Employees and management of the Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group as well as interned Engineering Students from the UAE University gathered to celebrate the Excellence at the Employee Excellence Awards 2010 at the Danat Al Ain Resort on 27 March 2011. Out of the 18,000 employees spread across UAE, Saudi Arabia and India, 122 were presented with awards across an array of eight categories. Emirati Engineering Students from UAE University were bestowed certificates after successfully completing the 37th Al Fara’a Engineering Internship Programme.
The eight award categories were:
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Given to an outstanding employee who has made a profound contribution in nurturing and building Al Fara’a through selfless service. The award was postomously conferred on late Gurminder Singh who worked as a Site Manager and was with the Group for 19 years until his passing away in 2008.The citation and medal were received by Gurminder Singh’s wife and family.
- Chairman’s Award – This is the highest possible accolade within the Group and was bestowed upon a true leader and role model within the structures of the Group. This is a person that has not only demonstrated business excellence but excellence of character and contributed substantially to the success of the Group. The coveted honour was bagged by Mr Mohammed Shehadeh, Senior VP, Unibetton Ready Mix.
- Business Excellence Award – Given for dynamic and high quality performance that has lead the business unit to exceed expectations. The award was bagged by Mr Khalid S Abu Bhaker, Senior VP, Al Sabbah Electromechanical.
- GEMS Award – Going the Extra Mile Award was given to 6 winners who are role models for others and were honored for their superhuman efforts that have led to profoundly positive results.
- Special Recognition Award – this category of award was bestowed upon 38 employees who have gone beyond the call of duty for the benefit of Al Fara’a.
- Best Supporting Team Member Award – eight awardees were honored for outstanding efficiency in a supportive role.
- Distinguished Service Award – 15 staff members were recognized for consistent high quality performance in full support of attaining the Group’s vision.
- Long Service Award – awarded to 52 employees for tenures over 15 years.
A trophy and certificate of appreciation was given to 40 students including Emiratis from the UAE University for partnering with Al Fara’a on the ‘ Engineering Education Programme’.
Dr JR Gangaramani, President and Executive Chairman of the Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group in his address thanked the Rulers of the UAE for their economic wisdom in creating an environment conducive to business success. He then extended his sincere appreciation to the Group’s 18,000 strong workforce and said, “To the winners, I thank you for the profound efforts you have made to help this Group become what it is today. For the Al Fara’a family, you are all champions and the stature of this Group thirty years on is the result of your hands working together,” he concluded.
“I am indeed awed by level of commitment and professionalism our staff have demonstrated over the years and am very pleased to have held a successful award ceremony where we not only acknowledge their efforts but the support of their families and loved ones,” concluded Adel Saleh, President and Executive Chairman of the Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group.
The awards ceremony was marked by active participation from all employees and had colorful music and dance performances.
About Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group
Al Fara’a Group is one of UAE’s leading integrated multi-disciplinary Construction & Industrial Groups employing over 18,000 people world-wide with a growing presence across the Middle East and South Asia.
Over the last 30 years, the Al Fara’a Group has built a solid reputation in the construction industry with an admirable track record of sustained growth and delivering quality projects on time in both private and government sectors. The Group is currently executing projects at multiple locations throughout the UAE, comprising of ten prominent companies covering various contracting disciplines.
Al Fara’a Construction Group is vertically and horizontally integrated and in addition to its core competence in construction, the Group has honed its strengths and competitive advantage by setting up Group companies in allied sectors like ready mix concrete, properties and development, precast structures, steel structures, electro-mechanical services, aluminum and glazing structures, interiors and joinery, landscaping, irrigation and painting.
The Group has a large team of top notch technical experts, specialized project management teams, a skilled multinational workforce and state-of-the-art technology along with an array of the latest sophisticated plants and machineries to ensure timely and successful completion of all projects.
Al Fara’a is focusing on expanding its global footprints and this has led to JV’s with established global players from the USA, UK and Canada for projects spanning sectors like education, healthcare and aviation. The Group’s is aggressively pursuing its expansion strategy across Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India and Oman and this has garnered significant opportunities which have strengthened the expansion strategy.
The Al Fara’a Group subsidiaries have achieved certifications for ISO 9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 for Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety Management respectively. Over the years, the Group has successfully executed diverse construction projects like high rise towers, hospitals, heritage structures, hotels, defence projects, commercial and residential developments, cinemas, multiplexes, palaces, villas and shopping malls.
Al Fara’a Group is a member of (LEED) leadership in Environmental Engineering Design; additionally we hold a responsible position as a Counsel Board Member of (EGBC) Emirates Green Building Counsel in regards to developing and implementing EUA standards that are related in the construction industry to promote a green built environment.
The major companies in the Al Fara’a Group are:
• Al Fara’a Properties
• Al Fara’a General Contracting Company
• Al Fara’a Infrastructure
• Al Fara’a Investments
• Al Sabbah Electro-Mechanical Cont. Est.
• Al Sabbah Trading & Importing Est.
• Al Fara’a Steel Structures
• Al Fara’a Interiors & Joinery
• Al Fara’a Precast
• Belgium Aluminium & Glass Industries
• Unibeton Ready Mix
Dr JR Gangaramani, President and Executive Chairman, Al Fara’a Group
Dr JR Gangaramani landed in the United Arab Emirates in1974 to work as a project engineer on the Dubai World Trade Centre. Dr Gangaramani was attracted by the challenge of working on what was at the time the tallest ‘hi-tech’ building in the Middle East and a signal of things to come. The UAE had been founded three short years earlier and had just commenced its programme of accelerated advancement and transformation in support of the founder of the modern UAE and considered as the and ‘Father of the Nation’, the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision of full utilisation of the UAE’s resources to benefit its people.
After completion of the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dr Gangaramani’s journey took him to Al Ain, where he was appointed to the Al Ain Flyover project, using precast pre-segmental, pre-stressed technology, another first of its kind in the Gulf. Al Ain, characterised by vast spaces, the greenery and water of the oasis as well as the warmth of the residents, connected with Dr Gangaramani. It was here that Dr Gangaramani commenced his life and made his initial foray into the construction business. Using all his savings, Dr Gangaramani started the Al Fara’a Construction Company in 1980.
As an unknown entrepreneur who enjoyed a good rapport with the community, Dr Gangaramani set out to prove his capabilities and crafted his life mission as ‘a conduit to knowledge, resources, state of the art technology and investment into the United Arab Emirates’. By securing any and every work opportunity at very low margins, soon Al Fara’a was managing around 12 projects. This, unlike most entrepreneurial ‘breakthroughs’, where one large achievement places one on the trajectory of success, Al Fara’a experienced a ‘barrage of breakthroughs’. Nearly thirty years on, Al Fara’a employs 18,000 people and has a presence across the United Arab Emi rates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and India.
Dr Gangaramani finds his life fulfillment in the way others experience his efforts. His personal motto of “service to make others happy and put a smile on their faces,” is reflected in the way he has served the UAE over the years.
Dr JR Gangaramani has innovated in the field of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and has adopted a unique five pillar approach to his philanthropic efforts. These pillars are care (helping vulnerable communities through community service), empowerment (developing communities and networks to facilitate optimal growth by means of education and development), growth (contributing to the sustainable economic advancement of our communities via entrepreneurial successes), challenge (inspiring community members to progressively reach for new heights with various sporting, educational and recreational sponsorships) and nurture (enabling communities to flourish through a lasting environmental focus) . Dr Gangaramani’s integrated approach to CSI has included the benefaction of an array of charitable institutions that have achieved remarkable successes in caring for those with disabilities and subject to vulnerable economic circumstances. Sporting sponsorships, networking events and even hosting various cultural events have formed part of Dr Gangaramani’s extensive repertoire in his commitment to strengthening socio-economic and cultural ties in the realm of Indo-UAE relations.
In 2009, Dr JR Gangaramani was awarded the prestigious ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award’ by the President of India for his contribution in strengthening Indo-UAE ties. In 2010, the President of India conferred on Dr Gangaramani the ‘Padma Shri ’, one of India’s highest civilian honours, for his social initiatives that underpin his remarkable business achievements which have been marked by an exceptional journey of three decades. Dr Gangaramani has achieved numerous accolades in the realm of business excellence and was awarded the Stevies Chairman of the Year 2010 award.
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Al Fara’a Group
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