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by Selina Denman on Feb 8, 2011

By Nadim Akhrass, managing director, operations, DEPA.

Tell us about your company.
We are a leading global provider of interior contracting services. We operate principally in the luxury fit-out sector with a focus on hospitality, commercial and residential property developments, as well as airports, metro stations, healthcare, retail, yachting, theming and other specialist fit-out sectors.

In addition, we are a provider of manufactured products and procurement services with a specific focus on customised furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E), which we use in our in-house operations as well as provide to third parties.

What projects have you worked on?
We have successfully executed large and complex projects in over 20 countries, including the Burj Al Arab Hotel and Burj Khalifa in Dubai; Emirates Palace and The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi; the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha; Four Seasons hotels in Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh and Alexandria; the Mazagan Resort in Morocco and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Recent developments?
We are continuously undergoing developments and developing the company into a global entity.

Two of the most recent being the acquisition of Design Studio Furniture Manufacturer based in Singapore, to increase Depa’s long-term diversification plan with greater exposure to the south-east Asian markets; and Depa’s first contract win in Syria, for the complete fit-out of the Yasmeen Rotana Hotel.

Key challenges?
The industry as a whole always faces certain key challenges, including project delays and seasonality of construction activities. Depa has used these challenges to its benefit.

It has diversified its geographical presence, winning contracts in countries like Angola, Yemen and Syria, and increasing its presence in south-east Asia, and we will continue our international expansion plans. Furthermore, we are progressing our vertical and horizontal integration strategy through key acquisitions. This has allowed us to concentrate and become a leader in catering for very large and high-end projects.

How do we contact you?
Depa Dubai: Tel: +971 (0)4 228 5850; Email: