The focus of ISG Middle East in Dubai has been on hotel and hospitality refurbishment projects as a key growth sector. The refurbishment of the first two phases of the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates hotel has been completed and this project will continue throughout 2015. Confidence remains high in the Dubai hotel and hospitality sector, which ISG Middle East expects to be a key growth driver in the future.
Bassem Salah, general manager, hotels and hospitality says: “In the past year, we have demonstrated how a five star refurbishment project can be implemented efficiently and effectively within a live 24/7 environment and the market has taken notice.”
Majid Al Futtaim Properties (MAF) awarded ISG the AED 130 million refurbishment works of the iconic Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai in April 2014. ISG commenced on site during May 2014. The ISG work scope includes the complete upgrade of all guest rooms, suites, ski chalets in addition to five F&B outlets, meeting rooms, gym and spa.
According to Salah, one of the biggest challenges is that the hotel stayed operational throughout the duration of the refurbishment.
He adds: “The Kempinski Mall of the Emirates refurbishment project will be completed over multiple phases. The sequencing of works and intelligent delivery techniques undertaken by ISG is key to minimizing disruption to patrons of the hotel which remained operational.”
ISG’s previous experience of this type of work across the globe, including The Savoy Hotel in London, Shangri-La Hotel Malaysia and Fairmont Hotel in Singapore made them the contractor of choice for this challenging upgrade.
In addition, the company has recently secured a key leisure project working with Meraas. In the corporate fit out sector, the company stayed active within DIFC and completed a new facility for Lloyds of London. In line with its strategy, ISG Middle East has secured some key engineering services projects within the growing regional health sector and has established a commissioning management activity in the region under its Commtech brand.
In Abu Dhabi, ISG Middle East continues to build on its strong-hold market presence delivering a number of large commercial office fit out projects, including a new headquarters office for the Tourism and Culture Authority Abu Dhabi, National Health Insurance Company (Daman) and another Mubadala corporate facility. ISG Middle East also closed a significant facility upgrade project for the owners of major sporting and entertainment facilities on Yas Island during 2015.
Alan McCready, Managing Director, ISG Middle East commented: ‘The ISG Middle East team has produced a strong performance this year, the best since 2009. This result was driven by hospitality projects and engineering-led large scale office fit outs, which we specialise in and have become known for within the UAE market.’