Author: Aldanube Group


Mazen Bin Mohammad Batterjee inaugurates AED 55 million ‘Danube BUILDMART’ retail complex in Jeddah

200,000 sq. ft. retail complex to cater to interior designers, contractors and homeowners

Mazen Bin Mohammad Batterjee, Vice President – Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, inaugurated yesterday (July 08, 2009) ‘Danube BUILDMART’, an AED 55 million retail complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which will carry the high quality products of Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries. Strategically located in Makkah (Madina) Highway in Sulemaniya area, the customer-friendly retail complex is a first-of-its-kind facility that caters to interior designers, contractors and homeowners, which also marks Danube’s largest expansion initiative into the Kingdom. Also present at the ceremony were H. E. Sayeed Ahmed Baba, Consul General of India in Jeddah; and Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube Building Materials, in addition to other senior company officials, dignitaries and representatives from leading construction majors in Saudi.

The 200,000 sq. feet facility, which also includes a 30,000 sq. feet warehouse, is part of the ‘BUILDMART’ chain of retail complexes, which was initially launched in the UAE andBahrain.  It offers an unparalleled range of over 15,000 products within twenty four different sections – from chandeliers, Venetian blinds, light fittings, kitchens, bathroom, tiles, shower rooms, jacuzzis, to flooring for ceramic and wood, ceilings, doors, wallpapers, designed glasses, marble, wall panelling and different finishes of laminates, which are displayed in an actual home setting for an easy and convenient shopping experience. With the growing demand from both end-users, suppliers and contractors,Danube has also announced plans to further expand its presence in the Kingdom through two new dedicated factories for gypsum ceiling tiles and melamine pressing units.

“Driven by our numerous successes in the rest of the GCC, we are confident that our stronger presence in the Kingdom will provide a significant boost to the local building materials market,” said Rizwan Sajan. “The growth potential for us in this market is remarkably high given the non-stop construction of large-scale projects across the country, thereby propelling the demand for high quality construction materials. This new retail complex is our response to this demand, which is also matched by the standard excellent service we provide to our customers across the region.”

Danube is working towards playing a role in the construction of six mega-economic cities across the Kingdom, which will rise near the areas of Tabouk, Medinah, Rabigh, Jazan and the Eastern Province. In addition, the company is also expanding its clout in the Kingdom, with aims of becoming one of the partners supporting the Saudi Government’s 8thDevelopment Plan, which involves the construction of 2 million residential units that will solve the current housing shortage amidst the leading economy’s growing population.

“Our desire to truly penetrate the Saudi market and capitalise on its extensive construction activities is matched by our commitment to comply with the Saudi Governments’ regulations pertaining to the supply of construction materials to its most important projects. We have high expectations in our foray to strengthen our presence in this market, as part of our strategy to establish ‘Danube BUILDMART’ as the premier building materials brand throughout the region,” concluded Sajan.


UAE’s Top 20 Performers for 2008

Danube Building Materials was also named among the ‘UAE’s Top 20 Performers for 2008’ at a ceremony held on March 31, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. The list of top companies included industry leaders within the UAE who were identified by ‘Newsweek Arabic Edition’ to have successfully upheld their corporate objectives while making significant contribution to the overall progress of the UAE.



New retail showroom marks Danube Building Materials’ first branch within a mall

H. E. Eng. Hamad Buamim, Director General, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, inaugurated (Thursday, 22nd October) the AED 10 million ‘Danube BUILDMART’ in Dubai Festival City, which marks Danube Home Interior’s first retail showroom to be based within a mall. This latest venture will cater to individual homeowners and designers, and is part of the construction, building materials and shop fitting industries leader’s AED 50 million expansion plan for its retail complex chain, which also involves the opening of additional branches in Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai and Bawadi Mall in Al Ain by the end of 2009. Mr. Hassan Al Hashemi, Director, External Relations, Dubai Chamber, was also present at the event along with Danube officials.

Spanning an area of 4,500 sq. feet, ‘Danube BUILDMART’ in Festival City offers products from a host of reputed international and regional vendors under a single roof, including chandeliers, wall paper collections, luxury sanitary ware, Venetian blinds, wooden flooring, home decor among others. The store also has a ‘Design Centre’, where customers can take floor plans of their houses and benefit from expert advice from consultants on which products suit their needs, as well as from consultation and after sales services dispensed by Danube’s interior design experts. Furthermore, all products in the retail complex are installed in an actual home set-up, thereby allowing customers to enjoy a more personalised shopping experience with excellent service and complimentary design assistance.



We are confident that our markets are strong enough to meet any challenges.

Danube – in the United Arab Emirates is an icon of national pride. It is a fore bearer in the mega infrastructural development and unprecedented economic progress of the seven self-ruling and unique emirates in the region.

Its contribution to the construction and real estate industry has been immense and its services to the nation unparalleled. Danube is one of the fastest growing trading companies in the UAE.

Established in the year 1993, Danube has grown from a humble beginning in a small office in Deira (for an annual rent of 20,000 dirham) to one of the largest chain of outlets in the UAE today, With branches in all seven emirates and their wings stretched up to Muscat, Bahrain, India and China and with a steady clientele in GCC countries, Asia and Africa. Danube is not just a building materials company; it’s a major share-holder in nation’s development efforts.

Mr. Rizwan Sajan Group Chairman Danube says his company’s growth over the years has been exceptional and it reflects on the company’s consistent business management, clear policy on the trade ethics and our total trust on the UAE markets these have placed our company in the fore-front, he points out.

When Newsweek broke the news that Danube has been chosen one of UAE’s Top 20 Performers for the Year 2008, and was due to receive the first ever Newsweek Award of Excellence , Mr. Sajan was initially unsure if this selection process was in fact the right measurement for a judgment of this nature. An articulate businessman, he wanted to make sure that he was receiving this recognition on merit of his performance not otherwise.

“This award from Newsweek will encourage us to ascend to even greater heights and serve the nation with renewed vigor and commitment”, the Chairman added.
Referring to the current financial climate, he believes this as an ideal opportunity to any business to correct itself and build on its strengths provided it (the business) is on a firm foundation. Recession is not for the faint hearted. We all must come out of travesty and face reality.

Last year Danube made an impressive 70% growth in business turnover which touched the magical figure of over AED 1 Billion. Plans are afoot to increase the number of outlets to 40 in the UAE and GCC Countries. Today Danube markets a product range of nearly 12,000 ranging from floor to ceiling.



H.E. Majeed bin Mohsen Al Alawi, Minister of Labour of Bahrain, inaugurated ‘BUILDMART’ – an AED 50 million state-of-the-art retail complex, located in Salmabad, which offers over 15,000 different products. The first-of-its-kind customer-friendly retail complex has been set-up to cater to a diverse target audience including interior designers, consultants and homeowners in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, all the products in the retail complex are installed as a live home set-up, thereby allowing customers a more convenient way to shop for building materials, fixtures and other household items.

Spanning a total of 300,000 sq. ft., ‘BUILDMART’ offers individual shoppers with the benefit of shopping in a single location that houses the widest range of products they might require. Comprised of a 50,000 sq. ft. covered warehouse and a 25,000 sq. ft. showroom, the retail complex features building materials that cater to every budget and make a host of design options possible. Products offered are classified under 20 sections, including kitchens, bathrooms, tiles, shower rooms, jacuzzis, flooring for ceramic and wood, ceilings, doors, wallpapers, designed glasses, marble, granite, wall panelling, different finishes of laminates, veneers, mouldings, paints and luxury paints. In addition, the complex also features a ‘Design Centre’, where customers can get expert advice on the best products and other design-related inquires.