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OMAN - Real Estate & Construction

Hamoud Rashid Al-Tobi

CEO, Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG

Bio

Hamoud Rashid Al-Tobi has over 20 years’ of experience of working in complex assignments and leading organizational transformations with drive for diversification and growth. He graduated from the University of Manchester – UK after completing his university and postgraduate studies in the field of software engineering. He started his professional career as a teaching assistant in the University of Manchester and then joined Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). In 2014, he joined Al Shawamikh Oil services SAOC and led the company as CEO for over six years. In 2020, he joined Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG as CEO.

"Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG is one of the largest, multi-disciplined engineering, procurement, and construction company in Oman."
One of the largest corporates and publicly listed companies in the country, Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG has operations in various sectors such as oil and gas, infrastructure, civil, utilities, and services.
Could you provide an overview of the company and some its highlights of the past few years?

Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG is one of the largest, multi-disciplined engineering, procurement, and construction company in Oman. Established in 1972, in 50 years Galfar has carved in a niche in the Omani construction sector as one of the most trusted partners and maintains an excellent track record of creating mega oil and gas, infrastructure, civil, and environment projects in Oman. We carry out works close to USD1 billion consistently over the past several years. We take pride as one the largest employers on nationals in Oman while maintaining the highest level of health, safety, and environment (HSE) performance through leadership, commitment, consultation, empowerment, and participation. In 2022, we celebrated our 50th anniversary. This inspires pride and brings great memory related to key great milestones over the last 50 years. One of which is being a publicly listed company in 2007 as well as completing the Yibal Khuff Project, one of the most technically complex projects, to name a few. Galfar has always been a partner in the Sultanate’s development, having completed over 1,000 projects worth more than USD10 billion. This is supported with diverse and talented manpower, availability of more than 4,000 plants and machinery, as well as a strong local and international supply chain partners.

What are your plans as regards innovation and how is it incorporated into your operations?

As part of our transformation strategy launched in 2020, technology and innovation are key strategic priorities. We have been continuously implementing some of the value-add 4th industrial revolution technologies such as using fuel automation system, aerial surveying, and automatic concrete levelling machines, to name a few. Recently, Galfar has succeeded in implementing a 3D building in collaboration of PDO & Innotech SME. After signing a MoU, we commenced printer and ink R&D. Galfar Aspire Readymix team has proudly innovated the 3D printer ink using 100% local materials. The key success factors to produce a purposeful 3D printing ink includes: innovative thinking, technical knowledge, the right laboratory test equipment, relevant raw material, and dedication of the Galfar Aspire Readymix team to keep pace with the global developments. 3D printing ink is custom designed and developed for specific applications. Additionally, effective utilization of 3D printing mechatronics, understanding the role of various additives, collection, and monitoring of data and frequent testing are some of the key factors that ensure the successful production of suitable ink. We executed the first 3D printed building for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). This involvement centers around adopting technological progress in the world of future construction. As the industry faces increasing pressure to meet tight schedules and budgets, companies are looking for new innovations to help fill the gaps. 3D printing in construction offers great potential to increase efficiency in the construction sector, including: speed, waste reduction, free design, and reduce human errors.

What are your targets and expectations for the coming years?

Our aspiration is to continue partnering in development in a profitable, sustainable, responsible, and ethical way. Construction industry in the sultanate is showing a positive trend after the pandemic recovery. The government’s programs to promote the development of affordable housing, transport, and renewable energy infrastructure are expected to continue. Galfar is well geared to deliver on our promises. Aided by the trust of our clients and our commitments to deliver on our transformation strategy, we believe in growing our market share in the various portfolios we operate in. Also, Galfar is well positioned to deliver on our parts related to the PPP in the pipe line for tendering. Galfar is actively participating in the PPP projects in education, ports, healthcare, transport, waste-to-energy and renewable energy. Delivering PPP projects is, in fact, one of Galfar’s strategic priorities. In the meanwhile, we are looking to expand regionally, specifically into the Saudi market. We are already taking the necessary steps toward this endeavor.

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