Jamil Jadallah has been the managing director of National Engineering Bureau (NEB) for 16 years and in that time the multi-service consultancy has gone from strength to strength. Last year, the business saw revenue on $48m (AED176.31m), and this is expected to grow by $12m (AED44.08m) to reach $60m (AED220.39m).
NEB’s previous projects have included design to site supervision work for Marina 101, which the firm claims is the second tallest tower in Dubai; the Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina hotel; the Axiom headquarters building in Dubai Silicon Oasis; and the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah. It is also involved with a 333m-tall tower on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, the Kempinski property in the city’s Business Bay locale, a new municipality building for the emirate of Umm al-Quwain, and a shopping mall in the emirate of Sharjah.
Technology is a top priority for the firm, and in 2018 it has a technology budget of $25,000 (AED91,800). Jadallah explains that NEB is set to acquire a 3D printer this year, which he says is “for the sole purpose of upgrading the creative minds of our designers”.
There will also be a substantial investment in staff training this year, with a budget of $100,000 (AED367,000) earmarked for employee development initiatives such as a classroom training programme that uses online materials, videos, and online follow-up sessions to create a personalised learning experience for each worker. The hope is that the programme will result in “more effective and productive working relationships”, says Jadallah.