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Keeping your values in Gulf construction

This month, I had the pleasure of speaking to Vasanth Kumar, the CEO of Arabian MEP Contracting, for our main interview. What really stood out for me was hearing how passionate he was about his ideals and his convictions. Having worked his way from the ground up, quite literally, he certainly understands better than most what it takes to ensure worker welfare and safety.

Not only is he committed to the betterment of his workers’ welfare, but it was also intriguing to hear him talk about his plans for his Qatari-based company. While most contractors operating in Qatar are focused on the short-term gains that the World Cup and Vision 2030 will bring, Kumar is intent on creating a legacy at his company.

In an industry and economy as temporal as this, it’s not often you hear CEOs talk about planning for generations. The emphasis is usually on the here and now, but with Kumar, having been with Arabian MEP Contracting since the very beginning, it’s clear he intends to leave a legacy behind. One that mirrors his own integrity and commitment to delivering the best to his clients and partners.

Delivering the best is also the core theme of our site visit this month. The Residences at Marina Gate is the first collaboration between ALEC and the Select Group, and judging by what we’ve seen so far, I’d wager that it won’t be the last. Of course, people will ask, does Dubai really need another luxury block of apartments? And I’m not sure I’d disagree, but when one looks at what’s on offer in that area of the Marina, it’s clear that it’s going to be the retail aspect of the project that’s going to open up some very promising avenues for retailers and consumers.

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