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Dimitri Papakonstantinou Managing Director Al Shafar Interiors (ASI)

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Dimitri Papakonstantinou joined ASI, a subsidiary of ASGC Construction in October 2018, and has taken the business to another level of success. In 1997, ASI was initially borne from the need of their parent company ASGC, to

have a group business which would accommodate the fit-out needs on their projects. Over time the ASI brand continued to develop its own identity in the UAE fit-out market. It has an extensive portfolio of projects across all sectors of the fit-out

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industry, from hospitality and F&B to commercial and residential projects. Over the years ASI has had the pleasure to work on some amazing projects such as the Coca Cola Arena, to the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020, and the Dubai Cruise Terminal. ASGC and ASI and working on various Expo 2020 projects. Several national pavilions at Expo 2020 including Australia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and others. These are completing in stages over the next few months. Other prestigious commissions include The Address Hotel at Dubai

“I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE INTRODUCTION OF MORE WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS AR ON HELMETS WHICH CAN ASSIST IN VISUALIZING BETTER THE SCOPE OF WORKS AS WELL AS POSSIBLY LIMITING THE INADVERTENT USE OF INCORRECT DRAWINGS. FURTHERMORE, I’M STILL A BELIEVER OF THE BENEFITS OF OFFSITE FABRICATION TO REDUCE WASTAGE OF MANPOWER AND MATERIALS.”