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Big 5: Al Shirawi FM wins three-year school deal

Company signs multi-million deal with American School of Dubai

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Al Shirawi Facilities Management has chosen Big 5 to announce it has been awarded a multi-million three year contract for the provision of facilities services at the American School of Dubai's (ASD) Al Barsha campus.

The deal covers the provision of mechanical and electrical services, housekeeping services and specialised contractor activities.

Commenting on the award, Navin Valrani, CEO said, "An award from an educational institution with the repute of ASD is a testament to Al Shirawi's capability and commitment. Al Shirawi FM continues to grow and serve its customers with a level of commitment rarely seen in the industry."

The ASD campus is one of the largest in the UAE and caters to over 1600 students from countries all across the globe. The campus site is over 92,900m² with a total gross internal floor area of 48,178m².

Al Shirawi FM already has experience in the education sector with contracts at Dubai College and Indian High School, but Valrani said the ASD deal is a step up financially from previous contracts.

"It is not our first education contract but it is definitely our largest education contract," he said.

The Al Shirawi CEO went on to explain how education facilities present a different challenge to FM providers from traditional residential or commerical properties.

"Your customer is the students and the teachers - there's a different priority in a school," he said.

"Students and teachers want to ensure that they have the most comfortable conditions to study and work in.

"Apart from the cooling, it is the electrical, the lighting, the cleaning and of course the entire environment has to be safe and secure," he said.

Valrani also highlighted the benefits of the integrated approach to facilities management for which the ASD has opted.

"Schools have to look at the American School of Dubai as an example in terms of integrated facilities management," he said.

"There are schools here that try to cut costs and break up services, but there is a huge benefit to integrating and dealing with one service provider.

"You have a one-point responsibility; you allow the service provider to maximise efficiencies in a given envelope which you cannot do once you break up," he added.

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