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TIME TO CELEBRATE! In this issue, Emirates Projects Magazine (EPM) has achieved something of a milestone. After starting off as a ‘thought bubble’ by TPG’s founder and managing director Eddie Rayner back in 2004, the publication has reached its 100th issue! During the last 14 years we have tried hard to help UAEbased businesses get their message out. And along the way we have been fortunate enough to meet some of the most imaginative, courageous, creative and hardworking people in industry and commerce, and it has been a joy to get to know them. EPM was set up to celebrate the ongoing growth and success of the UAE; to draw attention to the very latest projects and designs. But over the 100 issues since we started, it has become much more than that. We have celebrated not just the projects, but the people behind them. We have also discovered that the UAE is a very caring nation. As we go to press, for instance, I hear that Dubai Airports has raised AED 1,505,329 in support of Dubai Cares’ Education in Emergencies programmes, which offers support to children affected by conflict and natural disasters in countries like Lebanon, Iraq and Nepal, thus enabling them catch up with their education. In addition, the Ministry of Community Development, MOCD, in collaboration with Dubai Holding, has announced the launch of the ‘Masaai Al Khair’ initiative, which provides home maintenance and renovation support for social security

beneficiaries and low-income families in Dubai to the tune of AED10 million. Meanwhile, more and more people choose to visit the UAE on vacation, with Dubai cruise tourism officials, for instance, confident of achieving the ambitious goal of more than a million cruise tourists coming to the city by 2020. Of course, it’s not just Dubai that is working hard to ensure a prosperous future for its citizens. In Ras Al Khaimah, for example, they have launched the RAK Shuttle, a complimentary transfer service that will operate between Dubai Airport and the emirate throughout the summer months. So much happens in the UAE every single day, and as we look toward the future now, more than ever, there is a need for constructive and thoughtful voices to be heard. EPM will continue to strive to ensure that it remains a place where that can happen. As usual, we have prepared a solid amount of good reading this month that is tailored specifically for you.You will not only meet new people who love the UAE business arena, but you’ll also be able read informative and educational articles. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we have enjoyed researching and compiling them over the past 100 issues!

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FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE EFECO provides outstanding solutions for building systems through its multi-talented MEP team, which includes somewhere in the region of 26 BIM operators. The exceptional BIM team and engineering division give great strength not only to the company, but also to its clients. And with new technologies being introduced all the time, more and more companies will benefit from reduced failure costs and productive work processes. EFECO is at the forefront of this revolution. EFECO also has its own duct manufacturing facility, which is capable

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AL BAHA ENGINEERING P66 Al Baha is part of the Al Khoory Group, which was established in 1972 by its Chairman Mr. Mohammed Tayyeb Khoory. Al Khoory Group has remained a key player in the region and has contributed enormously to the growth of the private sector in Dubai and UAE.

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of producing 2000m2 of ducts per day, giving the company complete control over the delivery of its projects. “We are completely integrated with all the support and accessories for ductwork. We manufacture

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accessories, so we don’t need to buy them from anywhere else,” says Appleby. Not having to rely upon third parties to supply ducts is an enormous advantage in what is a fiercely competitive marketplace.

TEEJAN TRADING P77 At Teejan Trading & Contracting (TTC), they pride themselves on a long tradition of projects delivered on time, of the highest quality, and within budget, with superior levels of professionalism, integrity, honesty, and fairness built into all of the company’s relationships.

BINGHATTI DEVELOPERS P81 Binghatti Developers proudly launched Millennium Binghatti Residences located in Business Bay in Q1 of 2018. Inspired from the luxurious Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the project consists of 230 units including Studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.


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GET TO KNOW P08 In this issue of Emirates Projects Magazine we are delighted to get to know H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, the Executive Chairman of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: Sharjah’s economic strategy is based on diversification, understanding the basic needs of investors and the desire to improve the style and quality of life for all of the emirate’s residents. In line with that, Shurooq aims to attract local, regional and global investors through its advanced infrastructure.

REGIONAL NEWS P12 The Oman Ministry of Transport and Communications has opened the 270km Al-Batinah expressway for traffic.The expressway connects three governorates of Muscat, North Batinah and South Batinah. The road consists of four lanes on each side with external and internal shoulders. It also contains 11,400 lighting poles, 240,000 global standards and quality road floor reflectors.The Al-Batinah Expressway begins at the end of Muscat Expressway near Halban intersection and ends at Khutmat Al-Milahah in Shinas, Oman.

WORLDWIDE NEWS P10 The company operates in all major market segments, including healthcare, education, commercial, sports, aviation,Turner Construction has secured a notice from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to proceed with the construction of a new concourse at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).The $374million project is part of the airport’s ongoing Terminal B/C Redevelopment Plan, also known as Project Journey.

LOCAL NEWS P14 The one-of-its-kind event happening for the first time, witnessed Al-Bahar alongside Caterpillar, leveraging the platform to demonstrate the most recent Cat® Next Generation solutions and services that help its customers succeed.The theme this year for the Caterpillar/ Al-Bahar stand was NEW RULES.'; reflecting the idea of pushing old rules aside to make way for new ones with the Next Generation series of Excavator. The Caterpillar/Al-Bahar stand highlighted how the latest range of equipment from Caterpillar.

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GETTING TO KNOW... HIS EXCELLENCY MARWAN BIN JASSIM AL SARKAL HIS EXCELLENCY MARWAN BIN JASSIM AL SARKAL - EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF SHARJAH INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

IN THIS ISSUE OF EMIRATES PROJECTS MAGAZINE, WE ARE DELIGHTED TO GET TO KNOW HIS EXCELLENCY MARWAN BIN JASSIM AL SARKAL, THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHARJAH INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SHUROOQ).

Emirates Projects Magazine: What are the main themes of Shurooq’s vision? H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: Sharjah’s economic strategy is based on diversification, understanding the basic needs of investors and the desire to improve the style and quality of life for all of the emirate’s residents. In line with that, Shurooq aims to attract local, regional and global investors through its advanced infrastructure, ongoing growth and ease of business, providing premium services to make it one of the most attractive direct investment destinations in its own right and a prime business channel with the west. As a result of this vision, in the nine years since Shurooq was established, it has developed a portfolio of completed and ongoing projects worth AED 7.6 billion extending across a total area of 11.74 million square metres. Emirates Projects Magazine: Which sectors are you particularly targeting for investment?

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H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: When we first began operations, we focused our investments across four key sectors. In broad terms they were the environment, healthcare, logistics and transport, and tourism and leisure, but as the emirate’s economy has diversified the spectrum of sectors has broadened and the opportunities to invest have grown with that. Sharjah’s highly-advanced diversification model anticipates, identifies and assesses

which sectors will bring the greatest interest. The trend towards eco-tourism, for example, is a good example of that, along with the increased demand for investment in light manufacturing and education. There is also a significant drive for more sector-specific investment such as Sharjah Publishing City, the first free zone in the world dedicated exclusively to the publishing industry, which has attracted enormous interest from across the world.

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GET TO KNOW - HIS EXCELLENCY MARWAN BIN JASSIM AL SARKAL 09 Real-estate has also become a major focus. We have been extremely successful in applying the same diversification process to Sharjah’s property sector, successfully launching a number of highlevel residential, commercial and hospitality projects, such as Eagle Hills Sharjah, Nakheel, Mabanee, Emaar Hospitality and Diamond Developers. Emirates Projects Magazine: How does Shurooq smooth the progress of investment in Sharjah? H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: At Shurooq, we specialise in providing premium services to both public and private entities in order for them to invest their assets across multiple strategic options in Sharjah. Our partnerships are very much a reflection of the cooperation and support that Shurooq consistently delivers and reinforces the stability and sustainable growth of the economy. Sharjah’s reputation as a prime Middle East investment hub is growing around the world day-by-day. We have a significant presence at many of the leading international business events and are host to many others, where we have senior politicians, industrialists, business experts and economists extolling the virtues of Sharjah’s rise as a model economy. And these produce tangible results; for example, we recently announced a partnership between ourselves and the first ever Korean hospital to be established in the UAE. Emirates Projects Magazine: Please explain the opportunities and benefits available for overseas investors? H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: Sharjah has historic trade relations with more than half of the world’s largest economies, stemming from common economic and cultural values that have brought us together for centuries, and continue to grow closer as the emirate exerts greater influence on the global investment community. Having been ranked as 10th in the world

in terms of being ‘Business-Friendly’ by the Global Cities of the Future survey and one of the top 10 cities in the world for connectivity by FDi Intelligence Magazine, the benefits of investing in Sharjah are enormous in terms of starting up, expanding, ownership, world-class sectorspecific facilities, infrastructure, legislation, and much more. Sharjah has placed enormous emphasis on government integration and holistic digitisation between departments and the public and private sector, massively increasing the ease of conducting business. In practical terms, there are also a significant number of ‘one-stop-shop’ facilities in many of the emirate’s numerous free zones, where trade licenses can be processed in just 24 hours. Emirates Projects Magazine: How is Shurooq supporting and encouraging SME growth in Sharjah? H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: As one of the most SME-friendly cities in the region, Sharjah has helped more than 55,000 small and medium-sized businesses set up, with support that services investors from any part of the world. One of the ways we have supported this framework is by developing a set of flagship tourism and real estate projects, which attract a variety of SMEs and startups. Their innovative businesses feed the retail and residential needs of the relevant communities, offering a range of services and products that cater to a variety of investors, visitors and the local population. Projects such as Heart of Sharjah, Al Qasba, Flag Island, and many more are among the top tier options for SMEs to set up businesses in Sharjah. Emirates Projects Magazine: What are the most noteworthy projects underway at the present time? H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: Shurooq has a number of large-scale projects that are at various stages of development, and we are constantly evaluating and identifying

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new opportunities for domestic and foreign investors. Among the most significant at the moment are the Eagle Hills Sharjah projects, a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi-based developer Eagle Hills, where Shurooq launched three large-scale projects worth AED 2.7 billion. These are Maryam Island, Palace Al Khan and Kalba Waterfront, all of which are focused on promoting Sharjah's tourism sector and celebrating the emirate's heritage. The Al Qasba Vida Hotel Sharjah is a 100-room hotel located in the heart of one of Sharjah’s most popular lifestyle and leisure attractions, Al Qasba. The hotel will be operated under Emaar Hospitality Group’s Vida Hotels and Resorts, an upscale lifestyle hotel and serviced residences brand, and will add yet another dimension to our flourishing tourism portfolio. In terms of heritage developments, Al Bait, part of the ‘Heart of Sharjah’, has transformed authentic Emirati houses through renovation and expansion as part of a AED 100 million luxury resort to be managed by Singaporean General Hotel Management, a leading

operator of world-class five-star hotels. Also among the largest ongoing developments is the five-star Kingfisher Lodge nestled within the Kalba EcoTourism project, and Fossil Rock, part of the Mleiha Archaeological and EcoTourism Project. Emirates Projects Magazine: What are the biggest challenges for Sharjah over the next 10 years? H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal: We like to identify challenges as opportunities for Sharjah, because our economy is flexible and can cater to a variety of directions which best fit investors needs and wants. The next 10 years for Sharjah can bring endless possibilities on market growth and segmentation. I believe our ongoing diversification strategy and insight into relevant investments will continue to generate and enhance Sharjah’s standing in the global investment arena, offering increasingly attractive opportunities for a wider base of investors looking to expand into one of the most lucrative markets in the world.

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TURNER BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CONCOURSE AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT The company operates in all major market segments, including healthcare, education, commercial, sports, aviation, Turner Construction has secured a notice from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to proceed with the construction of a new concourse at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The $374million project is part of the airport’s ongoing Terminal B/C Redevelopment Plan, also known as Project Journey. The project is intended to streamline and enhance the comfort and convenience of the 24 million passengers who travel through the airport each year. Turner project manager Joseph Graziosi said: “We are proud to play such a critical role in MWAA’s journey to transform the passenger experience.” He said that the new concourse will provide a more convenient passenger boarding experience, partly due to replacement of bus-served gates with

passenger boarding bridges. Graziosi said: “The new concourse will also offer a brighter and more modern environment, with improved sight lines between concession areas and gates. This gives travellers the ability to easily and directly see the status of flights.” New retail and dining options, an airline club and more device charging outlets will be part of additional passenger service enhancements. The company has already demolished two hangars and the MWAA’s former office building to make way for the new concourse. The new concourse will include a two-level connector building with public circulation space, moving walkways and electric vehicle charging stations, all of which will be connected to a three-level concourse with 14 regional aircraft gates. At approximately 230,000ft², the project will also provide additional concessions and traveller and staff amenities. Ongoing work at DCA includes a new

concourse aircraft parking apron and two 50,000ft² Security Screening Checkpoints. The new concourse project is scheduled for completion in 2021. Turner Construction is a North America-

based construction services company which undertakes large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies. pharmaceutical, retail and green building.

AECON TEAM ACHIEVES FINANCIAL CLOSE ON FINCH WEST LRT PROJECT IN CANADA Mosaic Transit Group, a consortium consisting of Canadian construction company Aecon Group, ACS Infrastructure Canada and CRH Canada Group, has reached commercial and financial close on the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Toronto, Canada. The total contract is valued at C$2.5billion ($1.92billion), which includes C$1.2billion ($925.35million) of construction costs. Earlier, Mosaic Transit Group has been selected by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario as the preferred proponent for the project. Construction team members include Aecon, Dragados Canada and Dufferin Construction – a division of CRH Canada Group. Aecon has a 33.3% interest in equity and construction and a 50% interest in the 30-year maintenance agreement for the Light Rail Transit. Mosaic Transit Group will be responsible for designing, building, financing and maintaining the 11km LRT that will

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run in a semi-exclusive lane along Finch Avenue. This will consist of a below-grade terminal stop at Humber College; 16 surface stops; as well as an underground interchange station at Keele Street that will connect with the new Finch West Subway Station on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. The project will also include a maintenance and storage facility for the light rail vehicles and other components such as track works, signalling, communications, and public realm infrastructure. Aecon Group President and CEO John Beck said: “The Finch West LRT is another significant project win for Aecon in recent months, reflecting our strong reputation with clients and our proven ability to deliver first-rate results. “Aecon is a partner-of-choice and a key player in delivering Canada’s unprecedented transit build-out. “This award highlights our demonstrated ability delivering large-scale, complex transit solutions and the strength

of our backlog in the infrastructure segment. “The Finch West LRT will significantly enhance Toronto’s transit system and we look forward to working with Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario and our partners to connect communities for years to come.”

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SISK TO DELIVER COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AT CIRCLE SQUARE IN MANCHESTER John Sisk & Son has secured an order from the UK-based property firm Bruntwood to deliver the first phase of the £96million commercial development at Circle Square in the heart of Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor innovation district. In November 2017, Sisk was chosen to deliver the £140million Circle Square Affinity residential development for Bruntwood’s joint venture partner Select Property Group. These orders bring the total value of the project to £240million. Sisk is due to complete all the contract works on the project during 2021. Nearly 1,300 people are expected to be employed during the peak of construction. John Sisk managing director of UK North & Major Projects Guy Fowler said: “John Sisk & Son is delighted to be selected as construction partner to deliver the next phase of this exciting development on behalf of Bruntwood and Select Property Group. “Both projects demonstrate Sisk’s commitment to building a long-term

strategic alliance with the city and our clients. We look forward to bringing our extensive residential and commercial expertise to these projects, working in an open and collaborative manner with all of the stakeholders on what is a landmark development for both clients and the City of Manchester.” Circle Square, which has a total development value of £750million, will create a new urban neighbourhood in Manchester. The project will be delivered over three phases, and more than two-third of the scheme will be completed by 2020. The masterplan includes 1.2m ft² of commercial office space, 1,700 new homes and 100,000ft² of ground floor retail and leisure space for shops, studios, bars and restaurants. The project also includes a multistorey car park and two hotels, as well as a 250,000ft² of public realm that will bring green space to the city. Bruntwood director of Asset Management Ciara Keeling said: “We are delighted to be moving

forward with the construction phase of the first two commercial buildings, representing 400,000ft² of beautifullydesigned contemporary workspace, with technology, collaboration and well-being at the heart of our customer offer. “Circle Square’s incredible location

lends itself to being a natural home for innovative tech businesses and we are already making strides to build a new cluster here with the launch of the new incubator for data science and tech startups at Manchester Technology Centre.”

MACE TOPS OUT NO5 UPPER RIVERSIDE RESIDENTIAL TOWER IN UK UK-based consultancy and construction company Mace has topped out No5 in the Upper Riverside neighbourhood on Greenwich Peninsula. The Upper Riverside neighbourhood is part of an overall master plan developed by Knight Dragon for Greenwich Peninsula, London’s largest regeneration project. At 104m in height, the 30-storey No5 is the tallest building in the development and will provide 162 new homes. The second phase of the Upper Riverside neighbourhood includes three residential buildings, No3, No4 and No5 Upper Riverside, consisting of 543 apartments. Knight Dragon appointed Mace in 2017 to deliver the second phase of Upper Riverside. The buildings, which will have outdoor terraces and rooftop garden space, are scheduled to be completed in three stages between 2019 and 2020. Mace is also working with Knight Dragon to deliver the first phase of Upper Riverside, which is due to be completed later in 2018.

The first phase comprises two residential buildings – No1 and No2 – consisting of 464 apartments. Over the coming years, the £8.4billion transformation of the Peninsula will provide 15,720 new homes in seven new neighbourhoods. It will be home to a new design district, schools, offices, health services and public spaces, surrounded by 1.6 miles of the River Thames. Knight Dragon CEO Richard Margree said: “This brand-new riverside neighbourhood will deliver hundreds of much-needed homes and new amenities for local residents on the Peninsula. “It’s a vital part of the wider masterplan and will be the first entire neighbourhood to be completed, so we’re delighted to be topping out on its tallest building.We would like to congratulate Mace on reaching this significant milestone.” Mace director for Greenwich Peninsula Bob Coe said: “We have been working with Knight Dragon on Greenwich Peninsula

since 2015. Since then, we’ve built a very successful delivery partnership that has resulted in great progress on both phases of the Upper Riverside neighbourhood.

“This topping out marks the completion of the tallest element of both phases, and represents a significant milestone on the journey to overall completion of the whole programme by 2020.”

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AL-BATINAH EXPRESSWAY OPENS IN OMAN The Oman Ministry of Transport and Communications has opened the 270km Al-Batinah expressway for traffic.The expressway connects three governorates of Muscat, North Batinah and South Batinah. The road consists of four lanes on each side with external and internal shoulders. It also contains 11,400 lighting poles, 240,000 global standards and quality road floor reflectors. The Al-Batinah Expressway begins at the end of Muscat Expressway near Halban intersection and ends at Khutmat AlMilahah in Shinas, Oman.The developers took into account global technical safety standards and involved regional and global expertise to complete the project. To ensure secure traffic flow on the expressway, the ministry has constructed 52 concrete facilities, including 23 interchanges, 17 flyovers, 12 underpasses, 25 wadi bridges and 1,106 box culverts. The expressway has been designed to withstand all weather conditions. Al-Batinah Expressway is expected to accelerate urban development along the

road, strengthening the social bonds. It is one of the key aspects of the national economy in transport sector, and logistics, which, according the ministry’s policy will be the second source of revenue to the local economy. The project has generated several job opportunities during its construction stage to many local import companies. The ministry said that the first package of the project was constructed from April 2012 to May 2017. Minister for Transport and Communications Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al-Futaisi said that the ministry will complete the development in implementing new road links to Al-Batinah Expressway such as the AlAqda road link, AlSuwaiq road link and Saham road link, of which the AlAqda link is nearing completion. He said that the Al-Batinah Expressway is an addition to the economic and social system in the Sultanate, the largest among all roads in the country ever built by the ministry till date. The expressway will reduce travel time from and to Muscat into all governorates in its path.

RIPE NCC & KUWAIT TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY AUTHORITY ORGANISE TRAINING PROGRAM TO BUILD IPV6 CAPACITY IN KUWAIT The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (NCC) and the Kuwait Communication Information Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (CITRA) recently held a training program for telecommunications and Internet service providers (ISPs) to educate them on how to work with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and deploy it on their networks. The training, held in Kuwait, forms part of a CITRA initiative aimed at encouraging the development of a roadmap for the deployment of IPv6 in Kuwait. Network operators now find themselves running extremely low on unused IP addresses, thanks to a rapid growth in the number of devices connected to the Internet. As IP addresses are essential for identification and location purposes, this has the potential to restrict the ongoing growth of the Internet and associated services in myriad ways. To address this challenge, the shift from IPv4 (with a total of 4.3 billion addresses) to IPv6 (with 340 trillion, trillion, trillion addresses),

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which will ensure the future growth of the Internet, is being facilitated through efforts by industry stakeholders from around the world. Paul Rendek, Director of External Relations at the RIPE NCC, said:“We are working with our members and various governmental and non-governmental authorities to simplify the latest technological developments involving the Internet. The RIPE NCC is keen to further strengthen collaboration with all related entities, including governments and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), to jointly develop solutions to effectively tackle cybercrime and other challenges. One of these objectives is to support the transition to IPv6 through efforts such as workshops, seminars, conferences and dedicated meetings that bring stakeholders together”. As Internet services continue to develop rapidly and make a growing contribution to social and economic development, the RIPE NCC works to help network operators future-proof their networks

by sharing its expertise, thereby playing a significant role in driving sustainable development and economic growth across the Middle East. The organising of the recent workshop in partnership with CITRA once again

reflects the non-profit organisation’s commitment to engaging with governmental authorities to support their understanding of technical fundamentals that ensure the growth and safety of the Internet.


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EVOPS MARKETING & PR SETS ITS SIGHTS ON TAPPING MICE OPPORTUNITIES IN SAUDI ARABIA EVOPS DMCC has announced its plans to tap into the rapidly growing MICE segment in KSA. Mr. Michel Noblet, Chairman of EVOPS DMCC said, “Saudi Arabia is emerging as one of the most lucrative MICE markets in the Middle East. It offers unprecedented opportunities for events management companies with integrated solutions and we are eager to capitalise on this with the support of our strategic Saudi partner and executive director Mr. Ali Al Baker. His wide network in the industry and indepth understanding and experience of the local market will allow us to position ourselves strongly in the Kingdom.” Boosting the MICE sector is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reforms and economic diversification that aim to position Saudi Arabia as a global investment powerhouse. In addition, Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced in February it will stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, and pump $64 billion in the sector in the coming decade.

Mr. Al Baker, stressed, “The Saudi market is very large and most untapped in terms of events and entertainment. Therefore, events are one of the focal points of the National Transformation Plan of Saudi Arabia. The country is making significant investments to enhance its infrastructure that includes expansion of airports, development of world-class convention and event facilities and addition of outstanding new hotels. The establishment of Saudi’s first Event Management Academy for Conferences and Exhibitions, the country’s participation in IMEX in Frankfurt, membership of ICCA and hosting of Saudi Meetings Industry Convention (SMIC) in Riyadh earlier this year – all demonstrate KSA’s commitment to growing its share of the MICE business. At EVOPS we offer a full range of events management services and well-placed to meet the demand and expectations of the Saudi market.” With an innovative and dedicated approach and highly experienced team of professionals, EVOPS Marketing and PR is a full-service agency specialised in

creating memorable events. From largescale conventions to mid-scale conferences, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, award ceremonies, product launches, cultural events, mall activations, entertainment shows and family celebrations, EVOPS DMCC delivers outstanding and bespoke events management, planning and logistic solutions. Ms. Hina Bakht, Managing Director of EVOPS Marketing & PR, said, “When

it comes to events, experience matters. At EVOPS focusing on immersion and engagement, we aim to make every experience extraordinary with a lasting impact. Our passionate team of experts inspires and delights with its creative brilliance and use of latest event technology that gets people talking. We believe Saudi Arabia holds great potential for us and we have several projects under negotiation in the Kingdom.”

AL FALAK PARTNERS WITH ESET TO DISTRIBUTE IT SECURITY SOLUTIONS IN KSA Al Falak Electronic Equipment & Supplies Co announced a partnership with IT security solutions provider ESET to promote and distribute ESET’s Endpoint Protection; Data Protection and Technology Alliances to meet the growing customer demand among businesses in Saudi

Arabia. The addition of ESET solutions to its portfolio will further strengthen the distributor’s market presence in the country. The signing ceremony, held at Novotel Riyadh Al Anoud Hotel, Riyadh, KSA, featured three sessions.The ‘ESET Endpoint Protection’ discussed ESET’s multilayered

and cloud augmented malware protection system and multi-layered protection, along with the MSP program. The pain points of IT managers and ESET solutions for Two Factor Authentication and Encryption were analyzed during the session ‘Data Protection.’ Besides, ESET’s Technology Alliances such as Xopero Backup and Recovery, Safetica Data Loss Prevention and GreyCortex Network PerforTraffic Analysis were also presented. Ahmed Ashadawi, President and CEO, Al Falak, said: “With the rapid advancement of technology, security threat landscape is also evolving constantly. We are glad to partner with ESET to take their state-ofthe-art IT security solutions to businesses in Saudi Arabia, thereby assisting them in mitigating the security challenges that form part of the era of digital transformation. We will be providing ESET with our channel expertise and the resources to facilitate market penetration and increased sales and market share in KSA.”

ESET is one of the top four endpoint protection vendors with more than 110 million users in 202 countries and territories. The company is currently celebrating 30 years of continuous IT Security innovation with the first version of famous NOD32 Antivirus. Dimitris Raekos, General Manager, ESET Middle East, said: We are happy to partner with Al Falak, the attendance was great, and we will be hosting more events in Saudi such as the ESET Security Days." Al Falak Electronic Equipment & Supplies Company was founded in 1981 to assist and contribute to the technical modernization of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. Al Falak is a wholly owned Saudi Arabian company. It has played a major role in the IT evolution by serving a diverse clientele throughout the region, including government ministries and agencies, universities, and prestigious private sector corporations in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

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NEW RANGE, NEW RULES The one-of-its-kind event happening for the first time, witnessed Al-Bahar alongside Caterpillar, leveraging the platform to demonstrate the most recent Cat® Next Generation solutions and services that help its customers succeed. The theme this year for the Caterpillar/Al-Bahar stand was 'NEW RANGE. NEW RULES.'; reflecting the idea of pushing old rules aside to make way for new ones with the Next Generation series of Excavator. The Caterpillar/Al-Bahar stand highlighted how the latest range of equipment from Caterpillar was offering a powerful advantage to its users, in particular to the heavy machinery industry. The stand this year was the platform chosen by AlBahar to unveil the two new machines in the fleet – Cat 320 Excavator and Cat 962L Wheel Loader. In addition to these two launches, the stand exhibited a wide range of latest offerings including - Cat 950 GC and 966L Wheel Loaders, Cat D8R Dozer, Cat 340 Excavator, and Cat 239D Compact Track Loader. Cat Connect offerings, including both the technological updates and services, were among the other updates displayed at the Caterpillar/AlBahar Big 5 Heavy exhibit. Next Generation Cat Excavators Taking up the challenge to increase efficiency while reducing maintenance and fuel costs; Cat series of Next Generation

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Excavators, can be summarised in three primary figures 45-25-15. With game changing attributes the new range of machines offer up to 45% efficiency improvement for the operator, up to 25% reduction in fuel consumption, and up to 15% maintenance cost reduction. The new range will reflect Cat͛s simplification strategy, which would mean slashing the number of its platforms, cabin types, and air filters by more than half. Customer experience was the priority, while designing the new range of excavators. Helping an average operator to become a great operator, were among the primary objectives while developing the new series. In addition to enhancing operator skill, the aim was to address fuel and maintenance costs, job site safety, operator comfort, and variations in market requirements, with the new range. Commenting on the industry and the new range, Mr. Samer Ismail, Earthmoving & Excavation Product Manager, quoted,The construction industry is one of the most demanding segments these days.With newer challenging projects and scenarios, the industry is known for its attribute to stay competitive.We understand the industry is in need of revolutionary solutions, and as a leading brand offering construction machinery, we are prepared to help our customers navigate through

challenges with the New Challenger range that will help their operations succeed. Our exhibit has helped our customers to realise the benefits of our new and latest range of offerings. The idea was to show our customers what Caterpillar along with AlBahar could offer them throughout their project life cycle, from beginning to end. We are glad to have showcased our commitment to excellence, adding value for customers, added Samer. Sharing AlBahar's opinion about the participation, Samer mentioned, Al-Bahar has always valued its customers and their needs. Customers are partners for us - if they grow, we grow. Hence, it is always a partnership rather than a deal. Our participation at Big 5 Heavy offered us an opportunity to listen to our customers, enabling us to offer them the solution they need leading to a winwin scenarios for both of us. Our agenda to meet and expand our partners (customers) coming to this event, was met - as we are glad to the new businesses we met, while strengthening our existing relationships. Other stand highlights included special section for Product Support Services with focus on services like Repair Options and Online Parts Availability. With live demos of Cat Connect, the experts explained the particulars, offering booth visitors a first-hand experience of the advantages technology provides,

throughout the show. The key messages, underscored customer benefits of Cat products' durability, reliability, safety and Al-Bahar's aftermarket product support services and solutions, enabling customers lower operating costs, minimise downtime and increase safety and productivity – all highly critical for success and growth. Al-Bahar and Caterpillar were honoured to have key customers and industry peers visit the stand to discuss and preview the innovative solutions on display. With seven of the latest machines lined up for exhibition, along with an array of support services and exhaustive panel of experts ready to discuss and share product information, the stand welcomed many visitors over the span of three days. The exclusive offer on every purchase being made during the event, which offered two years of extended warranty and PM kit for 4000 hours - for no additional costs, were among the other reasons that influenced visitors. The first edition of the Big 5 Heavy, witnessed almost 400 exhibitors, 33 exhibiting countries, 50 educational sessions, and thousands of trade professionals from more than 55 countries. With 9,471 sqm2 exhibition space, Big 5 Heavy 2018 was the largest dedicated infrastructure event in the Middle East.


Madar Emirates for Building Materials | Madar Steel Industries HARDWOOD | SOFTWOOD | ENGINEERED WOOD | REINFORCEMENT STEEL | CUT AND BEND | WIREMESH

The company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE and

and sources its reinforcement steel from different

has subsidiaries in KSA, Bahrain and Oman.

countries all over the world.

Today, the company is one of the leading traders

Madar aims to continually introduce better

of building materials in the UAE with a wide

products and improved services that will enhance

range of products such as; Softwood, Hardwood,

the standards of our industry and the well being

Engineered Wood, Cement, Reinforcement Steel

of our society. We believe that by providing our

and Structural Steel.

customers with exceptional service, quality,

The company is also known to be one of the experts in manufacturing of wire mesh and Madar was established in 2004 to expand

cutting and bending of steel rebar. The 70,000

Al Fozan Group’s (KSA) building materials

square meters Rebar processing plant has a

business across the Middle East.

capacity of around 150,000 tons of steel annually

and value will strengthen our position and deliver exceptional returns to our partners and shareholders.

Our Products and Services: WOOD We are one of the largest importers of wood to the world market since 1960. We import wood from Canada, Romania, Austria, Sweden, America, Europe, Africa, China and other countries. We supply a wide range of wood such as Hardwood, Softwood and Engineered Wood. STEEL We supply a wide range of reinforcement steel with difference sizes and sources including and not limited to UAE, Oman, Ukraine, Turkey, China and other countries. Over the years of serving the United Arab Emirates market, Madar has established and still growing partnership with major manufacturers. Madar is a major distributor for Emirates Steel, Hamriyah Steel, Union Steel, Jindal Steel, Sohar Steel, Oman Steel and Ukraine Steel. WIRE MESH Madar Wire Mesh Plant is a specialized world standard manufacturer of wire mesh products; offers high quality Square, Structural and Long Meshes, all produced through fully computerized machine, Austrian origin production line with a speed of 180 shots/min. Additionally Madar offers Cold Rolled wires in coils & special lengths cold drawn wires. CUT AND BEND Madar is fully equipped with the most advanced machinery for cutting and bending of steel. COUPLING AND SPLICING Madar offers parallel thread rebar splice with cold upsetting jointly with high quality couplers. The product fully satisfies the requirements of major International standards. CEMENT As a part of its continuous expansion, Madar has partnered with Lafarge Cement, Star Cement and National Cement as a major distributor of their cement products.

www.madar.com | T: +971 4 8125 300 | F: +971 4 885 8727 | info@madar.com


Machinery Enterprises LLC has been an active and key player in U.A.E. since 1982. We represent numerous world renowned professional construction equipment manufacturers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands and others. AGENTS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF RENOWNED BRANDS

BATTIPAV Italian manufacturer of tile and block cutting machines.

BETON TROWEL Belgian manufacturer of concrete finishing equipment and tower lights.

BOMAG German manufacturer of compaction machines.

BOSCARO Italian manufacturer of concrete skip, buckets and wood cutter machines.

EDILRAPPA Italian manufacturer of professional hand held rebar cutting and bending machines.

LIEVERS Dutch manufacturer of high frequency convertors and pokers.

MAC3 French manufacturer of screw air compressors and pneumatic jack hammers.

MONDIAL MEC IItalian manufacturer of tile and block cutter machines.

OFMER Italian manufacturer of bar cutting and bending machines.

STEPCO Lebanese manufacturer of concrete mixers.

VIBTEC VIBRATOR VIBTEC POKER Belgian manufacturer of concrete vibrator and pokers.

BEKA Italian manufacturer of dumper machines.

“Our aim is to reach the status of being known as the leaders in the Fast Moving Construction Equipment industry” Satisfying the construction market’s needs, providing affordable and quality products, effective and efficient services and maintain level of integrity in professionalism. Main Office Tel: +971 4 2824456 | Fax: +971 4 2824019 | P.O. Box 8909 Dubai, U.A.E. Logistics (DIP) el: +971 4 8849185 | Fax: +971 4 8849183 AUH Branch Tel: +971 2 5541323 | Fax: +971 2 5541238 | P.O. Box 7707 Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Email: sales@machineryenterprises.com Website: www.machineryenterprises.com


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THE WORLD OF DECORATION IS BEING RE-INVENTED BY HP It is no secret that the construction and interior decoration industry in the Middle East is growing rapidly. However, interior designers are also constantly facing pressures due to limitations in offerings that match their concept designs and provide them with the flexibility to explore their creativity with no limits. Offerings of such materials today is limited despite the evident growth in demand from designers. Options today are typically restricted to finishes, such as pre-printed wallpaper, canvas designs, stone, brick, marble, tiling, wood paneling and so on. While these finishes are commonly utilised for design purposes, they present several challenges. As these materials are not instantly available, they pose high shipping and handling costs, as well as costs related to the storing and installation of the materials. In our modern day, decorative design has drastically advanced, allowing room for enhanced customising and personalising. Design can virtually touch people, and with the advanced tools available today that allow designers to digitise and individualise concepts,

designers have an increased ability to differentiate their designs and finishes. Through the HP Latex Technology, HP Inc. is re-inventing the design industry, and empowering interior designers to unleash their creativity by providing them with a product and system that can allow them to explore their most daring design concepts. It offers the unique ability to digitise and customise designs in a simplified manner. The product was designed to match the needs of designers and provide unique benefits to businesses, such as eco-friendly and cost-efficient design solutions. Whether a hotel, hospital, restaurant, retail store or a designer looking to create experiences through spaces, the HP Latex Technology is capable of perfectly servicing design needs. The advantages of using HP Latex Technology extend to an overall enhanced design experience. It allows customers to have the freedom to select and create customised designs and experiences instead of selecting readymade designs from a swatch book. Favored designs can be easily produced

locally with short lead times. Compared to non-printed decoration finishes, the HP solution can be much more effective in a range of aspects, such as the avoidance of installation lead times. From a sustainability and eco-friendly aspect, the HP Latex Technology uses water-based inks, eliminating exposure to inks with hazard warning labels and high solvent concentrations.This solution enables more distinction — odorless HP Latex prints go where solvent and UV-curable technologies can’t. HP is designing end-to-end sustainability into large format printing, offering a number of EPEAT Bronze registered printers designated for reduced environmental impact. The interior decoration market extends from traditional to more daring trends. Designed for each application, HP solutions cover the entire range: • Wallcoverings and photo murals (textured, magnetic, backlit, etc.) • Gallery quality framed canvases • Window coverings (window graphics, window blinds, • Synthetic leather and textile

A proven and unique solution, this HP product is being used by international designers, such as Karim Rashid, and multinational brands. Additionally, in the Middle East, there are already established print partners that are currently using the HP Latex Technology for decoration applications. Reflecting deeper into the world of interior decoration will open your eyes to plenty of opportunities driven by new capabilities brought by digital printing technologies. HP’s earlier achievement was when its large format printing made it possible to print posters and canvas right when the industry started taking off. Today, with the unique advantages of the HP Latex Technology, the global technology organisation has opened doors to further opportunities, from enabling tremendous creative potential aided by broad substrate choice and designs to same-day delivery of odorless indoor prints — the industry is in the midst of a complete transformation.

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UNITED ARCHITECTS OF THE PHILIPPINES DUBAI CHAPTER (UAP) NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

CHRISTIAN VASQUEZ, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED ARCHITECTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (UAP) DUBAI

Christian Vasquez has recently become President of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Dubai chapter, having been with it since its inception in 2010. Currently working for National Engineering Bureau as project architect and business development executive, he received an overwhelming majority of the votes in a landslide victory. The UAP was established in 1975 to unify all Filipino architects, and is a

recognised institution not only locally, but internationally too. It is the legitimate National Section representing the architects of the Philippines in the UIA (Union of International Architects), founding institute of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia), and is active in the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) registry of architects. Currently the UAP has over 38,000 members within the Philippines and abroad. Over 600 Filipino

licensed architects are based in Dubai alone. For over two decades, Filipino Registered and Licensed Architects (RLA) and their allied professionals in the UAE have been involved in nation building through various sectors of the construction industry, including design, project and construction management, interior design, technical support, landscaping, and product representation, with the highest level of competency, reliability and dedication.

“I have been mandated to oversee the overall development and welfare of Filipino architects here in Dubai,” Christian explains. “The presidency is for one year, and during this time I will aim to, amongst other things, be the moving force in galvanising unity, harmony and effective leadership in the promotion of qualified, respected, globally prepared and competent architects.”

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HIS EXCELLENCY HAMAD BUAMIM, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF DUBAI CHAMBER

MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM BUSINESS AWARDS SEE SHARP INCREASE IN UAE AND GCC APPLICANTS The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced that it recorded a 61% year-on-year increase in the number of companies from the UAE and GCC applying for the 10th cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MRM) Business Award. The number of companies in the region applying for the 2nd cycle of the MRM Business Innovation Award rose by 21%, compared to the previous cycle. The assessment phase for both awards is currently underway which involves a rigorous evaluation process. During this phase, a seasoned team of international experts conducts site visits to shortlisted companies to assess their organisational

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performance in key areas such as leadership, strategy, workforce, talent management, and innovation, among several other metrics. For his part, His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, said the strong response to the awards is a testament to the growing awareness of business excellence among GCC companies, adding that more companies have realised the need to innovate to remain competitive in a fastchanging business world. His Excellency Buamim noted that the wide variety of companies applying for the current awards cycle shows a strong commitment on the part of businesses in the region to integrating global best

practices into their operations in an effort to improve efficiency and performance. He explained that the sharp increase in applications also reflects the significance of the prestigious MRM Business Award Program and its success in fostering a culture of excellence and innovation within business communities across the GCC. The recently finalised Learning Module of the MRM Business Award Program will provide platform for applicants to improve their practices and know-how and gain valuable industry insights. The Module will consist of 5 training workshops, 3 best practice seminars and 3 roundtable discussions.

A member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and an initiative of Dubai Chamber, the MRM Business Award was initiated in 2005 to recognise and celebrate the success of organisations that contribute to the sustainable economic development of the UAE and the wider GCC region. The MRM Business Innovation Award, launched by Dubai Chamber in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Economy in 2015, aims to encourage companies across the GCC to embrace innovation. The award places a strategic focus on transforming business models to meet current and future challenges.


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THE HIGH PERFORMANCE CHOICE GENERAL MANAGER OF AL ALI CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, MR. ABDULLA RUQAIT, TALKS TO EMIRATES PROJECTS MAGAZINE ABOUT INNOVATION, CURRENT PROJECTS, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, HIS VISION FOR THE FUTURE, AND OTHER FASCINATING TOPICS RELATED TO THE ONGOING SUCCESS OF THE COMPANY.

AL ALI CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT LLC P.O. BOX 2896 RAS AL KHAIMAH UAE T; +971 7 2277794 E: INFO@ALALICONSTRUCTION.COM W: WWW.ALALICONSTRUCTION.COM

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Emirates Projects Magazine: Can you give a little background on Al Ali Construction & Development; when and where it was established and what is its general business philosophy? Abdulla Ruqait: The company was launched in 2003 by my father, Mr. Mohamed Ruqait and has grown to become a trusted partner in the construction market, with an extensive portfolio of projects. Our success comes from a steadfast commitment to the client’s vision, a passion for collaborative building practices, and a culture of balance, integrity, leadership and loyalty. Emirates Projects Magazine: In which geographical territories does the company operate? Abdulla Ruqait: Ras Al Khaimah is our main focus, where we completed 114 projects in Construction, with many of those being in the hospitality and real estate sectors. Ras Al Khaimah is the fourth-largest emirate in the UAE, and construction remains a key sector with the industry driven by a combination of infrastructure, housing and hospitality schemes.

HAMPTON BY HILTON RESORT MARJAN ISLAND-OPENING 2019

Emirates Projects Magazine: The company undertakes design as well as construction; do you feel that working in the UAE gives you more creative freedom as regards design, and can you provide an example? Abdulla Ruqait: The UAE offer the perfect platform for creativity, innovation and a different perspective. Being the ones to undertake the whole process from conceptualisation through to design and

execution gives us creative freedom and makes the process so much easier, faster and much more efficient. An excellent example is the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island Resort (Phase 1 & 2), one of the most beautiful resorts in Ras Al Khaimah. It was designed and built in two phases that complement each other and is the largest Doubletree by Hilton in the region.

MR. ABDULLA RUQAIT, GENERAL MANAGER OF AL ALI CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT


AL ALI CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT LLC 23 Emirates Projects Magazine: What do you think your competitive edge is in the marketplace? Abdulla Ruqait: Al Ali Constructions & Development has been in Ras Al Khaimah for the past 15 years and will continue to be one of the main construction and development pillars of the emirate. We’ve been present during its growth and have managed to build a wide network of associates that assist us in facilitating ongoing development. In addition, our continuous expansion of sister companies will allow us to provide full service for all upcoming projects and investors. Emirates Projects Magazine: Can you tell us a little about projects being undertaken at the present time? Abdulla Ruqait: We are currently engaged in several projects; the most important ones are in hospitality, including Hampton by Hilton Resort at Al Marjan Island and Intercontinental Resort Hotel, Mina Al Arab. We are also working on residential towers in different areas of the emirate. Emirates Projects Magazine: Which successfully completed projects are you most proud of and why? Abdulla Ruqait: Among our most successful projects are DoubleTree by

Hilton Resort, Spa Marjan Island Resort (Phase 1 & 2), and Banyan Tree Resort RAK - now rebranded to Ritz Carlton – as well as a Habtoor showroom and 213 villas in Mina Al Arab. Emirates Projects Magazine: Do you feel that corporate social responsibility is increasingly important, and how does the company approach this? Abdulla Ruqait: We consider CSR should be incorporated in the daily business of every company. When it comes to our industry the focus is how to be involved in saving and protecting the environment, and this is done by selecting environmentallyfriendly materials, bio-degradable materials, recycling packaging, plastic, cardboard and much more. We also reach out to the community through several activities, such as training young people through internships and charity initiatives. Emirates Projects Magazine: How do you attract and retain the most talented and motivated employees? Abdulla Ruqait: We invest in developing our talent, offering employees continuous opportunity for growth. A perfect example is Eng. Mohamed Hanafi, who started with us in 2008 handling multiple projects and has now become the Owner Representative for the Group.

Emirates Projects Magazine: What is your vision for the company over the next 10 years? Abdulla Ruqait: Our vision is to diversify the company’s portfolio by incorporating new services, which in turn will support us in maintaining and growing our market

share in the emirate, allowing us to penetrate different areas and cities. We are also looking at opening a transportation division, a piling company, aluminium factory, interior design & fit-out division, and a general trading company.

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON RESORT & SPA MARJAN ISLAND-OPENED 2014

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON RESORT & SPA MARJAN ISLAND-OPENED 2014

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IDEAL STANDARD’S STRADA II RANGE SETS NEW STANDARDS IN DESIGN Ideal Standard, one of the leading providers of innovative bathroom solutions operating across Europe, Middle East and Africa, has released its latest stylish and versatile ceramic range, Strada II. Building on the success of the original Strada range, this collection of vessels, vanities, basins, toilets and bidets offers soft angles, fine edges and contemporary curves to help bring to life modern, beautiful bathrooms. Created by leading industrial designers at Studio Levien, this range maintains the simplicity of the original Strada collection, while offering a softer, lighter design in line with current tastes and trends. Today’s consumers want flexible products to fit any bathroom design. That’s why all products in this range perfectly complement each other to fashion a perfectly harmonious bathroom. Basins for every situation Strada II offers Ideal Standard’s most flexible basin range, with options to fit every design scheme in a range of sizes and models. Options include washbasins, vessels, vanities, under-countertop and semi-countertop in sizes ranging from 40cm to 120-cm. Products offer different installation options, so one can opt for wall-mounted, positioned on furniture/ worktops or combined with a semipedestal. Studio Levien has included a

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clever rim on a number of models, which not only enhances the design, but also helps prevent objects from falling from the basin. Improved hygiene and cleanliness Cleanliness is vital when it comes to the bathroom and toilet bowls, which is why Strada II features Ideal Standard’s patented AquaBlade® flushing technology. It provides a more effective and efficient use of water, while improving flushing even at low water volumes, with no impact on the design. This technology ensures that 100% of the bowl below the channel is cleaned, meaning users save time and resources maintaining the products. AquaBlade® is also proven to be 62% quieter than competitors’ rimless bowl models. You can choose from wall-hung, floorstanding and close-coupled toilet bowls, along with wall-hung and floor-standing bidets. They are fitted with easy to remove seats and covers, which allow for quick cleaning. A number of models also have hidden fixations to not only keep the design intact, but reduce the places where dirt can collect. A perfect fit Understanding nowadays consumer’s need for products which fit seamlessly into any bathroom, Strada II was designed to be compatible with a range

of Ideal Standard storage solutions, and specifically Tonic II, Connect Air and Tesi furniture ranges, which are both practical and elegant. The company also has a collection of mirrors that further complement Strada II. Kostas Kandarakis, Senior Product Manager at Ideal Standard MENA

commented: “Strada II offers a range of flexible options to create stylish, contemporary bathrooms. The softer angles and finer edges result in a more contemporary look. This range sets new standards in design, efficiency, hygiene, ease of installation and maintenance.”


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TRANSFORMING SPACES, TRANSFORMING LIVES THIS NOVEMBER 2019 APID WILL HOST BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS, WHO WILL GATHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DUBAI FOR THE ‘ROAD TO DUBAI INTERIOR & WELLBEING EXPO’.

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The Expo will open the doors for design, economical and cultural exchange and will put emphasis on the value of interior design in generating wellbeing and happiness. Hosted by the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID) and Hallaus Events, the Expo will then move onto Lahti, the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region, for the Finland Design Week in 2019. The initial idea for the Road to Dubai came from Mrs. Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, the owner and Managing Director of Cinmar Design, and the President of APID and Emirati Women Business Council, with the event inviting new companies to exhibit their wellbeing and design products. The target audience consists of hoteliers, designers and wellbeing agencies and anyone who is looking for the latest and most innovative top-quality interior design and wellbeing products. The main objective of the Road to Dubai is to boost economical exchange and encourage relationships between the UAE and Finland. There will be workshops, lectures and case studies, with companies and individuals also being able to book quick meetings in advance with designers, suppliers and manufacturers in

order to increase and promote the economical and commercial exchange between the different stakeholders. Following the Road to Dubai, all event participants will be invited to Lahti Design Week 2019 in Finland. The Finnish government is already supporting Finnish participants with a 50% refund of their attendance fees and the city of

Helsinki is also offering a travel grant for Helsinki-based start-up companies who will attend this event. This is a wonderful initiative that can, in the future, be adapted to many other disciplines and countries, so where better to kick it off than in the happy city of innovation, Dubai!

DR. DOLLY DAOU, DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS IN MENA (APID)


ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS (APID) 27 APID Ambassadors for the IFI Congress APID has also announced the names of the UAE-based design professionals who will be the official ambassadors for the 13th instalment of the Biannual International Federation of Interior Designers (IFI) Congress, which will be held in Dubai in 2019. The event will be hosted by APID, who won the bid at the last edition of the Congress held in 2017 in Nigeria, picking up 17 out of 18 votes. The ambassadors for the IFI Congress have been chosen based on their level of active participation within the field of design in the UAE, as well as on the extent to which they have ‘helped the region meet its design goals’. Their support for APID, a non-profit organisation that has been promoting the development of the architecture and design community throughout MENA since 2005, was also

taken into consideration. The ambassadors, taking in professionals who promote and endorse design in the region, business executives and owners, practicing interior designers, in addition to professors and academics, are: Esra Lemmens, Laura Bielecki, Omaima Ibrahim Mohammed Alrebati, Alison Grace-Gahan, Jane Muff, Faisal Ali Raisi, Ayida al Riami, Maja Kozel, Indu Varanasi, Pallavi Dean, Dr. Gamal el Samanoudy, Carlos Montana, Dr. Nagla Mahmoud, Kristin Lee, Juan Roldan, Annamaria Lambri, Roman Lafner, Darshan Shetty and Samiha Al Hashimi.

Creating a Vision of the Future A visit for the delegates of the IFA was recently organised, which was used to help plan the Congress; this was the first of what will be a series of meetings that will be held to discuss various strategies for the event. The visit allowed delegates to get a sense of

how the UAE architecture and design community operates, with a variety of ambassadors representing different sectors of the industry. The decision as to what the theme of the Congress will be has not yet been made public, although it has been suggested that ‘how interior design and architecture is shaping and enhancing economies of wellknown cities’ is one possibility, with other themes revolving around smart cities also being muted. The overall vision is to improve the experience for society in general by using advanced design methods that promote an attitude of sustainability, whilst establishing better guidelines in terms of designing experience-oriented spaces. There is also a strong desire to improve the education system for aspiring designers.

Travelling the Silk Road Finally, this September will see INDEX provide a twist on the traditional show and an exploration of one of the most momentous design journeys one could ever make. The theme of the show will take visitors on a journey from east to west, celebrating that ancient network of trade routes, 'The Silk Road', with colours and patterns that represent both the terrestrial and maritime routes connecting Asia with the Middle East and southern Europe. INDEX will focus on individual designs and value driven products from Asia, together with premium products from Europe. Collectively, they will allow the show to present an extensive selection of interior products, aimed at the tastes and budgets of visitors who are looking to source their needs and requirements this autumn.

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LEADING UAE-BASED, INDEPENDENT FIRM OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS Options Engineering Consultanciec is a leading UAE-based, independent firm of consulting engineers, and one of the industry’s fastest growing and most respected companies. We caught up with Mohsen Tomh, Founder of the firm, to find out more. Emirates Projects Magazine: Can you give us a little information on your background in the industry? Mohsen Tomh: I worked for more than 19 years as a Project Design Manager and Executive Manager of O.E.C. During this time I gained hands-on experience of all kinds of different projects in both Dubai and throughout the UAE. Emirates Projects Magazine: Can you explain about the firm’s skill-sets, employees and vision? Mohsen Tomh: We are committed to being a leading engineering consultant in the Middle East, with our expertise covering all engineering fields and our skilled engineers and technicians running into thousands. Options aspires to be a global leader by delivering world-class consultancy services, whilst reinforcng worldwide corporate alliances and maintaining top tier quality and ethical standards. Furthermore, our capabilities are broad,

taking in Master Plan Infrastructure, Architectural Design and Landscaping, Interior Design, Structural and Civil Works, MEP, Project Management, Client Technical Representative, Bank Feasability Studies, Business Plans with Full Charter Requirement, and Construction and Supervision. Emirates Projects Magazine: How would you describe your own personal business philosophy? Mohsen Tomh: I aim to carry out every project to the best and with the highest possible quality. And I am looking forward to improve myself; you can’t afford to stand still in the modern world.

than a consultant. But because we are in Ramadan, I will mention the labour accomodation project in Jebel Ali, which we are very proud of. On this job we have applied the very highest standards for the housing, taking into consideration room design, the general environment of the building, elevations ... nothing has been overlooked. What’s more, the ‘Green Building’ regulations also apply to this project. The whole team is very pleased with this whole development.

Emirates Projects Magazine: Finally, what do you consider to be the firm’s biggest challenge over the next five years? Mohsen Tomh: I think that will revolve around the firm’s continued growth, as we open up new branches in Asia and Africa. We will need to increase our workforce by approximately 500 engineers, and that will not be an easy thing to do.

Emirates Projects Magazine: What is Options Engineering Consultants working on at the present time? Mohsen Tomh: We currently have six projects under construction – Al Safa Mall, three factors in DIC, DIB Twen houses, labour accommodation. Emirates Projects Magazine: Which projects are you most proud of and why? Mohsen Tomh: We are proud of all of our projects, no matter what their size, because we always give 100% and work more with the attitude of an owner rather

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Dubai Municipality - Interview with Eng. Marwan Abdullah Al Mohammed

ENG. MARWAN ABDULLAH AL MOHAMMED Director of General Projects Department

AN OPEN BOOK &

DUBAI MUNICIPALITY HAS THE VISION OF ‘CREATING AN EXCELLENT CITY THAT PROVIDES THE ESSENCE OF SUCCESS AND COMFORT OF LIVING’, AND ANOTHER MAJOR STEP TOWARDS THIS GOAL IS THE UP AND COMING MOHAMMED BIN RASHID LIBRARY, AN AMAZING STRUCTURE THAT IS BEING BUILT IN THE SHAPE OF A GIANT OPEN BOOK. WE SPEAK TO ENG. MARWAN ABDULLAH, DIRECTOR OF THE GENERAL PROJECT DEPARTMENT, TO FIND OUT MORE.

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Can you please explain your working philosophy and how it ties in with the vision of Dubai Municipality?

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Can you describe your role at Dubai Municipality?

My work philosophy concentrates on teamwork. ‘Teamwork makes a dream work’ as they say, giving the benefit of accessing more ideas, working in harmony, and helping each other in achieving mutual goals.

My role as Director of the General Project Department is to execute the policies of Dubai Municipality, regarding planning, design and construction of buildings and public parks to the very highest standards, serving the people of Dubai and staying true to the vision of the municipality. Achieving targets and results is my passion, in addition to dealing with iconic and unique projects in the design and construction stages. Many tasks and skills are part of my work, such as communication, delegation, risk management, teamwork resource management, budget control creative planning, critical thinking, motivation and leadership.

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What do you see as your biggest challenge as Director of General Projects?

The main challenge has always been managing what I consider the major values of my work - cost, time, and impeccable quality workmanship - through directing a massive number of specialists, both locally and internationally, for the execution of unique architectural monuments and landmarks that adhere to His Highness’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision, whilst also playing an active role in adding another achievement to our beloved city of Dubai.

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Can you tell us a little about Mohammed bin Rashid Library? What will it incorporate and what innovations can we expect?

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Library will be the first in the world to host various specialised libraries, each catering to the requirements and interests of the public; libraries such as the Children’s Library, Popular Library, Public Library, Young Adult Library, Business Library, and the Special Collections Library.


Dubai Municipality - Interview with Eng. Marwan Abdullah Al Mohammed

What makes our project unique is that the library aims to be a cultural hub and aims to be at the heart of creativity and knowledge, as well as a meeting place for all of those who are interested in culture and science; a destination for researchers, writing, translation and the arts. Taking this into consideration, we have designed the library based on the main pillars of its vision and aim, in line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision of the role of the library in the Emirate of Dubai, the UAE, and worldwide. Furthermore, keeping this in mind, we have used the latest innovations in design, in addition to creating methods of communication with visitors and the public through the design of the spaces. What’s more, the latest technologies are being used to provide the best means of communicating information and knowledge so that it can easily be shared and accessed through several different integrated layers so that visitors, locally and internationally, can spread out and enjoy all the knowledge and information the library will offer.

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How far advanced is the Mohammed bin Rashid Library project now, and when will it open to the public?

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The library is currently under construction, with the skeleton, including the basic structure of its unique design, completed, and the finishes of the interiors and the skin of the project currently under construction. The opening date is still not yet determined and will be announced later on.

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Are you happy with how this project has progressed, and have you learned any lessons along the way that will be useful for future projects?

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I am actually very excited with how the project is progressing, and with the great expertise and specialists working with us on the project. The amount of detailed and specialist works that are part of the project are providing us with shared experiences. In terms of lessons, I would probably say I have learned most about managing the three main pillars of strategic management in the project,

which is designing the strategic management of cost, time, and quality. Controlling those three main values, which I very closely adhere to while working with my team, made me realise how successful this style of management in general, and specifically on this unique landmark, is.

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How do you see the work of Dubai Municipality evolving in the years ahead?

I personally see the work of Dubai Municipality rapidly evolving over the years, as it one of the governmental institutions that very much values evolving through massive and monumental landmarks in the city, while adding value to Dubai’s development in various different disciplines. I personally see the General Projects Department working hard towards the expectations the city has for the years ahead, the vision of His Highness for 2020, and towards a smart and intelligently designed future.


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DUBAI MUNICIPALITY CAMPAIGN TO ENHANCE THE AESTHETIC APPEARANCE OF THE CITY Dubai Municipality Buildings Department has embarked on a campaign to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the city by asking the building owners to improve their external looks. “The Buildings Department is currently investing its human resources of technical personnel of engineers and inspectors to carry out periodic inspection campaigns on existing buildings and facilities in general and on important vital sites in particular for the purpose of monitoring all existing buildings and structures that need

Building Inspection Section, said the need to intensify efforts by individuals and institutions to contribute with the Buildings Department in maintaining the aesthetic urban appearance of the buildings of the Emirate of Dubai by giving care to them and undertaking the necessary painting works or cleaning the external facades. He said the Building Inspection Section conducted periodic campaigns on the vital areas of the Emirate, particularly the areas overlooking the Red Line and the Green Line of the Metro and the owners of these buildings and structures were notified on the need to undertake periodic and preventive maintenance procedure. Al Falasi praised the role of the public who are proud of their emirate and report buildings and structures that are distorted to the public view. He said the Building Inspection Section instructed the owners of these buildings through letters to undertake maintenance works for their buildings, improve their appearance and undertake necessary painting works.

to improve their external appearance by performing the required painting or cleaning on its external facades to preserve the urban appearance of the Emirate of Dubai,” said Eng. Layali Abdul Rahman Al Mulla, Director of Buildings Department at the Municipality. She said the aim of the campaign is to ensure the sustainability of Dubai's urban aesthetic appearance and the safety of citizens and residents of the Emirate and to achieve the strategic objectives of Dubai Municipality, "to promote urban planning policies and achieve a balance between land use and sustainable urban development.” Al Mulla said the campaign will cover public services and amenities of the buildings and structures that are not committed to periodic preventive maintenance distorting the public appearance and threaten the safety of their inhabitants. Saeed Bin Humaidan Al Falasi, Head of

He said the Section has also published awareness leaflets in newspapers and radio targeting these building owners and added that the Municipality will spare no efforts to correct the status of these buildings in order to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the Emirate and the prestigious status of the city of Dubai and to maintain public safety and extend the life of the buildings. Al Falasi also pointed out that the process of applying for a license for maintenance work does not take more than two working days and is provided through the Dubai Building Licensing System through the contractors and maintenance companies accredited to the Municipality. He also praised the role of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Police in supporting the Municipality in order to correct the status of building violations of all kinds and thanked the strategic partners of other service departments that support the Municipality in maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the city, and appealed to the public to cooperate with the Municipality to eliminate this type of irregularities by calling the toll free number 800900 and report them.

DUBAI MUNICIPALITY DEVELOPS SMART TRAP TO COMBAT PESTS The Pest Control Section of the Public Health Services Department in Dubai Municipality has developed an alternative pest control method using smart traps, which is the result of one of the latest researches in pest control. With the new smart traps, rodents are controlled using smart sensor technology and electric shock, instead of traditional methods of controlling rodents. Zuhoor Al Sabbagh, Director of Public Health Services Department said that the Pest Control Section is one of the vital sections working within an integrated system to preserve the health and safety of the Dubai community from disease carrier pests. “Last year, the Section won the first place in the Environmental Management Award for Government Agencies, launched by Saudi Arabia,” she pointed out. Eng. Hisham Abdulrahman Al Yahya, Head of Pest Control Section, said the device installed on the smart trap in the field will send text messages and emails continuously to the control team in the Pest Control Section immediately after the rodents entering the trap and the text message will include the number and location of the trap and the number of rodents. “This smart trap will help to reduce the expenses in the fight against rodents and pests and will also contribute to the preservation of the environment save time and effort in the follow-up of the traps all over the emirate. The smart message from the trap is enough to know the location of the trap and disposal in a proper manner before decomposition and without the pest control workers to make periodic inspections of the traps,” he explained. Al Yahya stressed that the Public Health Services Department is in the process of circulating these smart traps throughout the Emirate as an innovative plan to reduce the spread of pests and develop control methods in line with the rapid and distinguished development witnessed by the Emirate of Dubai in the areas of tourism, trade and business. He urged the public to cooperate with Dubai Municipality to report any pests or practices that increase the spread of insects and pests in the emirate's areas by contacting the Municipality Call Center at 800900 and the need to maintain public hygiene as the primary role of the Municipality is to reduce the spread of pests.


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DUBAI MUNICIPALITY SUPPORTS CHARITY IFTAR PROJECT DUBAI MUNICIPALITY ORGANISES MEETING WITH MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS The Contracts and Purchasing Department at Dubai Municipality organised a meeting of its suppliers in the category of general maintenance contractors within the strategic plan of the department to communicate with suppliers to enhance the relations with them. The meeting was attended by Ismail Kazim, Head of Supplier Relations Section in the Contracts and Purchasing Department, Eng. Mohammed Abdullah Abbas, Head of Technical Services Section in the General Maintenance Department, Eng. Abdul Amir Fadhlani, Head of Government Buildings Maintenance Section and a large number of contractors dealing with the General Maintenance Department as well as the suppliers of General Maintenance Materials. Kazim, who thanked the contractors and suppliers for their interest in communicating with the Municipality, said the meeting was held within the framework of mutual partnership to hear their views and suggestions about working with the Municipality in the field of maintenance projects, and also to review the observations that were monitored by the General Maintenance Department in the bidding process.

“The meeting was part of the Department’s annual plan, where the opinions and ideas of suppliers are heard and their suggestions are used to develop and improve the working procedures. One of the main objectives of the Forum was to strengthen relations and to bridge distances and overcome difficulties and obstacles, as it is an opportunity for them to meet with the leadership of the Municipality and put their comments directly,” he said. Kazim said suppliers are an integral part of the Municipality system and are partners to reach the goals and achieve future plans for the development of the Emirate of Dubai. The discussions held between the Municipality officials and the contractors and suppliers during the meeting focused on ways to develop and improve the work procedures and pricing for maintenance contractors within the framework of the exchange of constructive ideas between suppliers and leaders in order to develop and improve work procedures.

As part of its constant keenness to launch and support excellent beneficial community initiatives, Dubai Municipality has offered its contribution to the Ramadan Iftar project of Beit Al Khair Society. Mohammed Mubarak Al Mutaiwei, Assistant Director General for Communication and Community Affairs, handed over a cheque for Dhs135, 000 to the Society in support of its Ramadan Iftar project, through which it provides Iftar meals to 300 people. The cheque was received by Saeed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Deputy Director General of the Society. Al Mutaiwei stressed that Dubai Municipality is one of the major government departments that is keen on activating charity work and creating a culture of social solidarity and supporting noble issues. “We support the humanitarian efforts of Beit Al Khair Society, which offers, implements and supervises many charitable projects in various Arab and Islamic countries, which has had a great impact on spreading the teachings of Islam and spreading the spirit of social solidarity among Muslims, to reaffirm the depth of the Municipality's commitment to support constructive community initiatives in various fields,” he added. “Dubai Municipality always welcomes offering constant support to community organisations to raise the level of services provided by these organisations to the society to keep pace with the developments taking place in Dubai in various fields and at various levels and in line with the directives of the Government of Dubai,” said Al Mutaiwei.


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100 TREES PLANTED AT AL EHSAN CHARITY PARK AS COLLECTIVE CONTRIBUTION Al Ehsan Charity Park witnessed the planting of 100 trees as a collective Waqf (endowment), an initiative from the employees of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on the occasion of the Year of Zayed. Officials of Dubai Municipality’s Public Parks and Horticulture Department were present on the occasion.

DCL MEETS TRADERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF BUILDING MATERIALS Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) recently organised a forum for its customers in the category of traders and manufacturers of construction materials. The forum was attended by a delegation from the Civil Defence and a large gathering of representatives of factories, consultants, contractors as well as DCL’s partners, who are working in the field of certification, calibration and inspections of building materials. Eng. Amin Ahmed, Director of DCL, said that Dubai Municipality is keen to take all their suggestions and observations into account as one of the main sources of creativity, innovation and facilitation in the services provided to them. “Through this forum, we have tried to meet the representatives of the factories of thermal insulation products, contractors and construction consultants, to focus on their needs to come up with the best solutions to satisfy them and meet their requirements,” he said. Rashed Tahir, Senior Product Quality Officer gave a presentation on the most important outputs of the previous customer forum and the action taken on that, in addition to the efforts made by the Product Conformity Assessment Section to make the customers happy. This was followed by a presentation of the Building Materials Laboratories Section by Eng. Mohammed Darwish, Head of Infrastructural Products Unit. The presentation dealt with the new services of the Section and the advanced tests of various products of building materials. Ahmed also distributed certificates and souvenirs to the Civil Defence delegation and the customers, who were honoured.

Dubai Municipality had started implementing the Al Ehsan Charity Park project at a cost of Dhs10 million, in coordination with the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC). The park is being planted using an innovative methodology based on collective outsourcing. The community members have the opportunity to participate in the new park by donating palm trees from their homes and farms to be a charity in the name of the UAE community and the returns from the proceeds of the palm trees will go for the needy. The project comes in support of the endowment innovative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, through MBRGCEC. The new park adopts the concept of group outsourcing, a concept that has been successfully used in many economic projects where community members contribute small amounts to economic projects. Al Ehsan Charity Park will be the first charity park in the world to be a sustainable endowment in the name of the UAE community and a witness to the charity activities deep routed in the UAE,” said Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Awadhi, Director of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department at the Municipality. “The park has opened up new areas of collective contributions in an innovative way that will establish charity for generations. Community members participate collectively by donating the finest palm trees from their homes and farms to create this innovative endowment on behalf of the UAE community,” he added.

The project aims to open the doors of sustainable charity for all members of the community based on the endowment of palm trees, which is one of the wellestablished societal practices that serve charity, the oldest endowment deed, which is more than 125 years old. The new park revives the endowment of palm trees but with a collective concept that allows the charity of all members of the society. The park is located on a 15 hectare plot next to Mushrif Park in Dubai and is expected to produce 150 tons of dates annually. The project includes parking for about 200 cars, a parking facility for buses at 500 sq metres area, main building of 320 sq metres with a floor area of 650 sq meters, main entrance, a 2,000 sq metres plaza area, irrigation channels and a walking track. On the mechanism of donation for individuals, Al Awadhi pointed out that the date palm trees are selected from a well-known species, which is rich in production and faster in growth. The trees should be mature, well-formed and of good root variety, with a length of 0.5-1 meters. In order to ensure the homogeneity of growth, individuals can donate known varieties such as Al Naghal, Al Khalas, Al Khanezi, Al-Burhi and Al Hilali. When transporting palm trees, care should be taken when they are lifted to the vehicle, so that there is no bruising, stem or vegetative wounds, which adversely affects their growth at the site and should be well covered during transport so as not to dry the whole vegetation, lose moisture and lead to tree dryness and death. In order to protect it from external influences, it is preferred not to exceed the time of removal of the tree from its original location until the planting area for more than 5 days, and prefer to move trees either early morning or evening to minimise loss of moisture and preservation of vitality. If the donor wishes to plant palm trees, he should mention this from the beginning, so that the Public Parks and Horticulture Department can supervise the planting work by the agricultural workers coming from the donor.


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DUBAI MUNICIPALITY BRAINSTORMS IDEAS FOR 10X DUBAI SECOND EDITION

The Dubai 10X Executive Team of Dubai Municipality organised a brainstorming session to generate ideas for the second edition of the initiative. The team will present all the ideas and visions that contribute to achieving the objectives of the initiative to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, important among the ideas will be the out of the box thinking that implements the vision of Dubai, to be the future city. Based on the initiative of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, had approved formation of Dubai 10X teams in different government departments to incorporate the experiences, skills, resources and minds to launch joint initiatives. The brainstorming session, held under the chairmanship of the Director General of Dubai Municipality, was attended by the assistants to the Director General, directors

of departments, heads of sections and heads of Dubai 10X teams in the government bodies participating in the initiative. Dawood Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality said that the meeting discussed proposals of great importance and creative initiatives that will contribute to the development of community services and the upgrading of services in line with the directives of the wise leadership in this field. The meeting also discussed the opportunities for cooperation between Dubai Municipality and the establishments participating in the initiative, along with the development of clear mechanisms for the application of future models with the private sector, and the endeavour to create future by enhancing the quality of services and attention to customers and their happiness, so that those services are more capable and flexible in dealing with the nature of future variables and requirements. The meeting also discussed development of experimental laboratories to test future government models and innovative solutions to challenges.

BRITISH EMBASSY DELEGATION VISITS DUBAI MUNICIPALITY A British Embassy delegation visited Dubai Municipality and held discussions with the Municipality officials regarding the building control documents required by the British companies in Dubai. Eng. Aida AbdulRahim Al Harmoudi, Head of Consultants and Contractors Qualification Section in the Buildings Department, briefed the delegation about the systems followed by the Municipality regarding the building control documents required by the British companies. The meeting also discussed the work mechanisms related to the architecture and the approvals required by the Municipality in the field of licensing such works and the fees associated with it. The British Embassy delegation, headed by Ranjana Abraham, Trade and Investment Advisor at the Department of International Trade, included Alia Dar, Economic and Commercial Affairs Officer and Lauren Jones, Trade Officer. The visit comes within the framework of the continuous visits conducted by the Diplomatic and Consular missions to the Municipality aimed at building bridges of cooperation and enhancing relations between the two sides and to identify the administration work mechanisms. The delegation commended the positive cooperation and responsiveness exerted by the Buildings Department and the outstanding role played by the Municipality in achieving the urban development witnessed by the city, making it an example to be followed in various fields of Municipal work.


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FOOD BANK SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH CAREEM FOR TRANSPORTING FOOD Dubai Municipality and the UAE Food Bank have signed a special partnership agreement with Careem as part of their adoption of a community initiative in partnership. Under the special sponsorship agreement, Careem will provide food collection and delivery services during the holy month of Ramadan and on specific days. The logistics company will collect surplus food from individuals or establishments and deliver it to the nearest UAE Food Bank fridges distributed around the Emirate of Dubai. Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment, Health and Safety Control Sector signed the agreement on behalf of Dubai Municipality and the UAE Food Bank while Basil Al Nahlaoui, Managing Director, Careem Gulf signed on behalf of his company. Sharif said that the signing of the partnership agreement with Careem coincides with the Year of Zayed and the

the food from becoming waste and destroyed and the desire to provide a new service that enables the society of the Emirate in particular and the affected countries in general to benefit from the excess food in a proper, healthy and organized way. He said it is also in line with the Food Bank’s efforts to activate its community service role and in support of the Year of Zayed, as well as in support of the pioneering food initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai last year on the occasion of the Year of Giving. “We appreciate Careem’s desire to participate in the initiative, which aims to establish a culture of charity and giving in society through the involvement of all segments of the society in its programs, campaigns and initiatives and promote volunteerism. Through the initiative, surplus food will be collected from individuals and the concerned organizations and distribute it to the needy, which will help in a big way to reduce the cost of food that is disposed of in the UAE every year, which is estimated to cost about Dhs13 billion. It will also strengthen the economy of «recycling» and activate the commercial and industrial activities in a manner dedicated to the concept of sustainability,” said Sharif. “Our mission is to simplify and improve the lives of people and so this Ramadan, we decided to partner with UAE Food Bank and Dubai Municipality to connect those who wish to donate food surplus with those who need it the most," said Al Nahlaoui. He said the idea is to encourage people to cook a little extra or shop a little extra and share it with others during this holy month and Careem is hopeful to positively impact as many people as it can.

holy month of Ramadan, which is always associated with charity, reflecting the social, environmental, charity and humanitarian objectives of the initiative that will be benefited by all categories of the society in the country. “Individuals will be able to download the Careem App to submit the request to donate surplus food, and on receiving the online request, Careem’s delivery boys will come to the doorstep of the person who donates the food and receive the food and deliver it to the nearest fridge of the Food Bank thus achieving the principle of giving and social solidarity and strengthen the role of society in helping others,” he said. Sharif pointed out that this agreement comes from the keenness of Dubai Municipality and the UAE Food Bank to enhance the principle of cooperation with the charity sponsors in the Emirate of Dubai in the field of preserving

The scope of the agreement includes the company collecting and delivering the food to the nearest fridge to save food throughout the holy month of Ramadan from Thursday to Saturday from 2 pm to 9 pm in addition to the allocation of 70 motorcycles to carry out the work to receive and deliver food in accordance with the food safety standards and requirements, which should be adhered to from the time of receipt of food to the completion of delivery. As per the agreement, it will continue to be in operation throughout the holy month of Ramadan for the year 2018 and both parties may agree to renew it for further periods as they deem appropriate. The Municipality and the Food Bank are committed to highlighting the company's logo on the website and smart application of the bank, in all media and marketing campaigns during the holy month of Ramadan, as well as providing the company with a list of food items that can be accepted from the community, in addition to the locations of fridges to keep the food all over the emirate of Dubai.

LARGEST OPEN MUSEUM TO BE SET UP IN SHINDAGAH Dubai Municipality is collaborating with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority to establish the largest cultural project in the heart of the historical Shindagha region, which includes the largest open museum with various exhibitions on the history and heritage of Dubai. The Architectural Heritage Department of Dubai Municipality held a workshop for students from various universities in the country on the theoretical aspects of museums and the various stages of establishing a national museum. The workshop was organised as part of Dubai Municipality’s participation in the International Museum Day, sponsored by the UAE chapter of International Council of Museums. The presentations in the workshop included a virtual project to create a museum for Sheikh Zayed in celebration of the centennial of Zayed this year. Eng. Ahmed Mahmoud, Director of Architectural Heritage Department said that the workshop coincided with the strategic plan of Dubai 2021 aimed at creating a cultural environment and establishing cultural and tourist projects in Dubai for residents and visitors. He said the workshop was held with a future outlook to prepare a generation qualified to implement and manage the planned museums. “It was held in coordination with the UAE University, Zayed University, Sharjah University, American University in Dubai and American University of Sharjah to introduce the basics of museum construction and discuss all avenues of participation and cooperation in the future,” added Mahmoud.


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DUBAI MUNICIPALITY BRIEFS TRADERS ON FRUITS & VEGETABLES MARKET EXPANSION PROJECT Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Assistant Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment, Health and Safety Control Sector convened a meeting with the traders of the market to discuss the ongoing development works in the market at a cost of Dhs370 million in order to take their opinions. The meeting was also attended by Eng. Jabir Al Ali, Director of General Maintenance Department and Faisal Juma Al Badaiwi, Head of Market Management Section in the Municipality. Sharif, who is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Market Expansion Project, briefed the market traders that 45% of the improvement work in the yards has been completed while the expansion works in Market No. 3 is completed only 20%. The road improvement work is also moving fast as 35 to 40% of this work has been completed so far. He pointed out that the current market, located on a total area of about 990,330 square metres, is one of the largest markets in the country and is a major destination for all types of vegetables and fruits, whether they come from across the UAE, from within the country or from outside through land, sea or air transportation and it is also considered one of the most important markets for the export of vegetables and fruits outside the country. Sharif said that with the increase in the requirements of the above operations within the market and the need to provide an environment conducive to this increase and commensurate with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Municipality began to study the development of the market in accordance with the new requirements and to prepare the market in line with the future plan for 2020.

Accordingly, the two existing wholesale yards are being expanded by 50% with each yard having a total area of 31,168 square metres and are designed to provide a suitable environment for the buying and selling process in these areas, he said. In addition to these two yards, a whole new yard is being constructed for wholesale trade at an area of 11,940 square metres with an additional capacity of 156 trucks to accommodate the continuous increase in the size of the market and thus absorb a total of 510 trucks in yards, he pointed out. As for the two retail yards, an entirely new building with an additional area other than the existing two yards has been constructed with an approximate 120 per cent capacity of 6,665 square metres with an additional capacity for 170 trucks for loading and unloading, as well as an area for 538 visitors and staff in the basement floor and individual shops with different areas on the first floor of the building with private areas to provide refrigerators for each shop. In addition to the above, various service buildings have been added to suit the needs of the market in order to organise and arrange the movement of manual and electrical forklifts and electric vehicles that were provided in the market to serve the transport of vegetables and fruits inside the market. Electrical points are provided in each wholesale and retail buildings and truck waiting areas in order to charge the trucks with power instead of fuel to ensure the continued operation of refrigerators for trucks and thus provide full protection of the surrounding environment and protect the vegetables and fruits from damage resulting from those pollutants.

DUBAI MUNICIPALITY OFFERS EVENING SERVICES FOR SEWAGE AND IRRIGATION PROJECTS’ NOCS Dubai Municipality's Drainage and Irrigation Department decided to simplify the issuance of non-objection certificates for modern buildings or projects that are completed during the holy month of Ramadan by offering evening services to avoid the possibility of delay in issuing NOCs. Eng. Fahad Ahmed Al Awadhi, Director of the Department said that this decision was taken within the framework of transparency of the Department to achieve the highest rate of satisfaction for the customers and contractors. He said an engineer specialised in issuing NOCs has already been assigned to complete the transaction in which the customer submits the application and issue the certificate without causing delay to the work of the public and contractors.


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Established in 2012, from the very beginning it was Trojan’s vision to become a one-stop-shop, recognised for its timely delivery and quality workmanship. This enlightened and unashamedly ambitious approach to business has seen Trojan expand quickly, today taking in numerous companies that include Trojan General Contracting LLC specialising in building projects, National Projects & Construction LLC (NPC) specialising in infrastructure projects, Royal Advance Electro Mechanical LLC, Reem Emirates Aluminium & Glass Factory LLC, Hitech Precast & Block Works Factory LLC, and Al Maha Modular Steel Structures Factory LLC. This forward-looking group of companies are constantly challenging themselves to find brilliant, timely solutions to realise their clients’ visions and head-off problems before they arise. They will balance a client’s goals and analyse methods, materials, schedules and other factors in order to make sound choices that go a long way to ensuring a successful end result.

to execute 90% of the works through its own subsidiaries. And because of its association with some of the region’s most celebrated projects, along with its competitive pricing policy, Trojan has been able to attract and retain highly skilled staff. Trojan has recently been awarded the Waters Edge project, Aldar Properties’

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AED 1.35 billion development that will complement the upcoming, and much larger, South Yas development. Waters Edge will include 2,255 homes available for purchase, and Trojan has already begun its mobilisation, being fully committed to staying true to the milestones set in order to deliver the project by 2020 as promised to the client.

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TROJAN HOLDING LLC 39 In addition, Trojan has another large residential project underway, the North Yas Acres Residential development, again for Aldar Properties. Together with Waters Edge, this is considered a flagship project for a number of reasons, not least its relevance to the development of Yas Island in particular, and the whole of Abu Dhabi in general. These two residential projects have cemented Trojan’s position as a major player for residential developments. Furthermore, Trojan is working on various mega projects in Dubai with leading developers such as Nakheel, Emaar and Dubai Properties.

An International Success Story With excess of 25,000 employees and plant and machinery worth over AED 800 million, Trojan is capable to deliver any kind of projects across all sectors Trojan General Contracting Co. LLC (TGC), for

example, has grown into a robust local design and construction company that specialises in residential housing and the development of self-contained communities in the UAE and overseas. Since its launch in 2009, along with its acquisition of a wide array of plant equipment and select team of close to 12,000 highly-qualified personnel and labour, TGC has been able to seize a sizeable market share. Today, its current workload is worth billions of dirhams, with TGC being involved in construction activities in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Trojan General Contracting (TGC) has been recognised by Emirates Projects Magazine too, picking up the award for the No.1 Contractor in the UAE. At the time, Managing Director of Trojan Holding Eng. Hamad Al Ameri commented: “Every journey is a bumpy road that makes

reaching our goals even more satisfying. The feeling of success makes you forget all of the struggles that went into making it a reality and now we stand tall as we carry the name of the number No.1 Contractor in the UAE. And we continue on our constant quest to be extraordinary as we aim to redefine the dynamics of the field of construction and reach new goals with first-class quality.” Some of TGC’s major projects include the massive housing development for Emiratis in Al Ain, the Qasaba housing development in Afghanistan,The Palm Tower and Mira Oasis development in Dubai.TGC carries a special grade rating to provide construction services and a license granted by the UAE government covering the following commercial activities: • All Kinds of Building Projects Contracting – Special Category • Steel Contracting Works – Special Grade

Industrial Enterprises Investment, Institution and Management • General Transportation • Natural Gas and Oil Well Equipment Installation and Maintenance • Sewerage and Water Drainage Services • Streets and Related Works Contracting The government of Dubai has also granted TGC an unlimited license in the contracting sector. And with more construction opportunities on the horizon, TGC will look to explore new areas of development as it continues to adopt aggressive business strategies and pursue projects in the international arena too.

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40 TROJAN HOLDING LLC Value at Every Level Beyond its commitment to deliver iconic developments,Trojan aims to bring social and economic advancement to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision in the field of construction and to empower the lives of those in the community by delivering projects that make a difference. In every project that it undertakes, the group is steadfast in its promise that it can do it all, and believes that its collective expertise and capabilities, through its subsidiaries, allows it to provide a turnkey solution that adds value at every level - for the client, employees, the project, and the community. And as the business continues to grow and expand,Trojan stands firm in its commitment to maintaining, training and growing a diverse multi-national workforce. With visionary senior management, experienced project managers and engineers, and proven labourers, the group unfailingly keeps its people and their happiness at the forefront of all business dealings. As its most prized resource, Trojan believe that they deserve the best working environment, one that offers an opportunity for growth and learning at every

stage, and seeks to enhance and hone their skill sets, competencies and abilities. Trojan also adheres to the highest standards of health & safety and environmental regulation, complying with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and all relevant HSE legislative requirements, as well as green building regulations to help it to curtail environmental impact. The group’s environmental policy provides the framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets. Everything is documented, implemented, maintained and communicated at all levels as a performance measure of the management system. Trojan General Contracting (TGC) has been recognised by Emirates Projects Magazine too, picking up the award for the No.1 Contractor in the UAE. At the time, Managing Director of Trojan Holding Eng. Hamad Al Ameri commented: “Every journey is a bumpy road that makes reaching our goals even more satisfying.The feeling of success makes you forget all of the struggles that went into making it a reality and now we stand tall as we carry the name of the number

No.1 Contractor in the UAE. And we continue on our constant quest to be extraordinary as we aim to redefine the dynamics of the field of construction and reach new goals with first-class quality.”

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REDEFINING VALUE IN MEP SERVICES Founded in 2001 and a fully-owned subsidiary of Arabtec Holding PJSC, Emirates Falcon Electromechanical Company (“EFECO”) is one of the region’s most sought after and respected MEP contracting companies, with the resources and know-how to complete the most technically demanding building projects, no matter what size or complexity. And because EFECO is fortunate enough to boast some of the most experienced people within the building services industry, it can offer all mechanical, electrical and plumbing services in one works package. What's more, because it is part of Arabtec Holding, the company can provide unparalleled reassurance, transparency and financial stability. Many people believe that EFECO is a part of Arabtec Construction; in fact, both businesses are subsidiaries of Arabtec Holding. Nevertheless, Arabtec Construction is one of EFECO’s key clients, with Gavin Appleby, Managing Director, EFECO, explaining that although the two companies do work together on many projects, Arabtec Constructions has quite a number of ongoing projects across the UAE where EFECO is not the MEP contractor: “Both EFECO shareholders and the management are supporting and encouraging us to grow operations outside of the group. We will always have a part to play in Arabtec Construction.There is no doubt about that. But we are very much independent.” It should also be noted that because the company’s personnel work in a collaborative environment, it enables them to go that extra mile on projects.This is achieved by constantly striving for quality and following trusted processes that help the entire team work efficiently. No one lets obstacles or excuses keep them from meeting deadlines either, with everyone fully understanding the goals and challenges set forth before them.This is fuelled by the fact that EFECO takes the time to discuss project goals. It listens proactively and asks questions, making sure that it understands the client’s precise needs. Subsequently, the company works out a strategy with the client to complete the project within a pre-agreed budget and on time. In effect, EFECO becomes the client’s partner.

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EMIRATES FALCON ELECTROMECHANICAL COMPANY (EFECO) 45 Vertically Integrated EFECO provides outstanding solutions for building systems through its multitalented MEP team, which includes somewhere in the region of 50 BIM operators. The exceptional BIM team and engineering division give great strength not only to the company, but also to its clients. And with new technologies being introduced all the time, more and more companies will benefit from reduced failure costs and productive work processes. EFECO is at the forefront of this revolution. EFECO also has its own duct manufacturing facility, which is capable of producing 2000m2 of ducts per day, giving the company complete control over the delivery of its projects. “We are completely integrated with all the support and accessories for ductwork. We manufacture accessories, so we don’t need to buy them from anywhere else,” says Appleby. Not having to rely upon third parties to supply ducts is an enormous advantage in what is a fiercely competitive marketplace. Add to this the fact that the company also has its own prefabrication facility, and it quickly becomes apparent that EFECO has all of the bases covered, with Appleby

commenting: “I believe we are as vertically integrated as you can be in this market.”

Diverse Project Portfolio At the present time, EFECO is working on a number of significant projects, including the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport. There are a several new projects in progress in Dubai with Emaar, notably that of the Opera District, where EFECO has entered into a contract with TAV Tepe Akfen Construction for an AED 250 million project for the MEP works of towers A2 and A3 on Plot A. EFECO has also entered into a contract with Al Naboodah Co for an AED 113 million project for the MEP works of the Creekside 18 project, located on the Dubai Creek Harbour development, which is a joint-venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding. “We have in excess of 6000 villas under construction at the moment,” Appleby says. “We have an excellent opportunity in the villa market over the next 12 to 18 months and have done well to secure a large market share in this sector.” Moreover, Arabtec Construction has been awarded an AED 353 million contract

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EMIRATES FALCON ELECTROMECHANICAL COMPANY (EFECO) 47 on attention-to-detail. “Everything has to be measured, and if you measure you know your end result. What we have at EFECO is a very articulate team from project level through to the directors who completely understand and live by a plan’s rules,” says Appleby.

25 Million Man-Hours without LTI’s EFECO recently completed 25 million man-hours without a lost-time incident, with an excerpt from Lloyds Register Audit Report reading: “Company has shown noticeable performance achieving zero LTI's for the past two years. Those achievements could not be possible without commitment and implementation of health and safety management system that really supports company's business goals and reflects on company's reputation”. “This milestone demonstrates our dedication and unwavering commitment to health and safety. Such an achievement reflects the successful outcomes of our robust risk management approach which puts health and safety at the forefront of our operations. Combining these tools with the dedication of each of our employees and contractors enables us to empower our team to deliver operational excellence with the highest standards,” Appleby said.

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Sticking to a Plan EFECO stands out from the competition in several welldefined ways, not least in that it has very effective risk management processes in place that allow it to ascertain the correct projects to take on, as well as identifying risks at an early stage. The company also has rigorous estimation processes that help to make sure what it is doing and what it is estimating are aligned with market norms and backed up by reliable data. This derives from the fact that the Arabtec Holding PSJC and its subsidiaries, including EFECO, put into practice a formalised Four-Gate Tender Approval process that allows for enhanced control of all risks related to commercial and contractual agreements and, as a result, project execution. This compulsory course of action means that the company can optimise commercial costs, and in doing so support a tender decision-making process based on objective risk information and the ability to ensure that contractual commitments are in line with its aims and its position on risk.

“When we talk to someone, and if we commit to a price and project timeline, we can deliver the project because we have studied it,” explains Appleby. “We are measuring everything on a project right from material, labour, time and cost, which allows us to assess our projects at any time.” The EFECO team also understand that material wastage is widespread in today’s marketplace, which is why the company has developed practical procedures for controlling materials. Because of modularisation (which drives efficiency right through the business, increases productivity on projects and accelerates the construction process because MEP elements are already prepared, designed and ready for assembly in the workshop before construction begins), something that is at the heart of a number of EFECO’s current projects, there is a meticulous control of material usage, which helps to do away with significant storage of materials onsite.” Of course, an MEP contract is not just about buying the right materials and then throwing manpower at it. A detailed plan is required every step of the way, with a focus

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Integration, Collaboration and Cash Flow One of the biggest challenges in the industry is cash flow, with good cash flow management being vital to the ongoing success of any business. Indeed, even profitable companies can fall short if cash flow is managed the wrong way. However, at EFECO cash flow is just one avenue that needs to be addressed, with Appleby continuing: “I believe beyond cash flow one of the biggest issues in the MEP market is cost control. One big problem is dealing with clients that have financial issues. If you control your costs, you can take the edge off the issue to a certain degree. That’s why my first priority is the control of costs. If you move beyond control of costs, the other important thing that the market has forgotten is about applying technical and engineering capabilities. If you think seriously about it, an MEP business is an engineering business. Everything we do has an engineering component to it and, over the years, I have seen that this seems to have been lost in the race to win contracts.This is something that the sector badly needs to address. “The sector also needs to embrace better integration. And that means the complete supply chain of a project, and that has simply not happened.This is why MEP contractors are suffering. Integration can be carried out in a lot of different ways. You can integrate at an early stage of a project or at the main contractor level. You can also integrate at a client level if you want; I think there needs to be more value given to what an MEP function can bring to a project.” At the present time, price wars are also common in the market, a problem that is being exacerbated by the number of new MEP players. And if that were not enough, many of the new players do not appear to understand the market. With a very traditional base of contractors, which all of the established firms know, there are a set of rules that all contractors work towards in regards to execution and professionalism. This naturally adds significant value to a project.

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EMIRATES FALCON ELECTROMECHANICAL COMPANY (EFECO) 53 He goes on to give his views on how improvements could be made in the industry, suggesting that there should be some kind of regulatory control of payments: “In mature markets they have such a system and it forces payments to come to contractors and sub-contractors; and there’s a regulatory framework around that. If this was implemented into this market, it would probably improve the overall delivery of projects throughout region. There is a lot of tension between consultants and contractors too, and that’s not good for anyone. In fact, it’s detrimental to projects, not to mention the market and industry in general,” Appleby states.

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EFECO is dedicated to client service with the entire company committed to delivering expert MEP project solutions. EFECO takes pride in re-defining the value in MEP services and uses the latest technology to stay on the cutting-edge of sustainable design practices with vast expertise across an extremely broad range of challenges.

Client Service is a Passion Throughout 2017, EFECO went through a re-building process, which allowed the company to return to its grassroots.This has helped it to enter 2018 with exceptional project execution and manufacturing capability across both ductwork and prefabrication. This ongoing success has benefitted from the company having a mix of business, both inside and outside of the Arabtec Holding PJSC group of companies. Moreover, it has mitigated several risks and has a number of Tier 1 contractors that choose to work with it. In addition, EFECO is a company with one eye very much on the future and is investing time and money in the very latest technology, something that many of its competitors are shying away from. At EFECO, though, technology is the only route forward, with Appleby concluding: “Our one and only focus is to successfully deliver an MEP project using better technology and innovation. The advantages of this are not just to us as

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EMIRATES FALCON ELECTROMECHANICAL COMPANY (EFECO) P.O. BOX 42661 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 356 9000 E: ESTIMATION.DEPT@EFECOUAE.COM W: WWW.EFECOUAE.COM W: WWW.LINKEDIN.COM/COMPANY/EFECO

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EFECO HISTORY SNAPSHOT 2001 - 2013

2001 EFECO established its Dubai operators

2005

Residential Villas Projects

Arabtec Holding PJSC were listed in DFM

2004 EFECO services expanded from Villa Projects to high rise buildings

2007 EFECO’s majority shares 55% we’re acquired by Arabtec Holding PJSC EFECO opened a branch office in Abu Dhabi


2009 EFECO started operations in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2012 Company rebranding

2010 EFECO started operations in Qatar & Palestine

2013 EFECO’s 100% shares were acquired by Arabtec Holding PJSC MTB Airport Project AMMROC Project


EFECO HISTORY SNAPSHOT 2016 - 2018

2016 In Q2 Qatar EFECO Secured projects Yas Island 1017 Villas Project

500 Villas Projects in Oud Al Muteena WIP Villa in Mina Plaza

2017 UAE Pavillion at Expo 2020 Tiara Hotel Tower Package Dubai Creek Plot 18


2018 Wasl 2020 Tower EFECO achieved 25 million Safe working manhours

Opera Address Residences A2A3 Villanova Amaranta & La-quinta Akoya Oxygen 916 Villas

Creek Harbour Creek Horizon EFECO implemented new logo


LEADING THE WAY IN MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING! Modern Plastic Industry, member of the Al Shirawi Group, is one of the leading manufacturers of PVC Pipes and Fittings for Drainage, Domestic Water and Duct. Recently MPI has added PPR to the range. Mr. Kabir Valrani, CEO of Modern Plastic Industry said owing to improved business conditions in the region MPI would be adding new products to the range apart from increasing the production capacities. Modern Plastic Industry LLC has a long association with M/s EFECO and we consider them as our partners in achieving our companies goals and vision. The association began a few years ago with the Mira Community project where we executed 1582 villas for Emar. Currently we have also signed the prestigious Villanova project 1338 villas for Dubai Properties with EFECO. MPI has been setting the standard for consistent product quality and innovation in High pressure UPVC, CPVC, PPR, PP compression fittings and pipes. And by combining world class TECHNOLOGY, QUALITY & RELIABILITY, we continuously increase our value to our customers.

Modern Plastic Industry LLC DIP, Dubai, P.O. Box: 31550, United Arab Emirates Phone: 04 8851300 Fax: 04 8851301 Email: info@mpi.ae Website: www.mpi.ae

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GLOBAL LEADER WITH A LOCAL PRESENCE One of the top five manufacturers of valves, fittings, circuit regulating valves, dynamic control fittings and thermostatic valves for domestic installations for heating, air conditioning, sanitary and gas appliances worldwide, HERZ-Armaturen Ges.m.b.H. is active in more than 100 countries worldwide and employees approximately 3000 personnel. Also one of the leading producers of heat pumps and biomass boilers from 25 kilowatt up to 20 megawatt, this highly respected Austrian company, has a turnover in excess of 400 million. This ongoing success is fuelled by the fact that all HERZ products are manufactured in only EU countries according to the European quality standards, giving clients complete confidence and peace-of-mind. Crucially, significant importance is given to local markets and activities. Since 2012, for instance, HERZ has had own branch office in the UAE, located in the Sharjah International Airport Free Zone. The company’s facility in Sharjah consists of a 600m² warehouse with office space, which allows HERZ to provide delivery, technical support, maintenance, and spare

parts for all items in the company’s product range. This includes ‘WRAS’, ‘KIWA’, ‘GHOST’, ‘DVGW’, ‘OVGW’, BSRIA approved valves manufactured in EU countries and all types of technical support,

such as installer training, calculating the presetting of the valves, and commissioning service after installation. Decades of experience, as well as specialising in the fields of heating and

control engineering, form the basis of innovation and attractive design for all HERZ products, which cover the entire market for the HVAC industry.

ZORAN BANKOVIC, MANAGING DIRECTOR, HERZ MIDDLE EAST

120 years experience in HVAC

HERZ Middle East LLC

P.O.Box: 121310 SAIF Zone, Sharjah, UAE Tel.: +971 (0)6 55 28 108 Fax: +971 (0)6 55 28 109 E-Mail: office@herz.ae www.herz.ae

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60 ASIA PRIME GENERAL CONTRACTING COMPANY LLC

BUILDINGS THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME FOUNDED IN 1980, ASIA PRIME GENERAL CONTRACTING LLC BELIEVE IN DELIVERING OUTSTANDING WORKMANSHIP AT A COMPETITIVE PRICE; NURTURING HIGH STANDARDS OF SKILL AND INTEGRITY IN ALL OF ITS TEAM MEMBERS; INSTILLING A DEDICATION TO THE SAFETY OF STAFF; AND FOSTERING A COMMITMENT TO ECOLOGICALLY FRIENDLY CONSTRUCTION.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that ASIA-PRIME is held in esteem throughout the construction industry in the Gulf, with a reputation for understanding and meeting its clients’ requirements for safety, quality, on time delivery, and value for money. Based in the UAE and spread in both KSA & Oman, ASIA-PRIME is a general contracting and construction management company that specialises in design and build projects & construction work, with its expertise covering everything from pre-construction services to complete turnkey construction projects. The company prides itself in constructing diversified projects in the various sectors of the construction industry.

weakness into strength, whilst directing individual accomplishments toward organisational objectives by sharing together, working together, and succeeding together. Everyone within ASIA-PRIME is open and honest, giving constructive feedback regardless of their role or who the recipient may be. Indeed, the company takes feedback as an opportunity to develop and continuously improve on its skills, products and services. Make no mistake the success ASIAPRIME currently enjoys is due solely to

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the fact that it satisfies its clients! In its planning and doing, the company always put the client’s concerns and benefits first. It directs all of its actions towards producing satisfied clients and makes it a matter of routine to go above and beyond the call of duty to create the desired result. ASIA-PRIME prides itself on making informed decisions before, during, and after a project, with an emphasis on quality, while remaining on time and on budget.

A Common Vision

ASIA PRIME GENERAL CONTRACTING COMPANY LLC P.O. BOX 90842 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 2556669 E: INFO@ASIA-PRIME.COM W: WWW.ASIACONTRACTING.COM

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ASIA-PRIME core values are not just words on a page or merely spoken, they live by them. As a result, the company’s aim is to achieve ‘total customer service excellence’ for all of its clients. Its prime concern is to provide quality work beyond client expectations, with its highly skilled and motivated team working in harmony towards achieving this common vision. There is synergy in the team, which allows it to convert each personal

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CREATING | BUILDING | INNOVATING

36 YEARS

of Experience & Expertise One of the oldest block manufacturing companies in the Middle East, RAKNOR has expanded over the last four decades from being a pioneer in the industry to becoming the market leader, continually evolving to meet the growing demand for quality concrete products in the booming U.A.E. market. Certified to ISO 9001:2008 Standard and Compliant with BS and ASTM Standards

RAKNOR P.O. Box 883, Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E. Tel: +971 7 266 8351 Fax: +971 7 266 8910 E-mail: raknor@emirates.net.ae

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A Unique Offering In the construction industry longevity is the true measure of success. During ASIAPRIME’s years of construction experience, it has built a reputation for quality and professionalism with its clients. The quality of the finished project is its legacy. ASIA-PRIME’s specialty lies with its vast experience in industrial projects & Prestigious Commercial Projects (Hotels), with the company having delivered numerous warehouses, factories and labour accommodations. Moreover, ASIA-

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PRIME specialises in design and build turnkey projects, using the laser screed technology to achieve super flat slabs for its projects. Completed projects include a warehouse complex at Umm Al Quwain, Al Naboodah factory and staff accommodation, and Light Industrial Units for Emirates Industrial City. ASIA-PRIME’s diversification in the commercial sector is what makes it unique, as it is able to deliver different types of projects according to the market demand. The company has executed and delivered

projects such as hotels, office buildings, hypermarkets and many more, including Yas Mart Hypermarket,Ajman Cooperative Hypermarket, and Al Qiyadah mixed-use development (Millennium Hotel) and now secured the construction of AURIS Hotel at Palm Diera. Whatever the challenge, ASIA-PRIME specialises in undertaking projects from A to Z (turnkey), adhering to the highest levels of safety and quality standards in both materials supplied and work constructed, and is committed to handing over the

projects within the allocated time frame. Its expertise expands through multiple sectors, including hospitality, commercial and industrial. The management team at ASIA-PRIME recognises and understands the challenges owners, developers, architects and engineers are faced with, and offer innovative solutions for meeting those challenges. What’s more, its continuing commitment to this high standard of operation is unwavering.


ASIA PRIME GENERAL CONTRACTING COMPANY LLC 63 A Time Proven Approach Based on the high demand for fast track projects, ASIA-PRIME has developed its role as a design and build contractor that refuses to compromise on either quality or customer service. It provides the best economical design and solutions that fit the client’s needs, all within the allocated budget. Whether the project is a construction or design and build turnkey, the company provides value engineering to

ensure that its clients are getting the best value for money. From the site to the office, ASIAPRIME’s experienced team works with each client to ensure expectations are fully met, turning dreams into a reality through professionalism and proactive and logical problem solving. Furthermore, safety is at the heart of everything that ASIA-PRIME does. For every job, its goal is simple: everyone goes home safely. The company believe that no

job is so important that it cannot be done safely. And while the goal is simple, achieving it requires planning and hard work. In order to make this goal a reality, ASIA-PRIME supports a number of safety strategies and initiatives. The pillars on which ASIA-PRIME was originally founded still live on today. Strengths such as efficiency, trust, hard work, communication, and integrity make it one of the Gulf ’s trusted and respected diversified contractors.

Its success as a business is based on a simple and time proven approach: listening to its clients’ needs, understand their expectations, and implementing all necessary procedures to exceed those expectations. This meticulous approach has resulted in an excellent record of delivering enduring, cost-effective projects ... plus satisfied clients who seek to repeat the experience.

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From Design To Reality

With every great design, and creative architectural flair comes the challenge of the right material for the right design, and the right solution for a potential design dilemma. Tigerprofiles has long been aware of the importance of supporting architects and designers unleash your designing potential, and as such, we present to you Versatile - a smart cladding solution that has been designed with you in mind. Versatile in name, nature and ability, our design tiles enable you to realize your design vision for any surface - interior, exterior, domes, roofing and cladding - Versatile is yours to make it your own.

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TIGERPROFILES & INSULATION LLC 65 01

WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR ABILITY ALSO KNOWN AS THE ROOF & CLADDING COMPANY, TIGERPROFILES WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE UAE IN 1993 AS THE “CLADDING ARM” OF TIGERSTEEL ENGINEERING LLC. AT TIGERPROFILES WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR ABILITY TO BRING TO YOU A RANGE OF SPECIAL ROOFING AND CLADDING PRODUCTS, SYSTEMS AND SOLUTIONS THAT CATER TO YOUR MOST STRINGENT DESIGN, PERFORMANCE AND COST EFFICIENCY NEEDS.

TIGERPROFILES & INSULATION LLC P.O. BOX 23499 SHARJAH UAE T: +971 6 533 8449 F: +971 6 533 6673 E: INFO@TIGERPROFILES.COM W: WWW.TIGERPROFILES.COM

Systems include: • T-Seam® - Standing Seam Systems • K-Span • Tiger Engineered Building Systems (TEBs): the ideal systems and/or solutions providing a light-weight pregalvanized steel structure complete with roofing and cladding and relevant accessories. Our TEB is the ultimate system for agriculture requirements including fruit and vegetable, poultry, fish, livestock farms, storage and production. • Versatile Smart Cladding Solution that has been designed with architects in mind.Versatile in name, nature and ability, our tiles enable architects to realize their design vision for any surface interior, exterior, domes, roofing and cladding and available in any metal material, texture and finish. Products include: • PUR/PIR/Mineral Wool insulated trapezoidal roof and wall panels (TR 45/150, TR 45/250) and partition panels • Concealed Fix Wall Panels insulated with PUR, or PIR or Mineral Wool • Façade Wall Panels insulated

with PIR or Mineral Wool • Cold Store Panels and Accessories- our PUR and PIR insulated panels are produced through the use of a patented technology making us the world’s only automated online producer of cold store panels with online camlock production • Single Skin (non-insulated) roof, wall and floor profiles: • Pre-insulated ventilation ducts and accessories • Cold formed sections and accessories: The added value we cater to you with, is our infinite dedication to provide customized solutions that fit in with your needs, your requirements, your time and your budget. Our role as a proactive solution provider over the past two decades has exposed to infinite challenging scenarios that have greatly contributed to the success we enjoy today as a partner of choice. Whether you require support and advice for a complex design, an inaccessible site, or when your dilemma is the color or material to select for your roof, whatever your requirement, we are here to support and guide you, all the time, any time. Adhering to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, FM Approvals (USA), Dubai Municipality and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Civil Defense is only the tip of the guarantee to standards by our management.

Our Tigerprofiles commitment is to put our client first by providing excellent service and by focusing on you, our client and by being a responsible member of our communities, and thus producing a solid return for our company, while creating meaningful work for ourselves and provide something of lasting value for society. Our Corporate Social Responsibility is at the core of our operations, and this is reflected in our T.P.I values, and spare no effort to ensure that they are the solid backbone of our operations: T=TECHNOLOGY: We are committed to seeking and providing the best-in-class technology that will guarantee the quality performance that we are proud of, and that we continuously aim to provide. P=PERFORMANCE: We hold ourselves to a very high standard of performance, because we never aim to only please you by serving you well—our aim is to always astonish you by providing outstanding service and support. We never stop asking ourselves how we can improve ourselves, our company and our products, and every day, we work to find an answer. I=INTEGRITY: Is at the heart of everything we do. We are honest, ethical and sincere because trust is at the foundation of our relationships with our clients, and each other.

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66 AL BAHA ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

SMOOTHLY, QUICKLY, EFFICIENTLY AL BAHA ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESS IN 1992 DUE TO THE INITIATIVE OF ENGINEER ABDULLA MOHAMMED TAYYEB KHOORY. FROM DAY ONE, ‘QUALITY’ HAS BEEN THE WATCHWORD OF THE FIRM, HELPING TO BUILD A LARGE BASE OF LOYAL CLIENTELE WHO ARE STILL CONTINUING WITH THEIR TRUST ON US FOR ALL THEIR CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS YEAR AFTER YEAR.

AL BAHA ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS P.O. BOX 12624 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 3146182 E: ALBAHAEC@ALBAHACONSULT.COM W: WWW.ALBAHACONSULT.COM

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The establishment of our firm coincided with the commencement of that extraordinary phase of development in Dubai which catapulted the emirate into the limelight and marked the beginning of its remarkable journey establishing itself as the prime investment and tourist destination in the region. Al Baha gained immence expreince and enhanced its expertise manifold during this phase and has since emerged as one of UAE’s leading consultancies. Al Baha is part of the Al Khoory Group, which was established in 1972 by its Chairman Mr. Mohammed Tayyeb Khoory. Al Khoory Group has remained a key player in the region and has contributed enormously to the growth of the private sector in Dubai and UAE. During its 45 years of existence, Al Khoory Group has established itself as a reliable and committed conglomerate with diverse and proven excellence in all of the major fields, including real estate, hospitality, trading, automobiles and manufacturing.

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is also equipped with all in-house capabilities required to execute a project from the concept stage to completion. The firm takes care of all exploratory and preparatory work, such as extensive and conclusive research, case and feasibility studies, as well as preparation of tender drawings and documents. Compliance with the existing building codes is ensured at every stage by liaising with authorities acquiring planning approval on the client’s behalf, providing construction supervision, start-up operations and advisory services. The list of projects completed in the recent past includes a number of

hospitality projects, ranging from 2-star upto 4-star hotels in Dubai. Recently commissioned projects are Al Khoory Atrium Hotel (a 4-star hotel in Al Barsha) and Al Khoory Inn (a 2-star hotel in Al Hamriya). Our ongoing projects in Dubai include 4-star hotels in Port Saeed and Al Quoz, and a 3-star hotel, also in Al Quoz. In addition to the projects in Dubai, there are a number of projects under design, which includes 4-star and 3-star hotels in Muscat and Sohar in the Sultanate of Oman, plus residential, commercial and industrial warehouse developments in the UAE.

All Encompassing Expertise For its clients Al Baha is a one-stopshop for all of their project needs. It is a multi-disciplinary consultancy firm that offers range of engineering expertise that covers all aspects of civil construction and

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Alshaya Enterprises P.O. Box 80253, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 607 4100 | Fax: +971 4 265 2541 E-mail: info@alshayatrading.com www.alshayaenterprises.com

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YOUR TRUSTED PARTNER FOR BUILDING SERVICES NEEDS • • • • • •

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AL BAHA ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS 69 Quick Response Perhaps Al Baha’s greatest strength is in its ability to anticipate change and stay ahead of the curve. This has been possible due to a multitude of positives such as visionary leadership, the firm’s desire to surprise and delight its customers, and to consistently seek expertise in the latest technology and knowledge. The past decade has brought phenomenal changes in the region and especially in the UAE, with projects increasing in magnitude as never before, allowing cutting-edge construction technology to be increasingly introduced and utilised. Al Baha has made incessant efforts to evolve and grow, making tangible gains in

terms of project quality standards, excellence and promptness in execution, and better delivery schedules. This dedication has paid off, with customer satisfaction and loyalty at record levels, enabling the firm to operate from a position of trust and strength. All of this is possible only due to the firm’s very real strength, built around its dedicated staff led by a project management team of qualified and dedicated professionals, who are always seeking to provide innovative solutions that exceed the expectations of clients. The firm’s resources are constantly updated, including its advanced IT infrastructure, which ensures constant and secure connectivity between its main data

repository, site offices and every individual on the network. Confidentiality and efficiency is guaranteed through the use of a sophisticated software suite known as DataScan. The gamut of engineering and project management software, library of references with international codes and standards, books and periodicals, method statements, local and international product catalogues all enable the firm to respond quickly with sound, effective and efficient decisions.

A Comprehensive Service Portfolio

Engineering Design, Construction Supervision, and Project Management.

Architectural Design • • • •

Concept Architectural Design Detailed Architectural Design 2D/3D Presentation Interior Design and Perspectives

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Civil and Structural Engineering Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering Plumbing Engineering Quantity Surveying

Al Baha offers a variety of specialist services, taking in Architectural Design,

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Delivering beyond what is expected of us is what makes Royal Pools special Royal Pool & Gardens is wide range specialising in construction of Swimming Pools, Fountain & Waterfall, Landscaping & Hardscape, Gardens Irrigation, Gazebos, Pergolas, Floor Wooden Decking, Floor Stone, Wall Cladding, Landscape Lighting, Under Water lighting, Plants Indoors & Outdoors. We also provide Maintenance, Swimming Pools & Gardens Maintenance.

Royal Pools & Gardens LLC P.O. Box 62403, Office: 301, Icon Tower, Barsha Heights, Dubai. U.A.E Tel: 04 4504266 | Fax: 04 4504265, Mob: 050-5254062 Email: royal@poolsgardens.com Web: www.poolsgardens.com

“PROVIDING EXCELLENT SOLUTIONS FOR WATER AND WASTE WATER PUMPING IN UAE FOR MORE THAN FOUR DECADES, WITH RELIABLE AFTER-SALES SUPPORT.” IRRIGATION | BUILDINGS | HVAC | INDUSTRY

MOHAMMED TAYYEB KHOORY & SONS EQUIPMENT DIVISION P.O. BOX 4664, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 3146 146 / Fax: +971 4 3479 929 E-mail: sales@mtkhoory.com Web: www.mtkhoory.com

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AL BAHA ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS 71 Construction Supervision • Contract Administration • Constructibility Review • Construction Quality Control Materials and Workmanship • Cost and Progress Control • Ensuring Compliance with Contract Documents • Ensuring Compliance with Authorities

Project Management • • • • •

Contract Administration Design Management Client Representation Services Value Engineering Assistance During Project Tendering • Procurement/Supplier Selection and Evaluation • Quality Management

Expansion Continues Al Baha’s clients are primarily located in the UAE, but the firm is expanding its services into Oman and therefore expects growth to continue not only in the Sultanate, but throughout the wider GCC too. Business is good at the present time, with a reasonable volume of work in the design and construction phases, with further requests from clients coming in regularly. This trend will no doubt continue, particularly with Expo 2020 on the horizon. And of course, there is always potential growth in the infrastructure, industrial, commercial and residential sectors throughout the UAE. Al Baha Engineering Consultants is much more than just another construction business; it strives to be a strategic partner and trusted ally, delivering good experience and outstanding results, and in doing so builds a strong foundation for continual success.

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN DUBAI!

THE HIDI GROUP P.O. BOX 450176 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 4431507 E: DUBAI@HIDI.COM W: WWW.HIDI.COM

The HIDI Group was originally founded in 1975, by Andrew Hidi, in Toronto, Canada. At its infancy, Hidi & Associates primarily provided mechanical engineering consulting services. However, in the mid-90s Hidi & Associates acquired a company which offered electrical building services, called E. A. Rae & Associates. The amalgamation of these two businesses resulted in the creation ‘Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers’, an MEP consulting engineering services firm that laid the foundation of what the The HIDI Group has become today. Throughout the past 43 years, The HIDI Group has maintained a set of core values that concentrate on robust, longterm client relationships and high levels of customer service, while embracing the technology and innovation needed to succeed in an ever-changing business environment. Its team of professional engineers, engineering technicians and designers take on complex projects worldwide, supported by offices located in Toronto, Calgary, and Dubai. “Until the late 90s, Hidi Rae was a relatively small firm catering primarily to clients within the Toronto region,” explains Ahmad Shakil, Managing

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Principal - Middle East at The HIDI Group. “As Hidi Rae’s reputation grew, so did its need to expand and evolve, with the decision being taken not to have all of its eggs solely in the ‘Toronto’ and ‘MEP’ basket.” In 2002, the firm embarked upon an expansion and diversification strategy that resulted in the addition of a Communications (ELV/IT) division in 2003, the opening of the Calgary office in 2007 the same year that Building Commissioning was introduced. The expansion outside of North America came in 2008 with the unveiling of a Dubai office. In 2014 Hidi Rae also launched Alula Lighting Design, its inhouse specialty lighting design studio. Risk & Resilience services followed a year later. That same year, the decision

was made to rebrand the firm from Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers to The HIDI Group. The firm continues to look for opportunities to expand its service offering, both as a company and in Dubai, with several exciting initiatives currently under consideration.

A Logical Step “When I joined the firm in 2002, we were working primarily in the Toronto market,” says Ahmad. “But we were growing, and as you grow a firm, there are young people who aspire to higher roles and more challenges. We clearly saw that we needed more ‘space’ for these young professionals. So we had a brain-storming session and decided to diversify both geographically and in relation to the services we provided.”

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THE HIDI GROUP 75 The first move was to open an office in Western Canada; the city of Calgary was a great fit and obvious choice for expansion. Due to Ahmad’s 12 years of experience in the Dubai market, opening an office in the Gulf seemed to be the next logical step. “Around the economic and construction boom time, some architects from Canada were getting involved with projects in Dubai. We worked with those architects back in Canada and some of these firms eventually moved and set up offices in the region. Due to our ongoing U.A.E. projects and the fact that I had experience working in Dubai, there was a lot of synergy, and we decided to open our Dubai office in 2008.”

A Sense of Ownership Technically speaking, for the UAE market, The HIDI Group currently provides consulting engineering services for MEP, ELV/IT/AV and Security systems for buildings, as well as speciality Lighting. These services cover both design and site supervision. Perhaps a better description is that the firm is in the business of helping its clients realise their visions and aspirations. The HIDI Group tries to ease its client’s ‘pain’ by being a reliable partner that is honest, fair, and that genuinely enjoys what it does. “We endeavour to be the engineers of choice for our clients.” Ahmad continues. “We don’t go for the short-term approach, and we don’t try to be everything to everyone. Furthermore, we only operate in certain sectors, ensuring that we retain and have complete control over the quality and design of the projects.” What particularly sets The HIDI Group apart from its competitors is its ability to

integrate design considerations amongst all disciplines. It does not, for instance, assess risk and resilience in isolation; a risk mitigation recommendation often results in a mechanical and electrical design implications, whilst the lighting design must also consider security and energy requirements. The result is an all-inclusive approach that contributes to clients’ continuing success. “It’s not just about robust designs; it’s a number of things, including quality of service, being conscious about the goals of client and providing a design that reflects those aspirations in terms of cost, time, performance, maintainability, and future proofing,” says Ahmad. “We try to instil a sense of being invested in a project, a sense of ownership and being a part of the whole process, endeavouring to be a partner that the client can rely on and who is available.”

Extra Effort What The HIDI Group does may not rocket science, but what it does, it does well. “Doing the job well is a combination of a number of things, including robust designs, which can be relied upon for trouble free performance, and designs and systems that are appropriate for the project’s key objectives and client’s aspirations.” explains Ahmad. “It is also important to be flexible.” The HIDI Group has the ability to offers its clients both a bespoke tailored approach or a standard solution, based on their needs.This extra effort has lead to The HIDI Group winning numerous important and prestigious projects in the Gulf. “Whatever the project and whoever the client, we never take a blinkered approach,” he continues. “We look at the overall

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project and do what is best for that project. As an example recently, the firm was having an initial design workshop for a tall tower on a small plot where the team was struggling to make separate entrances work for different occupancies in a mixed-use project. Although it was not related to The HIDI Group’s area of expertise, a suggestion by the firm based on past experience helped the team come up with a very elegant solution to an architectural issue. “Perhaps the most important aspect of our services is that we endeavour to be a reliable ‘Partner from Concept to Completion’. When a problem comes up, as it inevitably does in a construction project, we always find a solution in the best interest of our clients and the project.”

A Family Affair The HIDI Group currently has a 40-strong team in Dubai and a team of over 160 back in Canada. As a result, it is big enough to take on practically any size of project, but is not so big that the partners and stakeholders lose touch with the projects and delivery of services. The firm’s partners are happy to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. This approach has fuelled impressive growth for The HIDI Group in Dubai, with the firm celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Emirate on June 1st, 2018. “Our business model is based on providing a high and reliable level of service to a select number of clients, retaining them for extended periods of time and working with them on a repeat basis. Some of our clients in Toronto have been with us since the company was founded in 1975, and we are looking to

emulate that model in Dubai,” Ahmad says. “Business is good at the moment, and the team is quite busy with a number of projects in various stages of design, and at least three new large projects expected to commence construction over the next few months.”The future, therefore, looks bright, with The HIDI Group continuing to base its business model on steady, controlled and manageable growth; not growth just for the sake of growth. Over the last five years, the firm has grown at just over 15% year-onyear, and is confident that it will be able to continue this in the future. “The HIDI Group will be looking at opportunities to establish a presence in at least one other country in the region over the next couple of years. We constantly aim to expand the portfolio of services offered, and over the next five years we will certainly be adding at least two, possibly three, additional disciplines to our capabilities in Dubai.” In spite of the group’s continued growth and innovative advancements, it has maintained a sense of family that is rooted in its earliest days. All the senior management in the firm are shareholders and thus have a vested interested in the firm’s success on a project by project and overall basis. Clients are dealing with owners, not just employees. Loyalty between The HIDI Group and its employees is one of the keys to its success. “We’ve created a really wonderful management team, and we all push each other, whilst at the same time creating an environment where everyone enjoys working together,” concludes Ahmad. Here’s to the next 10 years!

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MASTERS OF CONSISTENCY AND QUALITY AT TEEJAN TRADING & CONTRACTING (TTC), THEY PRIDE THEMSELVES ON A LONG TRADITION OF PROJECTS DELIVERED ON TIME, OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY, AND WITHIN BUDGET, WITH SUPERIOR LEVELS OF PROFESSIONALISM, INTEGRITY, HONESTY, AND FAIRNESS BUILT INTO ALL OF THE COMPANY’S RELATIONSHIPS.

Moreover, TTC strives to contribute to the sustainability of the global environment through an emphasis on sound profitability and corporate social responsibility, whilst delivering high quality products and services. TTC’s project managers, engineers and construction workers are all well schooled in safety, its primary focus on all projects. In addition to safety, its clients’ priorities are what drive the company’s projects. Concern for quality, budget and schedule should be the main driving forces behind any project. And the entire team realises that when these objectives are met, it will be a successful project for both the client and TTC.

that is transforming the construction experience for its ever-growing army of satisfied clients. So although rooted in tradition, TTC still keeps abreast of all of the best that the construction industry has to offer its customers. Consequently, at the same time as its methods have continuously adapted to take on improving systems and up-and-coming technologies, the underlying character of its foundation is steadfast – quality workmanship.

Quality People, Quality Policies As with every successful company, of course, the ‘secret’ of TTC’s success is the high calibre of its people; professional

people who take pride in their work and are committed to thinking in a different way to their competitors about the world around them. This leads to the evolution of new concepts and ideas through open debate and the sharing of knowledge. From time to time, it's figuring out the fastest way to get from point A to point B. At other times, it's finding a new way to construct something. However, no matter the size or intricacy of the job, this uncommon outlook, together with its relationship with its clients, suppliers and other stakeholders, makes every TTC project the very best it can be.

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This forward-looking and enlightened philosophy has allowed TTC to work on some of the region’s most important and prestigious projects, taking in a broad portfolio of residential, commercial, medical and hospitality facilities, as well as palaces, factories, military training establishments, and much more besides. Whatever the project, TTC is always challenging the norm, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of construction. It is constantly innovating, with ‘building smart’ being at the heart of its DNA - it’s an approach

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Custom Made Signs & Architectural Metal Works Super Sign was founded in 1974 with an aim to become one of the leading Signage manufacturers in the UAE Market. The company has expanded into Decorative Signage and Architectural Metal work and is widely recognised for its quality in workmanship and efficient service. Working alongside Consultants, Interior Designers, Contractors & Architects, and Super Sign offers diversified services such as design, fabrication & installation of internal & external signage, cladding, architectural metal work as well as maintenance facilities.

Super Sign Advertising Co. Musaffah 34 / Plot N: 8A P.O. Box 2671, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E Tel: +971 2 555 4219 Email: sales@supersign.ae, info@supersign.ae Website: www.supersign.ae

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TEEJAN TRADING & CONTRACTING LLC 79 TTC’s people may come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common, a belief that that they are together on a journey that will see the company making an enduring mark on the industry that will last for generations to come. The company’s commitment to quality is deep-rooted, too. It has been awarded the prestigious ISO: 9001and OHSAS: 180001 certifications by DNV Netherlands, with its core values and principles revolving around its aim to be the preferred partners in developing Oman and UAE technological, engineering and commercial specialist services. The key to its business success and the lasting client relationships that it enjoys is all about caring for the company’s employees and putting them first.

This is all fuelled by a policy of training employees through a continuous learning process, with the ultimate goal of doing a better job for clients.

A Trusted Partner Classified as a Grade 1 contractor by the Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi, TTC is committed to exceeding its customers’ expectations by continually providing cost-effective products and services, with a special emphasis on quality, safety, and environmental stewardship. From the very beginning, TTC has remained focused on meeting the needs of its clients by building quality into every single project. This is achieved in a number of ways, not least by the company sticking to its core principles, which revolve around

clients, employees, excellence, growth, and innovation. Clients: TTC strives to exceed client expectations through the quality of its workmanship, its close attention-to-detail, and its clear communication throughout all phases of a construction project. Employees: At all times, TTC encourages its employees to be the very best they can be, offering a wide range of training opportunities to ensure their continued career progression. Excellence: TTC does its utmost to achieve excellence in every facet of its business, going above and beyond what is expected in order to guarantee a superior construction performance. Growth: The company’s success allows it to take advantage of new opportunities that may arise, which allows it to invest in

further resources and the ongoing career development of its employees. Innovation: Known for its problem solving capabilities, TTC is always looking to discover and develop innovative solutions which, in turn, lead to better quality and service. As a result, whether it is building an industrial facility, a residential tower, hotel, school or palace, the company is dedicated to providing its clients with a superior finished product. When a client chooses TTC to build their project, they have chosen to partner with a highly skilled team of talented construction professionals that have the resources, knowledge and experience required to build a quality project – safely, productively, to a preagreed budget, and on schedule.

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AN AWARD-WINNING AND INNOVATIVE DEVELOPER THE COUNTRY IS CHANGING - IN FACT THE WHOLE WORLD IS - AND MUCH FASTER THAN PEOPLE THINK. THE FACT IS ONLY A HANDFUL OF BUSINESSES WILL BE ABLE TO ADAPT TO THIS CHANGE AND COMPANIES OFTEN FALL BEHIND TRYING TO CLING TO THEIR USUAL “DON’T FIX IT IF IT’S NOT BROKEN” WAYS.

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That just doesn’t cut it anymore, and where some companies are better at adapting than others, in our opinion, Binghatti Developers didn’t just manage to adapt, but is actually out to shape the new market and capitalize on the new direction of the Dubai property trends. Today, this innovative Dubai-based property developer is led by a member of the third generation of the BinGhatti family, CEO and Head of Architecture Muhammad BinGhatti. Under his leadership, the company has recently won numerous awards including the Developer of the Year Award at the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards, and the Overall Real Estate Category, the Best Marketing Campaign Category, and the Best Real Estate Project category at the 2018 Gulf Real Estate Awards. These prestigious awards only add to the company’s previous achievements which include the Fastest Growing Company of the Year award at the 2018 Arabian Business Real Estate Awards, the #30 Forbes’ TOP 100 Real Estate Companies in the Arab World in 2017, the Best Architecture Company Award from the Gulf Real Estate Awards in 2017, the Cityscape Awards of Emerging Markets in 2016, the Arabian Property Award in 2017 & 2018, the Real Estate Tycoon Award in 2017 from the

government of Dubai, and the Infrastructure & Real Estate Excellence Award in 2017. A handful to say the least.

The Art of Property, A Vision It comes as no surprise to anyone in the industry that Muhammad BinGhatti is the one of the most pioneering and imaginative developers in the region, if

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not the world. As an architect, but also an artist and a poet, the CEO & Head of Architecture at Binghatti sees the potential for art in every aspect of human life. His primary objective is to depict ‘The Art of Property’, and in doing so successfully revolutionise the realm of property into an artistic one throughout the use of architecture.

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82 BINGHATTI DEVELOPERS and marble provide a glimpse of the worldclass finishing which will be present throughout the building. Binghatti Stars is also an excellent example in which Binghatti Developers customized the payment plan to align itself with the needs of the market. In reality, the company offers flexible payment plans and is continuously coming up with smart solutions to provide more value for money for both end-users and investors.

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Inspired by the Arab region’s traditions, history, and culture, Muhammad BinGhatti has also been successful in developing an identifiable and branded visual identity across all its buildings. As such, Binghatti Developers’ contemporary, vibrant, dynamic, and angular architectural style is easily identifiable through the United Arab Emirates. As an architect, Mr. BinGhatti focuses on how the design of the building could be iconic, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and very functional to provide attractive products to the end-user market. From a more technical point, and to meet this goal-oriented vision, BinGhatti focuses on vertical integration, value engineering, and supply chain efficiency to cut unnecessary costs and increase the quality and speed of the developments.

Binghatti Developers’ New Iconic Masterpiece Binghatti Developers proudly launched Millennium Binghatti Residences located in Business Bay in Q1 of 2018. Inspired from the luxurious Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the project consists of 230 units including Studio, one-bedroom, and twobedroom apartments, and offers a number of hotel-inspired lifestyle amenities which ensure an enjoyable and prestigious lifestyle. The building also features direct views on the Dubai Water Canal and Dubai Skyline. The tower’ innovative design is a unique and modern reinterpretation of traditional ideas that are still relevant to the regional culture and climate. With a fresh take on historical ideas, Millennium Binghatti Residences is a rare example of vernacular architecture that has often been overlooked in the pursuit of authentic modernism in Dubai. This award-winning project also features many premium facilities such as concierge, day-care, catering, laundry, housekeeping, 24/7 grocery services, and many other premium facilities. The 29-storey tower’s prime location in Business Bay, a cosmopolitan community at the heart of Dubai, seamlessly blends together high-rise residential, commercial, retail, and entertainment. The building sits

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directly on the Dubai Water Canal waterfront with direct views of the iconic Dubai Skyline and Burj Khalifa. Business Bay is a rapidly growing community, and it is seen as one of main factors of the early success experienced during the first phase of the project’s sales. The location also ensures that residents are just minutes away from major destinations and landmarks of Dubai such as Downtown Dubai, Kite Beach, Dubai Mall, DIFC, Meydan, Dubai Design District, Dubai International Airport, Kite Beach, La Mer, Mall of the Emirates, World Trade Centre, and Dubai Frame.

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From the conceptual side, the shapes of stars were the first elements used as inspiration for planning and designing Binghatti Stars. The company reflected the different geometrical forms of stars in the building’s design by multiplying different stars’ shapes on the façade and interior of the iconic building. Officially launched at Cityscape Global 2017, Binghatti Stars is a building that features 362 residential apartments and is situated in a prime location in Dubai Silicon Oasis, and at the entrance of the upcoming Silicon Mall project. This tower showcases a mixture of unit types, including studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.This project offers a plethora of lifestyle amenities including a Health Club by Technogym, a heat monitored swimming pool and jacuzzi, a children’s play area, and a public terrace for residents to enjoy. The iconic project took the spotlight at the 2018 Gulf Real Estate Awards by allowing the company to win the Best Off-Plan Project award in addition to the Best Marketing Campaign award category for the project’s exceptional launch at the latest Cityscape Global Show. The level of detail and planning in designing the building is highlighted in the design of its grand entrance lobby, which is a marvellous continuation of the building’s exterior design. The decorative art panels

Outstanding Growth Binghatti Developers is mostly focusing on residential development, and more specifically the mid-segment residential market. It’s no secret today that Binghatti Developers’ strength is in the mid-segment property market and that it is leading this segment as it has been synonymous with a meticulous balance of quality and affordability. The company has successfully delivered numerous projects offering holistic solutions for end users. Moreover, Binghatti Developers has proven itself as a viable alternative to some of the larger market players in Dubai, strengthening its reputation with an extensive portfolio of completed projects. For instance, the company was announced as the winner of the Fastest Growing Company of the Year Award at the 2018 Arabian Business Real Estate Awards. This award demonstrates the distinctiveness and excellence of Binghatti Developers amongst its peers in the real

estate market and reflects the company’s commitment to hard work, innovation, and creativity. The company has experienced dynamic growth in the past year and hopes to capitalise on its numerous international recognitions and the publicity that comes with them to expand its iconic architecture portfolio and continue representing Dubai and the UAE worldwide. Additionally, from an investment standpoint, Binghatti Developers performed extremely well in 2017 as it delivered several projects both on time and even ahead of time. In fact, the company delivered Binghatti Court in Jumeirah Village circle, a production facility in Kizad in Abu Dhabi which is erected over 1 Million square feet for its sister company Binghatti Beverages, the Binghatti Industries factory for aluminium and joinery in Dubai Silicon Oasis, Binghatti Jewels in Liwan, and Binghatti Diamonds also in Silicon Oasis; no small feat for any real estate company by any means. For this year, Binghatti Developers is going to deliver five projects in Silicon Oasis: Binghatti Stars, Binghatti Vista, Binghatti Jewels, Binghatti Sapphires, and Binghatti Crystals. Regarding its future plans, the company is planning to build two new residential towers in Business Bay, two towers in Al Jaddaf, and several developments in Jumeirah Village Circle. In one word, we can only say “Impressive”.

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Dubai still does things no one else in the world is willing to attempt, and that’s what makes Dubai remarkable, as well as unique in its potential. This willingness to do what no one has done before and continuously push the envelope in terms of innovative

design and record-breaking engineering projects is what sets Dubai apart and makes it such an attractive destination for the best and brightest in the world. At the same time, smaller units in the heart of the city and affordable housing are a global trend becoming more dominant every day. Cities around the world are

realising the impact of the millennial generation and their desire to live in the city centre. Mixed-use communities are in high demand with people living, working, and entertaining themselves within a very localized area. Also, Expo 2020 is another highly important catalyst for the Dubai’s economy. This event will create a lot of

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employment opportunities and will attract top talented professionals from all continents, creating an expected 300,000 new jobs between 2018 and 2021. As a result, demand for affordable housing will rise even more in the coming years, and from everything we’ve seen, Binghatti Developers is proving to be on top of it.

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Projects won with Binghatti Developers: VIEWS • TERRACES • COURT • JEWEL • DIAMOND • HORIZON • PEARL • VISTA • CRYSTAL • SAPPHIRE • STARS • WEST • EAST • PLATINUM • POINT

Over its history, SARA Group has worked with the most prestigious residential and commercial developers, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals and government establishments. With a wide variety of products that includes: sanitary ware, bathroom fittings and accessories, bath and shower systems, ceramics, tiles, kitchen equipment, tableware and home accessories, SARA Group has been a long-term partner and supplier of Binghatti developers.

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NO ATTENTION TO DETAIL HAS BEEN SPARED WESTERN BAINOONA GROUP (WBG) HAS INTEGRATED PLANS, PROCESSES, PEOPLE, EQUIPMENT AND WORLD-CLASS COMPETENCIES TO CONSISTENTLY DELIVER PROJECTS FROM INCEPTION TO FINAL HANDOVER, WITH ITS REPUTATION FOR UNCONDITIONAL COMMITMENT TO QUALITY WORKMANSHIP AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION COMING DIRECTLY FROM A MANAGEMENT STYLE DESIGNED FOR ON-TIME, ON-BUDGET PROJECT COMPLETION.

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The company understands that there are multiple approaches to the development, design and construction of any particular project, with each one presenting its own set of unique challenges that must be analysed and balanced with the owner’s objectives to arrive at the best possible solution. This forward-looking philosophy has allowed WBG to work on some of the GCC’s most important and prestigious projects, including UAE Road Connection (Road Works and Infrastructure - Main Contractor); Etihad Rail (Earthworks – Sub-Contractor); Abu Dhabi International Airport (Road Works – Sub-Contractor); Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (Earthworks and Road Works – Sub-Contractor); 902 Villas Akoya Oxygen, Phase1 (Road Works and Infrastructure – Sub-Contractor) and Oil and Gas Projects (Roads, Asphalt, & Infrastructure, Projects Main and SubContractor) This level of expertise is only possible thanks to WBG attracting and retaining the most qualified, best-in-class talent to manage operations and deliver results. The management team is backed by a large qualified workforce of over 4,000 employees trained to the best practices and standards.

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WBG’s offers a broad portfolio of specialist services, with an aggressive approach that provides for immediate participation of personnel, products, resources and procedures.

Each project is carefully planned and managed to assure quality, safety and ontime completion, with WBG having executed several large road and utility projects, making it one of the largest contractors in the UAE.

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The company has gained extensive experience over the past 28 years in the fields of Engineering and General Contracting, providing know-how and proficiency in the different disciplines of road construction, infrastructure projects, and related business verticals. Indeed, having successfully completed a wide range projects all over the GCC, WBG has earned the reputation for providing only the highest quality and finest customer service.

The rapid development of science and technology, in tandem with the constant introduction of new materials and construction techniques, requires strong and broad experience, as well as enlightened leadership. WBG has all of these attributes, which have ultimately allowed it to offer project owners comprehensive engineering services.

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New Era of Drilling & Blasting IBTIKAR FOR ROCKS ENGINEERING, is a leading ISO 9001:2008 certified organization in precision drilling and blasting industry in the UAE region. It comes under a division of ‘LOOTAH GROUP OF COMPANIES’, the services consists of removing the overburden, making suitable ramps and accessible roads for benches for hauling and the transportation. Ibtikar provide the crushing lines for required production from the quarry. For the excavation projects, the cutting in the rock is carried out as per the required slope and section. Side cutting is done by controlled blasting and pre-splitting as and when required. We have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of rock formations, quarrying development and road works. Ibtikar began contract drilling and blasting for many commercial quarries, offering these services more efficient than the quarries were able to do the work themselves. They design the blast according

to rock face conditions and results are required with environmental considerations, execute the blast while controlling the actual drilled pattern and then appropriately load explosive products, after which they monitor during the blast event and evaluate the outcome of the blast. Results are then stored online for retrieval and analysis. We take great pride in having a reputation for maintaining safe blasting operations. Ibtikar Rock Engineering personnel goes through extensive training regarding safety. All our employees receive job specific training before going out into the field. Ibtikar Rock Engineering has earned the reputation as first class experts in our field and with a solid safety record. We firmly believe in THINK SAFETY and ACT SAFELY in all aspects.

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Earthworks Earthworks are engineering works created through the moving or processing of parts of the earth’s surface involving quantities of soil or unformed rock. The soil may be moved to another location and formed into a desired shape for a purpose. Many earthworks involve machine excavation and cut or backfill. WBG is a full service environmental remediation and earthwork contractor, and has excavated, treated and transported millions of cubic metres of contaminated soil and other materials. Its highly skilled heavy equipment operators use state-ofthe-art techniques to safely and efficiently fulfil the needs of the project. Site demolition, grading and site restoration are all aspects of WBG’s expertise as a full service environmental and earthworks contractor.

WBG specialises in all types of earthworks, including roads, land grading to reconfigure the topography of a site or to stabilise slopes, surface or sub-surface earthwork, and site development.

Quarries and Crushers WBG is leading supplier of quarry materials; specifically limestone and gabbro, offering a vast range of products that include rocks, sub base and road base, washed sand, beach sand, white or beige gravel, and all sizes of aggregates. The company has invested in fully-equipped crushers in Fujairah, Ras Al Kaimah and Oman, all manned and maintained by a professional team of engineers and technicians. WBG is leading supplier of aggregates not only in UAE, but in international markets such as Kuwait and India.

Transportation Drive anywhere within the UAE and you will see vehicles with WBG logo. This young, modern and superbly maintained transportation fleet is managed by sophisticated information systems (Fleet Board) to help deliver material on time. The company has a five-year replacement policy for its trucks, too; settling for

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nothing less than the most up-to-theminute trucks for its fleet. In fact, WBG insists on the very latest equipment right across the board. At GITEX 2017, for instance, the company, alongside digital transformation enabler SAP, announced plans to explore Internet of Things connected transport solutions to drive business growth. WBG launched a project back in May 2017 to put into service the SAP S/4 HANA real-time business suite as the core application backbone for its digital transformation.As a next step, it is exploring how the SAP Connected Fleet Management solution can optimise routes, reduce asset downtime, and improve maintenance procedures for more than 1300 trucks and pieces of equipment. This is one company that is always ‘ahead of the game’. WBG supplied 1.7 M Ton of selected Ballast Material to Etihad Rail Project and as the Exclusive supplier of aggregate and SFG material to Baraka Nuclear project, more than 6 Million Ton to date.

WBG Service Centre The WBG fleet, which comprises of various types of heavy construction machinery and vehicles, is maintained

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through the company’s own in-house Service Centre, located at Musaffah, Abu Dhabi, Al Faya, Dubai & Fujairah It is managed by qualified service team to ensure that all the machinery and vehicles are available to meet projects and client demands. WBG procures its machinery in accordance with the requirements of it jobs and to match the pace of the advance technological change in UAE.

An Entrepreneurial Approach WBG exists solely to construct distinguished projects. It really is that simple. It is a company of remarkable teams, remarkable relationships, and remarkable value. Its objectives and core values are starting points that help to clearly identify who the company is and what it stands for. They underlie the passion that drives everyone within the business to be better and different. They also allow WBG to enjoy the freedoms of what is undoubtedly an entrepreneurial organisation, where each member of the team can make a difference with their ideas and hard work. WBG first achieved ISO Certification in 2004 and to date is certified ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

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88 AL GHURAIR CONTRACTING & ENGINEERING WORKS LLC

DRAGON CITY HOTEL

PALM JUMEIRAH HOTEL

SHAPING HORIZONS… DRAGON MART FURNITURE SHOWROOM

AL GHURAIR CONTRACTING AND ENGINEERING WORKS LLC (AGCEW) WAS FOUNDED IN 2007 BY HASAN MOHAMMAD RASHED HAMADEH AND ROGER ABI SAAB BY GOING INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH A&H INVESTMENT.

Abdullah Al Ghurair and Hamad Al Ghurair saw the future potential in investing and nurturing this team that will eventually lead to the formation of one of the major construction companies in the UAE. Later AGCEW expanded to AGCEW Group by establishing the following companies which are essential to every project in the construction industry: Al Ghurair MEP: Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing works company.Al Ghurair Interiors: specialises in full fit out and refurbishment works for all types of interiors. Al Ghurair Systems: ELV Systems Company including all systems that operate on low voltage such as telephone, data transmission, LAN, CCTV, fire alarms, and public address systems.

Background AL GHURAIR CONTRACTING & ENGINEERING WORKS LLC P.O. BOX 76477 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 4504220 E: INFO@AGCEW.AE W: WWW.AGCEW.COM

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Contracting and Engineering Works (CEW) Company of Lebanon was established in 1981, by Engineer Mohammad Rashed Hamadeh. During the early 1980's, the government set forth national plans for development in all respects: Roads, water, national waste development, telecommunication etc. CEW has completed many Water projects, Roads, and Bridges in the City

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of Saida in South Lebanon. In Lebanon, CEW is classified as Class "A" for WaterWorks, Road Works, and Building Contracting. CEW's team has a wealth of experience in a variety of fields working under one common goal: "To escort and shape expertise in order to tailor the appropriate answer to the client's need. To provide optimal solutions under the prevailing constraints and deliver the best value for the client's money"

Mission Our mission is to provide superior quality general engineering construction services that are contracted, scheduled, engineered, and managed to create maximum value for our customers, owners, employees, and the community. Through strategic alliances and expanded ownership, we have grown into a fullservice engineering powerhouse offering services in all relevant fields. AGCEW is a dynamic firm always ready to take on new challenges. Our current turnover is over 320 Million AED and we are rapidly expanding in the whole of the UAE. We offer services in the following fields: Contracting, Design, Services and Supplies, Research and Development.

Client Satisfaction is a key business driver at AGCEW and as such our customer base continues to grow rapidly among the GCC. We have proven our ability to execute sizeable and complex projects. The projects are delivered on time, within budget and at the highest standards of quality which we are always committed to providing in all of our endeavors. Thanks to our loyal team of professionals and to the support of our parent company, M/s A&H investment LLC, we have succeeded in proving that we can deliver on our promises, that we can rise to the challenge and excel in our performance, satisfy our clients.

Operations…. AGCEW’s client list is genuinely prestigious, including such prominent names as Nakheel, MAF, Meraas, Emaar and Al Khayat Investments Group, with the company’s projects being no less notable. Our projects include Dragon City Hotel at Dragon City, which lies to the north side of the existing Dragon Mart 1, and is conceived as a 3-star hotel with 304 rooms. Dragon Mart Furniture Showroom, another important project, includes 18 showrooms on the ground floor and a multi-storey parking for around 900 cars on the upper floors


AL GHURAIR CONTRACTING & ENGINEERING WORKS LLC 89 (3 levels) with a total built up area exceeding 68,000m2. On the Palm Jumeirah, AGCEW completed Club Vista Mare complex that covers almost 50,000m2 at ground level, with residential studios on the first floor and Golden Mile 2 outdoor Galleria which consists of retail & F&B Units along 4 buildings. Palm Jumeirah Hotel Apartments which is currently in progress, is a 3B+G+11 hotel with 163 rooms (one bed room and studio apartments).

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Other projects include: • Luxury Villas at Umm Suqeim Third, Emirates Hills, Ras Al Khaimah and Al Khawaneej. • Kanoo Group Luxury Villa Compound 1, 2, and 3 on Jumeirah Beach Road. • Hor Al Anz Mosque for Majid Al Futtaim Properties. • Al Rabiah Food Industries’ warehouse, office building and workshop at DIP Second in Dubai. • Office building and warehouse at Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, for the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC). • Fat Burger Restaurant at Umm Suquim First on Jumeirah BeachRoad in Dubai. • Oberoi Hotel External Package at Business Bay. • Jumeirah Group Office Dubai Outsource Zone - Fit out Works • MAD Club Yas Island - Fit out Works • Matto Folia Restaurant Oberoi Hotel Business Bay - Fit out Works Looking to the future, AGCEW will continue to build a sustainable and growing business through good leadership, effective communication, and a skilled and

motivated workforce. Moreover, it will continue to listen closely to its personnel in order to provide a great place to work and a superior learning environment, enabling its people -and therefore the company - to achieve their full potential.

Roger Abi Saab – Group General Manager Currently Roger is focusing on improving the business and is carrying out business studies that will encourage the clients to get busy with new developments that are based on smart business models. Understanding what is required and the risks involved gives Roger an edge to put his clients at ease. His passion is to take on challenging projects with one aim in mind “Practice Construction with Perfection in Quality & Delivery”.

Hasan Hamadeh – Director of Operations

the company’s overall performance and efficiency and offer top of the line services to all clients. His goal is to realize the commercial and professional success of AGCEW through his applied managerial strategies. His long-term vision is to expand the company’s profile, and client base and setting a winning example of modern and agile management in a dynamic industry.

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Currently Hasan is an active managing partner in Al Ghurair CEW where he strives to maintain and strengthen all Company-Client partnerships through all projects and endeavors. Hasan also continuously seeks to re-invest in AGCEW’s employees in order to improve

HASAN HAMADEH GROUP DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

MANUFACTURER AND SUPPLIER OF READYMIXED CONCRETE Al Ghurair Construction Readymix LLC P.O. Box 158, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 350 2100 | Fax: +971 4 338 1243 Website: www.al-ghurair.com | Email: readymix@al-ghurair.com

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90 ARCAN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

MEETING TODAY’S DEMANDS ARCAN CONSTRUCTIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES HAS DISTINGUISHED ITSELF IN THE FIELD OF CONSTRUCTION BY MERGING YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITH INTEGRITY, TEAMWORK, QUALITYCONSCIOUSNESS AND DEDICATION, WITH A TEAM OF HIGHLY SKILLED AND QUALIFIED PERSONNEL WHO TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR WORK AND ARE COMMITTED TO CHALLENGING THE NORM AND THINKING DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND THEM.

The ARCAN team is composed of a select group of experienced professionals that work in several areas of Project Management. These areas include Business Feasibility, Value Engineering, Procurement Processing, Contract Administration, Planning, Construction, Conceptual Design and Post Construction Management Services. Offering professional project and construction management services that help clients turn their visions into reality, ARCAN has extensive experience across the industrial, residential, hotel, serviced apartments and commercial development sectors, and is committed to redefining the art of delivering quality projects.

The Power of Innovation

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Building a strong foundation of combined trust and expertise, ARCAN’s skilled team is involved in initiation, planning, execution, control and closing of projects, providing clients with a turnkey package tailored to their specific requirements. Moreover, its depth of expertise is supported by state-of-the-art technology, while constant research and development by the company’s qualified engineers enables accurate estimation, effective cost control, and efficient preconstruction planning and project management. This significantly enhances

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its ability to deliver quality projects on time, within budget, and conforming to the highest standards of safety and quality. ARCAN believe in the power of innovation, and is committed to building and reinforcing a culture of invention and curiosity. Within this business culture, the company offers five distinct services: Design Management; Project and Construction Management; Troubleshooting Management; Programme Management; and Project Quality Assurance Management.

Design Management The Design Management department was formed in order to offer added value to clients. Starting from the design phase of a project, ARCAN bring together the

major and specialist skills involved in the design of a great buildings into one managed service. The department produces holistic concepts with consistent principles and coordinated solutions. The goals are ultimately managed interfaces and singular design team management.

Project and Construction Management This department is the core discipline of the organisation and consists of a select group of architectural, engineering and construction professionals. Together they form a strong and responsive Project Management team, handling various types of projects that cover everything from individual villas through to highend tower developments.

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ARCAN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES 91 The Contracts and Procurement department is the extended arm of the Project and Construction Management department, providing support in the areas of quantity surveying, procurement and legal matters relating to contracts and/or construction law. The department consists of a select group of quantity surveyors, civil engineers and construction law professionals.

Troubleshooting Management While project management is most effective before construction begins, it is also necessary to have procedures in place that regain control after serious problems have caused delays or overruns. When ARCAN finds itself in these circumstances, it assembles a team that can mostly expediently address critical needs. The appointed team designs new schedules, creates new plans, and implements procedures to get the project back on track. In addition, ARCAN’s experience in construction claims means its appointed team can mitigate and resolve claims without impeding newly established project schedules.

Programme Management Programme Management is the process of managing ongoing inter-disciplinary and/or inter-dependent activities that indicate related project constraints which determine the processes required to achieve

best results based on allocated resources. Some of the benefits associated with this control include reduced costs, improved schedule performance, improved quality and risk identification and allocation. ARCAN’s comprehensive Programme Management services can help clients keep multiple, interrelated projects in sync, on time and within budget. They help owners reduce uncertainty and risk in their capital programs. ARCAN's project managers review every detail of all projects, set-up objectives and priorities, manage and control the process, and identify and resolve the problems. The company’s experienced professionals and technical resources work with the client to define, plan, implement and integrate every aspect of each project. Clients benefit from a one-point responsibility for management and planning, including design management, permitting compliance and construction project management. When managing an entire multi-disciplinary programme, these services improve timing, cost and quality. ARCAN has successfully prepared cost estimates on projects ranging from the thousands to the hundreds of millions in support of planning, design, construction, renovation, operation and maintenance, as well as change negotiations and claims support. ARCAN ensures accurate estimation of construction costs by involving the engineering staff on

construction project cost estimates. Budgetary and detailed cost estimates are developed in accordance with clients’ protocols.

Project Quality Assurance Management Quality control in construction typically involves ensuring compliance with minimum standards of material and workmanship, while also guaranteeing the performance of the facility according to the design. For the purpose of ensuring compliance, random samples and statistical methods are commonly used as the basis for accepting or rejecting completed work and batches of materials. Rejection of batch is based on non-conformance or violation of the relevant design specifications. The construction activities are assessed primarily on workmanship standards achieved through site inspections and field tests. The assessments are completed throughout the construction process for structural, MEP and architectural works. In addition to site inspections, assessments also include tests on the materials specified and functional performance of services and installations. These tests help to safeguard the interest of the building occupants in relation to safety, comfort and aesthetic defects. Total quality control is a commitment to quality expressed in all parts of our

organisation and typically involves many elements. Design reviews in order to ensure safe and effective construction procedures are a major element. Other elements include extensive training for personnel and shifting the responsibility for detecting from the consultant team to the contractor. Material suppliers are also required to ensure zero defects in delivered goods. All the above are implemented in conjunction with the contract conditions, project specifications and good engineering practices.

Superbly Efficient Making a positive difference in to local communities is an integral part of ARCAN’s unique culture and best describes who they are as an organisation. This has led the company to successfully complete a number of significant and prestigious projects, including Madina Tower, Sidra Village, Business Central Towers, Flora Park Hotel, Golden Tulip, Al Reef Tower, and Foodco Office and Warehouse. Building smart is in the DNA at ARCAN. It’s who they are and how they work. And it’s an approach that is transforming the construction experience for an ever-expanding army of discerning clients.

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92 ADC ENERGY SYSTEMS LLC

ONE-OF-A-KIND WORKMANSHIP CUSTOMERS APPRECIATE HAVING A HIGHLY RESPONSIVE, SKILLED, AND PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR THAT THEY CAN ENTRUST WITH PROJECTS, AND AT ADC ENERGY SYSTEMS THEY TAKE THAT TRUST VERY SERIOUSLY. FOR AS A TURNKEY CONTRACTOR IN THE SPECIALIST FIELDS OF COOLING PLANTS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, THIS UAE-BASED COMPANY TAKES PRIDE IN ITS ABILITY TO SUCCESSFULLY CARRY OUT AND COMPLETE A BROAD RANGE OF CHALLENGING AND OFTEN COMPLEX PROJECTS.

ADC ENERGY SYSTEMS LLC P.O. BOX 125787 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 4457137 E: INFO@ADCENERGYSYSTEMS.COM W: WWW.ADCENERGYSYSTEMS.COM

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The original and core expertise of ADC revolves around delivering Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to the District Cooling industry. Indeed, since it first opened its doors for business in 2006, the company has built and delivered over 25 such projects, delivering over 675,000 tons of cooling within the Middle Eastern region, ranging from 5,000 to 90,000 tons of refrigeration. ADC has expanded its operations throughout Saudi Arabia and Qatar to deliver its services to other leading utility providers in the region. The design and construction of District Cooling schemes in most cases include the chilled water reticulation and Energy Transfer Stations (ETS). Another important component is the Energy Transfer Station ETS. The ETS room forms the front line interfacing component with building HVAC systems, and ADC has designed and built many ETS rooms across several projects. ADC has designed and built reticulation piping for several projects, either along with the DCP or in separate contracts.

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Sludge Treatment and Waste Treatment, ADC can extract the most from biogas, offering clients the benefit of the green energy generation and re-use from the biogas produced. Stemming from its solid foundation in EPC Contracting and valued supply chain, ADC has steadily grown its process engineering capabilities to encompass multiple aspects of municipal water and wastewater treatment. As a result, its capability to deliver technical project services covers operational and asset management within water and wastewater treatment plants; potable water; recycled water and desalination; Water and

Wastewater Treatment plant design, planning and construction. Of course, in a world with an increasing population and consumption, there is a pressing need to use our resources in the best possible way. This involves reducing the generation of waste, high-quality recycling and use of the residual waste for efficient and clean energy generation. With its in-house experts, ADC is able to combine its knowledge of both energy and waste systems to deliver bespoke solutions to its clients based on assessing their exact needs, building a specific business model, and selecting precise technical solutions.

Environmental Services ADC offers a number of environmental services, Biogas, Water and Wastewater Treatment, and Waste to Energy. In the field of Wastewater Treatment,

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ADC ENERGY SYSTEMS LLC 93 Renewable Energy Services In-line with its EPC principles and approach, ADC is engaged in offering a complete solution for solar system design and installation, solar assessment analysis, and consultation services for Solar PV. In addition, with the ability to produce power as much as six hours after sunset,

CSP can offer the added benefit of extended power production, long after PV is able to. ADC is able to offer CSP solutions.

Quality People, Quality Projects To allow it to successfully complete this wide array of projects, ADC has attracted

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and retained an impressive team of design engineers, procurement and administrative staff, and a solid group of construction specialists. In addition, ADC’s valued supply chain, consisting of vendors, specialists and service providers, has been developed over the years to ensure proper alignment and integrated actions.

From a regional perspective, such inhouse expertise in all disciplines can be bolstered by key strategic partnerships with local leading general or civil/infrastructure contractors when necessary, bringing their local knowledge, qualifications, and market knowledge in order to deliver successful and competitive bids.

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94 AL NUAIMI GROUP LLC

ONE-STOP CONSTRUCTION SOLUTION ANANTARA RESORT & FLAMINGO VILLAS - RAK

FOR ALMOST 45 YEARS, THE AL NUAIMI GROUP HAS BEEN SERVING CLIENTS IN A VARIETY OF KEY MARKETS THROUGHOUT THE GCC COUNTRIES, WITH THE COMPANY PROUD TO HAVE RETAINED ITS UNMATCHED DEDICATION TO CLIENT SUPPORT AND BUILDING EXCELLENCE, BOTH HALLMARKS OF THE BUSINESS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

At the Al Nuaimi Group they are committed to being clients’ most trusted resource, and in order to achieve this they consistently ensure that all construction requirements meet the correct operational and performance parametres. The entire team approaches clients with a philosophy that stresses exhaustive quality control, unparalleled customer satisfaction, ceaseless spirit of innovation, and creativity.

Broad Expertise

AL NUAIMI GROUP LLC P.O. BOX 125787 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 4457137 E: INFO@ADCENERGYSYSTEMS.COM W: WWW.ADCENERGYSYSTEMS.COM

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With a workforce that has the technical expertise and creativity needed to deliver the most innovative results for clients, the Al Nuaimi Group has the experience and expertise to take on the most challenging and complex of projects, some of which its competitors would hesitate to even attempt. Its exceptional team combines seasoned construction know-how with proficiency in the very latest in construction technology and techniques. This allows it to provide its clients with the most modern and cost-effective construction methods available. What’s more, the Al Nuaimi Group’s broad-ranging expertise covers a wide array of specialist skills and abilities, with dedicated divisions that include MEP, Roads & Infrastructure, Building Construction, Ready Mix Concrete,

Aluminium & Glass, Pilling & Foundations, General Transport, Concrete Products, Application Engineering, Wooden Products, and Real Estate. As a result, ‘One-Stop Construction Solution’ is more than just another tagline; it’s at the core of everything the company does. This has helped the Al Nuaimi Group to forge numerous longstanding relationships and jointventures, helping it to touch the lives of people not only in the U.A.E., but throughout the region in many different ways.

A Talented Team Perhaps the key factor in the company’s ongoing growth and expansion is its effective use and development of the knowledge, skills and positive attitude of all of its employees. The Al Nuaimi Group is rich in employee talent and passion, which, combined with a corporate culture of excellence, makes the company a dynamic and growing legacy business that continues to thrive in the most challenging economic conditions.

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AL NUAIMI GROUP LLC 95 The company has its command technical manpower and is well-equipped with the latest machinery, and as such is in a position to execute projects of a complex nature with the utmost precision. Moreover, by having fully-fledged in-house design, engineering and logistics facilities it can provide the right solutions through a deep understanding of its clients’ businesses and needs. All clients’ challenges are treated with urgency and respect, with the company working relentlessly to meet or exceed their expectations.

customer service to its clients, meeting all of their needs promptly and professionally. The Al Nuaimi Group takes control of construction projects from start to finish, and with a history of performing under difficult conditions this makes it the contractor of choice for its clients’ most challenging jobs. Put simply, clients can rely

on the company to overcome obstacles and develop solutions around the demands and constraints of their most multifaceted projects. What makes the Al Nuaimi Group unique is what makes your project successful: its people and its resources. So when it comes to trusting whether your

contractor can deliver your project with the cost, speed, safety and quality they promise, you need look no further than the Al Nuaimi Group – it’s what makes the company stand out in what is a fiercely competitive marketplace.

From Start to Finish The Al Nuaimi Group is a sustainable, financially strong business that advocates environmentally and socially considerate decisions for its clients, employees, and the communities in which it operates. Committed to delivering cost-effective, timely and technically superior solutions, the Al Nuaimi Group believes that quality is never an accident; instead, it is the result of intelligent efforts. And these efforts have been at the heart of the company being certified by ISO bodies to ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001: 18001 standard by SGS & TUV. This helps the company to keep its promise to provide quality workmanship and

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96 ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING GROUP

COMMITTED TO SUPERIOR QUALITY AND RESULTS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND RESPECTED ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING GROUP (ACG) FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESS IN 1976 AND TODAY HAS THE RESOURCES, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE ARCHITECTURAL, ENGINEERING AND INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION.

Established in 1976, ACG is a multifacetted architecture and engineering design company with offices in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Qatar, Oman, and is known universally for its innovation and creativity. A multifacetted architecture and engineering design company, it boasts highly skilled architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers and electrical engineers, interior designers, quantity surveyors, project managers and project planners. ACG has big ideas and is brilliant at finding alternative approaches to solving problems. But it can also offer practical advice and keep things simple, explaining the process and timescales in order to make more sense for the client.

urban development. ACG also provides management consultancy and project management services. This across-the-board expertise has allowed ACG to work on a large number of important and prestigious projects, from urban development projects, residential projects of various scale and complexity (apartment towers, staff accommodation and recreational complexes, etc.) and commercial projects (office buildings, shopping malls and entertainment centres) through to educational institutions and hospitality projects (hotels and resort complexes). At the present time, ACG is working on several prominent projects, including the Visitor’s Center at Sheikh Zayed Grand

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Mosque, Abu Dhabi, and the Fujairah Commercial Complex, Fujairah.

Achieving Optimum Results The practice takes advantage of stateof-the-art techniques in computer-aided design, allowing file-to-factory fabrication solutions for any given project. At the same time, ACG boosts unparalleled local experience with intimate knowledge and familiarity with regional traditions. As a company, ACG prides itself on its ability to effectively balance its knowledge of working with sensitivity to local experience, environment and culture. Its aim is to produce bespoke design solutions for all of its projects.

A Broad Portfolio

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ACG has a considerable list of successful architectural projects to its credit, covering the full spectrum of building types. All projects, whether large or small, are tackled with devotion and determination, with the firm’s diverse portfolio including residential, commercial, retail, office, entertainment, hospitality, leisure, educational and industrial developments, as well as interior design master planning and

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ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING GROUP 97 As the term ‘Group’ implies, ACG is founded on teamwork and ethical values, with architects, engineers, planners, interior designers, quantity surveyors and project managers cooperating and coordinating their activities to achieve optimum results in projects that will remain the signature of the company in its relationships with clients, end-users and the environment.

Award-Winning Performance With a skilled team, derived from

different backgrounds and cultures, ACG is armed with the latest technology and manages architectural consultancy services from the intial design concept through to hand-over of the completed project, thus turning the vision into reality, which is one of the hallmarks of the group. The firm’s personnel, numbering around 125 architects and engineers, have helped ACG to win numerous competitions, both internationally and in th Gulf region, for master / urban planning and architecture

studies, including several awards. The firm also has extensive experience of working in conjunction with international calibre architects and designers. Looking to the future, the objective of ACG is to continually evolve as an architectural practice, always striving to find new solutions to traditional challenges and to provide the best possible service to both clients and the community. ACG is proud of its ability to provide definitive architectural solutions for a wide

range of sectors and clients. And what makes it different is the attention-to-detail that goes into every single project. From the very first conversation, the ACG team spends time understanding each and every one of its client’s requirements, as well as the overall vision, aims and ambitions once the project is finished. It does all of this so that it can advise on the best possible solutions. It’s never simply about doing the job; it’s about constantly and consistently going beyond the client’s expectations.

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