Our leadership team has a wealth of experience and hugely diverse backgrounds. They have established our organisations’ values, ethics, and culture, providing Group AMANA with a unique identity that adapts to the fast-moving and dynamic industry.
Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Jihad BsaibesChief Executive Officer Group AMANA
Jihad has been working with AMANA for over 22 years and set in motion a culture defined by innovation and agility. His focus has been to attract and retain the best clients, employees and business partners. This culture is reflected in delivering certainty and success through alignment with our partners. Jihad is also a board member of Group AMANA Limited and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Alabama.
Chairman of the Board
Chebel BsaibesChairman of the Board Group AMANA
Chebel has over 40 years of experience in the design & construction of industrial projects, 28 years of which have been leading Group AMANA. Before founding AMANA in 1993, Chebel worked for Kirby Building Systems, Kuwait and Zamil Steel Buildings, Saudi Arabia. He holds an honours degree in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management from the University of Nottingham, UK. He is also a Harvard Business School Alumni through the Owner/President Management (OPM).
President and CEO
Riad BsaibesPresident and CEO Group AMANA
Riad leverages over 25 years of experience in business strategy, development, and operational management to drive intelligent solutions across AMANA verticals. Riad joined AMANA in 2002, following nine years with Schlumberger & Corning. Riad holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and is a member of Young President’s Organisation (YPO).
Waleed BsaybessBoard Member Group AMANA
Waleed has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked with AMANA for over 28 years. Previously he held a range of positions from Project Coordinator to Operations Manager in various construction companies in the Middle East. Waleed holds a Diploma in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.
Chief Financial Officer
Najy HafzaChief Financial Officer Group AMANA
Najy has over 25 years of international experience and a proven track record in delivering superior financial management and financial results in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his role at AMANA as Chief Financial Officer, Najy held senior leadership and finance management roles in Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East and the United States. Including Finance Director role with our esteemed partner, Schlumberger.
Taimoor LabibNon-Executive Director Group AMANA
Taimoor Labib is a Founding Partner at Affirma Capital, an independently owned emerging market private equity firm with approximately $3.5 billion AUM. Taimoor has 25 years of direct private equity experience and has served on over 10 Boards throughout his career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Richard AbboudSenior Vice President of Operations Group AMANA
Richard started his professional career with AMANA. He has risen through the ranks over the past 20 years holding various managerial positions from Project Management, Business Development, Engineering, and Regional General Manager. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Lebanese University and a Master’s degree in Construction Financial Management from Herriot Watt University. He is LEED AP, and PMP certified.
Vice President – Commercial
Habib BiriVice President – Commercial Group AMANA
Habib has worked at AMANA for over 15 years holding various managerial positions from Senior Business Development Manager, Tendering Manager before his promotion to VP. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Lebanese University, a Master’s Degree in Quantity Surveying from Herriot Watt University, and an MBA in Finance from the American University of Dubai. He is also LEED AP certified.
Vice President Operations
Joe LabakyVice President Operations Group AMANA
Joe has worked with AMANA for over 10 years; he holds a wealth of experience in business development, operations management, and design management. Joe graduated from the Lebanese University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and holds an MBA from the American University of Beirut. He also completed a master’s degree in Soil Mechanics from Centrale Supelec as well the LEAD program from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Sandy MohonathanChief Human Resources Officer Group AMANA
Sandy is an experienced Senior Leader in the fields of Human Capital Strategy, Leadership Transformation, and Shaping Organisational & People Health. She has extensive experience in operationalising the HR strategy to deliver on the employee experience. Her record spans across the globe (North America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) Sandy has a Masters Degree in HR and Post Graduate qualification in HR from the Institute of People Management (IPM).
Business Unit Management
Director – Aviation Fueling
Nabil HelouDirector – Aviation Fueling AMANA Aviation Fueling
Nabil has over 30 years of experience in the EPC of process systems, 25 of which have been focused on commercial and military aviation fuel systems. In his 15+ years with AMANA he has been instrumental in growing the AMANA Aviation Fueling portfolio into one of the largest in the region. Nabil has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kings college in London as well as an MBA specialised in strategic management from the University of Strathclyde.
Hattan NazerVice President AMANA Contracting, Saudi Arabia
Hattan has held managerial positions from Business Development Manager, Operations Manager before his promotion to General Manager of Saudi Amana Contracting in his 14 years with AMANA. He has 20 years of experience in the contracting field and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Ihab RamlawiManaging Director & Co-Founder DuPod, an AMANA Company
Ihab founded DuPod, the latest modular manufacturing initiative by the AMANA Group. He embodies AMANA’s vision of innovation and its commitment to investing in the future of construction with over 20 years of diverse experience. Ihab holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology and an MBA in strategy and finance from the London Business School.
General Manager – Transport & Logistics Division
Bassam BsaibesGeneral Manager – Transport & Logistics Division Group AMANA
Bassam has worked at AMANA for over 13 years and gained vast experience in the construction industry throughout his career, covering operations in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. He holds a technical degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from the U.S.A Technical institute and is a Certified International Procurement Professional (CIPP).
We are the regional leaders in the design-build construction of industrial and commercial facilities, providing turnkey solutions for our clients.
Our business has expanded over three decades, adopting innovative construction technologies to provide groundbreaking solutions for the region’s building challenges.
We are disruptive thinkers, pioneering in modular solutions through offsite manufacturing. Our dedication to deliver hyper efficiencies across our client’s projects is demonstrated through our consistent completion of fast-track projects.
We have delivered projects across eleven cities in seven countries, and are committed to leading the way in sustainable operations.
AMANA Contracting, Saudi Arabia, ensured to attend all comments or defects raised in a timely and professional manner, AMANA’s unfaltering commitment towards quality work also continues beyond handover.– Vijay Kumar Selvam Landmark Arabia Co.
AMANA is Founded
Our vision was to create a de-centralised business model of regional leaders in industrial construction.
Since then, AMANA has led more than 1,500 projects to over 130 satisfied repeat clients across 7+ countries.
AMANA completes stables for the Office of HH the President at AL Wathba
In February 2000, AMANA delivered Turnkey solutions to complete an equestrian facility and stables for the Office of His Highness the President at Al Watha.
AMANA introduces our first ERP system, assisting departments with their day-to-day tasks and project management.
AMANA completes 3 projects across 3 regions for Emirates Transport
Three Turnkey projects were completed in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Emirates Transport in 2003.
These included a Maintenance Center at Khor Fakkan, an Administration Building & Maintenance Center at Al Ain and expansion & development of Emirates General Transport branch in Ramool.
AMANA Introduces The Seniority Awards
To recognise the employees who have been with AMANA for more than 5, 10, 15 and 20+ years, AMANA introduces the yearly ‘Seniority Awards’. A ceremony which celebrates and awards our loyal AMANAians.
Fresh Graduate Development Programme implemented
AMANA launches a Graduate Development Programme to recruit high potential talents from selected universities to support the career growth of fresh graduates.
AMANA awarded 1st of 5 Projects with Al Shaya
AMANA wins the Design-Build project of the Distribution Centre & Administration Building at Jebel Ali Freezone.
The project was the beginning of a long-standing relationship with Al Shaya and we have since delivered over 5 projects in total for our repeat client, across Saudi Arabia and Dubai.
AMANA awarded 1st Kuwait Project
AMANA is awarded the Infiniti Car Showroom project, Kuwait. Delivering the design and build of state-of-the-art Infiniti Car Showroom.
AMANA awarded 1st of 6 Projects for Agility Logistics
AMANA wins the Design-Build project of the Logistics Facilities at Mina Abdullah, Kuwait.
The project was the beginning of a long-standing relationship with Agility Logistics, we have since delivered over 6 projects in total for our repeat client, across Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar.
AMANA Aviation Fueling awarded their first contract
AMANA Aviation Fueling is awarded its first project, a new Fuel Farm Storage Facility consisting of JET A1 storage tanks and all related facilities, located at Al Maktoum International Airport.
AMANA completes the Cold Store Complex Project for Gulf Warehousing Company
AMANA wins the Turnkey of the Cold Store Complex Project in Doha Industrial Centre, Qatar.
The project included a built up area of 32,500m² and was situated on 47,300m² of land. The entire facility was designed and constructed in less than 210 days. Learn more about the project here
AMANA Saudi Arabia is Founded
AMANA Saudi Arabia is awarded their first project, PP & PH Buildings for Saudi Kayan Petrochemical and Samsung Engineering at Jubail Industrial City. The project size spans over 77,200m2 and was completed in 2009.
AMANA completes Project for Dubai Maritime City at Port Rashid
The Workshops, Warehouses, Shops & Showrooms are constructed on 377,700m² of reclaimed land at Port Rashid and required over 5,000 tons of steel. The facilities were constructed on a fast track basis in two simultaneous phases. Learn more about the project here.
AMANA completes 4th of 5 Projects for Dubai Ports Authority
AMANA completes the Light Industrial Units at Jebel Ali Freezone.
Dubai Ports Authority has continually trusted us to deliver certainty. Since our first assignment in 2004, we have delivered over 5 Turnkey projects for our repeat client across the region.
AMANA Clinic opens in the labour accommodation
The first AMANA clinic was established to ensure the health and welfare of our workers, directly in the labour accommodation and whenever required.
AMANA completes the Non-Process Buildings for EMAL Smelter Complex
Located in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, the entire project consisted of around 85,000 tons of complex steel structures, out of which AMANA erected 65% (approximately 55,000 tons). Learn more about the project here.
AMANA Saudi completes the Fruit Cold Store for Del Monte Foods
AMANA completes the Build of the Fruit Cold Store Project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The project consists of 4 main buildings and 33 loading/unloading entries to store and distribute all types of fruit.
“We found AMANA Saudi reliable and maintaining on-time delivery schedules and execution of works with a very high quality standards”
Learn more about the project here
DuBox, an AMANA Company is Founded
DuBox, an AMANA Company was founded with the goal of disrupting the current construction industry to improve the way we build. Learn more about DuBox here.
AMANA completes 5th of 10 Projects for ADNOC
AMANA completes the Accommodation Units for ADNOC Petroleum Institute at Sas Al Nakhl.
Since our first assignment in 2005, we have delivered over 10 Design-Build and Turnkey projects across the region for ADNOC. We thank them for their continued trust in us to deliver on time, safely and within budget.
BIM is launched within AMANA
BIM is adopted across AMANA to enhance project coordination and efficiencies, reducing time to project completion. To learn more about our Intelligent Solutions, click here
AMANA awarded DESIGN DISTRICT (D3) Project
Dubai’s Design District – D3 awarded the project’s first phase to AMANA to create a site that would boast the creative community with 11 office buildings, pop-up boutiques, event spaces, and galleries.
AMANA completes 5th of 21 Projects with Al Marai Company
AMANA completes the Design and Build of the Infant Nutritional Products Manufacturing Plant & Accommodations, Saudi Arabia.
The project was delivered during our long-standing relationship with Al Marai, we have since completed over 21 projects in total for our repeat client.
Tatweer implemented for AMANAians’ Career Development
As part of career development for AMANAians, AMANA implements Tatweer, a set of guidelines to follow ensuring everyone has the best and equal opportunity for progression.
AMANA completes the Ghayathi Community Hospital for SEHA
AMANA completes the Turnkey project of the Ghayathi Community Hospital for Health Authority Abu Dhabi (SEHA) at Ghayathi.
The project consists of 50 patient beds across a built up area of 43,500m² and serves as a major hub in the region’s expanding healthcare network. Learn more about the project here
AMANA launches Sustainability Initiatives
AMANA launches their Sustainability business offering to provide green building solutions across their projects.
We are LEED Certified and have been members of the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) since 2010, delivering sustainable solutions across our clients’ facilities.
Outstanding Safety Performance awarded to AMANA
AMANA was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from Abu Dhabi Ports for their Health & Safety performance on the build of Kizad Prebuilt Warehouses.
AMANA receives Taqdeer Award
AMANA was awarded the Taqdeer Award 2016 for our dedication and commitment to labour relations. Taqdeer reviewed AMANA’s employment policies facilities, health and safety standards, recruitment and wage policies, labor relations, corporate communications, management transparency, rules and regulations and worker satisfaction.
We have since been awarded another three Taqdeer Awards for excellence in labour and welfare practice. Head to our news page to learn more.
AMANA Solar is Founded
AMANA Solar is awarded their first project for Majid Al Futtaim’s Rooftop Solar installation at My City Centre, Barsha, Dubai.
AMANA Solar provides Design, installation and on-going maintenance of roof-mounted and car park solar panels. Learn more about our solar solutions here
AMANA awarded 1st of 3 Projects for Majid Al Futtaim
AMANA wins the Build project of My City Centre, Al Dhait in Ras Al Khaimah.
The project was the beginning of a long-standing relationship with Majid Al Futtaim, we have since delivered over 3 projects in total for our repeat client, across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.
AMANA minimum Accommodation Standard was introduced
AMANA introduces a minimum standard for their accommodation facilities to ensure the health and welfare of the AMANA labour community.
AMANA awarded 1st Project with DB Schenker
AMANA wins the Design-Build project of the DB Schenker Central Logistics Hub & Office Facility in Dubai South.
The project was the beginning of a long-standing relationship with DB Schenker. Across Dubai, we have since delivered over 4 Solar and Contracting projects in total for our repeat client.
AMANA HR Helpdesk Launched
AMANA implements an HR helpdesk to address the concerns and suggestions of AMANAians.
AMANA completes ‘Project Silk’ for Strata
AMANA has completed their second project for repeat client Strata.
Consisting of a 8,500m² composite aero structures manufacturing facility and based in the heard of Nibras Al Ain Aerospace, Al Ain, UAE. The total duration of the project was 548 days, despite COVID-19 challenges.
Learn more about the project here
AIWA Self Service Portal is Introduced
A self service portal for the labour community is implemented, enabling easier communication and connecting the labour workforce with reliable local businesses in the UAE.
AMANA Energy-Saving is Founded
AMANA Energy-Saving is founded to provide data-driven energy optimisation, customised to our clients’ facilities. We provide clients with auditing, designing, and installation of measurable energy efficiency solutions. Learn more about our Energy-Saving solutions here.
AMANA completes 2nd Data Center for du
AMANA completes the second Data Center for repeat client, du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company).
As part of twin location Project Nautilus, AMANA was appointed to complete du’s first leasable IT Data Center in Kizad, Abu Dhabi. Following this, AMANA also completed the Dubai Silicon Oasis Data Center within the same year.
DuPod, an AMANA Company was founded
Building on from the success of DuBox, DuPod was founded as the pioneer in modular solutions and plug-and-play offerings. Driven by technology, they deliver certainty in solutions with their diverse eco-system of products. Learn more about DuPod here.
AMANA awarded their 8th Project with TRSDC
As part of the Red Sea Development Project, Saudi Arabia, AMANA Saudi has been awarded the Design and Build of the Coastal Village Enlarged Studio Buildings.
This is the 8th project awarded to AMANA Saudi by The Red Sea Development Company. DuBox and DuPod were also engaged throughout the projects, reducing time to market by 30% and constructing in offsite controlled factory conditions.
AMANA Completes 4th Project for Schlumberger
AMANA completes the Build of the Ace Base Expansion Project in Abu Dhabi.
We are delighted to have successfully completed the 4th project for our repeat client. Since 2006, Schlumberger has trusted us to deliver certainty across their Commercial & Residential, Energy and Oil projects, located in Abu Dhabi.
Group AMANA is Re-Branded
In 2021, Group AMANA went through a series of workshops to unbox its goals and positioning for the future.
Today, the AMANA brand reflects the groups transformation through the use of innovative construction technology, combined with three decades of construction experience.
Take a look into our world
AMANA’s culture has been built on partnering, fair dealing and going above and beyond expectations to deliver certainty for our clients.
We educate, inspire and engage our workforce so they can learn, master and teach new skills. We value our people and challenge mediocrity to push for new personal bests to be achieved. We reward progress and create a positive work environment, resulting in value entrenched with quality for our clients.
Awards & Recognition
We are always searching for new talent looking to challenge the way we build, embrace intelligent solutions and enhance our work for a better tomorrow. Find out more about current opportunities to join us across Group AMANA.