CW speaks with Al Shafar Interiors (ASI) on the firm’s GCC expansion plans, current & future projects, and technology adoption

Technology has “incrementally improved the way we do things”

Construction projects in the region, despite the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, are gradually getting back on pace.

This means, it is business as usual for interior fit-out companies, which make properties — unlike commercial, residential, or leisure and entertainment — a desirable and comfortable space.

However, the fit-out industry has been witnessing many challenges, the biggest of which are “reduction in sales and availability of work”, according to Dimitri Papakonstantinou, the managing director of Dubai-based fit-out company, Al Shafar Interiors (ASI), a subsidiary of construction conglomerate ASGC.

In an exclusive interview with Construction Week, Papakonstantinou says: “This obviously means you have to work harder to get it.”

ASI has, in the past, worked on some of the most renowned projects in Dubai, including City Walk Phase 1 & 2, La Mer, Valiant Clinic, Bay Square, Emirates International School (EIS), Waldorf Astoria, among others.

Expo 2020 Dubai projects

The fit-out firm has been involved with five national pavilions that it is working on alongside the parent group, ASGC.

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