Rajiv Ruparelia: Doing Things to the Best of our Standards is our Focus at Ruparelia Group
Rajiv Ruparelia, Director of Ruparelia Group, explains what makes the Group different from other companies.
“Real estate is the safest investment globally. We grew our real estate portfolio in Uganda and at the same time we had our other business interests growing. Today, we are in 6 major sectors which are real estate, education, agriculture, media, recruitment, and the financial sector which is our insurance arm. We only do things to the best of our standards. We will always try to make things economical, but we will never compromise on our quality. Our quality is our reputation and our reputation is known to be a lifestyle. For example, a traditional food of Uganda is matoke. It is made from plantains that are steamed and then cooked over a charcoal stove. This traditional way of cooking has been around for hundreds of years. Charcoal is not the cleanest or most resourceful method for cooking, but it is traditional for Ugandans. When we design our apartments, we create a small balcony connecting to a kitchen where there is space to be able to use a charcoal stove and the smoke will not affect other tenants. It is those small things that you incorporate into your design that make a difference to someone’s lifestyle. Instead of trying to change someone’s lifestyle, we think about how we can incorporate that culture and that lifestyle into our design. Another thing we do is to look at each project individually and examine how we can meet international standards of health and safety. For example, all of our buildings meet the Ugandan fire regulations. They have fire exits, fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems”, says Rajiv Ruparelia.
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