6. Al-Futtaim Engineering, Murali Serpakkam, Managing director
Al-Futtaim Engineering is part of Al-Futtaim Group. Established in 1974, Al-Futtaim Engineering operates in the UAE, KSA and other regions.
When it comes to projects, Al-Futtaim Engineering has been catering to the following sectors: retail, hospitality, residential, rail, district cooling plants, etc.
In an interview with MEP Middle East in May 2017, Murali Serpakkam, managing director of Al-Futtaim Engineering, said: “This year we have a project for Meraas – Marza Al Seef development and a project for Holiday Inn in DFC, both of these are hospitality projects. We are doing offices for Bee’ah headquarters in Sharjah, and fitout works for two office towers for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in Abu Dhabi. We are working on Serenia Residences on the Palm for Palma. There is another residential project that we are executing in the Palm.”
Serpakkam says that the single biggest opportunity for business over the next 12 months is the new project opportunities owing to the EXPO 2020 and metro expansion.
He adds: “The biggest challenge shall be in ensuring the financial security of the projects we are bidding and thus ensuring payments are received on time. Also, we need to cope with the challenging requirements of project delivery within short periods.”
Serpakkam says that Al-Futtaim Group’s values are respect, integrity, collaboration and excellence. “These are in the DNA of the company. These values act as a compass that drives us. The operative word for us is selectivity,” he says.
Number of years in his role: 5
Number of years in company: 19
Number of years working in the Middle East: 19
7. China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East, Yu Tao, President and CEO
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME) commenced operations in the UAE in 2003 and completed its formation on 26 March 2005 in Dubai.
In the last 13 years, the company has grown with total contract values in excess of $7bn.
In 2012, CSCEC ME started to integrate all the regional branch offices of CSCEC and established its headquarters for the Middle East region in Dubai.
CSCME’s MEP division has been operating in the UAE since 2003 along with the core CSCME building sector. The MEP division after nine years of operation in UAE has been receiving technical support from Beijing.
With more than 10,000 construction professionals currently working in the GCC, 966 of whom are qualified engineers, CSCEC ME boasts one of the region’s most comprehensive project portfolios.
Between June 2016 and May 2017, the CSCEC ME team completed packages on a series of high-profile projects, including Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai; Al Hikma Tower; Dubai Water Canal; and Al Amal Hospital.
In an interview with Construction Week, Yu Tao, president and CEO of CSCEC ME, said: “The Chinese government will continue to work with the UAE government in various areas, such as the
economy, technology, and culture.”
Within the UAE, the contractor is currently working on Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village; Crescent Hotel; Hameni Tower; Damac Towers by Paramount Hotels & Resorts; and Abu International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Building (MTB).
“CSCEC ME will benefit from the ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy by participating in [future] construction projects in the UAE.”
8. AE Arma-Elektropanç, Burak C Kizilhan, CEO and board member
Turkish-based company AE Arma-Elektropanç recorded a revenue of $265m in 2016. The company claims to cater to variosu sectors such as residential, commercial, retail, educational, healthcare, social and cultural, theme parks, sports arena, data center, hospitality, transportation and infrastructures, and industrial.
Some of the most recent projects of the company are the University of Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Riverland Dubai, and Bab Al QasrHotel & Residence.
The company has 500 qualified MEP engineers who will be working on several upcoming projects such as the expansion of the Al Maktoum International Airport passenger terminal building; Phase 4 of Marsa Al Seef; Bluewaters Wharf Retail; Wasl District; and Plot B of Abu Dhabi Marina District.
Burak C Kizilhan, CEO & board member, says: “Thanks to Expo 2020 there will be plenty of new constructions for the UAE.”
Accrding to Kizilhan, the company has identified a set of employee training objectives that consist of, among other elements, a training programme customised to specific employee requirements.
“There should be a customised training programme for each employee [according to his or her] needs. This kind of training programme, which has targets for the right employees to get correct training at the right time, is being prepared,” Kizilhan added.
Number of years in his role: 4
Number of years in company: 9
Number of years working in the Middle East: 8
9. Al Shafar United, Ashraf Samy Botros, Managing director
Al Shafar United (ASU) was established in 2007 as part of the Al Shafar General Contracting(ASGC) Group. It is a key supplier of MEP services to a number of leading contractors in the region.
Last year, the company recorded a total revenue of $109m, with a projected revenue of $163m in 2017.
ASGC states that its corporate responsibility programme focusses on four pillars: workplace, community, youth and thought leadership, and environment.
A few of the successful projects completed last year by ASU were City Walk Residential Block, Phase II and III, and Etihad Museum.
Talking about those projects, Ashraf Samy Botros, managing director, says: “The biggest opportunity is building on our previous successes where we delivered high profile projects such as the City Walk and Etihad museum. And to use this as a motivation for our ongoing iconic projects such as Mohamed Bin Rashid Library and Bluewaters. Our aim is to improve the trust that the government and developers have on us.”
Number of years in his role: 10
Number of years in company: 28
Number of years working in the Middle East: 32
10. Habtoor Leighton Specon, Thrasos Thrasyvoulou, Deputy chairman and CEO
Habtoor Leighton Specon (HLS) is a partnership between the Habtoor Leighton Group and Specon Ltd and is one of the leading MEP specialist construction companies in the region, with vast experience in turn-key MEP projects.
HLS employs more than 5,000 people across the region. Some of its ongoing projects include the Bay Views Hotel, Dubai, and the Jewel of the Creek, Dubai.