Northcorp Group is a Fit-Out traditional contracting organization. Part of Barakat Group, originally founded by Antoine Barakat in Beirut in 1965 as a building contracting business, Northcorp was established under the impulse of Elie Barakat in Dubai in 2004.

Our continuous strive to excel in what we do lead to the creation of our own in-house capabilities and specialized staff, enabling us to guarantee flexibility, optimal quality of works, minimized overheads and fast delivery when meeting the specific needs of our clients.

Today we pride ourselves in serving a wide array of renowned corporate names
throughout the UAE.

Services

With substantial experience in commercial fit out, retail, MEP installations, joinery, contemporary architecture, hospitality and civil construction, Northcorp Group specializes in commercial offices and retail premises, primarily for international banks, financial institutions, legal firms, insurance companies, the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, restaurants and hotels. We offer Fit out contracting, Design & Build and MEP fit out contracting.

Joinery & Carpentry

Northcorp Group’s product lines include a wide array of interior and exterior elements, including:

  • Cladding
  • Flooring
  • Wall paneling
  • Balustrades
  • Pergolas
  • Door sets
  • Patios, decking & stairs
  • Exhibition stands

Northcorp Group also supplies furniture for the major market sectors, including:

  • Retail
  • Hotels
  • Offices
  • Residential
  • Outdoor & recreational
  • Restaurant
  • Display

Personnel

Northcorp Group’s human resources structure reflects the optimum mix of roles for efficient in-house service delivery as follows:

Project Organisation Chart

Project Team

Our management team consists of individuals who are qualified and experienced in their
particular fields.

All projects are staffed appropriately according to size and complexity, with a minimum of one project manager and one site supervisor even on the smallest sites.

The Group’s in-house joinery and MEP division allows us to retain direct control over quality, fabrication and installation.

For several years, the joinery division was the nominated supplier and installer of Group Standard Retail Furniture for HSBC Bank Middle East in Lebanon, Qatar, Algeria, Oman and the UAE; for the National Bank of Abu Dhabi; for MAF counters in the UAE; for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank fixed furniture and for Standard Chartered Bank
fixed furniture.

Curriculum Vitae of Key Personnel

Elie Barakat . BSc MBA
Managing Director & Partner

Having attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1999, Elie joined his family’s business in Lebanon, Barakat Contracting & Maintenance. He worked alongside the Group CEO to successfully expand operations into Jordan. In 2004, they established Northcorp Contracting in Dubai with Elie taking on the role of Managing Director. He quickly secured corporate contracts with local and international clients, with repeat commissions becoming a key feature of the business.

Elie also established Northcorp LLC (Fit Out Contracting) in 2004, later adding Northcorp Industries to the Group in 2008, Northcorp Qatar in 2009 and Northcorp Iraq in 2014. Since 2004, he has grown the company to its current complement of over 150 managers, site operatives and other staff.

As well as his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Elie also holds an MBA.

Firas Sfair . MA
General Manager

Firas joined Northcorp Group in 2007. A qualified architect, he has brought his experience in interior fit out design and execution to the company, specializing particularly in bespoke projects for clients seeking signature designs and premium quality materials and finishing. Firas has accumulated a substantial portfolio of corporate designs, commercial offices, retail solutions and executive residences. He is an active member of several contemporary architectural groups.

Firas gained his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Lebanese University. Before joining Northcorp, he acquired diverse experience in architectural and managerial roles in leading firms in Lebanon and the UAE.

Hala Zeaiter . BA Dip
Business Development Manager

Hala has been with Northcorp since 2009. Her background is in public relations, sales & marketing and business development. She has successfully brokered opportunities for Northcorp with local and federal government departments as well as with a range of high profile retail, banking and pharmaceuticals clients.

As well as her BA in Public Relations, Hala holds a Higher Diploma in Media. She maintains currency through undertaking a range of sales and marketing courses.

Ramele Castillo . BSc, PQP
Senior Architect & Project Manager

Ramele joined Northcorp in its first year, 2004. She is an active member of the project team, frequently assuming on-site project management responsibility. As well as preparing working drawings, schematics and permit applications for the commercial, retail and residential sectors, Ramele is also involved in tender preparation & procurement, construction site programming, estimating and BOQ preparation. She is adept in Computer Aided Design (CAD), MS Project, 3D Max and Adobe Photoshop.

Ramele holds a BSc in Architecture and is a member of the Society of Engineers [UAE Chapter]. She has obtained certification from Estidama as a Pearl Qualified Professional.

Before joining Northcorp, she held architecture positions in companies in the Philippines and Dubai.

Ronald Edejer . BSc
Architect & Project Manager

Ronald has been with Northcorp since 2010, bringing his specialist skills in CAD combined with experience in the commercial and retail banking sectors. Since then, he has successfully delivered over 200 interior design projects and tender bids, including for the new Northcorp Head Office in 2011. Ronald’s design and planning work is enabled through proficiency in Graphisoft, Archicad, Autodesk Autocad and Adobe Photoshop.

Ronald has a BSc in Architecture. He has previously held architecture, interior design and CAD consultancy positions in the Philippines and Dubai.

Hala Hassan . BSc Hons
Electrical Engineer

A key member of Northcorp’s technical team, Hala is involved in all areas of design. With extensive knowledge of solid state electrical control systems, she provides electrical design solutions, system modifications and technical assistance on all projects.

Complementing her BSc Hons in Electrical Engineering, Hala is an active member of the Society of Engineering (UAE), Sudanese Engineering Society and Sudanese Engineering Council. She previously held electrical engineering and installation inspection posts in Sudan and the UAE.

Cristina Huerta . BSc
Facilities Management Coordinator / Administrator

Cristina provides specific HSE requirements for projects, as well as managing the company’s facilities management and administrative functions, building working business relationships both within the firm and with external partners and clients. Since joining Northcorp in 2011, she has deployed her wide-ranging skills in business and office administration, human resources, purchasing, events management and travel coordination for business development purposes.

With a BSc degree in Industrial Engineering, Cristina’s educational background underpins her informed approach to working in Northcorp. She has previously held executive assistant, administrative and customer relations positions in Dubai and the Philippines.

Hasan Wahib . Dip
Project Manager

With specialist skills in interior design consulting and contracting, Hasan has extensive experience in delivering commercial, retail and residential projects. He worked in Damascus before coming to the UAE in 2001, where he has acted in project management and interior design roles for major commercial and restaurant projects in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

Hasan holds a Diploma in Interior Design. He has complemented this with vocational training in Safety & Scaffolding. He attained industry accreditation from the Dubai Municipality Construction & Consultation office
in 2006.

Salas Ephraim
Projects Manager

Salas became part of the Northcorp team in 2014. With a background in civil and interior fit outs, he has diverse project management and site engineer experience working with blue chip clients in the GCC states since the late 1990s, and specifically in the UAE since 2004. He has been involved in major projects including Dubai World Central, Michigan State University, United Arab Shipping and Sharjah Islamic Bank, Ravi Hotel, Medcare Hospital, RTA and Ejadah.

Salas holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management. He has completed vocational qualifications in Sound Contract Administration, Managing Safety from IOSH, Safety Awareness and First Aid. He is a member of the
Society of Engineers.

Joby John
Production Manager

Joby joined Northcorp in 2014, having worked on interior joinery fit out projects in India and the Middle East since the late 1990s. Competent at all project stages from concept tendering to completion, he has completed multiple large-scale interior joinery projects in the office and hotel sectors, as well as in the high-end residential market where he has overseen luxury finishes. Joby has contributed to major projects including the Ministry of Finance, Sharjah, Layia Oak Hotel, Dubai, Luxury Villas at Emirates Hills, Palm Jumeirah and Arabian Ranches, Dubai.

Joby has a Diploma in Electrical Engineering as well as a supplementary vocational training qualification in AutoCAD.

Farooq Gujjar . ACCA, UAECA, CPA, BSc Hons
Finance Manager

Farooq joined NorthCorp in August 2008. He is responsible for a wide variety of internal and external controls, auditing, taxation, budgeting and working capital management, as well as devising strategic and financial planning for the company, including business planning and functional planning. He acts as the commercial liaison and coordinator with all stakeholders, overseeing legal operations and contract management. Farooq has accrued more than 10 years of experience in the industry, having previously worked in several internal, external, system, cost and project auditing positions in Pakistan.

Farooq is a member of renowned accounting and auditing associations, namely the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Accountant and Auditors Association (UAECA) and the Iinstitute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA). He holds a BSc Hon in applied accounting from Oxford Brooks University UK, and has completed an extensive number of reputable continuing professional development courses and programs.

Sonai Muthu
Project Engineer

Joining Nortcorp in July 2015, Sonai brings with him more than15 years of experience in mechanical engineering. He has worked extensively on a diverse range of MEP projects in his home country India and then as a Project Engineer with prominent MEP contractors in Dubai since 2006.
He is involved in the design, in providing estimations and programming and supervising site execution for Northcorp projects.

Holder of a degree in mechanical engineering, Sonai complemented this with vocational training in ENOC Safety Training. He is an active member of the Society of Engineers (UAE).

Raji Haridas . BSc Hons
Mechanical Draughtsman

As a key member of Northcorp’s technical team, Raji is involved in all areas of design, providing mechanical design solutions and technical assistance on all projects.

Raji holds a BSc Hons in Electronic Engineering and has held the post of Draughtsman in several Dubai based companies.

Saad Khan . MBA
Procurement Manager

Saad joined Northcorp in 2011 as an accountant, where he delivered cost management and reporting on several projects of varying types. Currently as a procurement manager, and as an advocate of the Kaizen business practice, he deploys a multifunctional set of skills that enable him to oversee different managerial and technical aspects of the operations, from procurement and supply chain operations to business evaluation, planning and budgeting.

Saad had previously taken part in an asset management fund in Pakistan. He is also a holder of an MBA and a BSc Hons.

Nithin T
Joinery Detailer

Nithin has been with Northcorp since 2016 Nithin supervises the delivery of a wide range of projects, working closely with the production team. This includes providing joinery and upholstery drawings, 3D and Isometric views.

Nithin previously occupied the post of Joinery Draughtsman in India and Dubai. He holds an Interior Design diploma.

Aravind A. Kannan
Project Engineer

Aravind supports the planning and execution of projects from inception to completion. He manages all the technical aspects involved from an engineering standpoint, from project execution plans to the management of resources and teams on site. Since joining Northcorp in November 2016, he has deployed an array of technical skills and engineering expertise that enable him in delivering highly effective results for the company and its stakeholders.

Besides holding a Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Hon), Arvind has also obtained vocational qualifications in AutoCad and Google Sketchup. He is a delegate member in the Dubai Civil Defense and an active member of Dubai’s Society of Engineers, and is certified in General Health & Safety Awareness from IOSH as well as First Aid from FAI, UK.

Vinu Kannan . Dip, EMBA
Senior Electrical Engineer

Vinu has accrued 19 years of experience in design, project planning and leading of engineering activities with multinational companies in India and the UAE. He worked in large scale projects such as shopping malls, hotels, multi-story residential and commercial towers, Dubai Fountain, Dubai mall Metro link Project and industrial petroleum refinery power projects.
As a Senior Electrical Engineer with Northcorp since August 2017, Vinu manages and oversees MEP activities, from tendering, to project planning and department allocation, procurement, project scheduling and execution.

Vinu holds an EMBA and an Electrical Engineering Diploma.

Elsie Paluga . BSc
Quantity Surveyor & Estimator

As a quantity surveyor and estimator with Northcorp, Elsie is responsible for on-site surveying, performing of measurements and preparation of bill of quantities to provide Commercial and Technical tenders for interior fit-outs. She oversees as well the sub-contract pricing and procurement of material. Prior to joining Northcorp, she worked as a Site Engineer and Quantity Surveyor in both the Philippines and Dubai.

Elsie holds a BSc in Civil Engineering with emphasis on Structural Engineering.