25 year partnership with Al Kahf LLC

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Omani contractors Al Kahf LLC and SAS International have worked together for over two decades. Success is set to continue with the order for 20,000m² of SAS150 in the Inflight Catering Facility for Muscat Airport.

Sebastian Joseph, Project Manager from Al Kahf, and Mike Collins from the SAS Dubai Office recently visited the SAS Bridgend Factory. In an interview, they explain why the long-term working relationship has been so successful.

Image: Mike Collins, Sebastian Joseph and Export Director Jon Wood

How long have you been working with SAS and where did it all begin?

SJ: Al Kahf has specified SAS International products on their projects for nearly 25 years in Oman.

MC: Sebastian has a strong relationship with the Ministry of Health and particularly Dr Ali who is a key specifier for the healthcare sector in Oman. The classic Arabic architectural style consists of low rise buildings, light colours and little glass or curtain walling.  Dr Ali chose SAS120 in RAL 9010 with Sebastian over 20 years ago. He liked the quality and has stayed with it ever since.

SJ: Dr Ali is strict with quality and service, ensuring that every project is completed to a high standard and on time. Together SAS International and Al Kahf have proven their ability to meet these expectations through considered design, manufacture, supply and installation. 

Dr Ali (centre) in traditional dress at a Ministry of Health opening ceremony

What have been some of the best projects so far?

MC: I believe our best projects have been the Psychiatric Hospital and National Heart Centre. Both projects were in Muscat with a combined requirement of around 40,000m² of products.

SJ: I agree. The Psychiatric Hospital was unusual compared to previous projects. It had a combination of plaster and metal ceilings along with the multi-purpose auditorium with high acoustic properties. Another interesting project was the hospital on Masirah Island, a remote island in the Gulf of Oman. Access to Masirah is only possible by a small car ferry, presenting a complex logistical challenge for both you and us!

What projects can we look forward to?

MC: SAS150 has been specified in the new Sultan Qaboos Accident & Emergency University Hospital in Muscat. Providing easy void access, it’s an opportunity to prove the benefits of other ceiling systems in addition to SAS120.

As part of our factory tour today, we showed Sebastian the extensive Kowloon Station project production line. Looking at the process for creating the Kowloon Station baffles gives Al Kahf confidence in our manufacturing capabilities. It provides tangible proof of the quality of our product. The new Duqm Airport requires a similar SAS510 system with bespoke aluminium extrusions. Sebastian can take a section of the new product to the client as a sample without needing a mock-up.

SJ: Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to visit your factory. It was fascinating to see the scale of production and the skills of your staff as well as the Kowloon project.

MC: To date we have worked with Al Kahf on over 220 hospitals and healthcare centres across Oman. We look forward to working with Sebastian and Al Kahf LLC for another 25 years.