"Empowering youth with education, culture and work opportunities will make our community a better place."
About Ramez Al-Khayyat
Ramez Al-Khayyat is a Qatari businessman based in Doha. He is a second-generation entrepreneur with years of executive experience with his family’s contracting company, a hands-on mentality and eye for detail. He has grown his group of companies into a diverse business conglomerate and employs over 41,000 experts and tradesmen worldwide.
Ramez is Vice Chairman and Group CEO of Power International Holding, a portfolio of sustainable, innovative, and successful businesses across five different sectors, building value and contributing to the development of economies worldwide, in countries such as Qatar, Europe, U.K., Turkey, Oman and the Maldives.
Five key sectors:
Agriculture & Food Industry
Real Estate Development
Lifestyle (Hospitality, Entertainment & Catering)
Ramez Al-Khayyat's Biography
Al-Khayyat’s father, Mohamad Raslan Al-Khayyat, founded Al Khayyat Contracting and Trading in 1983. The company, a Grade A contractor, undertaking several large and complex projects in different regions ranging from heavy construction, infrastructure, industrial facilities, mixed-use development, hospitality and residential.
Ramez has a BA (Hons) in Global Business at the University of the West of Scotland, and started his career as a Board Member for Al Khayyat Contracting and Trading, working to expand and develop the company during his time there.
In 2011, he and his brother, Moutaz Al-Khayyat, founded Urbacon Trading & Contracting (UCC) in Qatar, as second-generation owners.
The privately held company is run by Ramez, who has presided over the company as Managing Director. UCC has constructed many internationally renowned projects worldwide.
In 2015, Ramez received recognition from The Socrates Committee in Oxford UK as “Manager of the year”, simultaneously recognizing UCC as one of the “Best Enterprises” in the field of construction in Qatar.
Ramez received the Retail Leadership Award at the 2016 Asia Retail Congress for the success of the Mall of Qatar project.
In 2019, UCC won ENR’s Global Best Project award in the wastewater category, for the Doha South Sewage Infrastructure project. UCC was one of contractors of the project.
Through Power International Holding, Ramez co-owns and manages a multitude of companies, operating in General Contracting; Agriculture and Food Industries; Real Estate Development; Lifestyle (Hospitality, Entertainment and Catering).
The companies have grown horizontally by the creation of many affiliated companies; operating worldwide in regions and countries such as Qatar, Europe, U.K., Turkey, Oman and the Maldives, with future plans for expansion.
Ramez Al-Khayyat supports a range of philanthropic endeavours across the Middle East and the rest of the world, with a particular focus on youth development and empowerment. He funds suitable projects through his UK-registered foundation, The Ramez Al-Khayyat Foundation (RAKF).
RAKF supports reputable grant making foundations, funding impactful educational and youth development programmes across Qatar and other countries.
Through his diverse group of companies, Ramez Al-Khayyat encourages many positive initiatives, with the aim of adding value to society in the region and beyond.
Baladna Park hosted the World Cancer Day 2019 event organised by the Qatar Cancer Society, joining hands with nations across the globe to raise cancer awareness and work to make it a priority.
Speaking on World Cancer Day 2019, Ramez Al-Khayyat said
As one of the founders of Baladna Food Industries, we are always committed to providing safe and healthy food for a better life.”
Ensuring the opportunity of education for all is a passion for the Al-Khayyat family, and so Baladna Food Industries was proud to be the sponsor of Qatar’s Education Conference 2019 held at the Qatar National Centre.
The company has been a regular supporter of football, promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports. From 2013 to 2016, UCC signed a 3-year contract as the sponsor of Al Rayyan football team, and from 2017 to 2019, a 2-year contract as the sponsor of Al Sailiya football team.
From 2018 to 2019, UCC sponsored Albacete Balompié football team in Spain.
And now, Baladna is the main sponsor of Al Rayyan Football team, signing off a 2-year contract. The football sponsorships are part of the company’s social responsibility, that in turn will contribute to promoting the sports industry in Qatar.
Companies across the Power International Holding portfolio, regularly take part in blood donation drives.
Ramez Al-Khayyat was honoured that Baladna was chosen to receive the Social Responsibility Award 2017 at the Conference on Social Responsibility and Awards in Doha, in recognition of the company’s leading contribution to sustainable development in Qatar.
- General Contractor
- General Contracting & Infrastructure Services
- Fit-out Contractor
- Fit-out Contractor
- General Contracting
- Plant, Machineries & Vehicles
- Iron Steel
- Printing & Supplies
- Travel and Tourism
Power International Holding consists of a diverse portfolio of businesses spanning 5 key sectors in Qatar and beyond: General Contracting; Agriculture and Food Industries; Real Estate Development; Lifestyle (Hospitality, Entertainment & Catering) and; Services – with over 41,000 employees across different sectors.
General Contracting: UCC was ranked 194th worldwide in the renowned 2019 Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) top 250 Global Contractors list, alongside leading global organizations in the construction sector. In the past, UCC made it to the 184th and 135th place respectively, for ENR’s top 250 Global Contractors list of 2015 and 2016.
UCC Holding is a world-leading Qatari based international construction services company. The group has an impressive construction footprint worldwide, led by a growing pool of trained professionals. UCC Holding has several companies including, UrbaCon Trading and Contracting (General Contracting); UCC Workshops (Contracting & Manpower); PMV (Plant, Machinery & Vehicles); InfraRoad (Infrastructure Services); Radiant Engineering Enterprises (MEP Systems); Palmera Landscape (Landscaping works); Zebrano (Joinery & Fit-out works); Marble Stone (Marble & Stone Works); SteelTech (Industrial Facilities); Steel Master Limited (Steel Structures); Challenger (Trading & Contracting); Marine Master (Marine and offshore services); Giants (Marine Services); Gabromix (Supply & Transport); Elegancia (Facility Management); Stark Security Services (Security Services); Pentagram Design (Contracting & Trading); and Golden Bay (Contracting and Trading).
Agriculture and Food Industries: Baladna Food Industries, Q.P.S.C. was established in March 2014, and is a listed company on the Qatar Stock Exchange. It is the country’s flagship food brand and has grown to become one of the largest regional players in food and dairy produce. Baladna farms & factories span over 2.6 million sqm of land, currently home to nearly 20,000 Holstein cows and produces over 200 different products. Baladna launched its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in November 2019 successfully and was oversubscribed, indicating the overwhelming response from local, private and corporate investors.
Real Estate: Assets Real Estate, founded in 2014 and headquartered in Doha, Qatar, is dedicated to building value through the development, investment and assets management. Its portfolio includes several iconic developments in the hospitality, commercial and residential buildings, worldwide.
Lifestyle: Aura Group consists of 25 brands in Lifestyle (Hospitality, Entertainment & Catering) and holds some of the worlds finest franchises, such as Beef Bar, Walk To Walk and Kidz Mondo Entertainment Park. Aura owns more than 50 Restaurants in areas of Fine Dining, Casual Dining and Cafes. Three of Aura Hospitality’s restaurants were award winners in the 2019 Fact Dining Awards, Qatar.
- SMAT, Winner of Favorite Qatari Restaurant category.
- Sazeli, Winner of Favorite In-Mall restaurant category
- Diner Station, Winner of Best North American & Caribbean Restaurant category
General Services: Such as Printshop (Printing house) and others.
Purpose, Vision and Mission
To add value to the society for a better lifestyle
To lead in every industry we undertake
Thrive for sustainable value creation for the company’s stakeholders through an efficient infrastructure based on innovation, technology, efficiency, specialization, and positive work culture aiming for excellence
- Develop Future Leaders
- Health & Safety
- Social Responsibility
- Customer Focus
- Exceed Expectations
- Entrepreneurial Spirit
Awards & Certificates