RP Group of Companies - Business Beyond Borders




1978 - 1984

  • RP Group establishes its construction business in Saudi Arabia in 1978
  • Founds Nasser S. Al Hajri Corporation in the Kingdom
  • Constructs the Royal Air Terminal at Riyadh Airport 

1985 - 1990

  • RP Group grows to 5,000 employees
  • Wins business from SABIC, a petrochemical major in Saudi Arabia 
  • Secures major contracts in Al- Jubail

1990 - 2000 

  • Expands business to other GCC countries 
  • Starts construction for Oil and Gas, Petrochemical and Steel companies
  • Emerges as a leading regional general contractor


2000 - 2006 

  • Sets up Gulf Asia Contracting LLC in the UAE 
  • Establishes Arabian Choice Trading in the UAE 
  • Establishes fabrication division in Saudi Arabia

2006 - 2008 

  • Acquires a hotel in Dubai, UAE
  • Wins Best Partner award from Samsung Engineering
  • Dr. Ravi Pillai, RP Group’s founder, receives the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award 
  • Starts travel companies in the UAE

2009 - 2010 

  • Wins the Best Contractor award from EXXON MOBIL, USA
  • Dr. Ravi Pillai honoured with Padma Shri honour 
  • Sets up hotel in Kozhikode in Kerala, India


2010 - 2012 

  • Acquires The Leela Hotel in Kerala, India
  • Opens Raviz Hotel, Kollam 
  • Sets up contracting business in Australia for mining & LNG
  • Sets up a training institute for professionals in Australia


  • Expands its hotel portfolio in India
  • Secures large construction projects in KSA, UAE, Qatar 
  • Revenue crosses US$ 2 Billion


  • Opens Raviz Centre Point Hotel in Dubai, UAE
  • Starts construction of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai, UAE 
  • Ventures into the real estate business in the UAE


  • Establishes RP Global, the real estate arm of the group
  • RP Global launches RP Heights, a multi-storey luxurious tower in Downtown Dubai