the various businesses that we are involved with, we can add value to our clients and this is definitely one of our main focus. As for ALEC’s plans for expansion Kez Taylor told Construction Business News: “Saudi Arabia can no longer be ignored and we are looking at opportunities in this region. We have been also working in Ethiopia and it might be the first step into more work in Africa.”

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Mohammed Alabbar Chairman Emaar Properties


maar Properties have had an eventful 2019 as it achieved one of the highest quarterly property sales in Dubai during the first quarter (January to March) of 2019 recording an increase of 53 per cent to AED 5.979 billion (US$ 1.628 billion) compared to the Q1 2018 sales of AED 3.906 billion (US$ 1.063 billion). The sales to international customers more than doubled in Q1 2019 to AED 2.645 billion (US$ 720 million) compared to AED 1.187 billion (US$ 323 million) in Q1 2018, highlighting the significant interest of international investors in Dubai real estate and the strength of Emaar brand. Dubai has emerged as a global hub for all businesses including financial services, logistics, travel, hospitality and trade, and is steadily growing in other sectors such as healthcare, technology and clean energy. This growth in these businesses is nurturing a strong and diverse knowledge base and community of trained professionals. The growth in the knowledge economy and the vibrance of city are the primary drivers of the growth in sales of real estate recorded by Emaar in the first quarter of the year. In a press statement Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Our focus on timely project execution and cash flow generation underlines our market leadership. Emaar’s operational strategy of building premium residential assets, and expanding the malls, hospitality and entertainment operations to meet the aspirations of the new generation of customers continues to drive our growth. The surge in sale of Emaar’s real estate developments in Dubai to international investors not only highlights Dubai’s position as the region’s leading business centre and hub city, but as the one of the most dynamic and growing market economies.” 22

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Ahmed Abu Hashima CEO

Egyptian Steel & Egyptian Cement

hmed Abu Hashima is known as a remarkable young self-made patriotic Egyptian entrepreneur whose ambition has no limits, success for him is a decision and his time is gold. Abou Hashima founded Egyptian Steel Group in the year 2010 and in 2017 would go on to establish Egyptian Cement and Egyptian Contracting where he created what he calls “a one-stop shop for building materials”. Over 6 billion pounds were invested into Egyptian Building Material Group “Egyptian Cement” and they established a new Egyptian Cement Plant was in Sohag which is boasting a production capacity of 2 million tons per year. The actual production commencement will take place in the last quarter of 2019.

04 Farhad Azizi CEO Azizi Developments


s the CEO of Azizi Developments and Vice Chairman of the Azizi Group, Farhad oversees the company’s operations, leads the strategy, and guides the direction of the managerial team. He has contributed to enhancing Azizi Developments’ focus on customer-centricity, transparency, and trust building, as well as the firm’s dedication to its research- and construction-driven approach. Having marked 2019 as its ‘Year of Construction’, Azizi Developments is well on track to deliver over 4,000 in 2019 alone. It has, to date, delivered over 8,200 units across the globe.

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05 Emad Azmy

President, Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Director ASGC Construction


r. Emad Azmy co-founded ASGC Construction LLC in 1989 and is until this moment the President, Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of ASGC. He is the wheelsteerer of the company establishing new strategies and growth plans. His leadership has built the company on a historical track record of reliability with a strong emphasis on delivering high-quality projects on time. ASGC today has constructed many of the iconic projects of Dubai, some of these are Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion, City Walk and Etihad Museum. Mr. Azmy formed ASGC’s conglomerate through the focus on continuous improvement, continuous growth, and team building. As a result, ASGC initiated new building techniques, integrated the latest technologies into the construction industry, grew the business vertically, created new revenue streams and shifted the business to be one of the leading contractors in the region. In the past 12 months, ASGC has completed projects like the Coca Cola 24

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Arena, Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, Marina Bloom, Bluewaters Residences, and DXB Airport Concourse C, B & Terminal 1 (BHS Halls C & D) Improvement Works. Mr. Azmy’s continuous improve-

ment mindset can be seen in every area of the business and it has kept his company leading the construction sector despite the market fluctuations and changes. All areas of the business were looked at thoroughly to keep them improving, be it enhancing ASGC’s workforce’s skills and expertise in order to build the most complex projects in the country, adopting technology at its earliest stage, digitizing and standardizing the processes, and refining the construction operations. As for expansion plans, Mr. Azmy told Construction Business News: “Expansion is part of business sustainability. ASGC has several action plans that are being implemented at the moment from vertical focus, geographical expansion to sectors’ penetration and broadening of construction offerings.” This mindset coupled with his righteous philosophy has led him to be ranked among the most trusted contractors who delivers what he promises and even more. The work ethics you hear Mr. Azmy always say is “work right and don’t worry about the consequences”; this has been the driving mantra of ASGC.

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06 Eng Fakher Al Shawaf

General Manager Al Bawani Company



he name behind the success story is the director general of the Al Bawani Group and the general manager of Al Bawani Company, Eng Fakher Al Shawaf. Under his administration, Al Bawani has grown from strength to strength, focusing on the challenging projects to drive the company to new levels of achievement. Al Bawani Co. is categorized “Class 1” Construction Company by Saudi classification agency and ISO 9001 : 2008 certified for Quality Management System for design, Engineering Works and Construction Management of Housing Complex, Industrial and Commercial Buildings, Hospitals, Educational Institutions, Governmental, Diplomat Missions, Air Base and Defense Facilities. Al Bawani Co., with our head office located in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a 100% Saudi owned and managed company, meeting with international standards and applying

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modern technologies in the field of construction. Our company consists of dynamic and well-trained executives and staff with vast experiences in the field of construction qualified and ready to tackle the challenging field of construction industry. The construction firm is capable of executing a turnkey project to the satisfaction of their clients. For now they are primarily concentrating with the Saudi Arabian market and in addition to this; but are selectively active within the Middle East in our strong fields and fields in which they can operate profitably. Eng Fakher Al Shawaf told Construction Business News: “We strive to further the aims of the Kingdom for Vision 2030 in KSA, and to achieve this, we are open to partnering with market specialists in order to give the client the service that the project requires, whether through mergers, acquisitions, teaming agreements, or joint ventures.”

Gary Adams President Parsons Middle East & Africa


ary Adams is President of Parsons Middle East Africa (MEA), a regional unit of Virginia-based Parsons Corporation, a digitally enabled solutions provider in the defense, security, and infrastructure markets with annual revenues exceeding $3 billion. The MEA unit employs more than 4,500 people and provides services in land development, buildings, roads & bridges, airports, rail & transit systems, smart cities, and oil & gas infrastructure. Gary also provides regional leadership for Parsons’ security and defense offerings. Prior to his role as President of MEA, Gary held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, most recently as Executive Vice President and Global Operations Director of Parsons Transportation Group (now known as Parsons Infrastructure). He has extensive experience in complex transportation projects, and his multidisciplinary background combines civil engineering, traffic engineering, highway design, and transportation planning. He is an accomplished project manager with experience directing numerous large and complex projects including several employing design-build delivery. He has continued to participate on selected mega- design-build and PPP heavy civil projects at the joint venture board level. During his five-year tenure as head of Parsons’ Middle East, Gary’s leadership has been vital to shaping Parsons’ MEA market strategy, adopting new smart solutions technologies to address the region’s ever-evolving challenges. As a result of his leadership, Parsons is firmly positioned as a market leader in critical infrastructure, technical design and engineering services, and mobility solutions.

Parsons are set to be involved in some of the biggest projects in the UAE and GCC. These projects include Riyadh Metro, Expo 2020 Dubai (Infrastructure and EXPO Metro Extension), Abu Dhabi International Airport Expansion, and Dubai ITS2020 Project and Traffic Control Center. In addition to that, in the past 12 months Parsons made two acquisitions has been a game changer for the company. The first was the acquisition of Polaris Alpha, an advanced, technology-focused provider of innovative mission solutions for complex defense, intelligence, and security customers, as well as other U.S. federal government customers. Parsons acquired Polaris Alpha from private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners, and was the latest in the company’s series of strategic investments focused on companies with technologies aligned to evolving threats in the land, sea, air, space, and cyber domains. The second acquisition was OGSys-


tems, an innovative solutions provider with advanced technologies in geospatial intelligence, big data analytics, and threat mitigation. OGSystems’ core defense and intelligence customers include the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Parson’s CEO Chuck Harrington expressed the importance of making these acquisitions: “Parsons’ strategy is focused on disruptive, differentiated technologies demanded in highgrowth, mission-oriented programs in the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure sectors.” “The actionable intelligence that geospatial imagery and data analytics brings to Parsons’ portfolio through OGSystems is a game changer. Whether informing our national security customers’ mission planning or designing tomorrow’s resilient smart city, Parsons now brings deeper intelligence expertise to the challenge.”

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Hamed Zaghw CEO AECOM Middle East & Africa


amed Zaghw joined AECOM in November 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer and in January 2017, Hamed became Chief Executive Officer, AECOM Middle East and Africa. As the CEO, Middle East and Africa where his responsibility is to grow the business with an emphasis on quality and responsiveness to client needs. Quality is what Hamed thrives on. He told Construction Business News: “Throughout my time at AECOM I have maintained a constant focus on quality. I have worked closely with our Quality and Delivery Excellence teams to improve our procedures and create tools that enable our people to deliver with excellence every time.” In the past 12 months, AECOM has completed projects such as Warner Bros. World, Reem Central Park, Qasr Al Hosn, Al Maryah Central, and CMC Hospital, and projects in Bahrain such as Muharraq Central Market, Regency Intercontinental Refurbishment, and in Oman with Al Ansab Sewage Treatment Plant Phase 2 project. AECOM MEA business has consistently delivered strong financial results under Hamed’s leadership. “We reorganized the business within the region to be driven by end markets. This new structure is better aligned with our global organization and allows us to deploy the best resources wherever they may be needed in the region.” Hamed further added: “A strong focus of mine is nurturing client relationships and becoming their partner in project delivery. I personally get involved in the delivery and follow-up of major programs and take accountability for their success. We have promoted a client-centric culture through 28

our key Client Account Management (CAM) program and continuously seek client feedback through our Net Promoter Score (NPS) program. We have also positioned AECOM as a leader in innovative digital solutions through our pioneering use of technologies such as 3D Printing, drones and Building Information Modelling (BIM).” The company reported global revenue of $20.2 billion for FY18 (1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018). Hamed concluded by telling us about their expansion plans: “We are rapidly growing our Saudi Arabia busi-

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ness to meet the resourcing requirements of recent strategic wins and upcoming opportunities. Such wins include key roles on the three giga cities being developed by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) as well as large Program Management Organizations (PMOs) for entities such as Saudi Customs and the Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs (MOMRA). We are well positioned for other PMO assignments with various ministries. Our headcount in Saudi Arabia is currently 820 and we plan to grow this by another 1,000 people over the next 12 months.”



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Abdulrahman Khansaheb Managing Director Khansaheb


he Construction Division is the largest of the Khansaheb Group’s operating units and has been established since 1935, making it the oldest construction company in the UAE. Today, Khansaheb has the expertise and resources to operate and deliver across all sectors, providing clients with a complete end-to-end self-delivery solution. Working together, with other in-house divisions, we can offer a breadth of services which maximise a client's investment returns. 30


Over recent years we have successfully delivered a number of prestigious projects such as Mall of the Emirates for MAF Properties, Meraas – Head office, ‘The Beach’ development for Meraas Developments and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, both located at JBRWafi Raffles Hotel, and much more. These, amongst many other projects completed, have established Khansaheb as both a major player and a professional main contractor with a reputation for meeting the highest quality stan-

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dards and programme requirements. A diversified portfolio of projects, a fully collaborative approach, strong relationships with key clients and consultants, and the commitment of our staff and workforce enables Khansaheb to continue to provide the UAE marketplace with a fully integrated construction and fit out service, providing clients with cost-saving proposals to meet budgetary requirements, whilst still achieving programme and quality parameters.


Dr Najib Khatib Chairman and CEO Khatib & Alami


s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Khatib & Alami, Dr Khatib is responsible for guiding the company forward, driving our longterm growth and ensuring we are equipped with the skills and capabilities needed to support our clients with their most challenging projects. Having led the K&A since 2011, he has been integral to the company’s ongoing growth and emergence as a global player, with headcount currently of 6,076 and more than 30 international offices. Dr Khatib led the change in jurisdiction of K&A’s Holding Company from Lebanon to Singapore, which means K&A is subject to the city-state’s rigorous legal and governance frameworks, while gaining access to international capital markets. Major projects completed over the last 12 months were Haramain High-Speed Rail (Phase I) in Saudi Arabia, Saadiyat Rotana Hotel & Resort Complex, UAE and New Port and Dry Dock Complex at Duqm, Oman, and Al-Mahsama Water Reclamation/ Treatment Plant, Egypt. Dr Khatib has also overseen K&A’s investment in deep technical expertise and technology – capitalizing in particular on the company’s world-class capabilities in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial systems integration as it supports clients with the design and development of smart cities. In March 2019, K&A developed smart navigation tools which were deployed to support the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. “Yes, we have a very clear strategy for market and geographic growth, which is taking us from being a multi-national player to a truly global organization. We are already seeing growth outside our core region through projects such as Valetta Harbour in Malta (our first project in the European Union), the Salang Pass in Afghanistan and a major masterplanning project in Malaysia. We envisage strong opportunities for growth in Asia, which is part of the reason for our decision to place our holding company in Singapore,” Dr. Khatib said about the company’s expansion plans.

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Mustafa Sani Sener CEO and President TAV Group

r Mustafa Sani Sener has been the CEO, president, and executive director of TAV since 1997. Sener assumed various positions from project manager to general manager in many domestic and international projects. He serves as a member of board of directors of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe. TAV Construction is a leading company in its sector, experienced in construction of airports, passenger terminals and intelligent buildings and highly competent in installation of all high-tech systems within these structures, requiring high-level of expertise and excellence. The company transfers its know-how and experience to local and international projects. In this sense, TAV Construction serves its Clients at the highest level of satisfaction, providing the most appropriate and desired solutions, with the best quality, without overlooking ethical values the company relies on. The GCC is a huge area of focus for the company with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, where its JV with Arabtec worked at the $1.1bn new terminal contract for Bahrain International Airport. Projects TAV has been a major contributor to include the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Complex, design-and-build for Riyadh’s King Khaled Airport Terminal 5, Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz Airport Aircraft Maintenance Hangars, and many more.



Talal Moafaq Al Gaddah CEO MAG Development

alal Moafaq Al Gaddah has benefited from the experience of his father, Moafaq Ahmad Al Gaddah, who paved the way for him to enter the professional world with confidence. With a continuous focus on quality and excellence, Gaddah has helped MAG LD to take a leading position among its competitors and contributed to transforming the UAE s real estate landscape by introducing innovative real estate concepts and identifying market needs. As the CEO of the company, Gaddah drives the company’s overall direction and strategy while also guiding six departments, including finance, project management, sales, marketing, real estate development, and legal. His progressive vision is driving MAG LD to new heights with the introduction of pioneering developments that further the company’s mission to deliver long-term benefits and lasting quality to its investors and customers. In statement on the company’s official website Talal said: “We believe that the future of MAG LD lies beyond brick-and-mortar; instead, it centres on creating unique concepts and new opportunities that proactively improve our customers’ lives. This continues the legacy of Moafaq Al Gaddah, Chairman and Founder of the MAG Group, whose life work has hinged on translating dreams into reality. Now, we are offering our customers not just buildings to live in, but new lifestyles to discover.”


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13 HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud Founding Chairman KBW Investments


BW Investments, founded in 2014 by HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, has had a strong 12 months. At the end of May, master developer Arada, jointly founded by KBW Investments and Basma Group, began handing over the first phase of its development Nasma Residences, a little over two years since project launched in March 2017. The first phase of the community had sold out less than a month after its launch, making Nasma Residences the fastest-selling real estate project in Sharjah at the time. Construction on the developer’s flagship development, Aljada, is well under way including on Phase 1 of the Central Hub designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Across both projects Arada has now sold more than 3,500 units since Nasma Residences 34

was launched in March 2017, and recently announced that its first offices outside of the United Arab Emirates will be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The highly publicised acquisition of Raimondi Cranes (Raimondi) in 2014 is also demonstrating major traction in the GCC with numerous high profile jobsites and contractors of note opting for the manufacturer’s newest heavy lifters in both the luffing and topless tower ranges. Raimondi Cranes’ Middle East Commercial Director, Wael Hasan, was awarded Construction Executive of the Year at the 2019 Construction Innovation Awards, both for greatly increasing the company’s visibility on jobsites of note and also for enhancing company infrastructure across knowledge building and growth trajectory metrics. On a global scale, Raimondi

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showcased three cranes onsite at Bauma in April, the luffing LRH174, the luffing LR273, and its largest ever crane to date: the flattop MRT573. The company continues to expand its already impressive global agent roster, and over the past 12 months added several new countries to its list of locations where new Raimondi cranes can be found installed and working on major jobsites including South Africa, Cyprus, and Romania. Prince Khaled’s other portfolio companies have also recorded positive results during the year, with architecture company Arcadia continuing to work on various largescale mixed-use developments in Europe and the UAE, and plans for large-scale roll-out of LED systems in Jordan progressing on track.


Mahdi Amjad CEO Omniyat


ahdi Amjad founded Omniyat in 2005 with a vision to contribute to Dubai’s skyline through the development of modern commercial and residential buildings. He is the executive chairman and CEO of what has become one of Dubai s fastest growing and most significant players in the real estate industry. Over the last decade, Amjad has lead Omniyat to become a leading privately-held property developer that has dynamically enhanced the city’s skyline with landmark projects. He has led Omniyat to put art and design at the heart of every one of its developments and has been instrumental in large-scale collaborations with award-winning and globally respected designers, including the late Dame Zaha Hadid, Foster & Partners, and Super Potato. Amjad’s astute management capability, visionary outlook, and proactive decisions have helped Omniyat to orchestrate development of unique projects at vantage locations within master communities. The company’s consistent and bespoke approach to all projects, from their design through to their delivery, generates a superior value proposition in a variety of investment environments and is widely recognised as an industry benchmark in the Arab region. He tells CBNME: “In 2005, I looked at Dubai’s skyline as my canvas and still today I am making my mark with brushstrokes of unique and landmark projects, and with many more projects in the pipeline continues to innovate and delight.”

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Khalid Al Malik Group CEO

Dubai Properties

ubai Properties, the real estate division of the Ruler of Dubai’s investment vehicle Dubai Holding, appointed Khalid Al Malik as Group Chief Executive Office. Khalid Al Malik was previously chief real estate officer at Dubai Holding. His new appointment comes after Dubai Properties’ former group chief executive Raed Al Nuaimi resigned months after being appointed to the position in a management reshuffle at Dubai Holding in February. Dubai Properties Group (DPG) is the leading real estate master developer in the UAE. It has been at the forefront of Dubai’s meteoric real estate developments, since its inception. Recognising the need for masterful planning of strategic and sustainable mixed-use destinations in the dynamic, fast-developing and diverse city, it has established itself as one of the largest, most innovative, diverse and reliable real estate developer and management businesses in Dubai. A member of Dubai Holding, Dubai Properties Group delivers holistic real estate solutions that meet the needs of investors, businesses, residents and visitors through its subsidiaries, Dubai Properties, a renowned real estate developer and asset manager and Ejadah Asset Management Group, its real estate service provider.

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PNC MENON Founder and Chairman Sobha


n line with their mandate, Sobha Realty looks at delivering exceptional products and services like no other to their clients and all operating markets. This vision has helped Sobha to successfully expand the Group across all their subsidiaries, and now has a presence in 24 cities and 13 states across the subcontinent. For the Dubai market, Sobha Realty has worked towards the success of two iconic projects – Sobha Hartland, which is a US$4 billion mixed-use luxury development and District One, which is a US$ 8 billion joint venture with Meydan Group. As one of the foremost backwardintegrated real estate organisations in the region, these projects are led by the guiding principal of simplicity of 36

design and the generosity of space. PNC Menon said: “During the period under review, we have successfully completed the on-time delivery of several projects within Sobha Hartland. Sobha Realty is a trusted name in real estate, as we deliver projects on time, creating spaces that shape human lives and redefine urban communities.” Several phases of Sobha Hartland have been completed to date, including Phase 1 of Hartland Greens Apartments, a 167-unit development comprising six retail shops. The master-plan is currently on schedule, with main infrastructure works – being carried out by Sobha Hartland Contracting’s infrastructure division – 83% complete. “We have seen a huge success along

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with a strong track of directing large scale and complex mixed-use real estate developments from inception to completion. On a personal level, I have always envisioned myself in the real estate industry. Marking almost five decades in the building industry, it has been an exploratory experience for myself and for the creation of Sobha Realty,” said PNC Menon. Currently, Sobha are third-largest real estate development company India in terms of total square feet delivered and the world’s only backward-integrated real estate development company. “The journey is never-ending, and we anticipate and look forward to many more accomplishments in the coming future,” PNC Menon concluded.

Tariq Chauhan Group CEO EFS Facilities Services


n the last ten years of chairing the position as the Group CEO of EFS, the Company is spearheaded by principles of leadership that promote a Culture of Excellence supported by a People’s First Approach. During this tenure, EFS have struck an optimum balance between developing leadership competencies whilst boosting blue-collar capabilities within EFS be it engagement driven programmes to boost employee productivity or equal and rigorous training and development and equal opportunities for employees to upgrade skills. EFS believes in a stringent performance management system committed to developing a race of young leaders from various walks of life who are also boosted by well-structured talent programs tailored for millennials and gen z, among others. As per the Self Introspection scorecard, the level of satisfaction towards the alignment of the strategic direction of the Company as well as leadership is nearly close to 83% in the last year. The company’s mantra of “Lead by Example” and “Walk the Talk” has helped to effectively lead, manage and communicate through the adoption of the EFS’ Engagement Matrix and 360-degree feedback. Tariq told Construction Business News: “EFS has also redefined its focus on people, passion and precision and integrated the mantra: People, Systems, Structures with over 4,000 diligent FM professionals solely in the UAE and is continuously growing with the increasing landscape of our business. EFS has risen as a leader in Integrated Facilities & Infrastructure Management services solutions with a sustained growth year on year in double digits and crossing the US$ 1Billion in contracts.”

EFS also keenly engages with large government institutions in the region & international bodies such as IFMA, RICS to strengthen the case of worldwide Facilities & Infrastructure Management. EFS is among the most sustainable brands in the FM space having being ranked by FORBES among the Top 50 Private Companies in the UAE and awards such as ‘Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award’, ‘Taqdeer Award’, Best FM Company for the years 2012, 2013, 2017 & 2018. And have been ranked by FORBES consistently amongst the Top 10 CEOs over the past five years. EFS has seen tremendous transition in taking sustainable steps towards automation and the ease of doing business that leverage on in-house


technology solutions as well as other software like the Supplier Portal. Apart from the technological front, EFS has also made changes when it comes to sustainable practices. The principles of a positive global impact are well-established through the implementation of the CSR programme where the emphasis is given to reduction in energy consumption, waste reduction, employee welfare and productivity, social and environmental good. “EFS stands today as a Preferred FM Service Provider of Choice because of its Technology Integration, Cost Optimization, Risk Management, Flexibility, Service Innovation, Compliance and most of all Operational Excellence and Client Engagement,” Tariq concluded.

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Ramy Boufarhat COO JLW Middle East


amy Boufarhat is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of James L Williams Middle East (JLW) and oversees all ongoing business operations. JLW is an Australian MEP Contractor operating in the Middle East who is well known for being reliable, very competent in engineering, and focused on quality of installation and commissioning. The industry regards them as an elite Tier 1 MEP Contractor. A Design & Build (EPC Contracts) specialist, half of JLWs turnover is D&B/EPC and the other traditional build-only. In 2018 JLWs revenue was AED 700M which makes it one of the 38

larger MEP contractors in the UAE. Michael Boufarhat, the Chairman and CEO of JLW collaborated with Allen Williams to establish JLWs presence in the Middle East in 2008. Michael encouraged his sons to join the business early on and as their mentor inspired them to strengthen, grow and operate the business. Ramy arrived in the UAE in 2009 from Australia where he lived the most of his life having worked as both an engineering consultant and a contractor. Before his post as COO, from 2009 to 2012 Ramy held the position of Engineering Manager and played a vital role in establishing one of JLWs

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core strategic competencies, its engineering excellence. JLW has an impressive collection of high profile projects that are completed and currently in construction, these projects are based in the UAE. Some of the current project JLW are working on is Dubai Expo 2020 with Al Futtaim Carillion for Expo 2020; Masdar Neighbourhood 2 with Six Construct for Mubadala; ICD Brookfield Tower with Multiplex Ssangyong JV for ICD Brookfield JV; Bluewaters Hospitality with Multiplex for Meraas; Al Maryah Central with Multiplex for Gulf Related and Dubai Mall Za’abeel Expansion with Dutco for Emaar.

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Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash Chairman Dar Al Arkan

Rahail Aslam CEO

Select Group

s Founder and CEO, Rahail has taken Select Group from a nascent property developer to one of the largest, multi-disciplinary, privately-owned property development and real estate investment companies in the GCC, with interests expanding to the UK and Europe. Under his leadership, Select Group now has a combined development portfolio of 19.5 million square feet, worth GDV of AED 17 billion. A driven individual with a strong belief in value creation, cost leadership and efficiency, Rahail has brought together a management team with the same ethos who can deliver his vision for constant improvement and wealth creation for both customers and stakeholders. Two of Select Group’s projects revolve around Jumeirah Living Marina Gate, the third and final tower in the triumvirate project is scheduled for completion in Q2, 2020 and also Studio One which is spread over 31 floors and 400 residential units, Studio One is Select Group’s 14th residential development in Dubai Marina with 489,223 ft2 built up area. Located in the heart of the up and coming west-end of the Dubai Marina, Studio One has GDV of over AED 500 million.


ased in Riyadh (KSA), Dar Al Arkan is a public shareholding company listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul). With SR10.8 billion in capital and SR26 billion in assets, we are one of the leading real estate companies in the Middle East. Since 1994, Dar Al Arkan has had a significant influence on the real estate development sector in Saudi Arabia. The company has invested in innovative residential solutions, which resulted in the development of 15,000 housing units and 500,000 sq.m of luxury retail space. By collaborating with experts from around the world, Dar Al Arkan achieved international success, becoming the largest real estate developer in Saudi Arabia. While Dar Al Arkan runs diverse operations, real estate development remains the focus of its business. The company has succeeded in establishing new standards for commercial, residential and mixed-use projects; designed for a progressive lifestyle and delivered on time while following the best international standards in construction and maintenance. In statement on the company’s website the chairman said: “Since our beginning, Dar Al Arkan has a proven track record in the industry, with many a milestone achievement that we take pride in.”

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Stuart Harrison CEO Emrill


tuart Harrison has over 27 years’ experience in a range of technical, operations and senior business roles, across a variety of projects in facilities management, construction and engineering, including managing services in critical environments, such as international gateway airports, hospitals and healthcare. Stuart has been with Emrill for almost five years and oversaw implementation of the first Energy Performance Contract (EPC) pilot project in the UAE, which succeeded in achieving average building energy savings of over 26%. In the same year, Stuart also developed the first NICEIC-accredited electrical training course in the UAE, which was introduced at Emrill to further raise electrical contracting standards in the Middle East. 40

His efforts were rewarded, following discussions with the board he was promoted from Technical Director and appointed as the first Emrill CEO in the company’s sixteen-year history. His strengths as CEO are his ability to effectively manage large teams and complex technical projects, and to deliver worldclass solutions whilst balancing the commercial and financial needs of both the business and clients alike. Emrill’s commitment to quality and providing customer service excellence has enabled us to achieve 88% of our contract wins through existing client partnerships. We also have 80% customer retention. In 2018 and 2019, we worked with some of the most respected developers on some of Dubai’s most prestigious projects, including

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Dubai Opera, Princess Tower, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Airport Terminal 3’s Concourse B and C, and master communities, including Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Golf Estates. In terms of expansion while still early in the process, Emrill is currently looking at GCC countries, although worldwide expansion is the ultimate aim. If Emrill proceeds with these expansion plans, it seems likely new offices would be opened in-country in 2019 and GCCwide trading will commence at the end of the year. Stuart told Construction Business News: “The emphasis going forward will be to maintain Emrill position as the premier FM Company in the UAE and to expand this unique position on a global scale.”


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Mohammed Jafer Musthafa Founder and Managing Director Daemaar Group


ohammed Jafer Musthafa is the owner and managing director of Abu Dhabi-based group of companies, Daemaar Group. Daemaar Group was founded in 2013 with a strong vision, dedication and commitment to build a quality future that unifies efforts within a strategic framework with clear objectives identifying the strength of the developing economy, integrating international and local expertise to weave a strong balance. The company covers a wide range of businesses from construction to newlylaunched retail division. Musthafa has grown the company through a series of entrepreneurial challenges and he is set to invest in poor communities and education/healthcare around the places

Emad Jaber Co-Founder and Managing Partner LACASA

mad Jaber is the co-founder and Managing Partner of LACASA Architectural Consultants, one of the leading design & engineering consultancies in the Middle East & North Africa employing more than 320 engineers and architects with several branches across the region. Emad Jaber is a Key member of the construction industry in the UAE and the MENA region. He has been recognised as an industry leader for the past five years as one of the people who have shaped the construction industry in the Middle East and the MENA region. The company in the past 12 months has successfully been in involved in projects such as Royal Atlantis Staff 42

that he has a business relation with. Daemaar Group had seen an aggressive growth in the past three years and the management style of the young business owner is reinventing the business scene in the region. In a statement on the company’s website Mohammed Jafer Musthafa said: "Daemaar Group was founded with a vision and a strong sense of commitment to provide the best of services in every operating sector, keeping a touch of the human element. Our pride lies in the core values that were always deeply rooted to the excellence of our work, the expertise of our team, the progression of our company, and the continuous effort to contribute to a better tomorrow, because the future is always under construction"

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Accommodation at JVC, Art of Living Mall, Madinet Bader, LACASA Mall_ Palestine, Private Villa at Daria Island, and Townhouse at Al Furjan. In terms of expansion plans Emad Jaber told Construction Business News: “There are many areas in which our company has the potential to grow. We are constantly looking for ways to become marketable in the industry. Just last year we expanded our head office in Dubai because of some new projects we have taken in the region. Because of this huge ability for growth, we will have to expand our office to become bigger for the new businesses. As we add more employees, we get new ideas thrown in that will help the company continue to expand.”



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Anwar Sammour CFO Intermass

s an Executive Board Member and Intermass’ CFO, Anwar has multiple roles that range from maintaining a balanced and healthy cash flow throughout the group and evaluating different investment opportunities across various verticals to being an integral part of the restructuring process that Intermass embarked on in 2018. Intermass’ Executive Board, led by the Chief Executive Officer, rolled out a restructuring strategy for its contracting business based on five pillars: developing a highly capable team through constantly improving efficiency, training, recruitment, service, and project management.; assuring quality, safety, and integrity throughout the business; maintaining and developing excellent relationships with both existing and potential clients; positioning ourselves competitively within the market to offer our clients the best value possible; and, finally, observing a strict adherence to program timelines to consistently deliver on time and within budget. This strategy is steadily achieving its goals and yielding the desired results, as evidenced by the quality of the projects we are involved in and the seamless operations carried out by the different Intermass teams. In the past 12 months Intermass has successfully been involved with The Aquila School, Dubai worth AED 104mn and Staff Accommodation at Hatta worth AED 88mn. As the CFO, Anwar has established a solid network of banking relationships with tier-one banks in the UAE, which is essential for growing the business and ensuring very competitive finance costs. He has also commissioned and developed a customised ERP system to produce, in a seamless and timely way, financial reports that are essential to the management of our operations. He also plays an integral part of the decision-making process, evaluating new investment opportunities for the company, and continuing to examine them post-transaction. construction business news me // July 2019 //


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HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Chairman Arada


t has been a milestone year for Arada, which has culminated in the delivery of their first homes, at Nasma Residences, the first project Arada launched back in March 2017. Arada are now in the process of handing over the 107 units in the first phase of this community, which sold out in less than a month, making it Sharjah’s fastest-selling real estate project at the time. Over the course of the last year, Arada awarded the infrastructure contract for Nasma Residences to Darwish Engineering, and the main contracts for Phases 3 and 4 were awarded to Intermass and Phase 5 to Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi and Sons. For their Aljada project they have now launched two further phases for


sale during this time period, including East Village and the Nest student housing community, the first of its kind in Sharjah. Construction is well under way, with the first homes due for delivery by the end of this year. CEO of Arada, Ahmed Alkhoshaibi told Construction Business News: “As the chief executive officer of Arada, I oversee operational management of every aspect the company, under the guidance of our Chairman, HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, and Vice Chairman, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal. In the short period of time since Arada has founded, the organisation has grown at a rapid pace, and now has a staff of some 250 professionals, all with relevant experience from some of the

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region’s most prominent construction-related companies.” Ahmed Alkhoshaibi also commented on Arada’s plans for expansion: “Arada is a young company that has had its launch focus on the Emirate of Sharjah, but we have ambitions to become a developer that is recognised across the region and further afield for the quality of our communities and our commitment to sustainable building. We recently announced that we are opening a sales office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which will effectively become our first overseas market. We see huge potential in the Kingdom’s real estate sector, where there is plenty of demand for the kind of communities that we build, which have great design, great pricing and great amenities.”

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Hussain Sajwani Chairman DAMAC Properties


n the mid-90s, he built several hotels to accommodate the growing influx of people coming to the emirate to do business and trade. In 2002, he identified a growing market opportunity and established DAMAC Properties, which has grown to become the one of the largest property development companies in the Middle East. Today, DAMAC Properties has several prestigious projects in key global cities like Dubai, Jeddah and London, employs nearly 2,000 professionals, is a publiclylisted Company with shares traded on the Dubai Financial Market and was ranked as the #1 fastest growing company on the Forbes Global 2000 List for 2017. To date, DAMAC Properties has delivered over 24,000 homes, and has a development portfolio of more than 40,000 units at various stages of planning and progress. As a market leader, DAMAC Properties has joined forces with some of the most recognisable lifestyle brands, to bring distinguished living concepts to the market. Projects include a Tiger Woods designed golf course, luxury apartments and villas with interiors by Italian fashion-houses Versace Home, Fendi Casa and Just Cavalli, and uniquely conceptualised Paramount Hotels & Resorts to deliver serviced living at its most opulent. 46

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Binghatti Holding


uhammad BinGhatti has been leading the developer into its third generation with an ambition of creating a renaissance of business in the region. Binghatti Holding’s CEO and Head of Architecture is inspired by the Arab region’s tradition, history, and culture, and has used the inspiration to be successful in developing an identifiable and branded visual identity across all the company’s subsidiaries. Binghatti Holding, operates throughout the UAE with an investment value constituting AED 3 Billion across a portfolio of 30 projects, including its strategic partnership in the AED 1 Billion Swarovski Sparkle Towers of Dubai Marina. According to the company they are currently working on 12 projects at different stages of design and completion, which will provide by the coming year 4000 housing units, at a rate of 2000 units per year.

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Talal Al Dhiyebi CEO Aldar Properties


ldar Properties PJSC (“Aldar”), Abu Dhabi’s leading property development, management and Investment Company, has reported a 20% year-on-year increase in revenue to AED1.76 billion in the first quarter of 2019. Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Executive Officer, Aldar Properties commented in a press statement: “2019 is off to a great start. Our strong sales reinforce Abu Dhabi’s favourable supply and demand dynamics as seen with Alreeman and Lea. Our high-quality asset management portfolio is well balanced and showing the benefits of its strategic diversification. Our strategy is optimised to take advantage of the opportunities stemming from pro-growth government initiatives.” Recent Government reforms, including the introduction of freehold title for foreign buyers within investment zones in Abu Dhabi, are enhancing the long-term attractiveness of real estate sector. In addition, the Abu Dhabi Government’s fiscal stimulus programme – Ghadan 21, and new measures to encourage business growth, are already starting to spur the economy and will increase the allure of the Emirate as a place in which to live, work and invest.

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Gary Reader General Manager ServeU

s the most senior member of ServeU, Gary is directly responsible for the overall performance of the company, operations and client relationship management. His extensive experience in the UAE brings a holistic understanding of service delivery in key critical high foot fall multi-location realms. ServeU, a wholly owned subsidiary of one of leading real estate developers in the UAE Union Properties, is regarded as one of the leading facilities management companies in the UAE, with a rich history of FM expertise spanning over 40 years. They currently employ over 5,000 staff, manage over 900 active projects, and have more than 600 clients and more than 100 corporate partners across the region. With a large team and strategic direction by Gary Reader, General Manager, ServeU consistently delivers

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exceptional solutions to its clients. We are also at the leading edge of new solutions and technologies, pioneering environmental and sustainable approaches that have a positive impact on the greater society. ServeU has won multiple long-term contracts with a varied portfolio of clients in the second half of 2018. The company has recorded a total of over AED250 million in revenue, after forging business relationships across multiple industries and growing its client portfolio to comprise a large and well-established theme park in Dubai, a leading government transportation provider, a top UAE bank with 56 sites across the seven emirates, as well as a prominent higher education provider. ServeU’s client list includes Adidas, IMG Worlds, University of Dubai, Mashreq, The Polo Residence and The Ritz Carlton. ServeU have also taken on several

initiatives that reflect our commitment to contributing to the Smart Dubai 2021 Plan through providing services that optimize resources for maximum efficiency to deliver seamless, efficient, safe and personalized FM services to our clients across multiple industries. In terms of expansion Gary told Construction Business News: “Yes, we have plans to expand our work into new sectors including healthcare and aviation. As part of our business strategy, ServeU has tapped into new industries by gaining new clientele in sports, entertainment and education sectors, apart from hospitality, banking, government, and real estate sectors, where we have already established a strong presence. The plan is to expand not only within UAE but also in other GCC countries. Within the UAE, we are taking the necessary steps to adopt more services in-house that are currently being outsourced.”

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Eng Hamad Al Ameri Managing Director Trojan Holding


amad considers his role in the company as the architect of change. He joined the company at a time when the industry was battered by the financial crisis and most of the companies were feeling the pinch. In 2012, Trojan Holding regrouped to complement and focus their resources. And alongside with acquisition of wide array of plant equipment and select team of highly-qualified personnel, Trojan was able to turnaround and execute a diverse and far-reaching portfolio of major construction projects in almost all sectors of real estate and infrastructure development. From the beginning, Trojan continues to grow with more than 25,000 direct manpower and AED 5.5 billion combined turnover. Projects completed in the last 12 months are Horizon Towers, Al Noor Tower, Emiratis Housing Development (3000 Villas) at Jabel Hafeet, Ain AL Faydha 2000 Government Villas & Associated Infrastructure: Work Design & build of 2,000 villas with built-up area of around 405 m2 each unit. 18 Mira Oasis Townhouses: Construction of 1393 units of townhouses at Reem Phase 2, Dubai including testing, commissioning and remedying of any defects. Masdar Internal Roads & Utilities and Airport Access: Construction, installation of roads & utilities, storm water potable water, district cooling, telecom, solar street lighting and TSE (irrigation), 2x22kV cable loops from Raha A primary substation to Masdar city, Structure over gas corridor. Power supply, Masdar Phase 1 roads, Masdar visitor center roads, landscape for east perimeter road and interface point 48

works. Year completed: 23-Jun-18 Hamad stated: “Our expansion plan is a continuing one and we base it on current prospects in the region and the rest of the world in general. Right

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Matt Squires CEO



att Squires joined SSH in July 2013, when he was tasked with opening the company’s Qatar office as Resident Director. In early 2014, he became Managing Director for all SSH’s territories excluding Kuwait. In 2015, Matt’s support of the Oman office was instrumental in SSH being awarded Consultant of the Year at the Construction Week Oman Awards. The following year, Matt became Chief Operating Officer of SSH across all territories, overseeing the company’s divisional reports for the Building, Infrastructure and Construction Services divisions. In this role, he not only spearheaded the diversification of revenue streams across SSH’s regional and international markets, he also drove the expansion of the company’s project portfolio across its territories. In 2017, Matt was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SSH and aims to strengthen the company’s position as a trusted collaborator to its clients and strategic partners, as well as encourage new business. In terms of growth and expansion Matt said: “KSA still represents the largest market opportunity for SSH, with individual project opportunities remaining in our Kuwait and UAE territories.” 50

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Regional President



tu Jones is president, regions and corporate relations. Based in London, he leads Bechtel’s team of region presidents and provides counsel to Bechtel’s business units on global strategy, issues, and business development. He also serves as region president for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Stu joined Bechtel in 2018, following a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. In September 2017, he stepped down as acting assistant secretary in the Bureau for Near East Asian Affairs at the Department of State, a position he held through the 2016 Presidential transition. Prior tours included serving as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from 2014 to 2016; U.S. Ambassador to Jordan from 2011 to 2014; and deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Major project milestones in the region during this period included the completion of the Alba Potline 6 Expansion Project in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the opening of the Muscat International Airport in Oman, and the start-up of Emirates Global Aluminum’s Al Taweelah alumina refinery in UAE. Bechtel’s reported backlog revenue in 2018 was $49.6 billion.

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Richard Beard Managing Director



ichard Beard is the Managing Director, responsible for Ramboll’s Middle East & Asia Pacific businesses specialising in Buildings, Transport, Water, Environment & Health and Energy. The Middle East & Asia Pacific region is spread across ten countries with offices located in Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. During 2018, Ramboll Group grew through organic growth as well as acquisitions. There were no acquisitions/mergers in the Middle East, however. Ramboll acquired Singapore based Vertix Asia Pacific that works collaboratively with our Middle East and India businesses. At the end of 2018, Richard’s remit was expanded to include the Asia Pacific region. During his tenure, Richard has been responsible for many new initiatives. Despite an improving market, there are pressures on margins and the priority to deliver projects timely and on budget. With that, major priorities were identified and implemented throughout the business. Richard said: “Our ambition is to be recognised as the leading sustainable society consultant. We have no desire to dominate the market, but rather create and deliver value with our partners and clients.”

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eyaar Development in a press statement announced its financial results for Q1 2019, ended 31 March 2019, reporting revenues of AED 175.8 million and a net profit of AED 18.3 million. Q1 2019 revenues were consistent with Q1 2018 when revenue was AED 176.5 million. Deyaar’s project pipeline includes several handovers in 2019. The first quarter 2019 saw Deyaar officially launch Millennium Atria Business Bay, its first hospitality project with Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Africa. Deyaar’s second hospitality project to launch in 2019 will be the Millennium Al Barsha, which will be operational before the end of Q2. Saeed Al Qatami, CEO of Deyaar, said: “With several planned project launches and handovers in the coming year, we are looking forward to a strong 2019.”


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Ermis Marques


rmis Marques is responsible for determining and leading the strategic direction for the business of Aurecon in the Middle East. During his tenure, his achievements include spearheading the establishment of Aurecon as a leading engineering and infrastructure advisory firm in the Middle East through harnessing digitisation, innovation, and high standards for performance. Over the recent years Ermis has also focused on developing the next generation of engineers and designers, improving client and project delivery, and doubling the number of women leaders in the Middle East business. Aurecon digital design team will ramp up the firm’s existing digital and

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Six Construct




rant Porter has been with Atkins for 10 years and in the Middle East for over 16 years. He believes strongly in mentoring talent at all levels and is the chair of the SNC-Lavalin’s diversity and inclusion group, proactively driving collaboration in an inclusive culture of attracting, retaining and developing the best talent. During Grant’s first year as the CEO, he’d driven the launch of a new and expanded Atkins office in Riyadh to support KSA’s long- term growth plans, including a new design studio. Building on Atkins existing business in the Kingdom, their focus is on developing talent locally, building capability across its design, engineering and project management services. 52

he top Greek contractor, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), continues to be an outstanding contributor to the construction sector in the region and has been working on a number of reputed projects including the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal, Al Zahia City Centre. The contractor is one of the leading transnational construction contractor that oversees the delivery of engineering and construction projects, predominantly in the petrochemicals industry. CCC offers procurement, project management, and construction expertise in the development and maintenance of civil and industrial facilities, supply networks, and transport links.

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s the Managing Director for Six Construct in the GCC, Pierre Sironval is responsible for all operations in the region and has over 20 years of experience in the contracting industry throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Which, in turn, has aided in Six Construct’s success in being regionally recognised as one of the leaders in the construction sector today. The latest project completed by Six Construct in the last 12 months are Bahrain LNG, Foundations for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and BESIX Group has also acquired Watpac Limited in Australia in the same period of time.


Brian Johnson Managing Partner Godwin Austen Johnson


rian Johnson has maintained an almost constant presence in the Gulf region since 1975 and in 1991 he opened the Godwin Austen Johnson headquarters in Dubai. With more than 40 years of regional experience to his name, Brian’s influence on modern Middle Eastern architecture is undeniable. His body of work comprises some of the region’s most recognisable and prized buildings. Among them is the Dubai Creek Golf Club, widely recognised as one of Dubai’s first architectural icons – so much so that it features on the 20 dirham note. Godwin Austen Johnson is one of the largest and longest-established UK architectural and design practices in the UAE. Throughout its history, which spans 30 years, they have created some of the country’s most

prized and loved buildings. An award-winning and multidisciplinary architecture practice, GAJ has specific expertise in the design of government and commercial buildings, residential, education, leisure, and hospitality projects as well as master planning across the entire MENA region including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman and the UAE. The practice is headed by five partners and offers a wide range of expertise across architecture, interior design, specialist lighting and MEP. Brian Johnson is recognised as one of the most distinguished architects in the region, Brian is credited with having set in motion a countrywide trend in the UAE to incorporate traditional Arabic and Islamic themes into modern architecture. His distinctive style and uncompromising resolve for design excel-

lence has made Brian and GAJ a preferred partner for many distinguished projects and has resulted in the firm winning a number of prestigious design awards. Brian Johnson told Construction Business News: “Architecture has always been a collaborative design process and the fact that the various other disciplines involved in the design of a building are becoming even more specialist means that architects have to work hard to appreciate and understand the opportunities and limitations that these various interdependent specialist design elements add to what needs to be a holistic design approach. Within GAJ we aim to provide bespoke one-off design solutions that respond to and build on the client’s hopes and aspirations to provide a lasting, functional and attractive environment.”

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Muhammad Sultan AlSalmy Managing Director, Partner, and Lead Architect Hoehler + alSalmy


uhammad Sultan AlSalmy has worked with Hoehler + alSalmy Architects and Engineers (H+S) since 2008 till date. He was the youngest Architect to establish an international Architectural firm (Hoehler + alSalmy (H+S) previously registered as Hoehler + Partner LLC (H+P)) in Muscat, Oman at the age of 29. Muhammad solely nurtured the company to grow from one project in 2009. Till date, H+S has completed over 45 design and construction projects with over 30 international awards from Muscat, Dubai, and USA, competing against some of the biggest projects and consultancies around the world. The company has become the leading architectural consultancy

Walled Alesia CEO



aza, the real estate management arm of Saudi Public Pension Agency and a subsidiary of Al Raidah Investment Company, currently manages a total AUM of approximately SAR13 billion covering 2 million square meters of high quality office, mixed-use and community developments in Saudi Arabia. In a press statement, the company states they are currently completing a development pipeline of 4,600 residential units in Digital City and Jeddah Obhur. Together with existing compound assets and residential portfolio in the Diplomatic Quarter, Raza will emerge as the largest community landlord in the Kingdom by 2020. Walled Alesia, CEO of Raza, in a press statement said: “As we are preparing to launch a new phase of our growth journey, our road to success is built on developing local talent, technology innovation, and a renewed focus on customers. If we achieve these goals, we will deliver higher return for our owners and reduce the cost-ratio of our operations.”


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in the country and also joining forces with international firms to bring new design and construction technology to the region. Muhammad’s genuine passion for architecture enabled him to attain the ultimate achievement from his first designed and constructed project with the company. The German University of Technology, Oman (GUtech) became the first and only private establishment to be visited by His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said in 2012 as recognition of not only the purpose of the building, but also the uniqueness of the construction and technology used; illustrating Muhammad’s architectural and innovative capabilities from an early stage of his career.

Paul Doherty UAE Country Director



aul is responsible for the operational management and strategic growth of the UAE business (now 200+ staff based out of our offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi), and oversees a wide variety of projects and key client relationships from a project, programme and cost management function. He has spent 21 years with Faithful+Gould and has held numerous senior management roles including the head of operations for the UK Midlands region responsible for three offices with a headcount of over 300 staff. Paul told Construction Business News: “My team have developed innovative digital reporting platforms that enable clients to increase efficiency across their real estate portfolio and view ‘live’ progress of their capital projects. As a result, we are market leaders in the digital arena amongst our competitors.”


Ashraf Samy Botros Managing Director ASU


shraf joined the company in 1997 as a manager of the MEP department of ASGC, and in 2007 ASU was launched as an independent Electro-mechanical Limited Liability Company. Due to a reliable professional and intelligent team management, ASU has become one of the stronger MEP Company’s in the Middle East and has had continuous growth for more than 20 years.

Ashraf told Construction Business News: “We have left our mark in many iconic projects around Dubai that are part of the cultural, historical and fundamental part of the UAE.” During the last 12 months ASU were involved and completed projects as MEP contractors for Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, Blue Waters Residential Buildings, and Coca-Cola Arena Projects.

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Donna Sultan President & CEO KEO International Consultants


passionate and motivational leader, Donna Sultan has proved to be a role model to many in the construction industry, known for her inspirational approach to managing people and her dedication to excellence. She has held the title of Chief Executive of Officer of KEO International Consultants for nearly 30 years and was recently appointed as its President and CEO in 2016. Under her leadership, KEO, a multi-disciplinary project management, architectural and engineering consulting firm grew from a handful of employees in 1991 to a firm of over 2,500+ professional staff with 12 offices located throughout the Middle East Region. The firm has consistently been ranked for the past 15 years as one of the top 10 PMC firms and one of the top 200 design firms globally. KEO has been involved in these projects over the past 12 months; Al Kout Mall, Amiri Hospital, Burj Alshaya, DAMAC Towers by Paramount Hotels and Resorts, and Masdar Visitor Centre. Over the years, Donna Sultan has been nominated and been selected to receive many achievement awards in recognition of the role she has played in the delivery of iconic and nation building projects, for her contributions to the construction industry and to successfully navigating KEO as one of the leading firms in the region in a highly competitive market environment. Forbes Middle East listed her in 2018 as one of the top 100 Most Influential Women. She has been named annually as one of the Most Powerful Women in the Middle East and Most Influential Construction Leaders. In response to 56

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nder Kareem’s leadership, ECC has become a market leader in Innovation, Research & Development, and a pioneer in the construction industry as one of the early adopters of new technology. Key achievements include the adoption of BIM, which provides users with insights or tools for architecture, engineering and construction, and leading the market with Lean principles, delivering greater efficiency and streamlined operations. Kareem advanced ECC towards 8% growth in 2017 and under his direction ECC has received multiple highly recognised awards from key partners in the region including Dubai Municipality and ADNOC. A few notable projects that ECC successfully completed and delivered are Dubai Wharf (AED 741 million) – a project that had many structural challenges and major water leakages that were solved by ECC and the Happiness Multi-Storey Carpark that holds one of the largest helipads in the UAE. Kareem said: “In 2018, we recorded an annual increase of revenue by 39% compared to that of 2017 due to our strength as a company and long-standing reputation in the UAE.”

ince Kamiran Ibrahim took over the role of CEO at Arcadis Middle East, he has invested heavily in upskilling their people and the quality of their deliverables to the clients, which has been positively recognised and contributed to building our strong reputation in the market. Kamiran has led the client re-focus strategy for Arcadis regional business, which included setting up a client development team with specialist client leads who are in a strong position to respond to market trends and currently working on growing the companies client portfolio in a sustainable manner. Kamiran said: “As part of our refocused strategy launched in 2017, I initiated the review of our regional strategy and leadership against our vision and took appropriate measures to position us for growth in the future.”

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stablished in 1962, DCC is today one of the leading Middle East construction company, headquartered in Dubai. The firm specialises in building residential, commercial, mixed-use buildings, hospitality, and leisure projects. Recent big contract wins include a deal in October 2016 to build the Marquise Square development in Downtown Dubai. More recently, DCC clinched the contract to build 1/JBR, a luxury seafront tower for Dubai Properties, located at the entrance to Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). DCC has completed a number of projects in recent years including the Burj Al Salam on Sheikh Zayed Road, the Four Seasons Resort in Jumeirah, and 014 Tower in Business Bay.


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Atif Rahman Partner and Director

Danube Properties

tif Rahman, Partner and Director of Danube Properties, was born to Mohammad Khurshid Iqbal and Rukhsana Iqbal in Patna, Bihar. He is the eldest among their five children. His father was a senior engineer in the public sector while his grandfather Mohammad Ataur Rahman was Gold Medallist of his time and the Chief Engineer at the Public Works Department in Government responsible for building several complexes, stadiums, roads and infrastructure projects. Danube Properties, part of the Danube Group, stormed into the UAE’s vibrant real estate sector in June 2014 with the Dh500 million Dreamz – a cluster of 171 townhouses – that was sold out within a few hours at its launch, has so far launched 12 projects involving Glitz Residence I, II, III, Starz, Glamz, Miraclz, Resortz, Bayz, Jewelz and Lawnz projects, 5,019 units with a combined development value of Dh3.8 billion in just over four years. As the developer prepares to deliver the next three projects involving 1,324 units worth Dh870 million in the next few months, it is worth asking what is it that helps Danube Properties stand out with its structural designs and continue to deliver promises while others find it tough to get going.


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hris Roberts, CEO, Eltizam Asset Management Group, joined the company in 2014 and the group has witnessed significant expansion within that time. Since taking on the position, revenues have increased from AED 35 million to AED 300 million and they now have a workforce of close to 2000 staff. At present, they are embarking on a robust and dynamic quality management program, Vision 2021, to sustain and develop the growth we have experienced in recent years in terms of both service delivery and revenue. Eltizam Asset Management Group 60

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is actively seeking acquisition opportunities across a number of business lines and territories across the GCC, in order to further enhance our position within the regional market. They demonstrated their intentions in this regard by assigning AED 200 million specifically for growth, whilst expanding in Oman and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) which is already planned through strategic M&A agreements. Discussions are currently taking place with three companies and we are aiming to finalize these deals by the end of 2019. Chris further elaborated on the expansion plans: “The group is in

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the process of expanding within the MENA region, with Egypt, KSA and Oman markets expected to go live before the end of 2019 with a mix of both Community Management and Facilities Management business lines.” “As a leading provider of strategic management services, we want all services that our clients may seek to be available with Eltizam – essentially allowing us to control and protect the asset to ensure they are managed and maintained in line with best practices. This vision will allow us to enhance the asset and reduce the overall cost base, providing much better returns to investors in any asset class,” Chris concluded.


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Sridhar Chinnasami CEO Galfar Emirates


alfar Emirates, began as a part of GALFAR Oman (established in 1972) developed as one of the reliable premier EPC Contractor, acknowledged by a string of esteemed clients. Galfar Emirates history has been one of steady growth. The performing logic of the company has been to bring together a range of activities, which through reciprocal inter-relation, would constitute a coherent and effective synergy capable of undertaking large projects involving a wide spectrum of construction disciplines. Galfar Emirates has the experience and expertise to undertake Engineering, Procurement and Construction Projects that involves Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation disciplines. In a statement on the company’s website, Sridhar Chinnasami said: “Galfar Emirates has established itself as a reputed Company in the construction industry in UAE, thanks to its continuing commitment to Safety, Quality and environment standards. Our work force is guided by a team of highly experienced professionals who derive support from efficient and modern personnel management, materials procurement, project planning and data processing systems and a fleet of versatile equipment and vehicles. Galfar Emirates explores every possible avenue to innovate Construction Management to accomplish its mission to serve the clients with high environment standard and confirmation on no damage to environment during construction activities.”



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CEO AlKifah Contracting Division


lKifah Contracting Division is the seed that has grown into an extraordinary success story which brought 27‭ ‬companies together‭.‬‭‬The company maintained the same foundation of integrity that led to an ever-expanding success‭. ‬Today‭, ‬AlKifah Contracting is ranked among top construction companies in Saudi Arabia‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Through the company’s diversified experience‭, ‬it covers a wide spectrum of construction services such as Civil‭ & ‬infrastructure field‭, ‬MEP‭& ‬Energy‭ ‬Solutions field‭, ‬Industrial‭& E ‬ PC field and Building‭& R ‬ esidential field‭. ‬It takes pride in completing all projects on time‭, ‬within the budget‭, ‬and in synergy with AlKifah sister companies to provide integrated solutions‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ AlKifah Contracting Division is managed by a highly qualified team‭; ‬who aims to achieve excellence through submitting projects that exceed the customer’s’‭ ‬expectations‭. ‬This proficiency has been reflected in our projects in civil‭, ‬industrial‭, ‬commercial‭& ‬residential buildings‭, ‬and‭ ‬institutional sectors around Saudi Arabia and abroad‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


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mran Farooq along with his company takes pride in the companies’ ability to work closely with clients and to address and meet individual needs. Samana Group’s strength is in its highly professional and transparent approach. Visionary businessman Imran Farooq, Chief Executive Officer of Samana Group of Companies, has 20 years of Business Management experience and his mission is to endeavor for wholehearted satisfaction of companies’ clients and exceptional services. Samana Group of Companies is a Dubai-based well-diversified and well-established business conglomerate comprising of eight companies engaged in immigration services, investment, real estate development and asset management, playing their role in the UAE and GCC economies with outstanding professional approach. In 2019, the company had announced the launch of a new project, Samana Hills – a Dh100 million property that will host 200 residential units – in the heart of the Arjan community near Miracle Gardens. Samana Properties, a part of the Samana Group, had earlier announced the completion of 100 percent of the structure of Samana Greens residential project, a freehold property consisting of 116units. The four-storeyed residential apartment project consists of studio apartments, one- and twobedroom apartments. The project will be delivered by March 2020

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ameer has almost three decades of experience covering the full spectrum of real estate management services with multinationals such as DHL and Accenture. Sameer has spent more than 11 years at Aldar Properties across the asset management portfolio, where his most recent role was Director of Residential Asset Management. During that time, he completed and delivered more than 17 projects, some of the most prominent being Al Bandar, Gate & Arc and Sun & Sky. Sameer is currently the Executive Director of Provis overlooking Property Management, Owners Association, Sales and Leasing and Clubhouse & Lifestyle. Provis, a wholly owned Aldar properties company launched in 2019, provides market leading, innovative estate management solutions to clients of all sizes in the UAE market.

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Jamil Jadallah CEO

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National Engineering Bureau

ational Engineering Bureau (NEB) brings an exceedingly talented team of creative and experienced professionals to work on a diverse range of projects, including landmark buildings and complex development across the region, and is led from the front by Jamil Jadallah. Jamil Jadallah, who understands where NEB fits in both the market and society, and appreciates his responsibility to both shares his vision for the future: "In order to keep on the right track, we need to be confident of being a leader, in competition with global players, in initiating, packaging and integrating prestige projects, and on-budget and on-time delivery of premium value engineering and management services." His sheer vision, business intelligence and attention detail have helped to make NEB one of the most respected companies in the industry, and one which is both financially strong and extremely innovative and professional. His enlightened approach to business has fueled the company's multidisciplinary approach, providing unparalleled service across the full spectrum of the built environment, all under one roof.


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Ghanem Al Mansoori CEO

Tamouh Investments


eadquartered in Abu Dhabi since 2005, Tamouh’s ambitious growth is fuelled by its mission to build communities in a lifestyle of luxury and comfort. The developer completed the Emirati Housing Development at Jabel Hafeet that consists of 3,000 houses and the Horizon Towers on Reem Island. Consisting of the 57-floor Tower A and 38-floor Tower B, the mixed-used project has been handedover to the community management company. The developer is also working on the infrastructure for Reem Downtown in Reem Island. Reem Downtown is set to become the first mix-used development in Abu Dhabi that seamlessly merges the contemporary with the traditional design, in a unique setting that embraces a fully connected transport infrastructure with the first light rail and metro in the capital.

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Kalpesh Kinariwala Founder and Chairman

Pantheon Development


alpesh Kinariwala, Founder and Chairman of Pantheon Development told Construction Business News: “We created Pantheon Development when we noticed a significant void in the affordable market. The company’s strategy is to fill a niche gap in the affordable luxury segment in Dubai’s realty market. The company has enjoyed great success in many other ventures, and this was our first foray into the world of real estate development. In 2016 we decided to pursue opportunities in the real estate industry, selecting the premier location of Dubai to break ground.” Pantheon Group's investments in in Dubai’s real estate market is expected to reach Dh600 million by 2020 with plans to launch several new projects in Jumeirah Village Circle.

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Sudhakar Rao Chairman

Gemini Property Developers

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ot one to consider hanging his boots and basking in the glory of his success, Sudhakar Rao has continued to reinvent himself and his entities. After successful acquisition of Sievert, Sudhakar Rao went on to establish the Gemini Group. His extensive knowledge of a plethora of industries and an astute eye for investment trends helped him diversify his brainchild, the Gemini Group, into multiple sectors, ranging from Gemini Property Developers, a boutique real estate development company, GenNext property brokers, to Legacy Wealth Management and Gemini Energy Trading, among others. They say, 'magic happens outside your comfort zone, but it takes faith and courage to venture outside.’ That sums up Sudhakar Rao's journey from a newcomer to a business tycoon. Just four years after his graduation, in his late twenties, Sudhakar Rao quit the relative safety of a corporate life to pursue his dream entrepreneurial projects.


Ralf Steinhauer Director

RSP Architects


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s the Director, Ralf Steinhauer he oversees several architectural projects at any given time and is in charge of the ID team. Furthermore, he looks at business development and talent programs in the wider MENA region. According to RSP Architects they are currently working on 2 Expo projects both of which Ralf is handling as project director. RSP Architects in the past 12 months have completed the design for a commercial development for the company were the lead consultants undertaking supervision services also. RSP started out as a small partnership, Raglan Squire & Partners in 1956 in Singapore. It has since then grown to become one of the largest architectural practices in the world. Ralf said: “During my 6+ years at RSP I introduced new clients, built a hospitality team for architecture and ID and successfully completed projects like Khalifa Univeristy in Abu Dhabi. We are also working on two mega mall projects which are under construction and we have worked on from concept design till supervision.” 64

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Saleh Abdullah Lootah CEO

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Lootah Real Estate Development

ootah Real Estate Development had a very active year in 2018: improving their financial results, building a stronger human resource, having a sustainable business, and making sure that Lootah stand out from the competition in this very competitive market environment. Saleh Abdullah Lootah, CEO at Lootah Real Estate Development told Construction Business News: “With unique projects like Dubai South and Masfout projects, I believe that we will be able to stand out from the crowd and create a strong name in the Real Estate market in Dubai and the region. Our focus is on building and delivering great products, as well as enhancing our innovation in all that we do through, committed, talented, and matured employees using our technology capabilities from the ERP, CRM and other resources which will give us the edge compared to our competitors.”

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Abdulla Bin Sulayem CEO

Seven Tides

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bdulla Bin Sulayem was appointed CEO of Seven Tides in 2011, with overall responsibility for the company’s existing portfolio of luxury five-star properties, as well as those still on the drawing board. According to Abdulla, joining Seven Tides which is one of the foremost real estate and hospitality developers in the region has been the greatest achievement of his career to date. With the support of their talented management team, together they have been able to grow the company’s portfolio of luxury and hospitality properties. Also in early 2018, Seven Tides launched the AED 1.3 billion SE7EN CITY JLT project. In strategising for future success, Seven Tides is constantly evaluating new opportunities in various markets and considering different models. Abdulla told Construction Business News: “When working for a strong brand such as Seven Tides, which has a very clear business strategy to realise its vision, my role involves more about refining our approach and of course delivering the project, on spec, on time and within budget, as opposed to making changes.”

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From Object to Field Architecture

By Mattia Gambardella – Design Director, Parsons Dubai Iconic Architecture is often conceived as an object-statement, often epitomizing the function it embodies through its form. If we think of our experience of space as gradual, we move from perceiving it as constituted by discrete forms, but rather as the outcome of a flow of a continuum, continuous gesture, becoming or unbecoming one or multiple conditions. Paraphrasing Stan Allen seminal essay “Points + Lines”, architecture moves from being a standing object in space to occupy a field of gradient conditions. Contemporary art esthetics has embraced the field condition as an effect of current state of uncertain, open thresholds between perception and disciplines. A Gradient Design describes an architecture articulated by an increase or decrease in the magnitude of a property (opaque versus transparent, open versus close, private versus public) observed in the passing from one condition to another. Our proposal for the Iconic Mosque in Dubai is being conceived following this approach. Working around the concept of a building as a field, it emphasizes the in-between blurred threshold conditions in architecture, negotiating between interior and exterior, building and landscape, creating unusual transitory spaces to be experienced and discovered. This project explores a gradient condition between the building roof and landscape canopies, dis66

solving the threshold of distinction between them. Both Architecture and Landscape merge through progressive water bodies and vegetation pockets, gradually bringing the landscape into the building in a seamless manner. The overarching building shape is reminiscent of mosque domes from architectural tradition, while its composition, made of smaller units, creates a whole grander unified space. The design language generates, as a result, a new, iconic, and recognizable building complex and landscape creating a space occupiable not only for religious purposes but for the experience of the natural settings. Light is encouraged into the build-

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ing from every direction: it cascades through the prayer hall columns, acting as structural elements and light wells, and it permeates the space through the glazed façade. Architectural openness and material transparency invite the casual beholder in taking part to the religious ceremony while it permits the worshippers to gather in prayer, contemplating the beauty of the surrounding visible landscape. Architecture, like language, is structured around difference: this difference can be articulated, as this project illustrates, in a range of ways, by gradients and juxtaposition, creating unusual ways of thinking the space around us.

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EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY 5 common obstacles to embracing sustainability By Barbara Williams

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent contribution of $500 million represents one example of how the business community is increasingly taking the reins with regards to environmental policy. If it is the case that there exists this support for increased action, why then is it still taking so long to embrace sustainability? Cost Advances in technology and beneficial policies have gone a long way in bringing down the associated costs of introducing sustainable practices, but there are many factors holding back the larger propagation of these energy sources. 68

German economist Leon Hirth predicted accurately in 2013 that as renewables became a larger part of the energy grid, their economic value would decline due in part to their unreliable nature. In as much as companies might wish to move to renewable energy supply, if the costs of the switch prove too detrimental, the changes will be long coming. Viable Alternatives Many companies are currently being targeted by environmental groups on how they source their resources, with the example of palm oil; despite many companies now offering palm oil from

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sustainable sources, there exists an unwillingness in the current market to buy it over non-sustainable stock. This example demonstrates that, unless companies have viable alternatives they can use, the demands of business will limit their willingness to adopt sustainable practices when it comes to sourcing their resources. Prioritising Goals Businesses must turn a profit in the short term in order to remain competitive. Sustainability is a long-term goal, and it is often difficult for managers to demonstrate the short-term value to stakeholders and sharehold-

ers of investing money into it. Any sustainability policies that are put into effect are often done within limited windows of time, intended more as one-off PR victories. For sustainability to become a long-term goal, its benefits need to be more visible. Motivating Employees Recycling drives and ride-to-work initiatives are all well and good, but businesses can only go so far. Especially those firms whose employees are already working in high-pressure environments, it can be difficult to persuade them to commit time and effort to causes that do not motivate them. Public Effort Consumers are growing increasingly motivated by ethics, it is true. They’re becoming increasingly aware, especially around single-use plastic (a plastic bottle can take up to 450 years to degrade). Customers are willing to reward those companies which demonstrate a clear commitment to sustainability. However, despite all the moves by companies to promote sustainable goals, despite pressures from NGOs and government pressure groups, despite media and celebrity promotion, the general public is still using

companies who source unsustainably. They are still buying non-hybrid cars. They are still using energy generated by

non-renewables. Without public effort to back it, full sustainability will remain an unachievable goal.

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// Company profile

The Formworks Experts Doka Middle East & Africa explain how construction tech had made it an indispensable partner Established as a burgeoning family enterprise in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria, Doka has gone from strength-to-strength over its 151-year history. Built on a culture of understanding, Doka’s core strength comes from an ingrained attitude towards innovation. Long before construction tech was in vogue, Doka established its R&D department in 1990, meaning it was able to enhance the value and durability of its existing products and systems while creating new solutions based on direct feedback from its job 70

sites around the world. Since this time, Doka has designed and patented multiple solutions that provide either safety, cost or timesaving benefits and in many cases all three; a good example being Concremote. Based on the concrete maturity method, Concremote is an in situ digital sensor that measures the early strength gain of concrete. Once the optimum strength has been reached a notification is sent to the site manager’s smartphone or tablet device. Within a year of its launch, Doka was honoured to receive

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the Innovation Award from the German Emirati Business Council and has subsequently collected several more accolades for this product alone. Based on the success of products such as Concremote, it has now become clear that digitisation is an essential pillar of remaining competitive in the construction market and certainly something Doka clearly exhibited at this year’s Bauma exhibition in Munich. With a distinct focus on digital transformation Doka showcased a wide range of products and services under the brand

of ‘upbeat construction’. Presented as ‘digital services for higher productivity’, upbeat was divided into three core areas; smart construction site, smart assistance and smart planning. Under the former category, Doka Contakt is a proprietary platform that leverages IoT sensors on-site, helping to manage activities while providing valuable data and information in order to proactively manage jobs sites in real time. Thanks to Doka’s AR-VR app, clients are now able to utilise a variety of features including being able to project

Doka formwork onto printed plans, view 3D models and utilise a QR code reader for quick and easy access. The 3D model additionally allows for components to be hidden or removed, or to be viewed as part of an animated construction sequence. When it comes to planning, Doka’s Easy Formwork Planner provides an invaluable service for clients working on small to medium-sized construction projects, allowing them to prepare formwork plans, including 3D views and parts list on their smartphone

device, independently of a technician. It also provides direct access to Doka’s online shop enabling additional products and services to be ordered at the click of a button. While digitalisation is providing many game changing opportunities, Doka understands that delivering practical, durable products such as its ringlock scaffolding solution, DokaScaff UNI is also essential. Designed with fewer main components, leading to a significant reduction of commissioning quantities, DokaScaff UNI is also lighter and faster to assemble than traditional scaffolding. Equally suited to both industrial and construction projects, the system can also be moved by crane, meaning significant timesaving onsite. Like DokaScaff UNI, Doka’s entire product line has been designed with safety as a top priority, in particular products such as Edge Protection System, Safety Net Fan or Protection Screen Xclimb 60. Each of these systems are designed with site teams in mind, whether it’s offering protection from falling objects or adverse weather, Doka has always ensured that safety comes first. While products and systems are important, Doka’s core strength ultimately lies with its professional leadership and highly dedicated personnel, something that has been acknowledged for a second successive time at the Mohammed bin Rashid Awards for Business Excellence in the Construction Industry.

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5G for Construction: From now to beyond Burcin Kaplanoglu, Executive Director and Innovation Officer, Oracle Construction and Engineering, talks about the buzz surrounding 5G in Construction

Buzz is growing around 5G and the impact it can have. For construction, the prospect of 5G is creating excitement and anticipation, but to appreciate the opportunity for the industry, it’s important to understand what it is and what it offers as a technology. Essentially, 5G is about speed, reliability and capacity. It’s the next generation of mobile broadband promising higher bandwidth speeds, negligible latency, and scalability. The promise of 5G is that it will bring in around 10 to 100 times faster speeds, with a very low latency, which could be anywhere from one to 10 milliseconds. It’s also believed to provide up to 10 to 100 times 72

more capacity than our current longterm evolution (LTE) networks. From a business sense, 5G will be an enabler. Better connectivity will obviously be good for businesses, particularly in terms of data collection, capture and analysis/evaluation. But with 5G, much of this can happen in real time, which means decisions can be made more quickly and issues addressed sooner- before they worsen. Thoughts from IT and Business Professionals A recent study by Oracle Communications titled ‘5G Smart Ecosystems Are Transforming: Are You Ready?’ surveyed 265 key decision makers

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from both business- and IT-focused roles. It found that more than 80 percent believe 5G will increase employee productivity, reduce costs, enhance customer experience and improve business agility. Around 30 percent of business respondents and 24 percent of IT respondents felt that real-time asset or process monitoring was a key solution that 5G can provide. Overall, though, 84 percent of respondents felt that 5G networks will be transformative and will have a lasting impact on the way their companies do business. But does 5G have the same potential for the construction industry?

Three keys to 5G success in Construction and Engineering The speed, latency and scalability of 5G will help construction and engineering businesses in three ways: • Enhanced mobile broadband: providing high speed and capacity • Mission-critical operations: providing low latency and high reliability • Massive machine-type communications: providing high scalability and geographic coverage Enhanced mobile broadband is about providing high speed and capacity. This is going to allow fast access to data intensive cloud applications and enable multiple users to interact with each other in real time from anywhere. Mission critical operations is about the ability to have reliable information immediately to understand what is happening on site in real time, and this is essential for a complex and constantly evolving environment like a construction site. While massive machine-type communications will provide highly scalable and geographic coverage to help with initiatives such as smart cities, where the number of nodes will be considerably higher than on a normal project, asset monitoring both on and offsite, as well as health monitoring. Imagine a construction site where all workers, vehicles, drones, devices and assets can be equipped with sensors as well as 4K or 8K camera feeds providing visual information about a site as it happens or an asset production as it takes place offsite. The data collected from those sensors coupled with real-time analysis using artificial intelligence will be able to improve productivity, safety, and compliance on site and off-site as well as identify potential issues that can be dealt with immediately. This visual data will also continually evolve the project model to take account of what it looks like at that very point in time. Comparing that to information about how the model

has evolved coupled with how assets are progressing in offsite production could increase productivity by reducing downtime as well as provide predictions for potential scheduling and production issues and how to deal with them. A cautionary tale… There are, however, important considerations around 5G for construction and engineering, particularly in terms of standardisation and security. Some construction businesses are sitting on huge amounts of data across their portfolio but don’t have standardised processes in place to measure, analyse, or understand the data. 5G and deployment of sensors will just add to that data issue. Standardising processes across a portfolio ensures governance control and visibility. With the ability to capture and share more construction site data,

security will certainly be a consideration. The aim of 5G is for higher security, and how it's going to be implemented will be clear in time. 5G is a very important part of the network and is expected to be more secure than what we have today. There are many unknowns with new technology and 5G is no different. There will undoubtedly be discoveries made along the way. There will be ways in which 5G can be used in the future that we haven’t even imagined yet, and that is why we’re only really scratching at the surface of the opportunity today. We believe 5G is going to help us improve productivity, safety, and compliance for construction and engineering thanks to fast, reliable, and scalable connectivity. This will enable even greater productivity and better data management, yielding the insights needed to accelerate the drive to continuous improvement.

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// Event review

Automechanika Dubai 2019 Automechanika Dubai 2019, the 17th edition of the Middle East and Africa’s (MEA) largest automotive aftermarket trade fair had over 1,880 exhibitors from 63 countries Automechanika Dubai 2019, the 17th edition of the Middle East and Africa’s (MEA) largest automotive aftermarket trade fair, was opened by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. With 1,880 exhibitors from 63 countries spanning 63,300sqm at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the annual three-day event features 23 country pavilions and 34 international trade associations, while more than half of the 32,000-plus trade visitors are expected to come 74

from outside of the UAE. The biggest names in the global automotive aftermarket will look to make big inroads in a MEA spare parts market and auto services industry that’s estimated to grow by six per cent annually over the next six years. "Automechanika Dubai over the years has transformed into a trade event of truly global scale, thanks to its continued track record of innovation, targeting and fine tuning its offerings in line with the particular market requirements,” said Mahmut Gazi

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Bilikozen, Automechanika Dubai’s Show Director. “We’re confident that demand for the automotive service industry and aftermarket products will remain robust, with growth largely fuelled by demand from existing vehicle parc and the expected improvement of car sales moving forward. “With that said, the aftermarket is changing, and with that change comes new opportunities. Our vision for Automechanika Dubai is to be at the forefront of these new opportunities, presenting a unique platform for all

industry stakeholders to start discussions, plan ahead, and to ultimately lay the foundations for long-term sustainable success.” Automechanika Dubai 2019 covers the six major product sections of Parts & Components and Electronics & Systems (1,181 exhibitors); Accessories & Customizing (246 exhibitors); Tyres & Batteries (226 exhibitors); Repair & Maintenance (155 exhibitors); and Car Wash, Care & Reconditioning (72 exhibitors). It opens as the MEA’s auto aftermarket, valued

at US$61 billion in 2018, and is estimated to continue its upward trajectory, valuing US$87.3 billion in 2024, according to analysts TechSci Research. Organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East also added new sub-sections that underline the show’s evolution, namely Agricultural Parts & Equipment; Body & Paint; Motorcycle Competence; and Oils & Lubricants. Exhibitors are keen to use Automechanika Dubai’s impressive regional scope to reach out to far-flung markets. Emerald Spare Parts,

based in the UAE and distributors of auto parts, batteries and lubricants for Japanese and Korean cars, is looking to reach new markets. Rajesh Daga, Assistant General Manager of Emerald Spare Parts said: “The majority our business comes from the Middle East and Africa, where we’ve been traditionally very strong. Demand in these markets have been growing at a fast clip, and we’ve also evolved keeping in mind the intricacies of working in these markets. Robert Schwarz, COO, Al Masaood Group, said: “Fol-

lowing the success of the past two years, we are back at Automechanika to answer to the growing demand for aftersales automobile market in the country and the region. Automechanika Dubai is the perfect platform to showcase the latest innovative technologies from our partners that will answer to the growing demand of automotive workshop equipment. Our decades of experience in the UAE’s automotive sales and after-sales market, has allowed us to meet the consistently increasing demand we have witnessed in this segment recently.” Balkrishna Industries (BKT) is a manufacturer and exporter of Off Highway Tyres, and one of the headline returning exhibitors to Automechanika Dubai in 2019. The Indian-headquartered BKT is one of the world’s fastest growing companies in the OHT segment, with a 5th manufacturing facility planned in Tennessee, USA. “This will be the first BKT manufacturing facility outside India, and will be helpful in increasing our presence in the American continent,” said Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director of BKT. “BKT growth will be mainly coming from the All Steel OTR (Off-The-Road) radials as this the fastest growing segment for BKT. Owing to the sustained market demand, BKT will also grow in Construction and Industrial tire segments with its vast product range.

“At Automechanika Dubai 2019, BKT is launching its first “On & Off road” Tipper tire 12.00R24 in SR423 pattern. In addition, some important sizes in MultiPurpose Truck segment are being showcased. BKT is also expanding its range in Solid tire segment where 4.00 – 8 ECO Rib pattern has been introduced for Ground Support Equipment and 7.00 – 12 Maglift ECO pattern as a high performance tire for Forklift and Material Handling,” added Poddar. Elsewhere, Polish manufacturer Troton is a headline exhibitor in the new Body & Paint section, and is launching its Brayt line of polishing compounds and the Rangers bed liner. “The weather in this region can be harsh on the car, what with the intense heat and dusty conditions,” said Karol Duda, Director of Business Development at Troton. A key returning highlight to Automechanika Dubai 2019 this week is the Innovation Zone, a dedicated area at the centre of the show floor featuring presentations and product showcases from exhibitors such as Wabco and FSE that are steering the course for the regional and global automotive aftermarket. Other features include the Truck Competence initiative, where 1,260 exhibitors are showcasing their products dedicated to the entire value chain in the truck sector, from truck parts and accessories, to workshop equipment, body repairs and care.

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New Remote Control Launch for Bobcat Loaders Bobcat is launching a new Remote Control System for Bobcat compact loaders. This system allows operators to leave their seat in the cab and control their Bobcat loader remotely. The new Remote Control System is compatible with Bobcat skid-steer, compact track and all wheel steer loader models equipped with the company’s Selectable Joystick Controls. Bobcat is the first manufacturer to introduce a Remote Control System as original ‘Plug&Play’ equipment, rather than offering it as an add-on development from a third party. The new system will be commercially available later this year. Remote control solutions have proved their qualities and abilities to save lives in the toughest environments all around the world by providing service during disasters like floods, forest fires, mud or rock slides and in other places where operators can be subjected to dangerous situations. “We first presented our remote control prototype at Bobcat Demo Days with excellent feedback from our customers, then subjected it to further improvements, testing and licensing, before finally introducing it as an easy ‘Plug&Play’ solution for existing machines for commercial launch,” says Jiri Karmazin, Loaders Product Manager Doosan Bobcat EMEA. “The remote control system can be used in many applications with the focus on limitless visibility, the ability to communicate with the surroundings without the need to be present in the cab, comfort enhancement for applications with noise, vibration and harsh76

ness or even in dangerous areas. This was the voice of our customers and the issues we observed on most jobsites,” Jiri Karmazin continued. The new plug and play system comprises an easily portable and industrial radio remote control solution that can be mounted and dismounted on machines in a matter of minutes, leaving behind the standard machine in its original form. Being able to control the loader from outside the cab offers the

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operator a completely new and alternative opportunity in terms of visibility and communication. Not only does it provide direct sight of the progress of work with a range of attachments, further increasing the versatility of the loader and a comprehensive range of attachments including angle brooms, augers, breakers, buckets, snow blowers or trenchers and wheelsaws where the operator specifically needs to drive backwards

with the loader and this solution offers perfect visibility of the project. It also allows operators to talk face-to-face with project partners and manage the surroundings (verbally or non-verbally) at the same time. Increased Safety and Productivity Remote control aims to increase safety, comfort and productivity by distancing the operator from dust, noise, vibrations and other hazards encountered

at the workface or on job sites that require special safety precautions. Work can be done faster with higher precision and, in some applications, with fewer personnel on the job site. For increased safety, the system also features an emergency stop button and drop and tilt detection. Every remote-control kit is protected by a dedicated password, with twoway communication providing all the important information about the loader

(such as fuel and oil status, warnings, etc.) on a 3.5-inch transflective colour backlit LCD display. The system provides most of the functions that can be performed via direct loader operation, including throttle, light, creep and float controls. There is also speed management control to ensure easier operation in certain applications (such as trenching, tilling, scarifying and so on). The system in very intuitive to use and the training for end users will be provided by Bobcat dealers. The remote control system is supplied with two exchangeable batteries offering a long 20-hour battery life. The protective case ensures it is easier to transport from one job site to another. This forms part of an updated stateof-the-art ergonomic design with the system housed in a rugged and weatherproof enclosure. As mentioned above, applications include demolition environments with poor air quality and distracting noise, where the remote control system gives the operator the ability to do work from a distance, free from dirt, dust and noise. For construction work that normally requires two people, this solution can cut labour numbers and costs, as only one operator can complete the job themselves by carrying out work with attachments from outside the cab. In shipyards with limited space, distancing the operator from the machine keeps them away from hazardous chemicals and other airborne pollutants. The job can be done more easily, with better visibility for managing tight spaces in and around containment areas. In the waste and recycling industries, the remote control solution allows operators to handle dangerous or toxic materials from a safe distance, minimizing the risk of exposure. With the remote control solution, operators can work on hazardous applications (such as detecting and removing land mines) and also in areas where more visibility is needed to do the job properly (such as in some road applications).

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// Products

Genie Xtra Capacity Boom Lifts The boom lift that goes where no boom has gone before With growing demand for material lifts and aerial work platforms, products such as man-lifts, stick booms, articulated booms, light towers and telehandlers are constantly improved and newer models are being introduced to keep up with the latest innovations, based on the current market trends and demands. Genie®Xtra Capacity™ (XC) booms are designed to work in more applications that require higher capacities. All Genie XC™ booms offer the benefits of a dual-envelope design to provide an unrestricted platform capacity of 660 lb (300 kg) and a restricted capacity of 1,000 lb (454 kg). This reduces the number of lift cycles and amount of equipment needed to get tools and materials to aerial worksites — doing more with a single unit saves time and increases productivity. S-40 XC and S-45 XC Able to perform a wider range of heavier lift tasks on construction and industrial jobsites with Genie® S®-40 XC™ and S-45 XC telescopic booms — offering a dual lift capacity of 660-lb (300 kg) unrestricted and 1,000-lb (454 kg) restricted. They can perform a wider range of heavier life tasks on construction and industrial jobsites thanks to their dual life capacity and offer innovative features to help increase jobsite efficiency. Genie® S®-40 XC™ and S-45 XC telescopic boom lifts are the redesigned Xtra Capacity™ version of the popular Genie S-40 and S-45. S-65 XC and S-65 Trax Genie® S®-65 XC™ and S-65 TraX™ telescopic boom lifts are the rede78

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feature lets up to three people work onboard while still leaving room for tools and jobsite materials. SX-105 XC The Genie® SX™-105 XC™ telescopic boom is engineered to work in more applications that require higher capacities. With industry-leading dual lift capacity — 660-lb (300 kg)/1,000lb (454 kg) — and a smooth operating envelope, this Genie XC boom is perfect fit for heavy lifting in construction, bridge inspections and maintenance, stadiums and sports arenas, oil and gas, industrial, telecommunications and utility applications. SX-125 XC Perfect for heavy lifting in construction, bridge inspections and maintenance, stadium and sports arena, oil and gas, industrial, telecommunications and utility applications, the Genie® SX-125 XC™ telescopic boom works in more applications that require higher capacities thanks to its industry-leading dual lift capacity — 660-lb (300 kg)/1,000-lb (454 kg) SX-135 XC The Genie® SX-135 XC™ telescopic boom delivers industry-leading outreach and capacity through the full working envelope for incredible operational versatility and accessibility. It boasts 660 lb/1,000 lb (300/454 kg)** dual platform capacity with a smooth range of motion envelope to lift heavy loads in the most challenging jobsite applications.

signed Xtra Capacity™ version of the popular Genie S-65 and S-65 Trax, offering a dual lift capacity of 660-lb (300 kg) unrestricted and 1,000-lb (454 kg) restricted. The Genie Xtra Capacity™ (XC) feature lets up to three people work onboard with room for tools and jobsite materials.

S-80 XC and S-85 XC Genie® S®-80 XC™ and S®-85 XC telescopic booms offer a dual lift capacity of 660-lb (300 kg) unrestricted and 1,000-lb (454 kg) restricted to perform a wider range of heavier lift tasks on construction and industrial jobsites. And, the Genie Xtra Capacity™ (XC)

Z-45 XC The Genie® Z®-45 XC™ articulating boom is the redesigned Xtra Capacity™ version of the popular roughterrain Genie Z-45/25 J RT diesel powered articulating boom. It can perform a wider range of heavier lift tasks on construction and industrial jobsites thanks to its dual lift capacity.

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Unsung Heroes

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Harrison We talked to Sally Harrison, Head of Business Development and Marketing of Emrill, about her role and how she is helping contribute to Emrill’s success Goals and Objectives As the Head of Business Development and Marketing, I am responsible for setting short-term and long-term business strategies that will grow the business here in the UAE and exploring opportunities in the wider GCC region. A core aspect of my role is identifying opportunities in the market with existing and potential customers, working with clients to build solutions that best suit them and meet their requirements. I also dedicate time to studying the market and identifying current and upcoming trends, ensuring Emrill and our marketing strategies are always ahead of the curve. Positioning Emrill as a Market Leader Emrill has a strong reputation for investing in its people and bringing international best practice to the local market. With over 7,500 directly-employed staff, the company offers the full range of hard and soft FM and manned security services with innovative solutions tailored to support its clients, including cutting-edge energy solutions and real-time performance management systems. Building on this, the marketing team deploys an integrated marketing strategy to position Emrill as a market leader and actively pursues opportunities for Emrill to reach customers, suppliers and other FM professionals in the region. Key Attributes I have been based in the GCC for the past three years, working in Oman initially and then moving to Dubai. I have also worked in the United 80

Kingdom, Australia and China. I also hold a master’s degree in International Diplomacy, which has served me well working in so many different countries with different cultures and ways of doing business. Innovation is the core of Emrill’s future strategy, and the marketing team communicates the company’s ambitious continuous improvement targets to the internal team, suppliers, customers and wider FM community in the region. We have established Emrill as a pioneer, constantly pushing the boundaries and raising standards, and we are eager for other companies in the UAE to join us, elevating the region’s FM sector and establishing the UAE as a global leader.

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Importance of Teamwork Regardless of the sector you are in, every workplace needs a diverse range of people to succeed. We have worked hard to create an inclusive culture in which employees are empowered and everyone takes ownership of delivering high-quality services and relentlessly pursues customer satisfaction. We invest heavily in our people, offering a wide range of learning and development programmes to help people achieve their goals and inspiring them to be the best they can be. In the marketing department and throughout the whole company, we live by a set of values that sets us apart, and we work together towards ensuring customer and employee satisfaction.

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California Construction Expo California, USA The California Construction Expo is a exposition that is attended by industry professionals seeking to build relationships and receive the opportunity to work with the state’s leading government agencies. With public work programs currently underway and in the pipeline, your company can earn a role designing, constructing, or servicing projects taking place throughout the state. BauMesse Kaufpark Eiche, Panketal, Germany BauMesse will display a wide variety of construction and insulation materials, marble stone carpets for interior and exterior, doors and windows, shutters, awnings, insect screens, patio roofs, door drives and gates, balcony railings, patio furniture and vacuum cleaner.

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International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century London, UK The International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century provides the attendees with the opportunity to gain insights relating to the topics such as Leadership in Engineering & Construction, Architectural Management, Building Information Modeling, Automation and Robotics, Lean Construction Practices, Legal Issues in Construction, Sustainable Design and Construction, Construction Equipment Management, etc. Australia Big Infrastructure Summit Melbourne, Australia Date: 17-18 Sep 2019 Australia Big Infrastructure Summit is Australia’s premier C-level meet-up for planners, investors, contractors, and policy-makers involved in city development, transport infrastructure, real estate, and economic growth.

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