The GCC region now offers increased potential for growth, says Alarabi Decoration, one of the leading companies in the Middle East for decoration and high-quality finishings, as it gears up to explore new horizons in the area.
Kuwait, along with the neighbouring Iraqi market, is highly promising, says the Saudi-based firm.
'Alarabi's efforts are now focused on Kuwait, where we have already completed several important projects and have a number of others under execution,' says general manager Renato Zimmerman.
The company has successfully completed two major projects in Kuwait: Phase V of the Kuwait waterfront project at Salmiya and the Public Institute for Social Security (PIFSS) tower. At the waterfront project, Alarabi carried out interior finishing works at the Marina shopping mall, which was opened last November.
'We strongly believe in the potential of the Kuwait market, and also anticipate tremendous opportunities that the development plan for Iraq will bring,' Zimmerman says. 'We feel that the entire Gulf region will be booming shortly, as large investors seem to favour the resumption of major construction projects such as palaces, villas, hotels and malls in the area.'
Alarabi offers complete concepts for decoration and technically sound designs. It provides a wide range of services that cover design and consultancy for gypsum and painting work, including marbling, gold leafing, special applications, trompe l'oeil and artistic works, tiling for domes, swimming pools, fountains and murals, as well as special woodworks.
For the glass mosaics, it uses Bisazza products from Italy, while for woodwork, the firm is associated with GMC of Italy.
Alarabi was established in 1982 by a group of Italian decoration specialists and soon became widely known for its quality work.
Alarabi has completed numerous major decoration projects in the Middle East and Europe, including royal palaces, hotels, casinos, airports, shopping centres and private villas.
Some of its recent projects in Saudi Arabia include the interior decoration contract for the South Asian Pilgrim Guide Establishment in Makkah and the gypsum ceiling works for three office levels for the Kingdom Holding Company at the Kingdom Centre in Riyadh. At 300 m, the Kingdom Centre is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia.
Staffed by a large team of artists, artisans and decoration specialists, Alarabi looks at the future with optimism and enthusiasm, says Zimmerman.