Company: Drake & Scull International
Country: Jordan (UAE)
Khaldoun Tabari has been leading Drake & Scull since 1998, when he first bought a stake in the firm. However, his association with the originally British company dates back to 1982 when he first joined the firm to work on a project that involved the installation of eighteen radar stations and underground command centres in Saudi Arabia, which were later used in the first Gulf War.
The firm was wholly owned by a consortium of investors, including Tabari, before it listed 55 percent of the company on the Dubai Financial Market in 2009.
Today, Drake & Scull has around 20,000 staff with operations spanning the Arab world and as far as Thailand, South East Asia and Europe, and in addition to providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing services — for which it is perhaps best known — it also generates a large proportion of its revenues from contracting, water-treatment works and building district-cooling plants.