EFS Facilities Services wins KAEC contract

A view of the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
Updated 03 January 2018

EFS Facilities Services wins KAEC contract

EFS Facilities Services has won a contract to launch an integrated facility management venture worth SR13 million at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
EFS will provide integrated facilities management services across the city, including catering, transportation and value-added services such as the integration of smart technology and Computer-Aided Facility Management (CAFM). The contract will run over an initial period of three years.
“King Abdullah Economic City is a major social and economic growth driver for Saudi Arabia. As the city grows in complexity so too does its need for state-of-the-art integrated facilities management,” said Tariq Chauhan, group CEO, EFS Facilities Services.
“With our expertise and experience in managing world-class facilities and technology-driven processes, we aim to maintain the highest standards of service.”
“The complexity of operating a development on the scale of the KAEC demands the highest levels of expertise across multiple business verticals. We selected EFS as our integrated facilities management service provider based on their expertise and their proven track record throughout the region,” said Ayman Mansi acting CEO of KAEC’s Industrial Valley and senior director of New Business Ventures. “We have confidence in our new partner and look forward to a long and happy working relationship.”
KAEC is the largest privately funded new city development in the world, covering an area of 181 sq. km on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast. The city’s King Abdullah Port is one of the world’s top 100 container ports and feeds a growing logistics and light manufacturing hub.
The city is also the largest residential real estate company in Saudi Arabia in terms of sales and operates a wide range of commercial, leisure and retail outlets.

ISF willing to bring five-a-side football world cup to Kingdom

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ISF willing to bring five-a-side football world cup to Kingdom

Leisure Leagues (LL), the organizer of the first five-a-side football in Lisbon this year, says it will hold talks with Saudi sports authorities to bring the ISF (International Soccer Federation) world cup to the Kingdom next year.

Speaking to Arab News, Shahzaib Mehmood Trunkwala, vice president of ISF and president of the group that owns Leisure Leagues Pakistan (LLP), said: “The mega event will boost small-sided football in the Kingdom and South Asia through exchanging Saudi and foreign players onto different teams.”

Trunkwala said the forthcoming ISF world cup in Lisbon has won global attention as a large number of football fans are traveling to Portugal.

He said the Trunkwala family has been mentoring youth and promoting a healthier Pakistan for decades. The family plans to bring the Argentine football star Lionel Messi over next year.

“There have been talks between Leisure Leagues and Messi, and it is likely that Pakistani fans will see the world’s greatest star play here next year,” he said, adding that Messi has expressed his desire to bring two teams to play matches in Pakistan.

Last year, the LLP brought several international football players, including Brazilian star Ronaldinho and the Welsh ex-Manchester United ace Ryan Giggs to Pakistan.

The ISF organizes international small-sided football competitions for both national and club teams in the formats of five, six, seven and eight-a-side football.

Founded in 2017 by national operators of five and six-a-side football leagues across Europe and Asia, ISF brings together the expertise of the industry’s leaders to launch the most exciting international small-sided football tournaments in locations across the world.

Any national level organization which runs five, six, seven or eight-a-side football leagues is eligible to register to join the ISF and gain the license to run their national team. Once registered and approved, the licensee becomes the exclusive operator of their country’s national team and the only organization eligible to represent their country in ISF world or continental championships.

The first Socca6 World Cup will take place in 2018 and players wishing to play for their national team can apply online via the national team page for their country. Continental championships will take place from 2019.