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Rising to the challenge

alnahda1The massive Al Nahda shopping complex in Sharjah proved a challange for the Al Shirawi waterproofing division. In just two and a half months, the team of more than 50 had to apply m

ore than 45,000 square meters of bitumen membrane to vertical and horizontal areas of the substructure.

It was a case of results speaking louder than words, as Civil Engineering Contracts Manager S Sekhar describes it. Initially main contractor Bin Laden awarded Al Shirawi part of the job – a major breakthrough for Al Shirawi which was working to crack into a competitive market – and the speed and results they achieved in three weeks were enough to secure the entire project.

alnahda2The work was completed in the period of mid-December through February, during which time the team was tested to its limits. Sekhar said: “They had to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the shedule. The decition of our staff, was remarkable.”

On the back of this success, the waterproofing division is optimistic of landing more major projects in the UAE.

More than 20 years old, the waterproofing division has been active in the UAE market since the mid 1980s. Growth has been “phenomenal,” says Sekhar, virtually doubling every year since 1996.

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