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Dr Anil G Pillai Dr Anil G Pillai

Offering everything from pre-construction services to complete turn-key construction projects, Airolink’s building expertise encompasses educational, commercial, retail, residential, and hotel developments, industrial facilities, and government defence buildings.

Under the guidance of CEO and managing director Dr Anil G Pillai, the Airolink team aims to create distinctive design ideas and develop streamlined methods of construction specifically suited to each project it undertakes.

In 2017, the main contractor saw revenue of $82m (AED301.20m). This is projected to grow significantly in 2018 – by $118m (AED433.44m) – to reach $200m (AED734.64m).

With a focus on the UAE market, the company has acted as main contractor for the Roda Villa project in Abu Dhabi, the development of Dubai Heights Academy, and the refurbishment of Roda Tower in Sharjah. Airolink is working on several other projects in Dubai, including Al Mamzar Byblos Hotel & Mall; the Art Centre Retail Mall, Brighton College and Dwight School Campus in Al Barsha; and Seven Residences on the Palm Jumeirah.

“Airolink is an agile, competitive operator in an aggressively competitive market,” says Pillai.

Airolink has grown its workforce from 1,680 unskilled labourers and 167 qualified engineers in 2017, to 2,600 labourers and 180 engineers this year.

Pillai adds: “We have significantly built up our workforce capabilities, with improved on-site management and at the C-suite executive management level, with knowledge of banking, finance, and oil and gas bringing further capabilities.

“We wish to further empower our site-based safety supervisors and officers by providing improved training to them and educating our management and workforce on the benefits of safety and triple bottom line thinking.”