Ghassan Oueijan Whos Who February 2013

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Ghassan Oueijan

Ghassan Queijan
Managing Director
Al Nakheel Agriculture & Trading
 
When did Al Nakheel first set up business?
February 1998
 
How has your business expanded since its inception?
Al Nakheel has now a well qualified internal workforce of more than 1,250 employees and a total value of on-going and completed projects over QAR 1.3 billion.
 
Who are your major clients and what major projects have you been involved with on their behalf?
Major recent clients/projects, hard & soft landscaping :
 
UDC:
•  The Pearl Qatar; Infrastructure package & various jobs
 
Qatar Foundation
•  Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha
•  Sidra Medial Research Centre, Doha
•  Western Green Spine at Education City, Doha
 
Barwa Real Estate - Barwa City, Doha, Phase 1 & Amenities
 
NDIA SC - New Doha International Airport, Package CP67
 
QP/QMA - Museum of Islamic Art Park

 

What about the real-estate slowdown? Could that affect the future of the landscaping industry?
It seems that the real-estate slowdown in GCC is not really affecting the landscaping development in Qatar due to the numerous projects initiated by the Public Sector.
 
 How do you see Al Nakheel’s position in the market and how can they maintain this position?
Al Nakheel is the leading Landscape Contractor in Qatar and it will be sustained because its approximate value of its on-going construction and maintenance projects is over QAR 800 million.
 
Where do you see the GCC in 10 years from now with respect to developments and landscaping?
In Qatar the planned infrastructure projects for transport, tourism, health, education, culture, sport, leisure, etc. will have a major impact on the landscaping industry over the next 10 years. The availability of more TSE in the coming years will also lead to the quicker development of large-scale landscape projects.
 
What are the main challenges of doing business in the current GCC market post recession?
A strong competition leading to reduced financial margins and uneven quality; as well as late payments from some employers and main contractors.
 
In your opinion, what changes need to be adopted in the GCC landscaping industry to become on a par with the rest of the world?
To upgrade the level of design, materials and workmanship; to introduce modern materials, machinery and processes; to establish quality advanced tree nurseries in Qatar.
 
Do you think that the international standards for the landscaping industry are too rigid and unrealistic or can they easily be applied when executing projects?
The international standards must be adjusted to the regional/local conditions and constraints. The quality standards must be strictly adhered to by all players.
 
Finally, please conclude by evaluating Al Nakheel’s position in the market and share any relevant information about current projects?
Al Nakheel is the leading Landscape Contractor in Qatar. The approximate value of its on-going construction and maintenance projects is over QAR 800 million.
 
 

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