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Top 25 MEP Contractors 2017: 6-10

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Sep 10, 2017

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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