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Face to face: Burak Ç. Kizilhan, AE Arma-Elektropanç

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Feb 10, 2018

Before Burak Ç. Kizilhan  took over as chief executive officer of the Turkey-based MEP company AE Arma-Elektropanç in June 2017, he had a few things to do first.

After his studies in the UK, Kızılhan worked for Schneider Electric UK in London for two years as a project manager. He then returned to his family business at AE Arma-Elektropanç. He says: “I became the business development manager responsible for MENA region’s operations of the company [based in Dubai]. I returned to AE Arma-Elektropanç’s headquarters located in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 2014, and became the deputy general manager and board member of the company.”

The rest is history. 

Most recently, AE Arma-Elektropanç was awarded a $159m (AED580m) contract for Dubai Hills Mall Project by ALEC. The company also secured MEP works on Dubai’s $52m (AED191m) WOW Hotel and Hotel Apartments. Eighty-percent of its operations are outside of Turkey, with activities in Europe, MENA, the Russian Federation and CIS countries.

However, Kizilhan says that the UAE is one of the most important country for the company’s international operations. “Since 2002, the UAE has played an important role for our growth strategy. We always make long-term plans for UAE operations and our diversified customers including contractors and employees from Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, which enable us to provide the best quality services in international standards. We always provide the best services by following new technology and innovation that distinguishes us from other companies. We also provide customer satisfaction and our commitment to finish on time makes us a more consistent and demanding company in the marketplace,” Kizilhan says.

AE Arma has completed some of the UAE’s iconic projects such as Legoland Dubai (Package 2 & 3), Riverland Dubai, Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residence and University of Dubai. 

Riverland Dubai consists of 27 retail, entertainment and dining buildings, two tram station buildings and four electrical substation buildings. It is one of the most luxurious entertainment and dining areas of Dubai as it is part of Dubai Parks & Resorts. Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residence is a luxury hotel and residence located in Corniche in Abu Dhabi.

The company also has several ongoing projects. Besides WOW Hotel & Hotel Apartments and Dubai Hills Mall, seven of the 18 ongoing projects are located within the boundaries of the UAE. These are Bluewaters Wharf Retail, Al Seef (Phase 4), Marina City – Plot B, Wasl District and Al Maktoum International Airport – Passenger Terminal Building Extension. While the Bluewaters Wharf Retail project is under progress on the newly constructed artificial island in Dubai, Al Seef (Phase 4) will be one of the attraction point for tourists.

AE Arma’s scope of work covers the entire range of electrical and mechanical engineering solutions of every size, such as low, medium and high tension, energy management and distribution, measuring and control technology, instrumentation, integrated security and building management, the entire spectrum of air, climate and energy solutions, including HVAC cold and heat storage, clean room technology, piping, fire-extinguishing technology and mechanical process installations.