Farnek First to Pick-up ZOE
Nov 26, 2017

(Left to right) Lukas Eigenmann, COO, Farnek, Sandrine Le Biavant, Director Consultancy, Farnek, Ahmad Zaher Sabbagh, Deputy General Manager for Arabian Automobiles Company Renault and Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek


UAE-based sustainability leader and total FM company Farnek, has taken delivery of its first electric vehicle – the all-new Renault ZOE 40 from Arabian Automobiles Company the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, as it endeavours to reduce its impact on the environment still further, by operating its business more sustainably.

Renault’s ZOE 40 fully electric model will help Farnek to reduce its carbon footprint by saving 17 tonnes (78%) of carbon emissions annually, compared with any of the existing saloon cars in its fleet, that travel approximately 72,000 kilometres per year.

The delivery is certainly timely, as Farnek’s headcount climbs above 5,000 employees, putting added pressure on its transportation, which currently comprises of over 200 vehicles.

Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek, said, “It is part of our business strategy to have a more energy efficient fleet in line with the UAE government’s recommendation that 10% of our transportation fleet should be electric by 2030. We also hope that once our customers see our branded Renault ZOE 40, it might inspire them to consider lowering their own carbon emissions.”

The ZOE 40 is the flagship of Renault’s Z.E. (Zero Emissions in use) vehicle range, is an all-electric, multi-award winning, five-door supermini. With the new Z.E.40 battery, ZOE’s range is 400 KM (NEDC) – Renault estimates that in real-world driving conditions this equates to around 300 km.

Ahmad Zaher Sabbagh, Deputy General Manager for Arabian Automobiles Company Renault commented, “We are delighted that Farnek has chosen the ground-breaking Renault ZOE 40 to reduce its carbon footprint and lessen its impact on the environment. This cements our position at Arabian Automobiles Renault, as the leading provider of electric vehicles in the UAE market.”

The ZOE 40 can charge from zero to 80 per cent full in as little as 60 minutes thanks to its patented Chameleon Charger™ that allows it to make the most of the widest range of power supplies and also keep charging times to a minimum. Renault’s Range OptimiZer technology ensures the ZOE 40 is highly efficient with its heat pump, a bi-modal braking system and Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres all as standard.

Farnek was the first organisation in the GCC to introduce carbon neutral buses in 2010, for which Farnek now offsets 88 tonnes of carbon emissions every year at a cost of almost $3,000 annually. Over the past two years the company has also reduced the amount of carbon emissions per employee transported by almost half (44%) reaching 118 kilos for each member of staff transported. 


About Farnek:

Farnek is the leading provider of sustainable and technology driven Total Facilities Management in the United Arab Emirates. Established in the UAE since 1980, Farnek Services LLC is a Swiss owned independent total facilities management company.

With a skilled workforce of more than 4000+ employees, Farnek delivers professional Facilities Management services to across several sectors; Aviation, Hospitality, Banking, Retail, Shopping Malls, Telecom, Residential, Commercial, Infrastructure, Government, Education, Leisure and Entertainment. For more information log on to www.farnek.com


About Arabian Automobiles Company

Arabian Automobiles Company (AAC) is the flagship company of AW Rostamani Group. With over 49 years in the business, AAC is one of the leading automotive dealers in the GCC and exclusive distributor for Nissan, INFINITI and Renault vehicles in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Arabian Automobiles became the first automotive company in the UAE to be awarded the prestigious ‘Dubai Quality Gold Award’ by Dubai Economy in May 2017. In the same month, INFINITI won ‘Best Performing Brand’ in the automotive category of the Dubai Service Excellence Scheme; an accolade previously won by Nissan in 2016 and Renault in 2015. In 2015, Arabian Automobiles received the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum business award for most outstanding performance and in 2013 it became the first private company in the UAE to enter the prestigious Palladium Balanced Score Card Hall of Fame for strategy execution. Arabian Automobiles Company is currently the holder of Nissan Motor Company’s ‘World Aftersales Progress Club Global Award’ and is the only Nissan distributor to have won the award for the ninth year in a row. The company was named ‘Champion Distributor’ by Nissan Motor Company for the third consecutive year in 2013 and was also awarded ‘Dealer of the Year’ by Renault for 3 consecutive years from 2011 to 2013. 

Across its Dubai and Northern Emirates network, Arabian Automobiles operates:

  • 13 new vehicle sales showrooms of Nissan, 6 new INFINITI centers and 4 new vehicle sales show room of Renault
  • 6 certified pre-owned car facilities
  • 24Hrs Service Center at Ras Al Khor, Dubai
  • Central Logistics Centre at Dubai Industrial City
  • 16 service centres
  • 90-minute Express Service
  • 14 spare parts outlets
  • Arabian Automobiles is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.