Company History

Our History

30 years of Salsabil, quality and shaping the face of Dubai

Salsabil Building Materials was founded in 1989 by Mr. Shabbir Najmi in Deira, Dubai. This was around the time when the fast paced growth of Dubai began. Soon, what had started as a small business with two employees and 1,000 square feet of storage also started flourishing and became part of today’s Dubai.

1994 Ali Najmi was the first of three brothers, who joined his father’s business. Since then, he moves ideas that increase customer satisfaction forward.

1999 After several adaptions, the branch in Deira eventually became too small and the company moved to its new branch in Al Quoz. Along with other hardware, Salsabil Building Materials started specializing in automotive finishes.

2000 Hunaid Najmi joined the company. At this time he was studying computer and information systems and business beside the job.

2005 was around the time when the peak of Dubai’s growth began. The demand for industrial wood-coatings increased, as the trend of using wood as a natural building material for indoor and outdoor finally reached Dubai. We identified the great potential for professional wood-coatings and soon after, our application for the dealership of Sadolin wood-coatings had been accepted. Wood protection is the key to preserve the beauty of this natural material and to keep it in good condition for years.

2006 There was a shortage in decorative paints and their customization. We added color matching to our service portfolio.

2007 As we already had specialized in the customization of decorative paints, we felt that it was time to also add the Pantone color-matching system to our services. Since then, we help our clients with breathing life into their Corporate Design by allowing them to use sharper colors for the design of outlet stores and exhibition stands.

2010 The Idea for SBS- Salsabil Building Sulutions, a new brand for professionals was born. We started with furniture fittings, abrasives, fasteners and painting tools. Until today, we constantly add new products to our SBS assortment as soon as we have tested their quality extensively.

2011 As our company was growing, we opened our second branch in Dubai Investment Park.

2016 Adnan joined after studying masters in chemicals with auslandssemester in Germany

2017 After the storage in our main branch in Al Quoz became too small for us, we were able to expand our warehouse.

Back then, Shabbir started with general building materials and hardware consumables. Now our product portfolio also includes power tools, painting tools and paints from several renowned brands such as Makita, Vernilac and AkzoNobel.

With our experienced team and 12,000 square feet of space, we are able to offer our customers the required know how about our products as well as short delivery times at short notice.