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Doka Stronghold on the Middle East

01.09.2012 | News
The Doka Group – headquartered in Amstetten, Austria – is one of the world’s leading full-line suppliers of modern system formwork technology, and one of Austria’s biggest exporters. Doka has helped construction firms around the world to safely carry out their in-situ concreting operations faster and more efficiently, by providing them with the highest performing European manufactured formwork systems. With each innovative system – whether it be for building construction or civil engineering, Doka has packaged its decades of professional engineering and site support know-how into a broad spectrum of service offerings exactly tailored to the budget and schedule of each project construction phase.

Race to Development

Looking to the massive amount of development in the Middle East, Doka has a rock solid setup in this region backed by extremely impressive references which equip them for an even larger number of challenging projects ahead. Doka is investing heavily in the Middle East with more subsidiaries than any formwork supplier in the region. To be even closer to the customer base, the regional support office and its management have recently be moved from Austria to Dubai. Doka’s Dubai based 50,000 m2 Jebel Ali Free Zone premises is the biggest outside of Austria and also houses the largest formwork stock in the region. Furthermore, Doka’s technical solutions, country stockyards and operations are fully networked to offer instant updates and support to clients working with running projects in several countries of the region.

Forming the future of the richest per capita region in the world

The buzz words of the Middle East for construction companies across the globe are too many and present a lot of excitement- housing development, educational and medical institutions, leisure facilities, stadiums, hotels and shopping malls, energy expansion for both nuclear and oil & gas production, light rail metro and complex inter-country railway networks, marine port expansions, etc.

Competence Centres for Any Challenge

Within the region, Doka stands tall with thousands of running projects and major references. In the high-rise sector, Doka remains the market leader in climbing formwork with Burj Khalifa as its leading example. It has also been instrumental in the realization of several 90+ storey towers in the famed Dubai Marina, plus having supplied formwork to over 80% of the high rises in West Bay area Doha, Qatar and for several projects within the massive King Abdullah Financial District in Saudi Arabia, including the district’s tallest and largest towers. Even in smaller markets such as Lebanon, Doka has clinched the Sama Beirut which is set to be the highest building in Beirut, plus the Amman Rotana luxury hotel in Jordan. On the tourism side, for religious tourism, one of Doka Saudi Arabia’s largest projects is the prestigious Al Shamiya Holy City of Mecca expansion project.

Due to its global expertise in civil engineering, Doka has been tapped for execution of major infrastructure projects. Besides the Al-Jamarat bridge reconstructon in Saudi Arabia and Hodariyat Bridge in UAE, Doka Gulf was recently awarded four new bridge interchange projects in Dubai and Sharjah, whereby they providing systems for frame shoring and structural support at heights of up to 20 meters and even in some cases providing onsite assembly and erection as a pilot service in the region. Transportation infrastructure with major road, bridge and tunnelling efforts including the Wadi Adai and Al Amerat Viaduct, one of the most technically challenging projects to be undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman and a tunnelling project with Impreglio in Abu Dhabi. Airport concreting work is ongoing at the King Abdelaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia plus Muscat International, Duqum and Salalah Airports in Oman. On the petrochemical side, Doka’s flexible formwork and load-bearing solutions for LNG tanks, support and associated oil & gas building structures are heavily impacting the fast progress in key markets across the GCC, particularly in the Lusail district Qatar, Ruwais and Western region of UAE and also a major Saudi Aramco substructure project in Dammam. Energy, district cooling, STP and power generation are also vitally important, Doka Qatar supplied dam, climbing and framed formwork for the 40m deep clarification basin of the Doha North Sewerage Treatment Plant. To further meet growing energy demands, Doka Saudi Arabia is currently working on an Electrical Power Plant in the western Rapigh area.

Professional support from global experts

According to Peter Vogel, Director Doka Middle East, the primary factor for continuing success is to keep the continuous and deliberate focus on the customer. “The challenges upcoming are phenomenal, ranging from an entire GCC rail network to stadiums. Keeping perspective, in formwork business, the real issues and pressures that contractors face are day to day, not just toward the somewhat abstract long-term goal of completing the project. Our methods ensure that via daily contact with the client Doka technicians, formwork instructors, engineers, commercial and supply-chain operations play a vital cooperative role to get the job done economically and with the highest safety. Doka also leverages the best networked Information Technology to offer instant updates and support to clients with running projects in several countries of the region.”

Formwork Project Management from A-Z

With each project Doka manages the entire formwork aspect with a complete portfolio of systems deliberately catered to the region’s construction methods, complemented by added value services in consulting, engineering, preassembled formwork units, onsite formwork instruction, material purchase or rental with commissioning quantities, material inspection, reconditioning and return.
Doka’s engagement with customers initiates from the earliest design stage of a project working with even the consultants and architects to propose the perfect formwork solution through to the structure’s shell completion.

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