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Al Ghurair recognised as a ‘Friend of Spain’ by Brands of Spain at The Spanish Business Council Gala Dinner

04 February 2022, Dubai, UAE: 

  • The award recognises Al Ghurair for its distinguished contribution to forging economic, cultural, and business relationships between Spain and the UAE
Al Ghurair recognised as a ‘Friend of Spain’ by Brands of Spain at The Spanish Business Council Gala Dinner
Friday 04 February 2022

04 February 2022, Dubai, UAE: 

  • The award recognises Al Ghurair for its distinguished contribution to forging economic, cultural, and business relationships between Spain and the UAE

Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business has been awarded the ‘Friend of Spain’ accolade at The Spanish Business Council’s annual Gala Dinner, in collaboration with the Leading Brands of Spain Forum and Fedecom. Taking place on 2 February 2022 in Dubai, UAE, the prestigious event commemorated the official Spain Day at Expo Dubai 2020.

The award was presented to Al Ghurair on behalf of Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain by Reyes Maroto, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, in recognition of its distinguished contribution to forge economic, cultural, and business relationships between Spain and the UAE. The ‘Friend of Spain’ title was granted in recognition of two key initiatives launched by Al Ghurair in 2021, both of which involve partnerships with globally prominent Spanish entities.

The first, a collaboration between Al Ghurair Retail and the Leading Brands of Spain Forum (FMRE), sees Al Ghurair managing La Tienda: Brands of Spain Shop, the commercial space of the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Representing more than 20 brands from Spain, across a variety of categories, including fashion, beauty, food and beverage and accessories, the partnership provides a platform to introduce new brands to the regional market, building brand equity and enhancing consumer choice. Under the collaboration, brands were selected on the basis of sustainability, quality, innovation and design, in reflection of both companies’ core interests and values.

The second, a landmark collaboration between Al Ghurair University (AGU), an ABET accredited university based in Dubai, and IE University, one of the world’s leading business schools, to co-create a best-in-class Leadership Development Programme. With a dual commitment to education and innovation, the collaboration marked a milestone in AGU’s evolution to becoming one of the region’s leading business schools, catering for generations of learners beyond university years into professional and personal development, for ongoing career pathways.

Commenting on this achievement, John Iossifidis, GCEO, Al Ghurair Investment, said: “At Al Ghurair, our social contribution - and making a meaningful difference – is our core Purpose, and so we are honoured to be recognised for our efforts to forge partnerships that support in fostering the UAE’s trade relations. This is a proud moment for all of us at Al Ghurair, and testament to the commitment of our team; I thank them for their continued dedication!”

Arturo Lujan, CEO, Al Ghurair Ventures, which manages Al Ghurair Retail and serves as a board member of AGU, follows: “We are honoured to have been entrusted by our prestigious partners to collaborate on these pioneering projects. From the World’s greatest show, at Dubai Expo, and supporting the UAE’s vision on sustainability and innovation, to developing a world-class educational programme that supports – and advocates for – a lifelong journey of learning, we are proud to be living our Purpose alongside brands that mirror our own values.”

Ignacio Osborne, President of Leading Brands of Spain, commented: “We are glad to extend this prestigious award from Spain to Al Ghurair Investment due to its strong professionalism, leadership and commitment to become the economic, cultural and business bridge between Spain and UAE, which will strengthen and enhance the lives of both our countries.”

Arturo Lujan, CEO, Al Ghurair Ventures joined the President of Spain’s delegation, which included several key ministers of Spain, the UAE and many of Spain’s largest leading organisations. The Gala Dinner and awards ceremony, which took place at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa was attended by a number of key representatives from Al Ghurair Investment including Arturo Lujan, CEO of Al Ghurair Ventures, Djamal Djouhri, CEO of Al Ghurair Resources Oils & Proteins and Al Ghurair Foods, as well as Anuradha Dhawan and Shakil Chaudhry, General Managers of Al Ghurair Retail. Other attendees included Fernando Maudo, Brands of Spain and Alvaro Benjumea, CEO and owner of La Espanola.

About Al Ghurair Investment:

Al Ghurair Investment aims to set the standard for family business groups in the Middle East. Al Ghurair is proud of its deep roots in the UAE, which trace back over six decades. Building on this enduring legacy, the Group has established diversified operations spanning more than 50 countries across the globe, employing approximately 28,000 people. Today, the Al Ghurair family name is synonymous with the development of the region and AGI builds on this long history of innovation and entrepreneurship through its operations in seven distinct sectors including food, resources, properties, construction, energy, mobility and ventures.

From its modest beginnings as a local trading business, the investment Group continues to be guided by its purpose: ‘Enhancing Life’. In order to fulfil this, AGI is dedicated to the adoption and implementation of best practices in all areas of its business, including investment and governance, in order to enable and drive future prosperity and benefits for the communities within which it operates.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sara O’Hara
Head of Group Communications & Group Press Office
Al Ghurair Investment
Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com
Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540

AG Facilities Solutions wins highly coveted Dubai Quality Appreciation Award for innovative solutions

24 March 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

  • The award recognises AG Facilities Solutions’ innovative approach to facilities management in Dubai and across the UAE
AG Facilities Solutions wins highly coveted Dubai Quality Appreciation Award for innovative solutions
Friday 25 March 2022

24 March 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

  • The award recognises AG Facilities Solutions’ innovative approach to facilities management in Dubai and across the UAE

AG Facilities Solutions, part of Al Ghurair Investment, one of the leading diversified UAE family businesses, has been recognised with the industry-coveted Dubai Quality Appreciation Award (DQAA), for raising the bar in the facilities management services sector in the ever-evolving business landscape in the UAE.

The award was given during the 28th Business Excellence Awards, hosted by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), recognising companies for high-quality performance, their willingness to adopt international frameworks, and become role models in their own fields.

Commenting on the achievement, Tarek Nizameddin, CEO of AG Facilities Solutions, said: “We are honoured to receive this award from the DET, who has always put excellence at the centre of its economic agenda for Dubai, and the UAE. This vision strongly resonates with us at AG Facilities, as we fully embrace innovation and excellence in our solutions. This award speaks to our commitment to the highest standards of facilities management, and to benchmarking our services after international best practices. I would like to commend the AG Facilities Solutions team, who continue to dedicate their time and talent to the pursuit of excellence.”

The DQAA recognition puts a spotlight on AG Facilities’ regional leadership in the field of facilities management, amid the UAE’s economic transformation.

AG Facilities also won an excellence award in the Health and Safety in Facilities Management category of the recently concluded Middle East Facilities Management Association Awards. The award was given during the MEFMA CONFEX 2022, where hundreds of industry professionals discussed the future of the sector.

Nizameddin added: “Industries are under renewed pressure to keep up with the national agenda, as well as with rapid modernisation. The facilities management space must also persevere with these changes, led by important conversations around sustainability, data and technology. We are extremely excited about sector developments, and we remain committed to keeping up with evolving trends as we continue our journey.”

AG Facilities solutions has also been shortlisted in three categories at the fourth edition of the Middle East Cleaning, Hygiene, and Facilities Awards to be held on March 24. The ceremony will gather top players in the commercial and institutional cleaning, hygiene, and soft FM industries in the region.

About Al Ghurair Investment  

Al Ghurair Investment aims to set the standard for family business groups in the Middle East. AGI is proud of its deep roots in the UAE, which trace back over six decades. Building on this enduring legacy, the Group has established diversified operations spanning more than 50 countries across the globe, employing approximately 28,000 people. Today, the Al Ghurair family name is synonymous with the development of the region and AGI builds on this long history of innovation and entrepreneurship through its operations in seven distinct sectors including food, resources, properties, construction, energy, mobility and ventures.

From its modest beginnings as a local trading business, the investment Group continues to be guided by its purpose: ‘Enhancing Life’. In order to fulfil this, AGI is dedicated to the adoption and implementation of best practices in all areas of its business, including investment and governance, in order to enable and drive future prosperity and benefits for the communities within which it operates.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sara O’Hara
Group Communications & Press Office, Al Ghurair Investment
Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com
Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540

The Face Shop Mirdif wins Best Service Performance Branch at the 28th Business Excellence Awards

24 March 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

The Face Shop at Mirdif City Centre has won Best Service Performance Branch under the Fashion Retail sector, at the 28th Business Excellence Awards by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)!

The Face Shop Mirdif wins Best Service Performance Branch at the 28th Business Excellence Awards
Friday 25 March 2022

24 March 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

The Face Shop at Mirdif City Centre has won Best Service Performance Branch under the Fashion Retail sector, at the 28th Business Excellence Awards by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)!

Part of AG Ventures, the most diverse business cluster in Al Ghurair with a prominent focus on enhancing life through innovative and sustainable service excellence, The Face Shop leads by example in the retail sector as Korea's pioneer beauty company.

The Face Shop received the Dubai Service Excellence Scheme award based on a score of 99.50% in the last four quarters, on an overall assessment of outlet appearance, service delivery, health and safety, accessibility, and more!

Arturo Lujan, CEO of AG Ventures comments:

“Each of our Ventures’ businesses tells a story –of collaboration, innovation, and sustainable excellence all led by our commitment towards leading with our Purpose of ‘Enhancing Life’.

Our Purpose is at the core of all our businesses, and we choose to partner with brands that align to our own values. The Face Shop’s core brand promise is centered around nature – and utilising the natural, organic ingredients we are blessed with from planet Earth to nourish, nurture and revitalise, along with delivering service excellence. We are therefore truly honoured to receive this prestigious recognition from the DET for our The Face Shop store in Mirdif City Centre.

This recognition inspires us to continue to dedicate our efforts and talent towards our vision and the pursuit of excellence, enhancing and nourishing life through our various endeavors. Congratulations to Anuradha Dhawan, Myra Palermo, and our whole Retail  and thanks to our dedicated team on this achievement!”

Al Ghurair appoints new CEO of AG Facilities, its award-winning Facilities Solutions arm

18 January 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 

Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business, today announced the appointment of Tarek Nizameddin as Chief Executive Officer of AG Facilities, including its reputed soft services subsidiary, MBM. The facilities solution business forms a critical part of the company’s long-established construction sector. The appointment supports the company’s strategic intention to expand its facilities presence across the region by enhancing capabilities with innovative new products and technologies.

Al Ghurair appoints new CEO of AG Facilities, its award-winning Facilities Solutions arm
Thursday 20 January 2022

18 January 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 

Al Ghurair Investment, the leading diversified UAE family business, today announced the appointment of Tarek Nizameddin as Chief Executive Officer of AG Facilities, including its reputed soft services subsidiary, MBM. The facilities solution business forms a critical part of the company’s long-established construction sector. The appointment supports the company’s strategic intention to expand its facilities presence across the region by enhancing capabilities with innovative new products and technologies.

Tarek Nizameddin joined in January 2022 and is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to drive transformation at AG Facilities. In his role, Tarek will focus on optimising new opportunities and building competences in the facilities management space, across hard and soft services, to unlock value and drive customer engagement. 

Commenting on the appointment, John Iossifidis, Group Chief Executive Officer, Al Ghurair Investment, said, “We are pleased to welcome Tarek onboard, an experienced business leader with a proven track record of success in leadership roles as we embark on the next phase of our growth strategy. His appointment will help strengthen AG Facilities’ regional leadership position and I am confident he will play a pivotal role in supporting the future of the company.”

Tarek Nizameddin, Chief Executive Officer, AG Facilities, states: “I’m proud to be joining the team of elite professionals at Al Ghurair, a long-standing, reputed organisation that has made its mark across multiple sectors and industries. I am excited to have the opportunity to take the Facilities division to new heights with the support, collaboration, and determination of my team. I look forward to striving for new benchmarks within our dynamic industry for both quality standard and service efficiency.”

Tarek Nizameddin brings more than 27 years of experience as a Senior Asset Management professional with an exceptional track record in leadership positions across global entities. Tarek has a wealth of knowledge in Asset Management, Real Estate Development, Facilities Services and Business Development. Prior to joining AG Facilities, he held the role of Senior Executive Director at Ejadah Asset Management Group where he led the operational and commercial divisions. Prior to that, he held senior roles within leading regional organisations including Damac, Dubai Holding, Abu Dhabi General Services company - Musanada and Corner Stone Property Management.

About Al Ghurair Investment:

Al Ghurair Investment (AGI) aims to set the standard for family business groups in the Middle East. AGI is proud of its deep roots in the UAE, which trace back over six decades. Building on this enduring legacy, the Group has established diversified operations spanning more than 50 countries across the globe, employing approximately 28,000 people. Today, the Al Ghurair family name is synonymous with the development of the region and AGI builds on this long history of innovation and entrepreneurship through its operations in distinct sectors including food, resources, properties, construction, energy, mobility and ventures.

From its modest beginnings as a local trading business, the investment Group continues to be guided by its purpose: ‘Enhancing Life’. In order to fulfil this, AGI is dedicated to the adoption and implementation of best practices in all areas of its business, including investment and governance, in order to enable and drive future prosperity and benefits for the communities within which it operates.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sara O’Hara
Group Communications & Press Office, Al Ghurair Investment
Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com
Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540