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AGE Wins Best Quality Award 2020

AG Engineering, part of the diversified Al Ghurair Investment group, has been selected as the winner of the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award (DQAA) in the Construction category at the 26th Business Excellence Awards ceremony held in Dubai, UAE on 11th November 2020.

AGE Wins Best Quality Award 2020
Monday 16 November 2020

AG Engineering, part of the diversified Al Ghurair Investment group, has been selected as the winner of the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award (DQAA) in the Construction category at the 26th Business Excellence Awards ceremony held in Dubai, UAE on 11th November 2020.

AG Engineering wins Dubai Quality Appreciation Award 2020 for demonstrating commitment to business performance excellence

  • AG Engineering becomes sole Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) business recognised in the Construction sector for the 2020 Awards;
  • Recognised for progressive approach to developing innovative engineering solutions that meet world-class standards;
  • The Award marks the business’ third major accolade in 2020.

15th November 2020, Dubai, UAE:

AG Engineering, part of the diversified Al Ghurair Investment group, has been selected as the winner of the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award (DQAA) in the Construction category at the 26th Business Excellence Awards ceremony held in Dubai, UAE on 11th November 2020. In the first virtual ceremony in the Awards’ history, the Dubai Economic Department (DED) honoured the winners under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Held annually, the Business Excellence Awards honour the sustained high-quality performance, achievements and excellence of various businesses and entities. Falling under this umbrella, the DQA recognizes those companies and institutions who continue to adopt a policy of excellence, deliver a best-in-class service standard, and who are committed to driving performance excellence.

AG Engineering received the DQA in recognition of its progressive approach to developing innovative engineering solutions that set a high-quality standard, raising the benchmark across the building and infrastructure industry. In this year’s Awards, AG Engineering was the only business or institution recognised in the Construction sector, operating in building and infrastructure.

When the company was formed in 2017, it was built upon the transformative EFQM Model for Business Excellence, putting a commitment to performance and innovation at is very core, from the outset. With these leading principles, AG Engineering has already achieved a number of international accreditations in quality and health and safety. Earlier this year, the business was awarded the Shaik Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) - Silver Category, along with the prestigious Five Star rating from British Safety Council for Health & Safety, making the DQAA AG Engineering’s third major accolade in 2020.

Speaking about the Award, Jacob John, CEO, AG Engineering commented: “I am privileged to receive this award on behalf of our outstanding team at AG Engineering, and I would like to thank the Dubai Department of Economic Development for this recognition. Winning the Dubai Quality Award is a testament to the values, principles and vision at the very heart of our business. I am proud of our team, who have made this happen, working with a tireless commitment to never letting our standards drop, instead seeking out ways to continuously improve and excel. This is just the start of our journey – we are excited to continue striving for excellence in future!”

John Iossifidis, Group CEO, Al Ghurair Investment said: “Receiving the Dubai Quality Awards is a great honour, and I would like to extend my congratulations to the team at AG Engineering for continuing to pioneer an uplift in industry quality standards. As a business born in the UAE, Al Ghurair Investment’s journey towards sustainable growth is aligned to that of the long-term economic vision of the country itself. By demonstrating an enduring commitment to business excellence, AG Engineering not only cements its legacy as a trusted, quality provider, it also raises the bar for the wider industry, driving value-added change for the future economy.”

About AG Engineering

AG Engineering LLC is a specialised building services and infrastructure projects company operating in the UAE construction sector. The organisation was established through the restructuring of one of the largest construction conglomerates in the Middle East by the Al Ghurair Investment in 2017. AG Engineering has accredited engineers in-house with designing experience that offers turnkey services, particularly in data centre projects and district cooling plants.

AG Engineering operates and maintains robust quality, health, safety, environmental and business continuity management systems, aligned with the globally-recognised EFQM model for Business Excellence. The pivotal point of strength at AG Engineering is its leadership team, who are highly qualified, broadly experienced, and strongly established in the industry.

About the Dubai Quality Award

The Dubai Quality Award (DQA) was introduced in 1994 by Dubai’s Department of Economic Development. The award, which is based on the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management was inspired by the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is presented to companies that have demonstrated a commitment to best practices in their respective fields, and is open to all companies operating in the UAE.

The best ingredients at Gulfoods at 2017

Al Ghurair's Foods and Resources divisions participated in Gulfoods – one of the world's biggest food and hospitality shows – from 26th February to 2nd March 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The best ingredients at Gulfoods at 2017
Thursday 02 March 2017

Al Ghurair's Foods and Resources divisions participated in Gulfoods – one of the world's biggest food and hospitality shows – from 26th February to 2nd March 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Exhibiting for the 10th consecutive year, the divisions showcased their trading, manufacturing and marketing expertise with a well-integrated range of mass-market food products, ingredients, related derivatives, intermediates and services. Visitors at the stand were also treated to food sampling, live cooking and warm hospitality.

Din Tai Fung comes to Al Ghurair Centre

World-renowned dumpling house, Din Tai Fung, opened its flagship restaurant in Al Ghurair Centre within the hugely popular Dining District.

Din Tai Fung comes to Al Ghurair Centre
Wednesday 01 March 2017

World-renowned dumpling house, Din Tai Fung, opened its flagship restaurant in Al Ghurair Centre within the hugely popular Dining District.

Noticing the growing number of visitors over the past 3-5 years with an average 24% annual increase and keeping up with the constant demand of Dubai residents for the latest and greatest, Al Ghurair Centre's new Dining District will serve up an array of world-class restaurants and cafes.

Known for its innovative approach to retail, Al Ghurair embarked on expanding Al Ghurair Centre, to leverage on its heritage and prime location in the heart of downtown Dubai. The Dining District will be home to more than 29 select restaurants and cafés offering different cuisines from around the world, including both fine dining and fast food/casual outdoor eateries. It will be connected with the centre's shopping area that boasts of over 300 brands.

Al Ghurair Properties reveals sustainability plans

In commemoration of World Environment Day on 1st June 2016 – and in line with UAE Vision 2021 – Al Ghurair announced its environmental and sustainability plan for the next three years during an event held at Al Ghurair Rayhaan Rotana Hotel.

Al Ghurair Properties reveals sustainability plans
Wednesday 01 June 2016

In commemoration of World Environment Day on 1st June 2016 – and in line with UAE Vision 2021 – Al Ghurair announced its environmental and sustainability plan for the next three years during an event held at Al Ghurair Rayhaan Rotana Hotel.

The event discussed the Group's different activities, best practices and challenges in helping reduce its carbon footprint and outline measures to make its business more sustainable and environment friendly across the UAE and GCC. 

The new plans are following the National Initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, and Prime Minister & Ruler of Dubai, for building a "green economy for sustainable development". The Group's plans will also follow UAE Vision 2021 focusing on improving the quality of air, preserving water resources, increasing the contribution of clean energy and implementing green growth plans.

  • UAE's Al Ghurair University appoints new president Sunday 15 October 2017

    UAE-based Al Ghurair University, one of the premier universities in the Gulf region, has appointed Prof Basem Alzahabi as its new president ahead of the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Al Ghurair University (AGU), one of the premier universities in the Gulf region, has appointed Prof Basem Alzahabi as its new president ahead of the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year.


    AGU, a unit of UAE-based diversified conglomerate Al Ghurair, said in his new role, Prof Alzahabi will oversee the development of the university in terms of elevating the standard of education and adopting global best practices for advanced learning.

    He joins AGU from Kettering University in Michigan, US, where he had been director of the office of international programs and chair of engineering design since 2011.

    In his previous position, he provided leadership and support for relationships with international universities, companies, governments and other institutions, and working in developing international programs.

    He also officially represented Kettering to US and foreign government agencies concerning international and cultural issues while developing new funding opportunities for the university.

    Alzahabi initially joined Kettering as Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1998.

    On his new role, Prof Alzahabi said: "I am thrilled to be entering a new stage in my career as president of one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the Gulf region. AGU has made a name for its progressive approach to education while staying connected to the heritage that makes it utterly unique."

    Educated to doctorate level, Prof Alzahabi holds a Ph D in Civil Engineering and two MS degrees in both Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Ibrahim Al Ghurair, a board member at Al Ghurair, said: "We are absolutely confident that Prof Alzahabi’s esteemed career in education will be a tremendous addition to the university. AGU will surely be leveraging his experience in further raising our institution, together with our students and faculty, to new levels of academic excellence."

    "With his arrival, we will see a fresh new approach to training and educational collaboration that will elevate AGU’s global competitiveness," he added.

  • Al Ghurair Centre showcases Emirati talent on National Day Friday 02 December 2016

    Al Ghurair Centre took centre-stage during the 44th National Day celebrations with a colourful tribute to Emirati art, heritage and culture. The celebrations struck a particularly poignant note, also serving to highlight "Martyrs Day" in honour of the nation's fallen heroes.

    In support of the local and expat talent in the UAE, over 50 renowned Emirati and expatriate artists featured a "time capsule" view of the UAE, from ageless desert landscapes to modern representations of Burj Al Arab and other iconic symbols – marking the unrivalled urban development of the UAE since its formation on December 2nd, 1971.

  • Al Ghurair Centre creates awareness on waste management Monday 26 October 2015

    In an effort to raise awareness among the community about the perils of waste, Al Ghurair Centre hosted a consumer campaign on October 22nd and 23rd, 2015.The campaign directly targeted the community through an "edutainment" programme of events aimed to raise public awareness of waste-related issues. A recycling game taught participants how to separate recyclable from non-recyclable waste with the aid of a series of stress balls thrown into green and black bins among other activities.

    The move to organise this campaign was necessitated by a report released at the Eco-Waste conference hosted by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi sustainable energy company, which revealed that waste generated by the UAE will increase from 6.6 million tonnes to 8.4 million tonnes by 2017.