As group general manager at Khansaheb, Stephen Flint is responsible for a regional cohort of around 6,500 construction professionals.
Over the past 12 months, in the UAE Khansaheb has completed contracts for the redevelopment of the Mall of the Emirates, and Dubai World Trade Centre’s (DWTC) exhibition halls.
During the course of the coming year, the contractor will continue to support the Mall of the Emirates redevelopment. It will also help to build Ajman Mall on behalf of Majed Al Futtaim, DoubleTree by Hilton in Business Bay, Serenia Residences on Palm Jumeirah, and a selection of roads and infrastructure projects.
In addition, Flint will continue to focus on staff development. The Khansaheb Skills Training Centre has been used to train and upskill approximately 3,500 skilled operatives, according to the group general manager, who told Construction Week that workforce investments offer his company a competitive edge.
“Upskilling our workforce, training our frontline supervisors and our middle managers, improves our business performance and helps us to attract and retain good people,” explained Flint.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) also represents an important part of Khansaheb’s operations, both in the GCC and on the international stage. Examples of the contractor’s CSR activities include the reconstruction of a school in Nepal, the reconstruction of Manzil School in Sharjah, and Operation Smile UAE.
“Khansaheb Employee Foundation is undertaking charitable work across Dubai and the wider Emirates. [Furthermore, it is] supporting good causes worldwide,” he noted.
At a strategic level, Flint told CW that Dubai’s Expo 2020 represents Khansaheb’s biggest opportunity and challenge.
“The drive to ensure that Dubai is ready to host Expo 2020 will be our biggest opportunity,” he said.
“[In turn], our biggest challenge will be to [account for] the impact of this construction work on Khansaheb’s skilled resources in the UAE,” concluded Flint.