Enamoured by the old-world charm of Al Ain

AL AIN — Not much has changed in Al Ain since the time Oommen Varghese moved to the serene and beautiful town of Al Ain. Thanks to the wise policies of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Al Ain has, by and large, not been affected by the widespread urbanisation.


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Published: Sat 28 Jul 2007, 8:46 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:21 AM

VargheseThat is what makes Varghese admire the old-world charm of Al Ain. Varghese is managing director of Nael General Contracting Establishment, who arrived in the UAE in 1983 and worked in Abu Dhabi until his shift to Al Ain in 1991.

“Al Ain was a peaceful town, much like it is today,” reminisces Varghese. “And it still retains the old-world charm in spite of the recent spurt in construction activities in Abu Dhabi. Those days, there wasn’t much here, except the zoo and Al Ain fun city. Not many companies either.”

“In Al Ain, I was resident engineer with Shankland Cox. I have managed various projects like Etisalat building, reptiles’ house in Al Ain zoo, and chalets in Inter-continental Resort,” he states.

In his current placement, Varghese has managed some huge projects. He is also the managing director of Nael Cement Products and Nael Cement Factory.

With the spate of progress in several parts of the country, Varghese feels it’s time for Al Ain to change with the changing times. “For the future I would like to see Al Ain grow and develop to become a very vibrant city. I also want Nael General Contracting to be at the forefront of that development. With the recent entry of real estate developers like Aldar and Al Qudra we would like to be part of the larger master plan for Al Ain and help the city to become a world-class city,” he added.

Varghese added that his company is best known for large-scale horizontal developments, including large townships. “We have built 286 houses in Al Quo’a and are building 107 luxury villas in Abu Dhabi breakwater, behind Marina Mall. We do high-quality finishing works and are doing the snow dome in Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. We also built a couple of buildings in Al Ain and one in Fujairah. Currently, we are building two highrise towers in Abu Dhabi,” he states.

“Al Ain is a very calm and peaceful place and is good for living The Nael & Bin Harmal Group is one of the biggest groups in Al Ain with many businesses. It is exciting to be part of this group which is the biggest in Al Ain,” Varghese adds.

“Of course, it is also a challenge as public scrutiny is more on you when you are a big name and so we keep our company quality above certain levels at all time. It is also evident in the dealing between our company and other companies within the NBH group and outside,” he points out.

Varghese is a member of the Indian Social Centre (ISC) in Al Ain and also does a lot of charity work for the local community in various places.

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