October 2020

KEF Holdings New Look. New Energy. Same Disruptive Spirit.  

KEF Holdings  New Look. New Energy. Same Disruptive Spirit.   

KEF Holdings is a privately-owned family company, headquartered in DIFC, Dubai – steeped in more than 25 years of innovation and shaped by a mission to be different and make a difference. A true changemaker and genuine trailblazer, KEF Holdings is an industry-agnostic company powered by innovation, an unshakeable disruptive spirit and an unwavering commitment to creating positive social impact for a better future.

KEF OIL & GAS | Disrupting Since Day One

KEF Holdings’ incredible journey began in 1995 with Al Ahmadi General Trading, a scrap metal trading business in Ajman, UAE. From there, Founder Faizal E. Kottikollon saw immense opportunities for growth.

In 1997, he opened Emirates Techno Casting (ETC), a world-class foundry and campus in Sharjah, UAE. From day one, ETC was built to be different. It was the first foundry in the UAE to implement manufacturing integration and was one of only two foundries in the world to include a Vacuum Oxygen Argon Degassing Furnace. By 2007, the fully integrated facility was rated amongst the top three technologically advanced foundries in the world.

In line with its commitment to employee development and social improvement, KEF Holdings invested $5 million into a state-of-the-art community centre on the ETC campus, to cater to all employees’ physical, mental and wellness needs, while providing opportunities for personal and educational development. ETC was acquired by Tyco for $400 million in 2012. Later, Randall Hogan, Chairman & CEO of Pentair, renamed the community centre The Shabana & Faizal Community Centre – a fitting tribute to the founders’ unwavering determination to make a difference.

KEF INVESTMENTS | Investing in the Future

KEF Investments drives superior returns, through low-risk and high-income strategies. With a focus on planning and value creation, KEF Investments invests in diversified liquid assets, across developed and emerging markets such as the US, Europe, Japan, China, India, the UK, and GCC.

Its advisory and investment financial institutions include Citibank, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, UBP, and Bank Safra Sarasin, amongst others.

KEF INFRA | Leading from the Front

In 2014, KEF Infra was launched with the vision of accelerating the development of infrastructure in India. The world’s largest fully integrated offsite manufacturing facility, with 6 million feet of annual capacity, was created to cater to the commercial, hospitality, education, health, and residential sectors. Today, it is revolutionising the construction industry through its unique integrated model, offering end-to-end building services enhanced by design, state-of-the-art prefabrication technology, and offsite manufacturing. In 2018, KEF Infra merged with Softbank-backed Katerra.

KEF HEALTHCARE | Redefining the Healthcare Experience

KEF Healthcare is an integral part of KEF Holdings’ vision for the future. Utilising modern technologies and ethical practices, KEF Healthcare aims to make premium quality healthcare accessible to all. Its world-class services are completely redefining industry standards by putting the patient at the centre of the healthcare system.

KEF Healthcare’s first flagship project – Meitra Hospital – was designed and delivered in 2017. India’s first ‘Hospitel’, the 400,000-square-foot, 220-bed, tertiary-care hospital was manufactured in just 18 months, using KEF Infra’s offsite manufacturing technology. Meitra Hospital is just the beginning, though, as the KEF team rolls out its exciting plans to bring quality healthcare to every person in the world.


Giving back to the community has always been deeply ingrained in KEF Holdings’ DNA. Faizal and Shabana are committed to initiating positive change by continuously striving to be catalysts for the creation of an equitable, happier and better tomorrow.

Founded in 2007, The Faizal and Shabana Foundation introduces sustainable initiatives related to education and youth intervention, healthcare and wellness support, community outreach and support, regenerative sustainable development, humanitarian aid and assistance, and art and culture development. To date, the foundation has supported and empowered more than 25 community initiatives, donated in excess of $20 million and impacted hundreds of thousands of lives.

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