WESTERN BAINOONA GROUP
“WORKING TOGETHER NOT ONLY GROWS THE POSSIBILITY OF NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY BUT ALSO IMPROVES WBG.”
TOGETHER Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Martin McGinty, CEO of Western Bainoona Group, about nuclear power, fostering employee growth, and being part of a culture of sustainability.
During the 1980s and 1990s the United Arab Emirates, driven by a global surge in demand for oil, experienced a massive boom in its heavy industries, including construction and other infrastructural works. In 1990, Khalfan Mohammed al-Hamli from the UAE and Zouheir Najim Chamandi from Lebanon, seeing opportunities for entrepreneurs, founded what would become Western Bainoona Group 34 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
(WBG) with just two trucks and a handful of employees. They set about building a name for themselves in the Transportation, Quarrying, Earthworks, and Roadworks sectors. Over the next 26 years the organization expanded to more than 4000 employees and over 1000 pieces of heavy equipment, including trailers, crushers, asphalt plants, and construction machinery. “The vision that the pair had 26 years ago
is definitely in action today,” says Martin McGinty, CEO of WBG. “Over the years, WBG has performed better than even they could have imagined.” One of the most important factors in the group’s success has been responsiveness to the demands and expectations of the market around them. Today that means an increasing focus on being environmentally friendly. Though WBG operates in a