SANED discusses prospects for integrated FM services at General Assembly and Board of Directors meetings in Frankfurt

SANED, a first of its kind joint venture between Sharjah Asset Management Holding (SAM), the investment arm of the Government of Sharjah and Apleona HSG (formerly Bilfinger HSG International Facility Management), a global facilities management service provider delivering world class services in the UAE, successfully conducted its General Assembly and Board of Directors meetings in Frankfurt, Germany. During the meetings, the company revealed a 30 per cent growth in 2018, which can be attributed to the renewal of all its contracts for the third consecutive year. In addition, SANED also reported on the current status of its projects and initiatives, which are aligned with the company’s strategy for the current year.

Both meetings were held in the presence of H.E. Walid Al Sayegh, CEO of Sharjah Asset Management Holding; Dr. Gert Riegel, Member of the Board of Directors of Apleona and Chairman of SANED; Mohamed Bin Issa,, Vice Chairman of SANED; Sultan Al Ketbi, CEO; Ibrahim Al Houti, Board Member and Ihab Assi, Executive Director of Apleona in the UAE and Operations Director of SANED.

During the meeting, members of the board emphasized on the importance of quality projects, including the newly introduced Aman System, which links fire alarms in buildings and facilities with the Civil Defense Control Room of Sharjah and Salama for training in health and safety standards in partnership with the Sharjah Prevention and Safety Authority (SPSA). The efforts serve as a cornerstone in SANED’s commitment towards reinforcing the safety and security measures of the emirate, including the move to increase awareness about the best ways to prevent accidents and fires and transform Sharjah to a safe and risk-free community–falling in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The Directors affirmed their commitment in exploring potential opportunities with strategic partners in providing integrated facilities management (FM) services, while also developing and implementing accreditation programs for professional technicians in the emirate.

H.E Walid Al Sayegh said, “The recently held meetings served as strategic platforms for us to showcase SANED’s excellent 2018 performance, which has prompted us to remain steadfast in our move to expand our offered services to the private sector in line with our success to meet the needs of the government over the last few years. We look forward to continuing with our focus on establishing innovation, quality and excellence in the development and delivery of services in line with the highest international standards, particularly in Germany, while also exploring the opportunity of increasing our market share in the UAE with a strong concentration in Sharjah. Moreover, being an industry leader, SANED, through its offered integrated services, will work on further increasing the state of safety and security within the community.”

Sultan Al Ketbi said, “The partnership between Apleona and the Government of Sharjah, represented by Sharjah Asset Management Holding Company, has proven to be successful. In fact, the FM sector is the biggest winner in this joint cooperation and we are committed towards the improvement of the quality, performance and value presented to users–including the offer of training programs to new graduates that we can train, certify and make competitive to serve our vision and aspirations.”

Dr. Gert Riegel, Member of the Board of Directors of Apleona and Chairman of SANED, expressed Apleona’s continuing support for SANED by enhancing bridges of dissemination, transfer and enrichment of knowledge, improving skills and localization of the latest advanced German technologies within the local market as part of the strategic partnership with the Sharjah government.

The visit of the SANED delegation to Germany included field trips to Apleona projects in Frankfurt which included checking on leasing operations in malls, marketing initiatives, advertising and integrated facilities management services. The delegation was also briefed on how information systems applied in the management of sustainable and environmentally safe processes and practices, taking into account the development and improvement of the quality of services provided in line with the highest international standards.

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