Farnek secures FM contracts worth more than US$42.74mn

markus oberlin ceo farnekUAE-based facilities management company and sustainability consultancy Farnek has been awarded new contracts worth more than US$42.74mn from several major organisations throughout Dubai and the UAE, including Dubai Airports, The Dubai Mall, RAKBANK, Emaar’s new retail centre, Springs Souk, Abu Dhabi Municipality and the new residential community in Dubai South, MAG 5 Boulevard

Farnek is mobilising 1,170 additional staff and highly skilled, specialist technicians, to manage a range of services including mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), cleaning, waste management and security.

Farnek CEO Markus Oberlin said, “These new account wins vindicate our business strategy. We endeavour to add value whenever and wherever we can, by being innovative and adopting the latest technology in a sustainable manner, to deliver our promise to our customers.

“It also speaks volumes for the quality of our experience and service offering across a range of vertical industry sectors, including retail, aviation, residential, banking and government. We are now looking forward to delivering our promise,” added Oberlin.

Farnek’s newly signed contracts include a three-year agreement with The Dubai Mall for soft services across all aspects of the mall including Fashion Avenue and the Leisure and Entertainment areas. A total of 500 staff will be mobilised.

The company will also incorporate a waste management strategy for Dubai Mall. To support this strategy, Farnek will utilise research from its innovative and unique shopping mall benchmarking study, the first of its kind in the Middle East, launched earlier this year. The project was designed to evaluate and provide a benchmark for the energy, water and waste performance of each mall – with the objective of determining effective ways to reduce their impact on the environment and to save money on their utility bills.

In addition to the Dubai Mall, Farnek will also be providing facilities management services to Emaar’s newly opened Springs Souk. The year-long contract will cover all MEP, specialist cleaning services and defect liability period (DLP) management for the entire community centre which includes retail, F&B outlets and a cinema.

Within the aviation sector, Farnek has signed a three-year contract with Dubai Airports to provide highly skilled technical manpower to both Dubai Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, located at Dubai World Central, which will initially see 350 staff supporting operations from an engineering perspective.

“Dubai Airports, alongside some of our other contracts, will use the award-winning smartwatch technology providing us with real-time tracking and transparency which in turn improves efforts to fulfil operational commitments, enabling efficient service delivery, providing increased customer satisfaction and enhanced trust and loyalty,” added Oberlin.

In the financial sector, RAKBANK has awarded Farnek the contract to carry out soft services for 38 branches across the UAE, in addition to its current contract for their head offices located in Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai Silicon Oasis. More than 100 Farnek employees will be utilised for the duration of the two-year contract.

Geoff Stecyk, RAKBANK COO, commented, “Farnek has been chosen for its solid track record of providing professional and reliable cleaning services. We particularly support the company’s commitment to protect the environment through the use of eco-friendly cleaning materials and products wherever possible, which is in line with RAKBANK’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint.”

In Dubai South, Farnek will deliver an end-to-end service to MAG 5 Boulevard, by providing an integrated facilities management and home maintenance solution.

Farnek will be responsible for cleaning, security and DLP management in the common areas, while its home maintenance division, Hitches & Glitches, will provide snagging, apartment handover and DLP management to more than 500 apartments.

Finally, Farnek will add to its existing Musanada portfolio in Abu Dhabi with an appointment by Abu Dhabi Municipality for a four-year contract to provide MEP services and managing agent services.

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