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DANUBE PLANS OVER DH300M INVESTMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA

DUBAI — Danube Building Materials — a leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries — has inaugurated a Dh50 million showroom in Saudi Arabia.

The Dubai-based firm also plans eight more outlets by the end of 2012 worth over Dh200 million, its top official said on Tuesday.

“We see strong demand for building materials in Saudi Arabia so Danube will continue its investment and our target is total 10 showrooms [in Saudi Arabia] by the end of next year. Total investment in the Kingdom is expected to cross Dh300 million,” Danube Group Chairman Rizwan Sajan told Khaleej Times.

The company now has a total of over 26 global retail facilities — 17 in the UAE, three in India, two in Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The company has also invested Dh50 million in a new manufacturing plant in Dubai. The new facility, which is spread over 1.3 million square feet in Dubai TechnoPark will open in mid-2011.

Ahmad Hamza Awadh, Director, Jeddah Municipality, led the opening of the new integrated showroom and warehouse facility. Located in the heart of the Jeddah Industrial Area, the new showroom is part of Danube’s strategic move towards creating a strong market presence in the Middle East construction industry and meeting its goal of achieving $1 billion in revenue by the year 2015, the company said in a statement.

“Opening our new KSA showroom proves to be strategic and reflects perfect timing as recent reports have shown that Saudi Arabia currently has a 38 per cent share of the total construction projects in the region and has over $624 billion in current and planned projects, “ Sajan said.

“The strategic location of the new facility combined with our comprehensive product portfolio of essential building materials gives us the opportunity to reach out to new target customers. The move is also part of our continuing efforts to consolidate our presence in the Middle East region’s thriving construction industry,” Sajan said. Danube’s new showroom measures in at 5,000 square feet while the warehouse, which is also the company’s first completely covered storage facility, measures in at 150,000 square feet. Danube’s move to open new showrooms across the region follows the impressive 25 per cent rise in its revenues in 2010. With the healthy show of activity across various construction projects in the region, the company is expecting to post in similar growth for 2011 and increasing its revenues to Dh1.6 billion.

“Danube remains steadfast in its key efforts to become a major part of the development and progress that the region is currently experiencing. The opening of new showrooms across the region is not only part of our move to reach a target revenue of about $1 billion by the year 2015 but also reflects our long term commitment to leverage our world class high quality building materials across the various construction and development projects in the region,” Sajan said.

DANUBE INAUGURATES STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES IN AJMAN AND AL QUOZ

Danube inaugurates state-of-the-art facilities in Ajman and Al Quoz valued at AED 55 million

New facilities to provide diversified range of building materials to the regional market

Danube Opened two new state-of-the-art facilities in Ajman and Al Quoz, where in the company invested a total of AED 55 million as part of its regional expansion plans to address the demand for top-quality materials in the region. The new operations hubs will conveniently bring the widest range of products including wood, steel, glass, aluminium, hardware, sanitary, ceiling and flooring closer to local and regional customers.
The AED 30 million facility in Ajman will have a total area of 58,000 square feet. With investments amounting to over USD 93 billion already channeled into the Ajman real estate market in the past two years, Danube has identified the potential of the emirate to become one of the UAE’s construction hotspots. Amidst the strong efforts of the Dubai Municipality towards developing Al Quoz as a world-class industrial destination, the manufacturer has made a decision to invest in a new factory in the area. Spanning a total of 30,000 square feet, the AED 25 million Al Quoz facility underlines the company’s deep resolve to increase its production and further expand across the emirates.

“These new facilities mark a truly important milestone for Danube, as they underline our growth in the UAE, where we have launched our ever-growing operations in the region,” said Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, and Danube Building Materials. “As the first company to establish a dedicated facility for high quality construction materials in the UAE, we continue to work towards our goal of providing many multi-billion dirham projects in the Emirates with top-quality materials. Our continuous expansion, in the country as well as in several regional locations, reflects our commitment to support the growth of the regional construction market.”

DANUBE BUILDMART UNLEASHES IN RAS AL KHAIMAH

UAE’s largest retail store for Building Material and Home interiors now open.

H. H. Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qasimi inaugurates AED 75 million ‘BUILDMART’

H. H. Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chief of Private Department of H. H. Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), inaugurated today ‘BUILDMART’ – an AED 75 million state-of-the-art retail complex in RAK .

Mr. Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube, said, “The launch of ‘BUILDMART’ underlines Danube’s commitment to addressing the building material needs of our customers – from the most basic to the most complex, while ensuring easy and convenient access to our products. We have pooled our extensive range of high quality materials under one roof, as part of our efforts to provide better service to match the exemplary quality of our products. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Omar whose strong support towards this project has largely contributed to the success of this expansion effort.”

Despite the ongoing financial crisis, Ras Al Khaimah continues to be a prime venue for economic activity and development with some of the UAE’s largest construction projects under construction in the emirate. This, in addition to projections of over 111,000 residential units slated for delivery within Dubai and Abu Dhabi by 2011, has prompted Danube to take strategic steps to address the increased demand from homeowners as well as interior design specialists for top quality building materials across the Emirates.

BUILDMART’ is only the beginning of a new phase of our strategic expansion, as we are currently looking into establishing more retail complexes in the future,” added Mr. Sajan.
The launch of ‘BUILDMART’ follows Danube‘s recent expansion through two new state-of-the-art facilities in Ajman and Al Quoz, wherein the company has invested a total of AED 55 million to address the demand for top-quality materials in the region. The AED 30 million facility in Ajman has a total area of 58,000 square feet and carries Danube’s most popular products, including wood, steel, aluminium, glass, and flooring

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MRM) Business Award

31 October 2010

Chairman Rizwan Sajan accepts award in recognition of company’s ‘excellence model’

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, has awarded the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MRM) Business Award to Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, at a ceremony organized by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce (DCC) held today (October 31, 2010) at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai. The MRM Business award in the ‘Freezone for Re-Export category, which was received by Danube Chairman Rizwan Sajan and Managing Director Anis Sajan, complements the company’s ‘excellence model’ and its outstanding business performance; strategic programs, initiatives and achievements, which were the main criteria used in judging this year’s awards. Danube Building Materials is the only building materials trading company to be awarded in this year’s edition of the MRM awards.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, the MRM Business Award was established in 2005 to recognize, showcase, and celebrate the success of organizations that have contributed to UAE economic development. Participating companies and organizations stand to gain key benefits and advantages that include; an organizational learning experience via self analysis and comparing performance against better business practice modules; an independent assessment of strengths and weaknesses; recognition of excellence in the workforce; promotion of healthy competition that can lead to an increase in production and efficiencies and an opportunity to compare their own practices and strategic initiatives with the best companies in the sector.

“We are very humbled to receive this award, which affirms our strong commitment towards the promotion and adoption of best practices and high standards in the Middle East Region,” said Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube. “We are inspired by the confidence vested in us by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and will aim to return this gesture by supporting his call to promote a culture of excellence in the UAE and the rest of the region. Danube remains steadfast in its efforts to secure further growth in terms of our manufacturing capabilities and expand our retail presence in the region amidst our plans to launch 10 new Buildmart branches this year.”

The MRM Business Award recognizes best performing business organizations by focusing on three main performance indicators: output, outcome, and impact. The criteria for assessing the applications for the Award focus specifically on the factors that lead to outstanding business performance. The award aims to share and promote best business practices by indentifying the elements of success of the winners. Danube joins a list of leading organizations who have won the MRM awards including leading multinational companies and enterprises within the private sector.

Anis Sajan, Managing Director, Danube, said, “Danube is totally committed to uphold the integrity of the MRM Business Awards by constantly ensuring that we meet the requirements set by this prestigious award. The whole Danube family thanks His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the recognition. This award is equally momentous given that we were also awarded at the ‘Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme’ (DQAP) Awards. Rest assured Danube is looking forward to undertaking further initiatives to enhance our processes and the value we provide to our customers, which would hopefully merit more recognition in the future.”

DANUBE BUILDMART RETAIL COMPLEX IN MUMBAI

Rizwan Sajan, chairman, Danube Building Materials, and Adel Sajan, director, Danube Buildmart, at the opening of a Buildmart branch in Mumbai last Friday. Danube Building Materials, retailer of construction, building materials and shop-fitting industries, said yesterday it opened its first Danube Buildmart branch at the Oberoi Mall in Mumbai, India, on June 25.

The Dh10 million, 6,000 square foot retail facility is the company’s 20th global store.At present, there are nine Danube Buildmart branches in operation, as a result of the company’s Dh200 million expansion plan to grow its flagship retail brand to a total of 16 branches by the end of 2010.Present during the event were Rizwan Sajan, chairman; Anis Sajan, managing director, both of Danube Building Materials; Adel Sajan, director, Danube Buildmart, and other senior officials.Danube said it will be bringing its products to the Indian market, including its high-end sanitaryware, chandeliers, wallpapers, parquet flooring, curtains, carpets, ceramic floor, wall tiles, home decor and many lifestyle products.In addition, free in-house home interior designing consultancy services will be made available for customers in the new branch.

The opening of the new Buildmart branch complements recent reports that India’s economy is expected to grow by 7.5 per cent from 2010 to 2011 and by eight per cent the following year.”We are very excited with the opening of our Buildmart branch, which not only represents our initial foray into India but also poses excellent opportunities given the Indian economy’s rapid growth and strong consumer market,” said Rizwan Sajan.”This milestone underlines the success of our massive expansion plan, and sets a precedent to our future investments in other progressive markets across the globe.”After the launch, we will be undertaking steps to entrench our presence further into other GCC construction hotspots, including Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman.”In addition to the new facility in India, there are 15 other Danube retail facilities in the UAE, plus two in Oman, one each in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and the company has procurement offices in China and Canada.It has also invested Dh50 million in a new 1.3 million square foot manufacturing facility in TechnoPark.which will be functional by early 2011.

H. E. Khalifa Abdullah Al Dhaheri inaugurates ‘Danube BUILDMART’ in Bawadi Mall, Al Ain

AED 15 million retail store marks Danube’s second mall outlet

H. E. Khalifa Abdullah Al Dhaheri, Manager, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) – Al Ain Branch, inaugurated (February 15, 2010) the AED 15 million ‘Danube BUILDMART’ in Bawadi Mall, Al Ain, thereby marking Danube Building Materials’ second 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 leader’s AED 100 million expansion plans for its retail complex chain. ADCCI – Al Ain Branch department heads including Ahmed Ali Al Mutawaa (Public Relation Unit) and Dhaher Abdul Muhsen Al Yafei (Accounts & Purchasing) were also present along with other senior government officials.

Spanning an area of 15,000 sq. feet, ‘Danube BUILDMART’ in Bawadi Mall offers products from a host of reputed international and regional vendors under a single roof, including chandeliers, wall paper collections, curtains, carpets, luxury sanitary ware, Venetian blinds, wooden flooring, garden accessories, home décor and soft furnishings such as quilts, mattresses, towels pillow covers, 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.

Speaking at the ceremony, H. E. Khalifa Abdullah Al Dhaheri said, “The opening of ‘Danube BUILDMART’ in Bawadi Mall will create an important dynamic in the home interiors trade in Al Ain by providing a wide expanse of product choices right within the city. We at the Chamber are very excited with this inauguration, and I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Danube Building Materials on this momentous occasion.”

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 design assistance. In addition, ‘Danube BUILDMART’ offers a personalised retail store experience with excellent service, design assistance, and inspiration to help people redecorate their homes. At present, there are seven retail outlets under the ‘BUILDMART’ banner, which are located in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE; and in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

DANUBE BUILDMART IN FUJAIRAH

AED 20 million ‘Danube BUILDMART’ in Fujairah inaugurated under thepatronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi

Danube unveils customer-friendly retail complex to address building material needs of interior designers, consultants and homeowners

Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, has launched its ‘Danube BUILDMART’ – an AED 20 million, 35,000 sq. ft customer-friendly retail complex in Fujairah, UAE – last night (November 02, 2009) under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Deputy Ruler of Fujairah. Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi was present at the inauguration ceremony, along with Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube Building Materials, and other senior company officials. With aims to address the building material needs of interior designers, consultants and homeowners, the fifth branch of Danube’s unique retail complex concept in the UAE follows the success of its inaugural branch in Ras Al Khaimah, which was launched in February 2009.

Strategically located in the main shopping street in Fujairah (between Pan Emirates and HOMES ‘R’ US), the retail complex is a first-of-its-kind facility in the emirate that offers over 15,000 products within twenty four different sections. This includes chandeliers, Venetian blinds, light fittings, lawn and garden, curtains, carpets, home décor, kitchens, bathroom, tiles, shower rooms, Jacuzzis and flooring for ceramic and wood. Products such as ceilings, doors, wallpapers, designed glasses, marble, wall panelling and different finishes of laminates are also displayed in an actual home setting for an easy and convenient shopping experience. The new branch will also have a ‘Design Centre’, where customers can acquire complimentary design consultation and after sales services from Danube’s interior design experts.

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.

DANUBE BUILDMART IN DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

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.