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Farnek expands in Abu Dhabi, secures contracts

Markus Oberlin, CEO of Farnek. (Image source: Farnek)

UAE-based smart and green facilities management (FM) company Farnek has expanded its business operations throughout the emirate of Abu Dhabi following a raft of new and retained FM contract across various industry sectors 

To cope with the increased workload, the number of employes based in Abu Dhabi has grown by 18% to nearly 1,300 staff and Farnek is also currently looking at an additional satellite office to provide enhanced onsite customer service.

Farnek’s Abu Dhabi logistics team has also managed to optimise their transport fleet by employing larger vehicles and opitimising route management, saving time, fuel and money as well as minimising its carbon footprint.

Abu Dhabi has recorded strong economic growth in the wake of the pandemic. According to the Statistics Centre of Abu Dhabi, the emirate’s economy grew by 9.3% annually in 2022, the highest in the MENA region, with GDP currently standing at US$300bn. This robust economic growth had a notable effect on foreign investment, which increased by 9.7% in 2022, valued at in excess of US$226bn.
“This is especially true within the non-oil sectors, which now contribute more than 52% of the emirate’s GDP. Credit rating agency S&P has forecast that Abu Dhabi’s GDP will grow by an impressive 5.3% this year, which bodes well for our business operations in 2024,” said Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.

Other services and growth

Some of the more notable contract wins, valued at over AED 240 million, include a total FM deployment for Mina Zayed or MiZa as it is branded, which is an emerging innovation-focused neighbourhood for diverse entrepreneurial communities. Other contracts include Etihad Airways Engineering, and the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, where Farnek provides cleaning and maintenance services, as well as managing the facilities for the F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Farnek services a wide range of industry sectors such as energy, security, aviation, hospitality, retail and residential property. The scope of work includes a considerable number of contracts for total facilities management (TFM) as well as dedicated hard and soft services such as MEP, cleaning, maintenance, security and housekeeping appointments, amongst others.

“Farnek’s business expansion in Abu Dhabi is a result of its successful business strategy, which focuses primarily on innovative, technology-driven and sustainable FM solutions,” added Oberlin.

Abu Dhabi’s population is almost 1.6 million and has grown by 100,000 since 2021, providing ample opportunity for Farnek’s sister company, Hitches & Glitches to capitalise on the increasing size of the home maintenance market.

In terms of sustainability Farnek’s consultancy team was awarded a contract from the Higher Colleges of Technology to develop a roadmap towards net zero, HCT is the largest applied higher educational institution in the UAE, with approximately 23,000 students, studying at 16 men’s and women’s campuses including Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra.