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Face to Face: Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO, Bee’ah

by Nikhil Pereira on Oct 11, 2017

Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO, Beeah is not resting on past laurels as he broadens the scope of the environment management companys future.
Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO, Beeah is not resting on past laurels as he broadens the scope of the environment management companys future.
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Bee’ah has grown in stature over the last couple of years, and has made rapid strides since its inception eight years ago.

“Today we employ almost 7,000 people and are present across the UAE. When it comes to waste management we are the only fully integrated company that has achieved the highest landfill diversion rate in the Middle East — which is about 70%,” Bee’ah group CEO Khaled Al Huraimel tells fmME as we make our way to the large boardroom at the company’s Sharjah headquarters.

The company will be moving address, away from its Al Majaz Waterfront-facing location to a futuristic new HQ.  Al Huraimel is eager to share progress updates of Bee’ah’s new Zaha Hadid designed strucutre, which was announced in 2015. Renders of the facility reveal its brilliance but Al Huraimel says there is plenty of substance in the detail. “Construction began late last year, we are now 40% complete and we expect approximately a year from now [it will be complete], around the last quarter of 2018. It’s iconic in so many ways, because it is one of the last projects designed by the late Zaha Hadid on which she worked herself,” he reveals.

Al Huraimel settles in the boardroom and explains how Bee’ah has successfully grown in the waste collection, distribution and management industry, which was a key directive for the company when it was founded. Building on that, Al Huraimel says the firm is now moving towards achieving its next goal — waste to energy generation.

“This year we started the construction of our waste to energy plant in a bid to achieve zero waste. So that is finally set in motion and the ground breaking was done earlier this year,” he says, adding that the initiative is a joint venture with Masdar — which has led to the creation of a new company called Emirates Waste to Energy Company. “This would also position us as the first city in the Middle East to achieve zero waste to landfill,” Al Huraimel adds.

“In terms of waste collection and street presence, recycling, resources and knowledge we are by far the leaders. In Dubai, we are in a lot of projects such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai World Trade Centre, TECOM and a lot more contracts are coming through. In Abu Dhabi, we mobilised a big contract in the main downtown island. We have around 1,000 staff working in the capital,” he adds, indicating the company is on the cusp of winning more contracts and expanding its field of operation. 

Al Huraimel also says that the company is now looking at transcending beyond the UAE into other GCC countries, starting with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Oman. “In Saudi, we have signed an MoU with the public investment fund and we have already established branch offices in both the Kingdom and Oman. We are now in the process of putting resources in place and by 2018, we will have operations on the ground in these two countries. 

“We are looking at expanding in two ways both geographically and through our services. Over the last two years, we have expanded within the UAE itself in a great way. Until now, most of the services and projects we have offered were waste management related but now we have begun offering consultancy services, looking at working more in air and water quality as well as technology,” he adds.

Al Huraimel says Bee’ah has always tried to reinforce its mission statement of improving the “overall quality of life” — clean air, roads, water and streets. And the firm has invested millions of dollars installing air quality monitoring stations across Sharjah, “and working with the Sharjah-based universities on how to improve the quality of air”, he says.