Utilities Development Company


The Kharafi Group

The Mohammed Abdul Mohsen Al-Kharafi & Sons Group of Companies are a multinational, multi-faceted group with a wide variety of interests. Our roots are in Kuwait and have been for over 100 years, but we operate worldwide.

The activities we cover are those in Construction, Investment, Development, Manufacturing, Commerce, Tourism and Leisure.

The group has since developed into a Grade «A» International Contractor. MAK Group has major stake equity and Board representation in several local and international companies.

  • In 1996, we have signed the 15-year concession agreement for Beirut International Airport Car Park in Lebanon.
  • In 1998 EMAK (A Group’s company working in Egypt) was awarded the 40-year concession contract to Build, Operate and Transfer the Marsa Alam International Airport. Construction was completed ahead of schedule and commercial operations commenced in October 2001. Marsa Alam Airport was the first greenfield BOT airport project in the World.
  • In 2001, UDC (One of the Group’s companies in association with Ionics Inc., USA / GE earlier and now Suez WTS, USA) signed the 30-year concession contract to Build, Operate and Transfer Sulaibiya Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Plant in Kuwait. The Plant is the largest of its kind in the world using the Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology.

The Kharafi Group is diverse, but not fragmented. Major subsidiaries operate autonomously, while Head Office operations provide corporate services and a central focus for Group strategy. There is continued cross support among companies and divisions, so that when you are dealing with one member of the Group, you are dealing with all.

Our philosophy of management is to cultivate self- confidence and encourage decision making; to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and combine it with strict business discipline and the latest state- of-the-art technology and business methods. It is a philosophy that led us to the front rank of companies in the Middle East, having an annual turnover approaching US $ 4.00 Billion. Our success has propelled it into reaching our growth, development and goal of excellence that exceeds our customers’ expectations.