History & Philosophy
A&T is a dynamic interior fit-out and turnkey solutions company based in Dubai, UAE. Founded in 2009 by Atti Abu Assi and Tareq Khalafawi who found great synergies in their commercial, design, and technical experiences, and a great opportunity in the local and regional market. Bootstrapped in their beginning, they opted to finance the business by themselves, starting with only 6 people. A&T focused on landing small-scale jobs and taking on incomplete projects and turning them into successes in a short period of time. With outstanding conceptual designs and impeccable delivery quality, A&T earned the trust of its clients in no time. As a result, A&T established a name for itself and started landing bigger, prestigious projects such as Abu Dhabi Airport, which was an example of A&T's quality of work down to the finest details.
By maintaining focus on the Food & Beverage industry, A&T managed to grow its business by more than 300% from 2009 to 2011. By 2012, A&T was already expanding onto projects even outside the UAE, in locations as remote as Tanzania and Maldives, sending out experienced engineers. By 2013, A&T extended its services into other industries such as Retail, Education & Institutions, Corporate Offices and Media, landing several large projects with companies such as twofour54 and Puma.
A&T offers different types of services, starting with Interior Turnkey Solution as a standalone package, which include design and build services consisting of conceptual designs, mood boards, general look and feel, authority approvals and execution of design. The second type of service is the fitout contracts, a project delivery system where A&T receives a design package from reputed Interior Design firms and execute it. The third type of service is FF&E wherein A&T offers to assist in the procurement of Furniture, Fixture, and Equipment to add even more value to the finished projects.
A&T's core value is the integrity of its people and the people it deals with. Bearing the initials of its founders, A&T at its core is a people's company, and people are at the core of every process and every creation. From recruiting talents, to selecting suppliers, to delivering commitments, and even qualifying clients and projects, A&T puts people first, and credits most of its success to this core value.
The earth's resources are limited, and A&T believes that it's everybody's responsibility to preserve them. Sustainability is also a core value of A&T, and it translates into every process and decision made in the company, and even reflects itself in the projects delivered. Sometimes the clients won't notice that for example, the wood purchased by A&T is all licensed and approved, but in other cases where A&T replaced the common practice of separate compressors for refrigerators in supermarkets with a centralized chilled water system, the client was glad to see 45% savings in their power bills. A&T itself is a company that applies sustainable practices internally such as being completely paperless and relying on online tools for communication and archiving.