By Andy Sambidge
Facilities management company set to buck trend of job losses amid expansion plan - CEO.
Imdaad, a leading UAE integrated facilities management company under Dubai World, has announced plans to recruit more staff this year to match projected growth in its operations.
The decision will raise Imdaad's staff count by 25 percent - about 250 people - by the end of 2009 compared to the number of staff in 2008.
Imdaad sees this as a strategic necessity designed to meet the increasing demand for its services across an expanding geographical footprint.
Jamal Abdulla Lootah, CEO of Imdaad, said: "The decision to increase our manpower base is a forward-looking strategy. Imdaad has set ambitious targets for expansion in the region and to cement our leading position in the facilities management sector.
"Augmenting our human resources will enable us to meet our contractual commitments and deliver services of the highest standards."
The recruitment plan is the latest boost to the company's workforce which grew by a quarter between 2007 and 2008.
Armed with several new high-profile contracts, Imdaad, which is thought to employ about 1,100 staff, has already set its expansion plans in motion by adding to its service fleet, which presently has 129 vehicles, including tipper trucks, skip loaders, dump trucks, tipper trucks with cranes, double cabin pick-ups, sand sweeping machines, beach cleaners, buses, tankers and compactors.
New compactors and other vehicles have been ordered to strengthen waste collection and disposal services.
Imdaad provides integrated facility management solutions and consultancy from the conception to the completion of projects, as well as customised long-term facilities management solutions.
The company's client base includes major corporate and service establishments such as Nakheel, Jafza, DP World, Dubai Customs, Limitless and Tamweel.
Among major projects on its portfolio are Palm Jumeirah, The Gardens, Atlantis, International City, Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone, Ibn Batuta Mall, Dubai Maritime City and Wasl-DREC.