fmME Awards 2017: Silver sponsors show support

fmME Awards 2017's Silver Sponsors speak ahead of the event this month

Navin Valrani, CEO, Al Shirawi FM.
Navin Valrani, CEO, Al Shirawi FM.
Bill Heath, chairman, Macro.
Bill Heath, chairman, Macro.
Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.
Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.
Ian Harfield, CEO, Cofely Besix FM.
Ian Harfield, CEO, Cofely Besix FM.

Al Shirawi FM

Al Shirawi FM’s progression in becoming a full-fledged FM service provider has been achieved over 42 years of strategic planning and development. Starting off in 1974 as a mechanical contractor, we built our expertise in installation and maintenance of the most complicated mechanical systems.

In the subsequent decades, through joint ventures, acquisitions, and entrepreneurship, we broadened our horizon to include installation and maintenance of electrical systems, servicing of large tonnage chillers, general and specialised cleaning services, security services and most recently, energy management by achieving RSB Accreditation as an energy services company (ESCO).

Today, we have a strong and integrated portfolio and are one of the largest FM service providers in the UAE. With more than 300 live projects, we are leaders in the infrastructure, industrial, mixed-use, commercial, residential, retail, and education sectors. Our long and extensive expertise comes together and enriches a knowledge-driven operation whose local understanding and international standards deliver exceptional services that are second to none. Being one of 34 companies that form Al Shirawi Group, our services are complemented by our sister companies, which bring a wealth of expertise across the industries.

Our holistic approach to building maintenance and management focuses on the property’s complete life cycle. Our core FM activities are structured around strategic facilities planning (SFP), predictive/preventive maintenance, and energy performance management.

At Al Shirawi, we are passionate about the UAE’s vision to become a smart and sustainable country and its economic potential for prosperity. But all of the above would mean nothing if it were not for our biggest asset: our people.

Each member of the team is hand-picked, rigorously trained, and assigned on the field with the necessary tools to succeed. This ensures our team is capable of performing at the highest levels, allowing you the opportunity to ‘Experience the Difference’ that we offer.


Established in the UK in 2002 and in the UAE in 2008, Macro is the FM arm of international consultancy and construction firm, Mace Group.

Macro provides integrated FM (IFM), FM consulting, helpdesk/CAFM, technical, and OA management services. In the years since its inception, Macro has built its reputation through a number of keynote projects, and continues to grow in size and geographical reach.

Now operating on five continents, Macro’s international clients include Standard Chartered Bank and Invesco. Macro has grown organically and rapidly, developing a balanced range of services that are geared towards delivering excellent service standards and also value to clients. Macro’s portfolio includes providing tailored consultancy and IFM services to an impressive list of organisations and sectors, such as governments, multinational corporations, financial institutions, master developers, and property management companies.

Macro self-delivers MEP services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Macro Technical Services, and provides a dedicated helpdesk and bespoke CAFM system through its fm24 division.

Regionally, Macro operates in the UAE, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. The company employs more than 250 people in the MENA region and over 850 worldwide, and its management is made up of knowledgeable professionals from a variety of backgrounds.


Established in the UAE since 1980, Dubai-based Farnek Services/Farnek Middle East is part of the Zurich-based Priora Group, an international full-service property management firm.

Operating from offices across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the Northern Emirates Farnek’s skilled team of more than 4,000 employees delivers FM services to a variety of sectors. Clients include Dubai Airport, Emirates Airlines, Abu Dhabi Airport, Etihad Airways, The Dubai Mall, City Walk, and Burj Khalifa.

Farnek’s significant recent project wins include cleaning, MEP, contact centre staff and services for Dubai Parks and MEP maintenance of the IMG Worlds of Adventure site. Last year, Farnek acquired specialist cleaning company Smashing! Cleaning Services, boasting an annual turnover in excess of $2.7m (AED10m) and 2,500 customers, including Emirates, Jumeirah, Etihad, Gargash, Nestle, Arabtec, Serco, and Aldar.

Farnek became more efficient through its bespoke technology – Smart Watch – which has been particularly successful in achieving transparency and cost-effective solutions, through its provision across our 4,000+ workforce and clients. In conjunction with Hitches & Glitches, part of the Farnek Group, the company is also a leader in Smart Home technology market through an agreement with Gadgitech.

Farnek has also penetrated the Abu Dhabi and Dubai security markets, and in addition to being an ESCO, is part of the US Green Building Council.

Cofely Besix FM

Cofely Besix Facility Management (CBFM) is a joint-venture established in 2008 by Cofely and the BESIX Group, to provide first-class IFM services in the Middle East. The company employs 650 staff members in the UAE and 800 in Qatar.

Cofely is part of ENGIE, worldwide global energy player. GDF SUEZ is now ENGIE. The BESIX Group, active for more than 50 years in the Middle East, has a wide range of experience of real estate and infrastructure construction.

The strengths of these two companies were combined in order to deliver the most critical part of FM – the maintenance of technical installations and energy management.

CBFM delivers an integrated FM model that provides the ability to offer multiple services on multiple sites, all through a single point of contact. This means that we offer a complete range of maintenance, cleaning, management solutions, and essential multi-disciplinary trades – supported through a 24x7 call centre – to every industry sector, from residential and commercial to educational and airports.

Cofely Besix Airports & Logistics Services, a division of CBFM, is fully conversant with every aspect of airport specialist services, utilising multi-skilled staff to deliver maximum efficiency and add value at every level.

The facilities we manage on behalf of our clients are ultimately about the people that use them. From offices and residences to schools, hospitals and airports, we ensure that vital equipment and infrastructure operates safely, efficiently, and reliably.

Our services include full on-site maintenance services; coordination of all services; flexible labour resource; plant history generation; energy saving audits; 24x7 emergency call-outs; HVAC maintenance; BMS operation; and specialist technical services in critical environments.

We also provide maintenance, cleaning and management solutions to some of the region’s most prestigious and technically complex buildings. Our prestigious clients include The Emirates Group, Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountains, Masdar City, Emirates Real Estate Corporation, Al Sufouh Tram, Qatar Foundation, Yas Island and Aldar Headquarters,  as well as Muscat International Airport.

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