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Construction Week Power 100: 41-50

by CW Staff on Sep 26, 2010

Talal Saeed, Managing director, Fino International
Talal Saeed, Managing director, Fino International
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41. Talal Saeed
Managing director
Fino International

Talal Saeed runs Fino International, the fit-out company behind two of Dubai’s most audacious projects — the Dubai Metro stations and the much anticipated Armani Hotel Dubai. Located in the world’s tallest skyscraper, Armani Hotel Dubai was the most challenging and impressive project that any company could hope to work on, Saeed insists. Time restraints were the biggest challenge that Fino faced with this iconic project, which was completed in 36 months by a team of 2,500 people.

“Almost everything was doable – it just took a while and some real guts. Difficult decisions had to be made. You had to meet the criteria of the Armani ‘look’ but you still had to look at safety standards and water proofing and durability and acoustic standards. We had to translate it into a constructible site that met the standards of the world’s tallest building,” he explained.

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