11. Drake and Skull InternationaL Mohammad Atatreh, Board member
With the recent removal of Drake & Scull International (DSI) CEO, Wael Allan, DSI states that its main challenge is to continue rebuilding its image after the successful organisational and financial restructuring of the company.
The company stated: “Our immediate priority in 2017 is to stabilise the business and complete the rotation and disposal of our non-core assets and divestments to generate cash.”
12. Emirates Falcon Electromechanical, Gavin Appleby, Managing director
Emirates Falcon Electromechanical Company (EFECO), established in 2001, is a fully owned MEP subsidiary of Arabtec Holding.
EFECO’s capabilities stretch over a wide spectrum of construction markets covering all aspects of MEP services consisting of electrical, HVAC, fire fighting, drainage and plumbing installation along with building maintenance facilities.
Some of its completed projects include the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, the Air Traffic Control Tower, and the Gold Souk at Dubai Festival City. Arabtec Holding recently announced the appointment of Gavin Appleby as the managing director of EFECO.
13. Al Sabbah Electro-Mechanical, Subhash J. Pritmani, Vice president
With 100% projects secured in 2017, Al Sabbah Electro-Mechanical (SEMCO) forecats a revenue of approximately $109m from January to December 2017. The company forcasts revenues for 2018 to exceed half a billion dirhams.
Some of the major MEP projects the company is involved in over the next 12 months are Barakah Nuclear Power Plant’s 1, 2, 3 &4-physical protection system, and the Al Tayer mixed use development project.
One challenge facing the business according to Subhash J. Pritmani, vice president, is cash flow. He says: “It has become a Himalayan task to collect payments on completed projects. Further, vendors are very demanding, and often stop supplies for want of payments.”
14. Haydon, Chris Brookes, Managing director
Dubai-headquartered Haydon’s revenues were recorded at $48.4m in 2016, and estimates for this year are $93.1m.
The company states that 62% of project revenues for this year have already been secured. The company, employs 46 engineers, in addition to 465 direct labourers, and 915 sub-contracted workers.
The major projects that the company is involved in over the next 12 months are the Dubai World Trade Centre, Marsa Al Seef, Dubai and GV11 – DIFC, Dubai, among others.
Chris Brookes, managing director, says: “We are looking very closely at IT infrastructure as a potential growth area.
“Sustainable projects also remain one of our top priorities, and we believe we are going to see an even higher demand for higher self-sustainability and environmentally-friendly developments.”
15. Al Shirawi, Medha Sukthankar, General manager
Founded in 1974, Al Shirawi Electrical and Mechanical Engineering company (ASEME) is an MEP contracting firm, with multiple projects across different sectors.
Last year, Al Shirawi Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, recorded a revenue of over $136m.
The company has 1,800 employees, 75 of those being MEP engineers. The company is led by Medha Sukthankar, who is the general manager.
Sukthankar says: “We expect an increase in commercial and infrastructure projects in the coming years. We hope to leverage the commercial sector in particular, as we have a distinguished portfolio of completed projects in this space.”
Number of years in her role: 3
Number of years in company: 19
Number of years working in the Middle East: 19