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     The MA Kharafi Group

The Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi & Sons Group is a multinational, multi-faceted conglomerate with a wide variety of interests. Our roots are in Kuwait, where the MAK Group was founded over 100 years ago and where we still have our head-office, but we operate worldwide.

We are active in an extremely diverse range of activities, including construction, investment, development, manufacturing, commerce, tourism and leisure.

The MAK Group is a ‘Grade A’ international contractor. The Group includes Americana, the largest food company in the Middle East. MAK also has major equity stakes and board representation in several local and international companies.

The Group is a major player in projects under BOT (build-operate-transfer) and other privatization schemes. We were the first regional group to launch and execute BOT projects, a field in which we are currently very active. MAK’s BOT accomplishments include the following projects:
  • In 1996, we signed a 15-year concession agreement for the car park at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon.
  • In 1998, EMAK (one of the Group’s subsidiaries in Egypt) was awarded a 40-year concession contract to build, operate and transfer the Marsa Alam International Airport. Construction was completed ahead of schedule and commercial operations commenced in October 2001. Marsa Alam Airport was the first green-field BOT airport project in the world.
  • In 2001, UDC (a MAK Group company) signed, in association with Ionics Inc (now part of GE) of the USA, a 30-year concession contract to build, operate and transfer the Sulaibiya Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Plant in Kuwait. The plant is considered the largest in the world to use reverse osmosis (RO) technology.

The MAK Group is diverse but not fragmented. Major subsidiaries operate autonomously while head office operations provide corporate services and a central focus for Group strategy. There is continual cross support among companies and divisions, so that when you are dealing with one member of the Group, you are dealing with them all.

Our philosophy of management is to cultivate self-confidence and encourage decision-making, to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and combine it with strict business discipline and the latest state-of-the-art technology and business methods. It is a philosophy that has led us to the front rank of companies in the Middle East, with an annual turnover approaching US$ 4 billion. Our success has propelled us to concentrate on our growth and development so that we can achieve our goal of excellence that exceeds our customers’ expectations.
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