UAE-based facilities management (FM) major Farnek has secured six contracts in the hospitality sector valued at a total of $2.08m and varying in length from one to three years.
Farnek said the contracts comprise four hotel-apartments in Dubai, namely the five-star Fairmont Dubai hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, the three-star 230-room Revier Hotel in Business Bay, the four-star S Hotel in Al Barsha and the deluxe Sonder – JBR Suites on the Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence.
In addition, Farnek has also won two restaurant contracts, for The Mood Rooftop Lounge in The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, and the Cloud Lounge in the Studio One Hotel in Dubai Media City.
According to the FM company, a total of over 65 staff have been mobilised to manage a range of services at the venues, from cleaning, housekeeping, security as well as Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) maintenance.
Khaldun Aburok, Farnek’s director of Business Development said: “To secure these contracts, some of which are for three years, we not only offered a broad-based proposition, which was commercially competitive. We also demonstrated a high degree of technical training, development and professionalism, offering a well-trained and cost-effective, tech-savvy workforce.”
Farnek added that due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospitality industry has had to fully comply with all government and public health directives to ensure that their guests experience a safe, healthy and comfortable stay, as well as protecting the wellbeing of their own staff.
Earlier this year, Farnek achieved a GBAC STAR™ accreditation for its head office facility in Dubai, the first FM facility to be accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the global cleaning industry trade association, in the Middle East.
Farnek said that through that certification, it has established an internationally recognised cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention programme that minimises risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus, illustrating that it employs appropriate cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
“To maintain those standards training is essential and the Farnek training centre comes complete with a fully fitted elevator, bathroom, kitchen, lobby and a staircase. The walls and the floor are partially covered in a variety of materials such as carpet, rubber, linoleum, slate, marble, wood and ceramic tiles, enabling our staff to be fully trained on every surface they could potentially come into contact with,” added Aburok.
In terms of maintenance, Farnek said its MEP training centre is equipped with a variety of typical assets including split unit air-conditioners, distribution boards, pumps and associated systems, in order to maintain best practice and identify new approaches to generating efficiencies.