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Danube aims for stronger Indian market presence with opening of new ‘BUILDMART’ showroom in Ahmedabad

Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, opened a new ‘BUILDMART’ showroom in Ahmedabad, India. Anis Sajan, Managing Director,
Danube, led the inauguration of the new showroom along with other senior Danube officials. The opening complements a recent CRISIL report showing a five per cent drop in residential property prices in Ahmedabad.

In line with the report, Danube officials have revealed that the opening of its fifth ‘BUILDMART’ branch in India is part of its move to take advantage of the new found vibrancy of the city’s real estate segment.
The new ‘BUILDMART’ is strategically located in the heart of the Indian metropolitan city and is split into a 7,000 square foot showroom & warehouse. The retail showroom can be found on the 1st floor of the GNFC Info Tower, which is near the Grand Bhagvathi Hotel and along the SG Highway, Bodakadev, Ahmedabad. The new branch will offer an extensive collection of building and home interior products, particularly focusing on sanitaryware and ceramic tiles.


ESEA Award – 2011

Top performers in electronic services adoption in the trade and logistics industry were honoured on 15th Jan 2012 by Dubai Trade, the leading trade facilitator under Dubai World, at its 4th Annual E-Services Excellence Award held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Danube Building Materials won the special award for cargo gate pass e-services.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said on the occasion: “Dubai Trade and its ESEA initiative are fine examples of how Dubai has been encouraging and promoting a knowledge based economy. The UAE has been a front-runner in establishing itself as a leader in e-government services. We commend
Dubai Trade for successfully facilitating e-commerce and support its untiring efforts in complementing Dubai’s growth as the region’s trading hub.”

Danube posts impressive 25 per cent growth increase in 2011

Danube Building Materials, a leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, has revealed a 25 percent growth increase in 2011, which brings them one step closer towards achieving a target of USD 1 billion in revenues by the year 2015. This is the second consecutive year Danube
is repeating such stellar performance even under stressed market conditions. (2009 v/s 2010 also we have grown 25%)

Danube embarked on a successful expansion initiative in 2011 with an investment of AED 200 million, opening four new branches in the UAE, two in India and Oman, one in Saudi Arabia and in Bahrain. The year was also marked with inauguration of the company’s first showroom in Qatar & Salalah (Oman). 2011 also saw the opening of a new Melamine factory in Saudi Arabia and a new warehousing facility in the Jebel Ali Freezone (JAFZA). Aiming to maintain continued growth, the leading company has announced the planned opening of ten more retail showrooms within the GCC.

“2011 was truly a landmark year for Danube as the move to expand has not only consolidated our regional leadership in the building materials segment but has also driven in a 25 per cent growth increase,” said Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman, Danube. “We are very confident that 2012 will bring in more growth for us as we continue to live up to our commitment to create a stronger market
presence through the opening of more showrooms and the addition of more products and services to our broad portfolio. With the continuing influx of construction projects across the whole region, we remain steadfast in our promise to provide our customers with world class building materials and home interior products.”

The leading company has also been recognized for its exemplary performance and key initiatives rendered towards regional development. Danube BUILDMART, the retail arm of Danube Building Materials, was named ‘Most Admired Retailer-Home & Office Improvement’ during the ‘Images Retail ME Awards 2011’ held at the Meydan Hotel last October. BUILDMART was recognized for its creditworthy performance last year and its move to introduce strategic innovations and initiatives that helped position
the company as a leading retail institution for the Middle East. Also, company Founder and Chairman, Rizwan Sajan, was Awarded ‘Most Admired Retail Professional of the Year’ (Images Retail ME Awards 2011), And also recognized as one of the top 25 ‘Young Asian Achievers’ in the UAE in a gala ceremony that was held recently at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Sajan was lauded for his dynamic leadership as Chairman of the Middle East region’s premier building materials and home interiors products provider and for the important contributions he has made towards the UAE’s continued growth and development.

New Danube Logo

Presenting, our Brand New Look…

Not Just a New look. A New Outlook.

Over the last few months, we have changed almost everything at Danube & Danube Buildmart; the
brand, the products, the look of our Head Office and many of our premises, and most importantly, our
philosophy. Today, we have put together a youthful and stylish brand that believes in Change. We believe in constantly challenging ourselves, bringing in new products that are more stylish, of better quality and delivering more functional value, while being more ethical and more environment-friendly, all at once.

How we Evolved…

H.E. Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General, Dubai Economic Department (DED) inaugurates new ‘BUILDMART’ showroom in Bur Dubai

Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, opened its BUILDMART’ showroom last December 15, 2011 in Bur Dubai. H.E. Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General, Dubai Economic Department (DED), led the inaugural ceremonies and was joined by Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman, Danube and other senior officials of the company. The new B2C stand alone showroom is part of the leading company’s continuing efforts to consolidate its market presence in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East region.

The new ‘BUILDMART’ showroom is located in the activity laden Computer Street of Bur Dubai and spans 7500 square feet. The B2C retail facility is looking to target Dubai’s growing number of construction projects while also tapping into the local homeowners based in the many building
apartments and villas located in the Bur Dubai district. The new branch will offer an impressive collection of products that range from essential building materials to key household items. Products to be offered will include chandeliers, sanitary, ceramic tiles, wallpapers, curtains, blinds, carpets, plywood, timber, steel, hardware, flooring, gypsum and veneer.

Rizwan Sajan included in pioneering list of UAE’s ‘Young Asian Achievers’

Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of the Danube Group, leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, has been recognized as one of the top 25 ‘Young Asian Achievers’ in the UAE in a gala ceremony that was held last December 12, 2011 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. During the event, Sajan was presented with a plaque of recognition by Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). The Danube founder was cited for his dynamic leadership as chairman of the Middle East region’s premier building materials and home interiors products provider
and the significant contributions he has made towards the UAE’s continued growth and development.

The 25 UAE-based Asian expatriates are featured in a book entitled ‘Young Asian Achievers,’ released by Xponent Media. The achievers included in this pioneering list come from eight Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Afghanistan, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The young achievers were chosen for their contributions, innovative and out-of-the-box approaches in their respective fields.

Danube eyes stronger market presence with participation at ‘The Big 5 2011’

Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, is eyeing to reinforce its market share in the Middle East region with its participation at this year’s edition of ‘The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show,’ the largest gathering of the construction industry in the Middle East, which is being held from November 21 – 24, 2011 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). At the exhibition, the leading company is hosting three stands and launching 3 new products, which include the UAE’s first ever concealed Jacuzzi with a built-in TV screen and a technologically advanced Florence water heater. Danube is also showcasing its broad portfolio of building and interior home products like sanitaryware, tiles and automatic shut-off hand sprayers.


Danube Building Materials reinforces Middle East presence with opening of AED 50 million showroom in Qatar

Leading company’s first showroom in Qatar & 29th for the group to play key role in AED 367 billion worth of construction and development projects in preparation for FIFA World Cup 2022

Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, opened its first showroom in Qatar yesterday (July 12, 2011) in association with Dyarco. The AED 50 million showroom was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Vice-Chairman, Al Faisal Holding and H.E. Ebrahim A.H. Al Neama, Chairman, Dyarco, in the presence of Danube officials led by Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman, Danube Building Materials; Anis Sajan, Managing Director; Adel Sajan, Director, Danube Building Materials and other senior company officials. The opening, which marks the company’s first venture into Qatar, is the 29th Danube Building Materials showroom in the Middle East and reflects the company’s strategy of strengthening its market presence in the region.

The newly opened ‘Business to Business’ (B2B) showroom, which measures at 100,000 square feet, comprises of a showroom and adjoining warehouse, conveniently located at the heart of Qatar’s Industrial Area. According to Danube senior officials, the recent announcement of Qatar being named as the host for the FIFA World Cup Games in 2022 has created an influx of construction and infrastructure projects amounting to over AED 367 billion over the next 12 years. Danube is looking to play a major role in this development by leveraging its wide portfolio of building materials and other construction essentials across these projects. The Qatar showroom will offer key products like wood, steel, sanitary hardware, ceiling, plywood and structural steel.

“We congratulate the Danube group on the occasion of the opening of their first retail and warehousing facility in Qatar,” said H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Vice-Chairman, Al Faisal Holding. “The opening could not have been at a better time as the country is currently witnessing an increase in major construction projects. These projects largely demand a supplier who can provide them with top quality building materials, something that the Danube Building Materials retail units are widely known for. We wish them success and welcome them as an integral part in the country’s move to prepare for the FIFA World Cup games in 2022.”

“Today’s opening demonstrates our long standing commitment towards opening key showrooms and warehousing facilities across strategic locations in the Middle East. We are excited to have opened our first retail unit in Qatar as the country is expected to experience a large influx of projects in preparation for the FIFA World Cup games in 2022,” said Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube Building Materials. “We are eyeing to participate in this expected increased number of projects, which complements our goal to expand our client base in Qatar, during this period of important development and growth. Rest assured that we will continue to live up to our reputation as a key provider of world class high quality building materials to major projects in the region.”


Premium building material company Danube recently made a spectacular foray into the real estate market in Dubai with its new venture ‘Danube Properties’( At a press conference organised at the Grand Hyatt, Danube Properties announced its plan of making a gallant entry into the property market, and declared legendary Indian cricketer and Interim BCCI President Sunil Gavaskar as its brand ambassador. The company also took the majestic opportunity to unveil its first residential project ‘Dreams by Danube’, which Mr. Gavaskar inaugurated at the event.

The venture into Dubai’s booming realty market, in the form of establishing Danube Properties is the brainchild of Mr. Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman, Danube Group; who after thorough research and careful planning with his team, combined with his personal entrepreneurial acumen, decided to take this step in the right direction. Speaking to distinguished guests and the media at the event, Mr. Sajan said, “We are proud of Danube’s progress over the last 20 years and it is heart-warming to see the brand celebrate yet another milestone.”

Danube, known for its supreme quality of construction material, equipment and home interior supplies, plans to successfully use its prestige and status as an industry leader to launch its first residential project. ‘Dreams by Danube’ will provide affordable yet superior-quality town houses, and the company is particularly trying to attract the mid-income section to be its buyers. “Till now we were focussing on expanding our reach and presence in GCC and the MENA regions by providing ample range of building materials and home products. From this year, we will also focus on our vertical integration, from our current business. Danube Properties, a mid-tier residential venture, will be tasked with spearheading corporate innovation and growth, with a clear responsibility to oversee urban and infrastructure planning,” Mr. Sajan said.

‘Dreams by Danube’ is a premium residential project being constructed in Al Furjan area of Dubai. Expected to be completed by 2016, the massive project will comprise of 175 attractive town houses. The project is conveniently located at a distance of 10 minutes from the Ibn Battuta mall and also near to the EXPO 2020 site. The community is expected to house Dubai’s growing urban populace, who would be drawn to the project due to the fact that the area consists of excellent infrastructure and transportation facilities that include elegant road services.

Beginning from a reasonable price of Dhs2.5 million, the town houses will be an awe-inspiring blend of contemporary architecture and innovative designs. The town houses will be offered in three and four bedroom categories and will showcase elegance and finesse with Italian marble, modular kitchen, luxurious bathrooms with classic sanitary ware and Jacuzzis; all from Danube’s acclaimed array of products. Living in the upcoming community will be ideal for those seeking peace, comfort and a healthy lifestyle amidst Dubai’s metropolitan hustle and bustle.

Speaking highly of Danube’s new venture and project, Mr. Gavaskar said, “I have been associated with Danube in the past. It gives me immense happiness and pleasure to join hands with them all over again, in a new direction.”

Danube Properties’ investment comes at a time when Dubai’s real estate market is galloping with its growth and the atmosphere is conducive for builders to pool in their money. The dark days of the financial crisis of 2008 are now over and the property market has bounced back fantastically; so much so that residential property prices leapt by as much as 35% and demand by about 30% last year, according to an independent estimate. The positive trend, market analysts and financial research houses believe, is only going to continue in the future, with banks and NBFCs doling out more loans to builders for their projects. Authorities and realtors have also learnt a hard lesson from the recession, and experts believe the government and central bank are adequately regulating the property market and safeguarding it from unwanted bubbles.

With the entry of Danube Properties as a strong player in the market, the healthy competition will not only intensify, but will also go a long way in reducing monopoly of the bigger builders and boost fair pricing and quality service. Dubai’s urban landscape is mushrooming with residential projects, which are fast getting purchased by customers. In the light of this market scenario, ‘Dreams by Danube’ will most certainly be an immensely successful project, and in turn help the company pursue its other plans. The company is however firm in remaining committed to its core business of being a premier and famed building materials supplier and has industrious expansion plans. The company maintains a prominent presence in the GCC and India and has established strong footholds in China; Danube Properties will only help the company grow leaps and bounds.

“With Danube Properties, a thorough market study and understanding of the group’s strengths along with the current opportunities in the market were behind the new strategy. We are confident that this strategy and their respect and position in the market will give Danube the flexibility to take advantage of the market opportunities, while maintaining its focus on being a leading provider of building materials and home interior products across the region,” Mr. Gavaskar stated at the function.