The Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, distributor for the Unilever brand, British American Tobacco (BAT), Dunlop, Siemens and United Colours of Benetton in Dubai and the northern emirates, is expanding its business to Qatar.The conglomerate which currently has operations in the UAE and Oman will establish its second international office in Qatar by the end of the year."We see it as an area of growth for us in the region. We can't not be in Qatar," Muna Al Gurg, head of retail at the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, told Gulf News.
The company which was founded in 1960 by Easa Saleh Al Gurg has grown to include joint partnerships with major retail brands as well as a large manufacturing arm.
The conglomerate comprises 23 companies, more than 400 agency partnerships and 4,000 employees.Once their office is set up in Qatar they will decide which partnerships and companies to bring to their new location."We are now working on our office and from there we are looking into which units we'd like to set up exactly," said Al Gurg.
Looking ahead, the company is also looking at expanding its manufacturing arm. "For the long term growth we're looking at renewable solar energy and water producing technologies. At the moment we're doing a lot of research.
"There are a number of countries such as Germany or even the US that have developed very good technology. We want to bring these technologies here," said Al Gurg.
There is also a lot of growth in the health care industry, according to Al Gurg.
"There are many health issues in the Gulf such as obesity and thalassemia. Health care is something businesses can capitalise on and there can also be improvement in the private health care sector," said Al Gurg.
From / Gulf News