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Big 5: Al-Shirawi FM says 2012 bodes well

Contract wins with RTA, Dubai Industrial City pave way to 2012 growth

Navin Valrani
Navin Valrani

Navin M. Valrani, CEO of Al-Shirawi FM, said at The Big 5 that the company’s understanding of the local market gives it the competitive edge.

The current year has been a good one for Al-Shirawi FM, Valrani said. In the last quarter, the company secured a number of contracts, including one with the RTA and a contract expansion with Dubai Industrial City.

The company, part of the Al Shirawi Group, strives to reduce cost for its customers within the commercial, residential. hospitality, industrial and retail markets through energy conservation and savings, efficient management, procurement strength and a transparent approach.

While last year was all about growth, 2012 is all about technology, said Valrani. “We have always believed FM is about people, and continue to attract new talent while retaining our key staff, which lead us to success,” he said. “Along with contract wins, we have continued to mobilise on sites and properties.”

The year has not come without its fair share of challenges, but Valrani is confident in the company’s abiliity to survive turbulent periods, particularly because of its ability to cater to the needs of the local market.

“Liquidity in the market continues to be a challenge, not only here, but globally. These are turbulent times for the world, and I am thankful we are in a position where we have continued to grow. A lot of our success and growth is down to our people,” said Valrani.

“We are competing with international players. The key to FM solutions is that they have to be specific. As a local provider, we are able to provide a much more tailored solution to meet the client’s needs, over an international provider.”

Over the course of 2012, Al-Shirawi has plans to expand its regional offering, setting up sites in Qatar, where it feels it can offer cost-effective solutions after 40 years of experience in the market. In addition, the company is keen to start expanding use of technology within FM.

“We HAve got big plans for 2012. Technology has been a big area for us. We have established our uniqueness in the market already.

We now plan to go fully mobile in 2012, integrating HHT’s within the day to day operations of our team, allowing the signing of service tickets without the need for paper and providing instant updates.” said Valrani.

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