Grako and Gecko join forces with NCC Group to scale to new heights
Furthering its commitment to be a top service provider, Grako LLC (Grako), a specialized FM company reputed for its ‘high-level access cleaning and maintenance services, most commonly known for cleaning the facades of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Airport for many years,’ along with its sister company, Gecko Middle East (Gecko), a UAE-based company specializing in ‘industrial rope access’ and ‘coating solutions’ are pleased
to announce the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with one of the largest UAE-based conglomerates, the National Catering Company (NCC Group).
This alliance shall provide each party with a new level of strength. The National Investor PrJSC (TNI) acted as the financial advisor and lead manager to NCC on the transaction, which is aimed at unleashing the growth potential that the newly formed partners can capitalise on, given the national investments and growth expected in select sectors like FM, oil and gas and maritime industries.
His Excellency Abubaker Seddiq Al Khoori, Chairman, TNI, said, “This dynamic partnership, whereby NCC acquired majority shares in both Grako and Gecko, will add new momentum to business growth for all parties immediately and in the long run.” This alliance supplements NCC’s robust portfolio of services even further, to cater to Abu Dhabi’s marketplace dynamics and challenges, by joining forces with world-class service providers such as Grako and Gecko, especially in light of tighter health, safety and environmental regulations and the growing demand for specialised FM and industrial services.
Both Grako and Gecko will continue to operate independently, led by Alain El-Tawil, who is keen on expanding his Abu Dhabi operations further by leveraging NCC’s well-established client base and reach especially in the oil and gas and maritime industries. Abdullah Mazrui, Chairman of NCC, shared, "Both Grako and Gecko have deep knowledge and expertise in their respective fields, which should prove to be extremely valuable for our current and future customers. This partnership aligns with our core strategy on many fronts and reflects NCC’s commitment towards driving growth in our focus sectors by partnering with leading players with high growth potential. We consider Grako and Gecko to be the most suitable partners for NCC to accelerate our growth ambitions in both the FM industry and our support services business targeting industrial sectors. “
NCC, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest support services conglomerates in the UAE, specializing in industrial and corporate catering, facilities management, engineering, retail and F&B. Alain El Tawil, Founder and CEO of Grako and Gecko, said, “Our firm promise – ‘Quality first and foremost’ – has steered our lead for the last 15 years in this competitive business, allowing us to deliver unmatched results to our customers every day without fail. As a result, over the years, we have achieved many distinctions and our growth has been exponential year after year. Our vision for growth has no limits and we are very proud to join forces with such a reputable Emirati organization. Along with NCC, we look forward to exploring the new prospects this strategic partnership will create for both Grako and Gecko.”