OCS Group, UK’s largest family-owned International Facility Management Company, has launched its first Middle East operation by entering the Qatar market.
The announcement was made by UK’s OCS Group and Qatar’s Tadmur Holding, which highlights a joint venture partnership between the two companies. This collaboration paves the way for over 80 sustainable facility management service offerings that uphold international standards to be made available in Qatar.
These services are set to serve multiple industry sectors. The news was announced at a press conference held at Doha’s Torch Hotel on the 1st of May 2012. Chris Cracknell CEO of the OCS Group and Tadmur Holding CEO and OCS Qatar board member, Dafer Hallawa were present at the press conference. The official launch of OCS Qatar will take place at the British Embassy, coinciding with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, scheduled on the same day.
Commenting on the joint venture, Chris Cracknell said “OCS Group is delighted to celebrate our entry into the Middle East by launching operations here in Qatar. This partnership is a key part of our international growth plans. It combines Tadmur’s established businesses and network with OCS’s international experience in delivering facilities services and brings the valued OCS brand and our class-leading systems and service levels to new markets. Qatar’s success and stability, its fast expanding market along with the growing demand for total facility management solutions and our proven capacity to meet those demands, made it a perfect choice for OCS.”
OCS’s partnership with Tadmur Holdings brings the number of countries that OCS operates in worldwide to over 30, marking the global company’s presence in Europe, Australasia, the Americas, Africa, Asia and now, in the Middle East region. As Britain’s largest family-owned International Facilities Service Provider, established in 1900, OCS today is a 1.1 Billion US $ company, headquartered in the UK and employing over 60,000 staff across the globe.
Tadmur Holding CEO and OCS Qatar board member, Dafer Hallawa expressed confidence in the partnership and its high potential to expand the level of services available in the local market saying, “The highly regarded and respected Tadmur brand has been built over the past 27 years. With ten successful subsidiary companies, I am certain that there is enormous opportunity to jointly leverage the existing Tadmur businesses with the new OCS facilities management business.”
“OCS Qatar will be well-positioned to take advantage of the enormous infrastructure spending Qatar has set aside for the next five years. Tadmur Holding is very pleased with this partnership and we are looking forward to commencing operations for facilities services. OCS Qatar started work in Doha on the 1st of April 2012.”
Dafer Hallawa illustrated the Tadmur Group’s strengths describing its ten subsidiaries operating in Qatar using a team of 4,000 employees serving the Qatari construction market. Since its inception in 1985, Tadmur Contracting, a subsidiary of Tadmur Holding has reached great heights distinguishing itself locally for its completed and ongoing construction projects including Qatar Airways Premium terminal at Doha International Airport, Doha Women Sports Club at Aspire Zone, Qatar University’s Central Library and the iconic Student Centre at Qatar Foundation.
OCS Qatar is headed by General Manager Robert Craig, a property services professional with a wealth of experience in the region.
Speaking to the media, he said “Tadmur has incorporated its Real Estate property management and maintenance services along with the Logistics soft services division, uniting them with OCS’s full portfolio and this will definitely result in a range of new and superior service lines to meet market demand. OCS has a wealth of experience serving Aviation, Healthcare, Commercial, Education, Hospitality, Leisure, Manufacturing, Public Service and Retail sectors.”
“We believe that Tadmur’s unrivalled local knowledge and experience together with OCS Group’s world class capabilities will move this new company to become the top Total Facilities Management service provider to Qatar’s booming market. We are proud of this partnership and look forward to an exciting future.”
OCS Qatar has already committed to and has begun to service the premises of Tadmur Group and its subsidiaries, together with the 250 plus commercial and residential properties owned within Tadmur Holding’s shareholders Real Estate portfolio.
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