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Dar Al Marefa hosts Appreciation Ceremony

16 September 2022, United Arab Emirates:

Last month we wrapped up our new Work Immersion Programme, held in collaboration with Dar Al Marefa Private School - Dubai, which was a huge success for the school students and our colleagues alike! The programme enabled the students to realise their future career aspirations, in a true work environment, as they were exposed to roles and functions related to their fields of interest. As a pre-requisite to completing CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) hours towards their diplomas, students were able to gain practical industry knowledge, under the guidance of industry professionals across our business.

Dar Al Marefa hosts Appreciation Ceremony
Friday 16 September 2022

16 September 2022, United Arab Emirates:

Last month we wrapped up our new Work Immersion Programme, held in collaboration with Dar Al Marefa Private School - Dubai, which was a huge success for the school students and our colleagues alike! The programme enabled the students to realise their future career aspirations, in a true work environment, as they were exposed to roles and functions related to their fields of interest. As a pre-requisite to completing CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) hours towards their diplomas, students were able to gain practical industry knowledge, under the guidance of industry professionals across our business.

This week, in an Appreciation Ceremony held at the school campus in Al Khawaneej, we celebrated the achievements of the students during the programme, and recognised their commitment and dedication towards the experience. The ceremony was hosted by Naira Hamdy, School Principal at Dar Al Marefa, and attended by Dr. Arturo Lujan, CEO of AG Ventures, and Debra Teles, Group Vice President, People and Culture, Al Ghurair Investment. Students received certificates to commemorate completion of the programme, and had the opportunity to share their feedback about how it has empowered them along their educational journeys.

One student commented: “I had a great experience participating in Al Ghurair’s Work Immersion Programme and was happy to collaborate with supportive people who really helped me explore and discover my future career dreams! I greatly encourage the future senior class at Dar Al Marefa to participate in Al Ghurair’s work programme next year!”

Naira Hamdy, School Principal at Dar Al Marefa comments: “I am so proud of the students who submerged themselves in this valuable experience at Al Ghurair. Their enthusiasm and dedication will surely continue to take them to new heights and excel in achieving their dreams. I value the student’s positive feedback, expressing their gratitude for facilitating this experience. I am honoured to have been part of this initiative to empower student along their educational journeys and drive our Group-wide purpose of striving towards our pursuit for the better – nurturing young minds and empowering the next generation of leaders.”

Learn more about Dar Al Marefa here.

AG Auto receives ESMA Certification!

15 September 2022, United Arab Emirates:

Congratulations to AG Auto, a business under the AG Ventures portfolio, for having received the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) Certification!

AG Auto receives ESMA Certification!
Thursday 15 September 2022

15 September 2022, United Arab Emirates:

Congratulations to AG Auto, a business under the AG Ventures portfolio, for having received the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) Certification!

AG Auto’s Dubai Investment Park Service Centre marks the business’ fourth centre to be accredited and rated 5 stars by ESMA. The certification speaks as a testament to AG Auto’s commitment to upholding quality excellence in accordance with relevant UAE national, regional and international standards – delighting customers, today and tomorrow!

With the largest multi-brand service centre in the region, AG Auto continuously strives to make a meaningful difference to customers, enhancing their experience by providing quality services in-line with our Group-wide purpose of ‘Enhancing Life’.

AG Facilities Solutions’ (AGFS) announces new leadership team appointments

29th August 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

  • New management structure to drive AGFS’ purpose-led transformation journey as it strives to raise the benchmark within the region’s Facilities Management sector
AG Facilities Solutions’ (AGFS) announces new leadership team appointments
Wednesday 31 August 2022

29th August 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

  • New management structure to drive AGFS’ purpose-led transformation journey as it strives to raise the benchmark within the region’s Facilities Management sector

AG Facilities Solutions (AGFS) announces new appointments within its regional Leadership structure. The new team will spearhead the business’ transformation strategy, consolidating service offerings to meet the dynamic and evolving demands of the Facilities Management (FM) industry.

The appointments include: Andrea Yoko, who joins as Head of Technical Support; Fady Morkus, who joins as General Manager, Business Growth; along with the promotion of Prakul Tewari to Head of Commercial and Customer Experience.

Andrea Yoko is an industry veteran with more than 40 years’ dedicated experience within the hospitality and Facilities Management fields. Possessing a strong belief in training to promote the growth and development of teams, Yoko strives to upskill and hone in-house capabilities: improving career prospects and optimising efficiency, whilst also delivering world-class service standards and redefining best practices. She was recently recognised as the winner of the ‘Women in Cleaning’ award at the Middle East Cleaning, Hygiene and Facilities awards, as well as being listed in the POWER 30 women of ‘the commercial cleaning industry that have made a significant impact’

In her new role, Yoko will oversee several functions, including QSHE, Logistics, Deployment and Technical Training and Development. Yoko comments: "I am delighted to join the AGFS leadership team as Head of Technical Support. I look forward to contributing significantly to AGFS’ growth plans to take the business to the next level.” 

Fady Morkus will be responsible for business development, mobilisation, sustainability, and new business incubators. He will focus on new client segments by expanding services offered, and by introducing new technological and innovative solutions. Morkus is a qualified mechanical engineer, holding academic qualifications in both artificial intelligence and engineering management systems. He also holds numerous industry accreditations, including CAMA and LEED AP O+M, and brings with him 17 years of international industry experience. Before joining AGFS, Morkus led the Systems & Governance department within Cushman and Wakefield’s IFM business unit in Australia.

Morkus states, “Within the first week of joining AGFS the team was recognised at the region’s most prestigious FM event, which further convinced me that I had made the right decision!  AGFS is genuinely passionate about its Purpose, and ambitious in its transformation agenda to become one of the leading FM service providers in the region. I’m excited to work alongside some of the best FM professionals in the industry, and to make my own positive contributions to the journey.”

Prakul Tewari has been with AGFS since 2016, previously responsible for strategic business planning and marketing before his recent promotion to Head of Commercial and Customer Experience. Prakul has more than 20 years’ experience in Strategic Planning, Sales, Marketing and Business Transformation experience across the Facility Management and Financial Industry, within both the UAE and India. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian School of Business where he specialised in Finance, Strategy and Leadership.

Prakul Tewari comments, “I am proud and excited to be a part of this transformational journey at AGFS to be agile and efficient as we reshape the future. The high-performance team that we have will ensure we deliver on our shared vision, create value and drive excellence.”  

Tarek Nizameddin, CEO AGFS, commented: “We are committed to our purpose of “Empowering Facilities, Enhancing Life” and, through our new leadership team, we will empower our teams to lead the transition of AGFS to become a fully integrated facility management company.”

About AG Facilities Solutions

AG Facilities Solutions (AGFS), under the umbrella of Al Ghurair Investment, is one of the leading facility management companies providing innovative, efficient, and sustainable facility solutions for clients throughout the region.

AGFS offers both individual services as well as fully integrated Facility Management services with the highest quality to match all needs and requirements. AGFS offers improved solutions through continuous improvement and resource optimisation, global benchmarking, superior management, and economies of scale.

AGFS manages 14.9sqm+ operational area, 4000+ operational sites with 700+ active contracts and 11+ thousand employees.

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Group Press Office
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+971 (0) 42029876

Dr. Arturo Lujan named most influential CEO in Dubai

26 July 2022, Dubai, UAE:

Congratulations to Dr. Arturo Lujan, CEO, Al Ghurair Ventures, who has been named as the most influential CEO in Dubai by CEO Monthly Magazine.

Dr. Arturo Lujan named most influential CEO in Dubai
Tuesday 26 July 2022

26 July 2022, Dubai, UAE:

Congratulations to Dr. Arturo Lujan, CEO, Al Ghurair Ventures, who has been named as the most influential CEO in Dubai by CEO Monthly Magazine.

Since joining the company as CEO, Dr. Arturo Lujan has been steering Al Ghurair Ventures towards the future, with a focus on innovation, sustainability and transformation, and has established a name for himself as an influential leader.  

Al Ghurair Ventures companies range from automotive, printing, retail, education, financial services, exchange, travel, and shipping, amongst other diverse sectors.

Read more about Dr. Arturo and his impressive personal and professional career trajectory in CEO Monthly Magazine here.