Ridvan Çelikel, Founder and Chairman of the Board
Number of years in role: 30
Number of years working in Middle East: 11
Turkish-based MEP contractor Anel recorded revenue of $205.7m for 2015. And at the end of last year, its backlog stood at $515m. Leading the company for the past 30 years has been founder and chairman of the board, Ridvan Çelikel.
The construction stalwart believes that MEP activities related to the building of football stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar offer the biggest opportunity over the next 12 months for Anel to pick up fresh orders. He adds that he is concerned about the “endemic political turmoil” in the Middle East which has forced Anel to “limit our economic activities to the safe zones in the Arabian Gulf, namely the UAE and Qatar”.
In fact, two of Anel’s major ongoing projects are in Qatar. The first is mechanical works on the Al Rayyan Road upgrade under the main contractor joint venture of Dogus-Onur, which is due to complete in 2017. The second is the mechanical and electrical works for the Doha Metro Red Line South underground under the guidance of the QDVC-GS-Al Darwish consortium. The project is due to complete in 2018.
22. Sensaire Services
Mohammed Faiyazuddin, General Manager
Number of years in role: 3
Number of years in company: 21
Number of years working in Middle East: 21
Middle East workforce: 848
Dubai-based Sensaire Services’ last recorded figures show that it made revenue of $62m in 2014. The audit for the 2015 financial year is still being finalised. In the meantime, the company predicts that it will make around $44.9m by the end of this year. Total staff numbers currently stand at 848.
Between April 2015 and May 2015, Sensaire completed the Saraya Tower residential development under main contractor Arabtec. Notable UAE contract wins this year include: a Hilton Hotel project under Belhasa Contracting, a residential project under Al Sahel Contracting, a First Gulf Bank project under Engineering Construction and Reconstruction Company, and a Mazaya Properties development under Al Sahel Contracting.
“Our single biggest opportunity in the next 12 months would be acquiring significant projects related to Expo 2020, through which we leave a positive impact in the UAE market,” says general manager, Mohammed Faiyazuddin. “While our biggest challenge is to complete the cycle of delivery, receivables and payables effectively and efficiently.”
23. Al Andalous Electro-mechanical
Tamer Abu Hamdieh, Senior Manager – MEP and Contracts
Last year was a busy time for the UAE-based company which has been in operation for 40 years. MEP head, Tamer Abu Hamdieh, says revenue was around $122.5m in 2015. Hamdieh expects to achieve roughly the same figure this year based on current work in hand.
“I’m very optimistic about the long-term prospects of the market. You have events coming up like Dubai Expo 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar which will move the market,” he says.
“At the moment the UAE remains our home in terms of geographical reach, and we’re in no rush to expand into other territories.”
Hamdieh says he plans to boost the mechanical department staff from 700 to 1,000 within the next two to three years as the company continues to branch out from only offering electrical services.
“Some of our clients were very keen for us to add mechanical and plumbing to our offering because they liked our electrical work,” he says. “It really made us think about expanding our services as Dubai is a big market. So we took around four years studying how to make the department.”
24. Akar Technical Services
Adnan Nalwala, Executive Director
Number of years in role: 7
Number of years in company: 7
Middle East workforce: 900
Dubai-based Akar Technical Services has grown in the last six years, from 300 employees in 2011 to approximately 900 today. Its main markets are Oman and the UAE. Between April 2015 and May 2016 it completed: the Meydan Heights project in Dubai, the Khasab Hotel in Musandam, Palm Oasis Park project in Dubai and the Supreme Court in Muscat. This year it has secured: residential work in Dubai, a tower project in Al Barsha for Lahel and Sultan Group, three buildings in Dubai’s IMPZ for Realty FZ, Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Seeb and the STF buildings for the Royal Oman Police in Salalah and Jibal.
25. Goldline Contracting
Arun Salian, Divisional Head (MEP)
Number of years in role: 3
Number of years in company: 5
Number of years working in Middle East: 9
When MEP Middle East caught up with Goldine Group last year, it was gearing up to expand its MEP division. In reality, the MEP division has been an independent unit since 2014. MEP manager Arun Salian says Goldline has enough work to keep it busy until 2017. The main target now for the MEP division is to win contracts out side of the Group. In the longer term the plan is to separate MEP into three divisions: plumbing/air conditioning/electrical.
Salian says one of the biggest changes in the MEP sector has been the drive towards ensuring projects are delivered sustainably, with contractors needing to adapt to this change.